Ubuntu 11.04 – disable NVIDIA graphics card

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I have an Asus U36 laptop running Ubuntu 11.04 with two graphic cards – one from Intel which is quite sufficient for me, the second from NVIDIA which consumes a lot of battery while not even working.

How can I disable the NVIDIA graphics card?

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

Depending on which driver you are using for the nVidia card (nouveau, nv or nvidia) – you should be able to see it with lsmod – the solution is to blacklist it to udev.
For example, if your driver is nouveau, edit the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and append a line containing blacklist nouveau, then reboot and lsmod again – it shouldn’t be there any more.

Method 2

From the terminal:

$ prime-select intel
// Grub bootloader will update
// *Reboot

To reenable:

$ prime-select nvidia
// Grub bootloader will update
// *Reboot

That should do it on Ubuntu 16+

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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