Debian Nvidia Drivers on the T530

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Debian Nvidia Drivers on the T530

Overview

You can buy the Lenovo ThinkPad T530 with an optional NVidia NVS 5400 graphics card. This hardware is installed with an Intel graphics controller. The idea is that if you're running off a wall-wart, you can use the higher-performance NVidia card, but if you're on your battery you'll use the Intel card to conserve power. The X nv driver will supoport NVidia cards, but because NVidia won't release hardware specifications on its 3D acceleration it has no 3D support. To exploit the NVidia hardware to its fullest potential, you must install the proprietary NVidia X drivers on your system. With Debian Wheezy, this is relatively straightforward, so getting all this to work on a desktop is simple. This essay will cover a (slightly crude) method of getting the same results on your Lenovo T530 running Debian Wheezy.


First, Catch your Chicken

The NVidia hardware is an extra-cost option on your T530. To determine if you have the card,