dell xps 15-l502x

  9 years ago
  Dell (Laptop or Netbook)
  Mint (older version)
  Works fine with some minor problems
What works:

Everything seems to work just fine except the nvidia video card.

What doesn't work:

My laptop has Nvidia 525M 1GB graphics card. The card has optimus technology which allows it to switch between intel based chipset and Nvidia chipset based on the graphical power required, which saves power. Unfortunately Nvidia do no support optimus on linux, so Katya runs on intel chipset by default and I am not able to enable any destop effects and use any grahical performance hungry application.

What was done to make it work:

There is an unofficial project called bumblebee which has solved the problem. You have install the bumblebee package which can be found here:

After Installing this package you will be able to use your graphics card in Linux mint or any other distribution.

Be sure to check if the software has been tested for your laptop model.