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W520 won’t boot with discrete graphics

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W520 won’t boot with discrete graphics

#1 Post by u666sa » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:00 am

W520 4270-CTO
Works fine when in BIOS NVidia optimus is enabled. In fact playing world of tanks at ~115 fps. PUBG lags at 20 fps unplayable.

If I go to BIOS and select discrete graphics and disable os detection of optimus. Then I have problems. Even with fresh windows install (7) it hangs after installing drivers and gets hot.

I remember facing this problem awhile back. I just enabled optimus and continue using notebook without trouble. Now I went to install win10 and fedora 30 and I’m facing this problem again.

What gives? Google shows me this is a common issue.

Does this mean I have a bad gpu? Or what??

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Re: W520 won’t boot with discrete graphics

#2 Post by chugu » Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:08 am

I have w520. it works in win7 with no issue. I tried to upgrade to win10, got a freeze at first boot after install. So i guess uprade path is not working, try clean install (need to somehow take care of license for win10 being taken care of). so your gpu is fine.

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