Create a boot option for easy nvidia or nouveau display driver switching

Revision as of 21:40, January 28, 2014 by Duncan.Britton (Talk)

This howto describes how to use nvidia and nouveau drivers on the same computer and kernel.


You must know how to install Package:NVIDIA Linux Display Drivers and x11-drivers/nouveau (package not on wiki - please add) (references at the end of the page). First, you need to configure your kernel and install nvidia drivers and nouveau. We assume that this stage is successfully passed.


Next, the most important change:


After boot-update with the new settings, you should have something like:

# grep menuentry /boot/grub/grub.cfg | wc -l
# grep menuentry /boot/grub/grub.cfg
menuentry "Funtoo Linux [nouveau] - vmlinuz-" {
menuentry "Funtoo Linux [nvidia] - vmlinuz-" {

xcfgmaker deamon

# mkdir /etc/X11/video/;
# cd /etc/X11/video/;
# nano 10-monitor.conf.nouveau # make default config for nouveau. or copy existing config… 
# nano 10-monitor.conf.nvidia # also for nvidia

Then create a new daemon:


Do not forget:

# chmod +x /etc/init.d/xcfgmaker
# rc-update add xcfgmaker boot

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