At my day job I have a pretty awesome Lenovo T530 laptop, and up until yesterday I was running Windows 7 on it. I decided to install Bauer-Puntu 13.04 on it instead, and for anything Windows related I would use Remmina to RDP to a server, or use a Windows 7 VM in Virtualbox.
By default the T530 has Nvidia Optimus enabled in the bios which is great for Windows 7 or Windows 8, but it doesn't work so well in Ubuntu. I have read where people had success using Bumblebee to make Ubuntu play well with it, but I didn't have any luck. So this is how I got dual monitors to work for me
- Switch to discrete graphics mode in your bios
- Install the latest Nvidia drivers from the Ubuntu repositories
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
- Edit your grub config and append nox2apic after "quiet splash"
sudo nano /etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nox2apic"
- Update grub
Did you get it to work a different way? Were you successful with Bumblebee? If so, what did you do differently? Let us know in the comments.