For longer battery life and a quieter laptop use Intel graphics and switch to NVIDIA graphics when you need additional performance or to use external displays on certain laptops. External display ports are connecting the the NVIDIA GPU on System76 laptops.
Pop!_OS by System76 includes the system76-power package that includes the ability to switch between NVIDIA and Intel graphics.
You’ll only need to install this software if you did a fresh install of Ubuntu as our installations will include these packages by default. You can do this with the following commands:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:system76-dev/stable sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-system76-power system76-power
Then we need to load the extension with this command:
Now enable the System76 Power extension with the toggle to the right.
Click the system menu in the top right corner of your screen to access graphics switching.
Select either NVIDIA or Intel depending on which GPU you would like to use.
Once you select either NVIDIA or Intel you will be prompted to reboot.
All of the packages have their source on Github at the following links: