Saturday, September 8, 2012

Proper Nvidia Optimus Drivers for Ubuntu / Linux MInt

Note : These setting where tested @ Asus K53SV ( Nvidia 540M ) , but it should be working for any Nvidia graphics card with Optimus.

I have been using Linux for past two years, I was never satisfied with the battery life and graphics quality of Linux even though I had i7 processor and Nvidia 540M graphics tried lot of Nvidia Installations either they crashed or they crashed my entire system.Now I tried out bumblebee which works perfectly just like a switchable graphics.

Okay lets Install Bumblebee
  1. Get rid of all Default driver you already have in your system
    sudo apt-get purge xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
  2. Install Bumblebee ppa
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
  3. Update and Install Bumblebee
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bumblebee

In case of an error (I got an error related to users addition to group) use these two commands
     sudo usermod -a -G bumblebee $USER
     sudo apt-get install virtualgl-libs:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libc6:i386

To run application using Nvidia drivers you can use Optirun command in terminal it takes application name as parameter for example 

To run Vlc 
          optirun vlc & 
          optirun firefox &
I was able to achieve a increase of about 1 hour in my battery life. I have also heard that this can decrease the heating in Dell Laptops,but its a fact that we all done a mistake by selecting a optimus laptop for Linux use even after installing bumblebee you wont to be able to use HDMI output and some other functions that windows provide, I'm not sure may be I haven't come across such solutions yet.

You can Install the Bumblebee UI too!