Installing Bumblebee on Ubuntu/ Mint
Bumblebee is intended to be used in laptops supporting Optimus technology. If your machine uses switchable graphics then this guide will work for you:
1. If you’re already using nvidia drivers then you’ll have to remove them and get the latest 331 drivers:
3. You may need to install Linux headers:
5. Install bumblebee:
virtualgl is required for running 32-bit applications on wine. You may skip it.
Now some tweaks, open the bumblebee.conf file in your text editor and get ready for some editing:
You may replace vim by vi, emacs, gedit, nano, whatever suits you.
1. line 22:
2. line 55:
Now reboot and enjoy. To run an application using nvidia:
To check the status of your dedicated nvidia GFX:
This should keep your laptop cool and help save your precious battery life. Just leave a comment if you’ve any doubts and I’ll get back to you…
Now that Bumblebee is all powered up, you should have a look at getting a GUI for the same here.
Love Linux, live free 🙂