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:

sudo aptget purge nvidia*
sudo aptget purge bumblebee*
2. Update and upgrade your distribution if not done already:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
This might take some time, please be patient and check out some other articles on the blog 😉

3. You may need to install Linux headers:

4. Add the bumblebee repository and update (please note that this might require some tweaks on a proxy server, so improvise accordingly):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable && sudo apt-get update

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:

sudo vim /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf

You may replace vim by vi, emacs, gedit, nano, whatever suits you.

1. line 22:

2. line 55:

3. line 58:
LibraryPath=/usr/lib/nvidia-331:/usr/lib32/nvidia-331
XorgModulePath=/usr/lib/nvidia-331/xorg,/usr/lib/xorg/modules
5. Reinstall bbswitch-dkms:

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