(Nvidia Optimus) Aspire V3-771G-6851 Linux Mint 14 64bit

Ok this part is a pain. I will make it as less painful for you though.

1.) make sure your computer is updated and what not, and also install ia32-libs

We now need to add two repositories to make this work.

2.) add x-swat repositories. (nvidia, intel, fglrx supplied graphics libraries)

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

3.) add bumblebee repositories. (Nvidia Optimus Support http://www.bumblebee-project.org)

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable

4.) now run “sudo apt-get update

Ok here is the part where i need to do some further explaining. There is the “nvidia-current”, driver that you can use. I use the “nvidia-experimental-310” driver. I have no problems with it, but it really depends on what you want to use.

5.) so now you need to install your nvidia driver, and bumblebee

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia linux-headers-generic

If i remember right it may install a few things such as bbswitch. <– this is to switch from the intel card to the Nvidia card when given the command “optirun” (i will explain soon)

there will now be a process called bumblebeed running. Or if it’s not, the best thing to do is restart the laptop, or you can run “sudo service bumblebeed restart

So your computer should be running with optimus support in linux! this is where optirun comes in. If everything is working like it should you can test it, with this command in a terminal.

glxspheres” <— this should start up a window with a ring of balls moving around and the center will have balls being thrown through the center of it. Also notice that it will say your Renderer will be Mesa 3d, which is what your onboard intel card is running.

now if you want to test your Nvidia GT 640M with glxspheres, you must run it like this

optirun glxspheres” <— this will load up the same window but with your nvidia card instead. You will notice the huge difference in performance.

the command optirun is used in this way. say if i wanted to play openarena, and i wanted to use the nvidia card instead of the intel onboard, i would have to run “optirun openarena“. This would start the game with my nvidia card. You can also use the flags with “optirun” like this “optirun -c yuv openarena” which gives you a few more FPS.

Im gonna add a few more tweaks and fixes to some things that might cause an error in the replies section.

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13 comments on “(Nvidia Optimus) Aspire V3-771G-6851 Linux Mint 14 64bit

  1. orkultus says:

    For people who need to edit bumblebee.conf say if your having a problem with your graphics card not activating, or you chose another driver instead of nvidia-current. here is a good site to help out with https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/wiki/Troubleshooting

  2. orkultus says:

    Also, i was suppose to explain why apci=off was an issue with Optimus. If this is enabled while trying to use your Nvidia card with optirun, it will not work. It shuts off bbswitch, and your computer will not switch over from the intel to the nvidia card.

  3. orkultus says:

    Oh as some weird result of a program occasionally not liking a resolution setting or option having to do with graphics, while using optirun. Ive had an issue where the game crashes, and my fan turns on full blast, and my Nvidia card is no longer accessible with optirun. I have no idea what makes it do that, but it’s not something you can fix without having to restart your computer. sometimes that means turning it off completely. Odd eh…no idea what causes it, but since it rarely happens it doesn’t seem that important to find out why.

  4. orkultus says:

    To get to your nvidia-settings for your Nvidia card. In a terminal just type in “optirun nvidia-settings -c :8”

  5. Yanbin Zhang says:

    I followed your instructions and everything works. Thanks!

  6. Everything works, thanks! Just a little correction, it’s nvidia-experimental-310 πŸ™‚

  7. amamh says:

    Great post, and it actually works on Linux Mint 14 with nvidia 640m.
    One question though:
    how do I make the nvidia card the default one instead?

    • orkultus says:

      With bumblebee there is no way to. Although Nvidia’s latest drivers from their website is supposively supplying Optimus support. I tried to install it last night, but i had no luck. It is requiring xrandr 1.4, and i couldn’t get it to install correctly. I will spend some time trying to figure it out.

  8. Neimad says:

    Thanks!!!

    I installed the Nvidia drivers because I need to program whith JOGL and Nouveau doesn’t render all things.
    After this, I have all kind of problems with the X and my desktop (you know) and I can’t return to the intial state.

    I tried this and all works fine!! Nouveau with Intel and my Nvidia card using optirun! Very thanks!!!
    (I’m using an Asus laptop, i5 Sandy Bridge with a GT 540M (that’s for better search on google πŸ˜‰ ))

  9. Spence says:

    You saved my brand new acer v3-772g from physical harm. πŸ˜‰ I was having a heck of a time even being able to live boot linux mint. My solution was to add “nomodeset” in compatibilty mode. That allowed me to live boot and then install! Then this post let me square away the dual graphics! Much appreciation to you! Cheers

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