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So I just bought a brand new Alienware M14xR2 and I love the thing to death.

I decided to install Ubuntu 12.10 64bit on it and I was surprised how smoothly the install went, but when I went to check the additional drivers tab it couldn't find anything.

Everything seems to be working fine on my laptop right now but it doesn't have any graphics drivers and the fans seem to kick up more on my Ubuntu partition than my Windows partition.

I downloaded the install file for the official nVidia drivers but I'm holding off installing until I know that's the right answer.

Also if anyone knows a way to control the Alien FX lights on Ubuntu that would be nice but I don't care as much. Thanks so much!


Specs:

  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0) 2 GB GDDR5
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™ 8GB of RAM
  • 256 SSD
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you will not install addional driver if everything okay . –  user84277 Nov 22 '12 at 14:53
    
Everything seems fine but it doesn't recognize my graphics which gets to me being an Alienware. I'm going to be do all my graphic intensive stuff on Windows but I do want to experiment with gaming on Linux because of Windows 8. Thanks for the quick comment though. –  Jaxseven Nov 22 '12 at 14:55
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I am not that familiar with alienware. Do you have nVidia Optimus graphics? If so, you should check Bumblebee: wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee –  Milan Todorovic Nov 22 '12 at 14:55
    
My specs are 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0) 2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™ 8GB of RAM and a 256 SSD. I have never used a computer that boots up this fast before. –  Jaxseven Nov 22 '12 at 14:58
    
how it dowsnt recognize ? what is problem? –  user84277 Nov 22 '12 at 14:58
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Personally, I don't think you need a so called "Restricted driver".

I use M14r2 as well and I found that even if you can switch to nvidia official driver, it does not gain much on performance. And there is a noticeable disadvantage for enabling nvidia graphic card: it drains battery and heats up you machine. What I suggest is to use bumblebee(as mentioned by previous post) and disable nvidia card. The battery will last for 2.5 times longer on integrated graphic card and performance difference can be ignored.

Your alienfx problem, here is the link: PyAlienFx. Note that PyAlienFx works well on 12.10 but not on 13.04.

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I was searching for similar things and found this program for the lighting.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware/458528-alienfx-lite-linux-windows-alienfx-tool.html

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Seth Mar 27 '13 at 16:22
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