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I have a Samsung NP550 system with Nvidia Geforce GT650M. I have installed bumblebee 3.2.1 and "nvidia-304, 304.88, 3.8.0-19-generic" drivers are loaded for me. However i would like to update to latest 319.12 driver. I heard that this supports optimus natively [here][1]

[1]: . How can i install this driver ?? I am a noob in linux. Do I have to remove bumblebee and install it or install it along bumblebee ??

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The same article does go on to say that this is all far to bleeding edge to actually work yet. Other things need upgrades before this will work. I'd suggest you stick with optirun for another six months and see what 13.10 delivers. – Oli Apr 30 '13 at 15:23
Try this answer… – akarapatis May 21 '13 at 9:49

Try installing the new beta version of Nvidia 319.12 with bumblebee.

sudo apt-get remove bumblebee-nvidia nvidia-current nvidia-settings

sudo apt-get install bumblebee-nvidia nvidia-319 nvidia-settings-319


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Bumblebee is an unofficial tool that brings Nvidia Optimus GPU switching to Linux. It's useful to increase battery life by only switching the dedicated GPU (Nvidia) on when needed. Nvidia has added initial Optimus support in their latest 319.12 beta drivers, but it doesn't have GPU switching yet.


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What does optimus support mean, if it doesn't switch? Does it still save power as much as switching? – nbubis Oct 1 '13 at 3:32
@nbubis Well optimums means ( here ) switching from integrated graphic card to High end card ( nvidia / amd ), In windows its is done automatically, But here in Linux its is done manually by bumblebee utility, yes its does save power, bumblebee switches it off until you manually run program from it. In kernel 3.12 Nvidia added an module and it will be done automatically so you have to wait at least few more days. – Qasim Oct 1 '13 at 9:14

I have made guide on this topic. It's step by step. Please see it here:

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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. – Aditya Sep 28 '13 at 19:13

There is a recent post in Webupd8 with instructions on how to easly install the new drivers with optimus support in ubuntu 13.10 thanks to the nvidia-prime package.

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Just FYI.

If you decided to use bumblebee, please note that you can get better performance with primus

To install primus you can use following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install primus

And run you application with this command:

vblank_mode=0 primusrun $APP_NAME

This parameter enforcing better performance to use primus instead optirun.

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I recommend installing the newest nvidia-325 from xorg-edgers ppa. To do this, add these two PPA's:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
sudo apt-get update

remove old nvidia drivers

sudo apt-get purge nvidia-304 nvidia-settings-304

Then install bumblebee and nvidia-325

sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus nvidia-325 nvidia-settings-325

If you are using 64bit OS, you have to install an additional package primus-libs-ia32:i386

Then install Bumblebee configurator, using steps on this site:

In this configurator, set Driver to nVidia and than in nVidia tab change Library Path and Xorg Module Path. Just replace nvidia-xxx (I'm not sure what will appear there) to nvidia-325. Then restart bumblebeed (you can do it through this configurator)

And at last, remove xorg-edgers ppa, because this ppa could mess with your system:

sudo add-apt-reposotory --remove ppa:xorg-edgers:ppa 
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I installed it "The hard way" two monts ago. The performance is far better than with bumblebee. No powersaving though. I have played hours and there's no significan overheating.

You can check the how-to I wrote:

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! While your blog gives a complete guide, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – guntbert Sep 21 '13 at 19:16

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