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After installing meta-utils and doing a glxinfo, I get OpenGL version string 3.0. I would like to have support for OpenGL 4.x.

I know that I need to update my nvidia driver, but my last attempts at doing so were a disaster, broke my distro, and I had to reinstall Kubuntu 13.10. (I'm a total linux newbie).


I have a Sony Vaio SVF15a with a fresh install of Kubuntu 13.10. lspci | grep "VGA" returns: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core Processor Graphics Controller (rev 09). lspci | grep "3D controller" returns: NVIDIA Corporation GK208M [GeForce GT 735M] (rev a1).

Btw, does this mean that I have Optimus technology?


Through "Additional Drivers" of my Muon software center, I've tried activating "nvidia binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU".

After doing this and doing a glxinfo, I even lost the OpenGL 3.0 support that I had! It gave me a glx error. Removing this through the Gui did not help.

I then tried installing the nvdia-current package from my command line, it didn't fix the problem.

Following some instructions online, I installed the nvidia-prime package, and this just broke my distro! Sorry I can't be more specific, but I couldn't even load Kubuntu because some partition was suddenly not found (??)


I would really like to get OpenGL 4 support but I'm pretty terrified of doing anything now given the previous epic failure. If anyone can offer any help, I would really really appreciate it.

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I'm not sure if this is related to OpenGL 4, but have you tried bumblebee? –  Sparhawk Oct 29 '13 at 5:51
From my understanding, bumblebee uses the existing nvidia card for rendering, but my problem is that the existing nvidia driver is not updated to begin with. bumblebee seems to be a solution to optimus, not for updating the nvidia driver. Please correct me if I'm wrong. –  Kubuntu_enthusiast Oct 29 '13 at 15:38
I think you are right, but you won't be able to even access the Nvidia card/driver without bumblebee, so I think this is the first step. Also, I've heard that Nvidia Prime is pretty buggy atm, and bumblebee is the preferred option. –  Sparhawk Oct 29 '13 at 23:03

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