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After installing a clean Ubuntu 13.10 64 bit on my Asus F3SC it keeps crashing probably due to the graphics driver. After a few seconds/minutes the screen becomes dirty/garbled with some flashing here and there, and pretty soon the whole system just freezes. This happens using the default graphics driver but I also tried to install various other NVidia drivers such as the one from the X-SWAT ppa and older drivers too. I tried the nouveau driver too but it didn't work either.

To make sure that my hardware works I installed Windows XP and tested it for days using 2D/3D, and there were no problems.

So what can I do now?

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I'm not sure but maybe this is related to NVidia Optimus? –  melevy Jan 7 at 15:45
    
Likely duplicate of: askubuntu.com/questions/401073/… –  david6 Jan 10 at 1:34

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I have exactly the same problem. Clean Ubuntu 13.10 32-bit install. After a few seconds the screen becomes garbled with flashing parts, and the laptop freezes. I have an Acer Aspire 5520G with Nvidia GeForce 8400M G.

For now, I've found installing bumblebee helped, but my screen only runs in a much lower resolution than it should (1024x768). I don't know how to solve that yet. At least, it works and I can use my laptop.

The command I used in the terminal was:

sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia

Obviously, you need to be connected to the Internet to run it. I'm hoping to find out how to set the resolution to 1280x800.

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