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I'm trying to get CUDA running on my Dell Precision M6700 laptop. I use Ubuntu 12.04 for the moment but I can switch to a newer version if it facilitates the installation of CUDA.

I just want CUDA to run, I don't really care about power management.

After some reading I decided to install bumblebee because my laptop uses Optimus, I followed the instructions here : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee I also updated the drivers to nvidia-319 driver.

Now I am unable to boot my computer with graphics; I end up with a frozen prompt. I still have access to the terminal prompt in recovery mode but I don't know where to look for errors.

I tried things like apt-get remove --purge nvidia* etc. How can I get the graphic mode working again to try something else ?

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Well, I reinstalled a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 to get everything working again. I followed nVidia instructions here: http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/5_0/rc/docs/CUDA_Getting_Started_Guide_For_Linux.pdf

  • Replace sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop with sudo service lightdm stop
  • Don't forget the --optimus option when calling the .run
  • When exporting to the path, be careful with versions, cuda-5.0 doesn't exist if you install cuda 5.5 !
  • I did nothing with the /dev/nvidia* files. I did not understand that part but CUDA is working.

Check that CUDA is working with the example and it should work !

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