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The previous methods i have used to set up Bumblebee on 13.10 based distributions is not working under Ubuntu 14.04 . How can I set up Bumblebee and Bumblebee GUI in Ubuntu 14.04 ?

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OK thanks. Actually this question was to help others that I myself answered it. I'll check the new procedure you told. Thanks. –  Pavak Paul Jun 11 at 12:44
user2417946 Thanks Works on my clevo 170sm nvidia 780m, Mint 17 and easer than bumblebee. Only wished I did not have to restart X to change the display –  k1ck574r7 Jun 23 at 19:09
But Bumblebee is better and actually does for what the optimus technology is created. –  Pavak Paul Jun 23 at 20:03

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To install bumblebee in Ubuntu 14.04, run these commands in terminal

sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus nvidia-331

Now you have to install Bumblebee GUI to manage apps to be opened using nVidia. Here is the instructions:

Install Python App Indicator:

sudo apt-get install python-appindicator

Install Git:

sudo apt-get install git

Make a directory for git:

mkdir git && cd git

Check out the repository:

git clone https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/bumblebee-ui.git
cd bumblebee-ui
sudo ./INSTALL

Go to Startup Applications and add bumblebee-indicator

Now reboot.

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Any suggestions on how to get multiple monitors working from here? –  Lucas May 8 at 20:08
I had connected a TV through my HDMI output. I was running through Intel GPU. But I was able to play games through the nVidia GPU. Bumblebee is like what happens with nVidia optimus in windows. If you want to run your whole system there is some packages called nvidia-prime (you need to uninstall bumblebee for that). Google for more info. But I strongly recommend using bumblebee because primus causes maximum heat and eats all the battery. Bumblebee is on demand, only turns on the GPU when you need it. –  Pavak Paul May 9 at 7:15
@Monotasker, do you have any source for this claim? The only reason I use prime is because I can't get bumblebee to work anymore. I tried to get more information about prime/bumblebee's future, but the only decent thing I can find is this: github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/wiki/… –  Galgalesh Jun 11 at 18:54
I am running Bumblebee in my Oikyo Linux 2 (based on 14.04) without any trouble with the Bumblebee GUI. –  Pavak Paul Jun 11 at 18:59
This may have been a misunderstanding. I've seen a lot of posts saying that Bumblebee didn't work on 14.04 and offering Prime as the alternative. But it sounds like this may be inconsistent. I'll remove the claim in my answer. –  monotasker Jun 12 at 12:06

I just install the NVIDIA GTX880M from my ASUS ROG G750JZ via this url (french site) Ubuntu FR forum

Short version:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-331 nvidia-settings nvidia-prime mesa-utils vdpau-va-driver

For unity 8 in Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install prime-indicator
sudo reboot

After reboot, you can see the logo from intel or nvidia in your system bar indicator and you can switch between both of them.

You can test your video card speed with glxgears.

  • My Intel card return +/- 60 fps
  • My Nvidia card return +/- 20.000 fps :)

If you encounter the problem with prime like an empty popup error in nvidia-settings panel you can see the bug in Launch Pad 1310023. I have encounter a similar problem and I can correct them with that:

sudo update-alternatives --config x86_64-linux-gnu_gl_conf
sudo ldconfig -n
sudo update-initramfs -u

then reboot and see if it works

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I will dare to not to answer the question directly but, to provide an alternate way. I made a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 last week, after it was released.

And I just followed the steps described here

For short I just followed these steps:

sudo apt-get purge bumblebee*
sudo apt-get purge libvdpau-va-gl1
sudo apt-get install nvidia-319 nvidia-settings-319 nvidia-prime

Even though there is a newer driver available, the last version of nvidia-settings is 319, so I followed the exact steps, but make sure you read the complete article as other steps are suggested in case of errors.


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Bumblebee is not working for at least some people on 14.04. If that is your situation you can use the nvidia-prime package as decribed in another answer here: Getting hybrid graphics to work nvidia-prime GT650M

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OK thanks. Actually this question was to help others that I myself answered it. I'll check the new procedure you told. Thanks. –  Pavak Paul Jun 11 at 12:45

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