I installed Bumblebee to solve Nvidia/Intel driver problem. It does work well, but it also disabled Unity 3D.

How can I get my Unity 3D back?

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    did you installed anything like ironhide before. have you installed bumblebee from here ? bumblebee-project.org/install.html#Ubuntu
    – Web-E
    Jun 28, 2012 at 15:00
  • Make sure you don't have nvidia-common installed. The only nvidia packages that should be installed are nvidia-current and bumblebee-nvidia
    – Ian B.
    Aug 14, 2012 at 18:26
  • Ian B. when uninstalling nvidia-common, synaptic also wants to un-install the ubuntu-desktop-system. Are you sure this is wise?
    – user2413
    Aug 20, 2012 at 14:30

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Bumblebee is pretty unstable right now, especially in 12.04.

Nvidia drivers a pretty solid, even if they aren't open sourced. I recommend sticking to the official driver. I installed Bumblebee on a 9800GT and it took out my whole xserver.


sudo apt-get autoremove --purge bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia nvidia-current

and download the official driver from nvidia: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us


After your computer is up an running, logout of your current session. On the login screen there is a little icon you need to click (near the user name). From the icon menu, you should be able select Unity 3D, or any other installed desktops.


You should uninstall bumblebee, bumblebee-nvidia and nvidia-current.

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia nvidia-current

It should not be necessary to uninstall nvidia-common nor ubuntu-desktop-system.

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