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 GUI in
Ubuntu 14.04 ?
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
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
I have been facing the same issue for quite some time. I had to reference many article online however I never got any help. So I wrote a blog post of my own and I got very positive response. Many people haver confirmed that the post was helpful. I have refined the blog post to make it even easier to use. One could easily just copy and paste the commands from the blog and It works fine.
I have a Lenovo Z5070 Laptop with an Nvidia 820M and I have tested the solution many times by Installing various versions of Ubuntu 14.04 14.10 and now 15.04. I just wanted to share how I got the issue fixed.
Basically Installing Bumblebee with Nvidia is the trickiest with Ubuntu because of the way Bumblebee works as a Technology. Ideally Just Installing the Software should have been enough.
It is enough if you are using the Nvidia-Current Drivers which are at version 304 I guess. However if you are installing other version you need help for sure. That is where the below blog post can help.
Please refer to Here!
One of my previous Posts got deleted because the Compete solution was not posted. However I am not a jerk or some spammer. Below is the 100% Technical Details of Implementing the solution.
The official Repository of Ubuntu has only old and dated drivers. I don't use that myself and would suggest you do the same if you want the latest Nvidia Driver without any problems.
First step after installing Ubuntu is to install all updates. You may use the software updater or simply run:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Add the Xorg-edgers ppa using
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
This is the most Important step. If you miss this you will see a black screen after reboot. Please do this as we are using the xorg-edgers ppa. We need to ensure all packages required for bumblebee and nvidia are taken from the ppa.
Now Install bumblebee and Nvidia drivers using
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus nvidia-349
Add the current user to the bumblebee security group.
sudo adduser $USER bumblebee
For Ubuntu 15.04 only: you need to manually enable to bumblebee daemon using
sudo systemctl enable bumblebeed`
This will take care of the Installing the required software on your system. We need to configure it. I can assure you if you followed these steps so far then configuring should be a breeze.
We start by enabling bbswitch and intel i915 Driver.
sudo -H gedit /etc/modules
Ubuntu 15.04: the file is
Add these two lines to it
Edit the bumblebee configuration file.
sudo -H gedit /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf
In addition to this there is another file that needs to edited.
sudo -H gedit /etc/modprobe.d/bumblebee.conf
Add this line at the end.
Now you may
reboot. After reboot, check using
sudo apt-get install mesa-utilsif mesa-utils is not already installed.
primusrun glxinfo | grep OpenGL
This should tell you that
nvidia-349.16driver in use.
Please note that nvidia-349 is the latest driver at the time of writing this. You may use another driver version, replacing the appropriate number when needed (take special attention when editing the files).
I just install the NVIDIA GTX880M from my ASUS ROG G750JZ via this url (french site) Ubuntu FR forum
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
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.
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
In order to get bumblebee too work you need to install it, just like it is mentioned on the wiki and on other answers here.
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus linux-headers-generic
However, if your card is not supported by the default drivers (304 at the time of writing this) you will need to take additional steps. I am writing this here because after many hours of frustration I finally found an answer.
First of all, you must install the latest drivers
sudo apt-get install nvidia 346 at the time of writing.
Afterwards, you must edit the file
/etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf and replace all instances of "nvidia-current" with "nvidia-346". This too is covered in other answers.
This, however, will still make the machine boot into a black screen. The problem is that the nvidia module is being loaded before the intel one. Bumblebee creates a file
/etc/modules/modprobe.d/bumblebee.conf that blacklists nvidia-modules. This file, however, hasn't been updated in a while. Therefore, you must add the following to the end of this file:
# 346 blacklist nvidia-346 blacklist nvidia-346-updates blacklist nvidia-experimental-346
After a reboot, you should be good to go. Of course, don't forget to change "346" to whatever driver version you are using.
I have opened a bug in launchpad, and hopefully this will be fixed soon.