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  1. #1
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    GTX 660M nvidia Driver

    Hello guys.

    Hopefully someone knows a bit about the nvidia drivers. I am trying to install the drivers on a Lenovo Y580 that has a GTX 660M, running 12.04 64 bit. Everything I have tried results in the nvidia settings saying that "you do not appear to be using the nvidia x driver." I have downloaded the driver directly from nvidia and installed it, and I have done the following also.

    Code:
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
    I have ran the
    Code:
    nvidia-xconfig
    but that does absolutely nothing, still results in the settings saying that I am not using the nvidia x driver. Also my resolution is stuck on 640x480 with the drivers installed. It goes back to the native 1920x1080 after I uninstall them.

    I have also tried out the bumblebee drivers... and they didn't work. Though that was something else entirely. I know there are a lot of threads out there with this kind of problem, but I just have not been able to come across anything that helps.
    Any suggestions or help any has to offer I greatly appreciate.

    The driver that I have tried using is the 304.64 driver. The latest stable one.

    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Angry Re: GTX 660M nvidia Driver

    Not that it helps but I also have a y580 laptop with the same nVidia card and I've also done the exact same things you've mentioned without any luck.

    I'm fresh out of options but if I ever do figure this out I'll post back and let you know.

    Good luck.

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    Re: GTX 660M nvidia Driver

    Best, Gnusci

    "Never make a calculation until you know the answer." -- Wheeler, Spacetime Physics, pg 60.

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    Re: GTX 660M nvidia Driver

    It looks like Lenovo Y580 is an Optimus/hybrid system, so you'll need to install the nvidia drivers through bumblebee (installing them directly won't work). What happened when you tried to use bumblebee?

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    Re: GTX 660M nvidia Driver

    Re: Bumblebee ...

    Followed the instructions in this thread...

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/18010...an-nvidia-card

    ...and the following happened...

    Code:
    chris@y580:~$ sudo bumblebeed restart
    FATAL: Error inserting bbswitch (/lib/modules/3.2.0-33-generic/updates/dkms/bbswitch.ko): No such device
    [  391.369245] [ERROR]Module bbswitch could not be loaded (timeout?)
    [  391.369339] [WARN]No switching method available. The dedicated card will always be on.
    [  391.371361] [ERROR]Daemon already running, pid 8477
    ...then...

    Code:
    chris@y580:~$ optirun glxgears
    [  402.325875] [ERROR]Cannot access secondary GPU - error: [XORG] (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module. Please see the
    
    [  402.325948] [ERROR]Aborting because fallback start is disabled.

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    Re: GTX 660M nvidia Driver

    Perhaps you need to enable switchable graphics in the BIOS/EFI?..

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