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    NVIDIA GeForce 610M on ASUS K55VD

    Currenly, I'm dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10 64bit on my ASUS K55VD.

    I can't or won't completely ditch Windows 7 unless the video card is installable on my Ubuntu partition.

    I can't make the best of my laptop or use it's full features if video card is not detected and installed.

    Last time, on my old laptop, ASUS K43SV, it's video card is also not detected on older versions of Ubuntu. But with the release of Ubuntu 12.04 and the later 12.10, video card is not detected and can be installed via additional drivers.

    My wife is now using my K43SV and so I bought a new one for me, K55VD.

    Currently, existing Ubuntu versions are not able to detect the video card I have on my new laptop. Should I wait for the next version of Ubuntu before my video is detected and installable?

    Currently, Ubuntu only detected Intel video card on this laptop, no NVIDIA card.

    Also, on Windows 7, Intel driver is required to install first before installing the NVIDIA driver. NVIDIA driver won't even install if Intel driver is installed first, on Windows 7. Don't know why.

    Is it possible that it's also the same reason why NVIDIA is not detected on Ubuntu? Currently, Intel is detected and installed on Ubuntu 12.10 64bit (as it has 4gb RAM) but NVIDIA is not.

    Does anyone have the same machine and was able to install NVIDIA drivers? Can someone share their methods on how to install it?

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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce 610M on ASUS K55VD

    Hello,

    I have the same laptop and I'm able to use the NVIDIA card without any problem after installing Bumblebee

    With Bumblebee the NVIDIA card is disabled by default and therefore the battery life is extended, whenever I want to use the card with a program I just use the command optirun <nameoftheprogram> and it works.

    I hope this will help you.

    John

    PS: You can read this article if you want to understand how works NVIDIA optimus and why its linux support is complicated.
    Last edited by John_Swing; January 5th, 2013 at 10:08 PM.

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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce 610M on ASUS K55VD

    Quote Originally Posted by John_Swing View Post
    Hello,

    I have the same laptop and I'm able to use the NVIDIA card without any problem after installing Bumblebee

    With Bumblebee the NVIDIA card is disabled by default and therefore the battery life is extended, whenever I want to use the card with a program I just use the command optirun <nameoftheprogram> and it works.

    I hope this will help you.

    John

    PS: You can read this article if you want to understand how works NVIDIA optimus and why its linux support is complicated.
    Thanks for the article John. If it wasn't for this, I wouldn't know about NVIDIA optimus. Now I understand now why my laptop needs both intel and nvidia drivers installed.

    As for Bumblebee, I don't know why you need to run the command optirun <nameoftheprogram> while it's stated on on Bumblebee website that "Since Bumblebee 3.0, this feature is enabled by default, using bbswitch."
    Last edited by kenweill; January 8th, 2013 at 01:37 PM.

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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce 610M on ASUS K55VD

    bbswitch is a module that disable the NVIDIA card when not used, without bbswitch the NVIDIA card is always running even when you don't use it.
    I quote the Bumblebee wiki :
    (optional) bbswitch (or dkms-bbswitch) - recommended for saving power by disable the Nvidia card
    If you want to use your NVIDIA card with a program you are required to use optirun <nameoftheprogram> because for now bumblebee can't automatically switch from the Intel card to the NVIDIA card when needed.

    I quote the bumblebee wiki again :
    The present releases only support rendering on-demand, automatically starting a program with the discrete video card based on workload is not implemented
    [...]
    The command line program optirun shipped with Bumblebee is your best friend for running applications on your Optimus NVIDIA card.

    Test Bumblebee if it works with your Optimus system:
    $ optirun glxgears -info
    If it succeeds and the terminal you are running from mentions something about your NVIDIA - Optimus with Bumblebee is working!
    General Usage:
    $ optirun [options] <application> [application-parameters]
    Regards.

    John

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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce 610M on ASUS K55VD

    @John,

    How did you install this? I tried this on LiveDVD (just for testing purposes) but bumblebee won't install. Dependency error that it lacks virtualgl. I tried to install virtualgl but it also needs libturbojpeg which is not installable.

    Or perhaps it won't work on 64bit version of Ubuntu 12.10?
    Last edited by kenweill; January 7th, 2013 at 06:29 AM.

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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce 610M on ASUS K55VD

    I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 64bits and it works just fine doing :
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    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia
    If I understand correctly you're trying to install it on a Live Ubuntu ? Maybe the problem come from that, I know you can install programs on a Live Ubuntu but I never heard of installing drivers on it..

    John

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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce 610M on ASUS K55VD

    Running
    $ optirun glxgears -info
    and I get
    [ 395.731135] [ERROR]Cannot access secondary GPU - error: Could not load GPU driver
    [ 395.731217] [ERROR]Aborting because fallback start is disabled.

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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce 610M on ASUS K55VD

    I don't understand, we have the same laptop and it works perfectly for me.

    Here the steps I did :

    1) Install Ubuntu 12.10
    2)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y
    3)
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
    4)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia
    5) Add bumblebeed --deamon in startup applications
    6)
    Code:
    sudo reboot
    [...]
    7)
    Code:
    optirun glxgears
    and it works..
    Code:
    optirun glxgears
    6456 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1290.925 FPS
    glxgears
    304 frames in 5.0 seconds = 60.677 FPS
    Last edited by John_Swing; January 9th, 2013 at 01:28 AM.

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    Re: NVIDIA GeForce 610M on ASUS K55VD

    I just did reinstall my entire system after having fixed my GPT problems and install bumblebee again.

    Running "optirun firefox" I get
    NOTE: child process received `Goodbye', closing down
    Though, firefox was loaded, I got that message in the terminal.

    Running "optirun glxgears", I get
    /usr/bin/vglrun: 303: exec: glxgears: not found
    And now, I can't get to desktop. I'm stuck with "you are using low resolution" with some option box that not working. It must be related to bumblebee. It won't go to GUI.
    Last edited by kenweill; January 9th, 2013 at 11:44 PM.

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