Hello All, I currently own the M11x r2 with Ubuntu 11.04 installed on it. Everything that i can tell is working (bluetooth, sound, graphics (i have to manually switch), AlienFX, wifi, et cetera. I just wanted to post this to help some of you out. When i installed Ubuntu it told me that i didn't meet the requirements for Unity (this is because of the hybrid graphics but of course all of you know that) so i went first to the nVidia website to check out if they had any new drivers out for it. They did, but it was also recommended that you stick with the ones included. I have Unity working, this is because i went into the driver manager and stopped the proprietary driver for the card (335m). Before, i would either be told by the system that id have to use 10.04 or have a blank screen completely. So my best advice to get 11.04 to work is just use the drivers that ubuntu comes with and ignore the proprietary drivers (for the graphics). The next order of business i had was to find something that would control the graphics switching: i turned to bumblebee and it worked. To get those programs to run using the nvidia card you just go to terminal type in optirun [insert name here]. Here's the instructions for the process of installing this: NVIDIA hybrid:
'For nvidia hybrid configurations:
b) try bumblebee for simultaneously using the intel and nvidia cards:
sudo apt-get install git
# type password
git clone http://github.com/MrMEEE/bumblebee.git
# check the speed and compare to running:
# If you have google-chrome installed, you can try it with/without optirun and report the FPS values on the mailing list:
optirun google-chrome http://webglsamples.googlecode.com/hg/aquarium/aquarium.html
I copied this verbatim from https://launchpad.net/~hybrid-graphics-linux
Next for AlienFX theres a small third party made program out there called AlienFX Lite.. i installed this on my computer and it controls the lights perfectly
GUI isnt as pretty but who cares.
Heres the link for those instructions which are found elsewhere in this forum: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1403399
I hope this helps someone.. I'm new to using linux distros so if i have an error please pardon my ignorance.
Anyways, I have had no problems with all of this (except for alienfx where i had to type in a different file name because the one in the instructions is wrong: it is now 0.4b instead of 0.1.
Specs: Alienware M11x R2, Core i7-U640, 4Gb RAM, 500 GB HDD, nVidia Optimus 335m