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    Installing Bumblebee

    Hello everybody,

    thanks to the help of several forummembers I successfully installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my second laptop.
    Because the experience was such a nice one I'd like to install Ubuntu on my primary laptop. (Dell XPS 17)
    There is only one problem: It has a Nvidia GT-555M with Optimus, I read about Bumblebee but I'm not to sure about the correct way to install anything.
    I already took a look in my BIOS and unfortunately there was no option to force the Nvidia GPU over the Intel HD 4000 chip
    So I have to use Bumblebee for best performance.
    How do I do this?

    My thanks to anybody who can help!

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    Re: Help with installing Bumblebee

    Hi
    Take a look at Bumblebee - Ubuntu Wiki - that should help.
    There is an applet called Jupiter that enables switching CPU power modes, that might interest you as well.
    Enjoy your system

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    Re: Help with installing Bumblebee

    Thanks a lot!
    But if I get this right I just have to type : sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable

    In terminal and Bumblebee will be installed (also the GUI?) and everything will work?:O

    Men that application 'Jupiter' seems great!
    But I'm confused with Bumblebee, I'm running 12.04 and I need to do step 1,2 and 3?
    Last edited by GJ1234; August 1st, 2012 at 03:03 PM.

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    Re: Help with installing Bumblebee

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
    This adds the bumblebee repository to your software sources. You need this to see bumblebee and install it, because bumblebee is not coming with Ubuntu its third-party-software.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    This fetches the software lists from the sources, since you added a new source during the last step you have to update your lists by running this command.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia
    This finally installs bumblebee. And yes, the other steps are necessary.

    No it is without any GUI. But in my opinion you won't need one anyway ;P

    as it says If you are on Ubuntu 11.04 or older ... and you are not, so you can ignore this step:
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

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    Re: Help with installing Bumblebee

    Quote Originally Posted by krustenBrot View Post
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
    This adds the bumblebee repository to your software sources. You need this to see bumblebee and install it, because bumblebee is not coming with Ubuntu its third-party-software.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    This fetches the software lists from the sources, since you added a new source during the last step you have to update your lists by running this command.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia
    This finally installs bumblebee. And yes, the other steps are necessary.

    No it is without any GUI. But in my opinion you won't need one anyway ;P


    as it says If you are on Ubuntu 11.04 or older ... and you are not, so you can ignore this step:
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
    Got it, working!

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    Re: Help with installing Bumblebee

    Glad it worked, please mark your thread as solved!

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