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    Installing Nvidia Drivers

    Greetings,

    I need to install the drivers for my Nvidia Geforce 540M video card in order to install Bumblebee. How can I do so?

    Thanks

    P.S: I tried some methods I found on the net up to no avail.

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    Have you tried the Additional Drivers.



    Bumblebee on Ubuntu wiki may help too
    Last edited by DogMatix; October 13th, 2012 at 11:01 PM.
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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    I followed the instructions given in the following URL:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee#Installation

    1) However, when I try to launch Nvidia X Server settings I get the screen that I have attached to this post. I think this means I have the drivers installed but they are not working.

    2) I get the following result in the terminal when I try to install Bumblebee:

    Code:
    user@Vesnog:~$ sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia 
    [sudo] password for user: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package bumblebee
    E: Unable to locate package bumblebee-nvidia
    3) I am unable to run glxgears. When I try it, I get the following:
    Code:
    user@Vesnog:~$ glxgears
    Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
    Error: couldn't get an RGB, Double-buffered visual
    4) Also I am experiencing a weird issue related with Google Chrome. The problem is as follows: When I try to move a tab from one position to another(say moving tab 2 from left of tab 3 to right of it), instantly the browser opens a new window and I am unable to put the tab back to its place which is very frustrating.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions or remedies.


    P.S:I have used sudo apt-get update command many times up to no avail. Some applications refuse to get installed by giving similar error messages.
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    Last edited by sandyd; October 14th, 2012 at 01:14 AM. Reason: font/code tags

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    I tried changing the Unity Desktop by logging out, however it failed and I am stuck with a resolution of 640x480 and cannot change it. How can I change it ?
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    Last edited by Vesnog; October 14th, 2012 at 01:41 AM. Reason: SS

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    I have resolved the lowered resolution issue by consulting the 7th post following URL:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1966987

    But the above mentioned problems persist.

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    Can you post the results of these commands ?

    Code:
    find /etc/apt  -name '*.list' -exec bash -c 'echo -e "\n$1\n"; cat -n "$1"' _ '{}' \;
    Code:
    apt-cache policy nvidia-current
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 vga

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    I am posting some information relating the problem:

    @Vesnog:~$ dpkg-query -l nvidia*
    Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
    | Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
    |/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
    ||/ Name Version Description
    +++-==============-==============-============================================
    un nvidia-180-mod <none> (no description available)
    un nvidia-185-mod <none> (no description available)
    ii nvidia-common 1:0.2.44.2 Find obsolete NVIDIA drivers
    ii nvidia-current 304.51-0ubuntu NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and
    un nvidia-current <none> (no description available)
    ii nvidia-current 295.49-0ubuntu NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and
    ii nvidia-setting 304.51-0ubuntu Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driv
    ii nvidia-setting 295.33-0ubuntu Tool of configuring the NVIDIA graphics driv

    The part of the output of the command "sudo lspci -v" is as follows:

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 540M] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Subsystem: Dell Device 050e
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
    Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
    Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
    Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
    I/O ports at 3000 [size=128]
    Expansion ROM at f1000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
    Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 3
    Capabilities: [68] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    Capabilities: [78] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    Capabilities: [b4] Vendor Specific Information: Len=14 <?>
    Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
    Capabilities: [128] Power Budgeting <?>
    Capabilities: [600] Vendor Specific Information: ID=0001 Rev=1 Len=024 <?>
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia
    Kernel modules: nvidia_current_updates, nvidia, nouveau, nvidiafb

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by NikTh View Post
    Can you post the results of these commands ?

    Code:
    find /etc/apt  -name '*.list' -exec bash -c 'echo -e "\n$1\n"; cat -n "$1"' _ '{}' \;
    Code:
    apt-cache policy nvidia-current
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 vga
    Excuse me for missing you post earlier. Here are the outputs of the commands:

    1.Command

    /etc/apt/sources.list

    1 # deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release i386 (20120817.3)]/ precise main restricted
    2
    3 # See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
    4 # newer versions of the distribution.
    5 deb http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
    6 deb-src http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
    7
    8 ## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
    9 ## distribution.
    10 deb http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted
    11 deb-src http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted
    12
    13 ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    14 ## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
    15 ## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    16 deb http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise universe
    17 deb-src http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise universe
    18 deb http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates universe
    19 deb-src http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates universe
    20
    21 ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    22 ## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
    23 ## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
    24 ## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
    25 ## security team.
    26 deb http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise multiverse
    27 deb-src http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise multiverse
    28 deb http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates multiverse
    29 deb-src http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates multiverse
    30
    31 ## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
    32 ## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
    33 ## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
    34 ## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
    35 ## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    36 deb http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    37 deb-src http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    38
    39 deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted
    40 deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted
    41 deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security universe
    42 deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security universe
    43 deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse
    44 deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse
    45
    46 ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
    47 ## 'partner' repository.
    48 ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
    49 ## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
    50 # deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
    51 # deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
    52
    53 ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
    54 ## developers who want to ship their latest software.
    55 deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
    56 deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main

    /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-talkplugin.list

    1 ### THIS FILE IS AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURED ###
    2 # You may comment out this entry, but any other modifications may be lost.
    3 deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main

    /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-java-precise.list

    1 deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/java/ubuntu precise main
    2 deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/java/ubuntu precise main

    /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list

    1 ### THIS FILE IS AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURED ###
    2 # You may comment out this entry, but any other modifications may be lost.
    3 deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

    /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ubuntu-x-swat-x-updates-precise.list

    1 deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates/ubuntu precise main
    2 deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates/ubuntu precise main




    2.Command
    nvidia-current:
    Installed: 304.51-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1
    Candidate: 304.51-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1
    Version table:
    *** 304.51-0ubuntu1~precise~xup1 0
    500 http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-x-sw...pdates/ubuntu/ precise/main i386 Packages
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    295.40-0ubuntu1.1 0
    500 http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/restricted i386 Packages
    500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security/restricted i386 Packages
    295.40-0ubuntu1 0
    500 http://tr.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/restricted i386 Packages

    3.Command
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0116] (rev 09)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:050e]
    Kernel driver in use: i915
    --
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 540M] [10de:0df4] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:050e]
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia

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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    You are missing the bumblebee ppa
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
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    Re: Installing Nvidia Drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    You are missing the bumblebee ppa
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
    I added it for more than once.

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