Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Laptop shuts down when trying to run Portal from Steam

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Beans
    18

    Unhappy Laptop shuts down when trying to run Portal from Steam

    I've been trying to run Portal from the native Steam client and every time the laptop shuts down after a minute or so. I came across some info while searching for a solution. I'm new to linux so can someone tell me if I can safely reproduce the steps shown in this link in Ubuntu (12.04) and might it help?

    https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic....26090#p1326090

    My specs:
    Ubuntu 12.04 (kernel 3.11)
    Intel core i3 @ 2.4 GHz
    Nvidia GT 335M (Nvidia driver 331 installed) with bumblebee 3.2
    2 GB RAM

    I hope there's no rule against linking to another forum..I really need some help here.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Norwich CT
    Beans
    1,417
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Laptop shuts down when trying to run Portal from Steam

    That link points to someone who is not using the nVidia 331 driver. Your laptop should be able to run Portal with no difficulty, so it is probably something else. Some laptops shut down when they're overheating; is your properly ventilated?

    I drink my Ubuntu black, no sugar.
    Ubuntu user 28819

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Beans
    18

    Re: Laptop shuts down when trying to run Portal from Steam

    Thanks for the reply, and I don't think there's a ventilation problem. I was using Windows until recently and I could play "heavy" games without shutdown, and right now there's no loud fan noise or hotness during normal use.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Norwich CT
    Beans
    1,417
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Laptop shuts down when trying to run Portal from Steam

    I just reread your original post, and, if you have Bumblebee, you should remove it; yours is not an Optimus GPU. This may be the source of your problem.

    I drink my Ubuntu black, no sugar.
    Ubuntu user 28819

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Beans
    18

    Re: Laptop shuts down when trying to run Portal from Steam

    Quote Originally Posted by oldrocker99 View Post
    I just reread your original post, and, if you have Bumblebee, you should remove it; yours is not an Optimus GPU. This may be the source of your problem.
    Thanks for pointing that out! Apparently my GPU uses Hybrid SLI hybrid power technology..is there any way I can get this to work in ubuntu?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Norwich CT
    Beans
    1,417
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Laptop shuts down when trying to run Portal from Steam

    A bit of Googling found this:
    http://ieatbinary.com/2010/02/21/con...li-technology/

    Google is your friend, especially if you're a GNU/Linux user!

    I drink my Ubuntu black, no sugar.
    Ubuntu user 28819

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Beans
    18

    Re: Laptop shuts down when trying to run Portal from Steam

    Quote Originally Posted by oldrocker99 View Post
    A bit of Googling found this:
    http://ieatbinary.com/2010/02/21/con...li-technology/

    Google is your friend, especially if you're a GNU/Linux user!
    Thanks and maybe this is a dumb question but can I manually make ubuntu use (or not use) the Nvidia card when I want to by editing the xorg.conf as shown? And my Nvidia card works normally in the normal desktop environment without bumblebee..it just stays on all the time (very loud fan noise) which I guess is what should happen without a "switching" technology.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •