Install Bumblebee on Linux Mint 17

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I’ve an Asus N76VB with a NVIDIA GeForce 740M graphics card. Normally I always have trouble getting NVIDIA Optimus to work, but when I just installed Linux Mint 17 I had everything fully working in less than 5 minutes.

Because I’m sure there are enough people who didn’t get it working in less than 5 minutes I decided to write this brief tutorial.

Please leave a comment if you’ve any questions!

Installing Bumblebee

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Install Bumblebee and the NVIDIA driver:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia bbswitch-dkms primus nvidia-331
  3. Now we’ve to make a few minor changes to Bumblebee’s configuration:
    sudo gedit /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf
    • Edit (do not remove or add any lines) the lines so they match the lines below:
    • Save the file
    • Restart your computer
    • Test if it’s working (you should get a high FPS):
      vblank_mode=0 glxgears


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