Revernus Apr 30 @ 8:01am
Optimus notebook users - which distro do you use?
This thread is for Optimus notebook users, who have an Intel integrated graphic card + a Nvidia dedicated grapic card. In order to be able to play games, we need to install Bumblebee, a Nvidia driver (either proprietary or nouveau) and run games using primusrun. The intention of this thread is to provide some knowledge about which distros are curretly being able to handle Optimus technology. If you have an Optimus notebook and can play games properly using Bumblebee, please answer these questions (or at least some of them):


Linux Distribution:
Nvidia driver [proprietary/nouveau]:
Notebook model:
Integrated Intel card:
Dedicated Nvidia card:
Performance [0-10]:
Persnal commentary:


PS: If you don't know your video cards model, you can check it by running this command as root:

# lspci | grep VGA
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Revernus Apr 30 @ 8:06am 
Linux Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.1
Nvidia driver: Proprietary
Notebook model: Dell Inspiron 14R 5421
Integrated Intel card: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
Dedicated Nvidia card: GeForce GT 730M
Performance: 10
Persnal commentary: I followed this tutorial[smithfarm-thebrain.blogspot.co.il] to install Bumblebee. Then I installed Steam using the one click install feature[software.opensuse.org] and to every game I play, I set a launch option like this on Steam client: primusrun %command%
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mattyy1hp May 1 @ 3:40am 
Linux Distribution: Debian Sid 64bit
Nvidia driver: proprietary (331.67 at the moment)
Notebook model: HP Envy DV6 7250ec
Integrated Intel card: Intel HD 4000
Dedicated Nvidia card: GeForce GT 630M
Performance [0-10]: 10
Personal commentary: Everything is here (https://wiki.debian.org/Bumblebee) - I installed bumblebee-nvidia and primus packages and then I added myself to the bumblebee group.
Last edited by mattyy1hp; May 1 @ 3:41am
Revernus May 2 @ 9:25am 
I tested Ubuntu 14.04, it's fantastic for Optimus notebook users, very easy!


Linux Distribution: Ubuntu 14.04
Nvidia driver: Proprietary
Notebook model: Dell Inspiron 14R 5421
Integrated Intel card: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
Dedicated Nvidia card: GeForce GT 730M
Performance: 10
Persnal commentary: To enable Optimus support, all I had to do was going to Unity Settings --> Softwares & update --> Additional Drivers and clicked on the proprietary driver option. Then everything was working already, no bumblebee nor primus nor virtualgl needed. To switch between Intel and Nvidia cards, I installed prime-indicator applet.
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