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Эseτoя[и]λdo Dec 7, 2012 @ 10:25am
Nvidia Optimus / Ubuntu / Steam
Is anyone using a Nvidia Optimus with steam?. I know that bumblebee only supports 304 Nvidia Drivers for now and they have a bad perfomance in my Acer Aspire 5750G. Any other solution to have Steam, Nvidia Optimus with a good batery life and perfomance?
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SimonOmega Dec 7, 2012 @ 10:57am 
I planed on trying out Bumblebee and Steam this Weekend. Have not tried it yet.

Nvidia is still working on their Optimus Linux driver. Some article said they had a demo (internal) that uses RandR. It went on to say it crashed during a public demo.

BumbleBee is the only solution I know of right now. There were a few when I started tinkering with it on an Alienware M11xR2. But it looks like (no proof) everything merged into Bumblebee.

Nvidia said for a while they were going to assist BumbleBee and not make an Nvidia Driver. Nt sure how that paned out, since they are making a Proprietary Driver now. O_O
yugic Dec 7, 2012 @ 11:11am 
use bumblebee(http://bumblebee-project.org/) then just go to your desktop (If you have the shortcut) with terminal and write - optirun Steam
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WhatYouSeeIsWhatYouGet Dec 7, 2012 @ 11:19am 
Don't use Bumblebee directly, use Primus for better performance (http://www.webupd8.org/2012/11/primus-better-performance-and-less.html).

You'd then use
primusrun steam
to run Steam.

Read this to configure Primus/Bumblebee to work with the Ubuntu nvidia-experimental-310 driver: http://www.webupd8.org/2012/12/use-nvidia-experimental-drivers-310.html

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Эseτoя[и]λdo Dec 7, 2012 @ 11:30am 
I will try primus
WhatYouSeeIsWhatYouGet Dec 8, 2012 @ 3:20am 
Please be aware that I was using Primus with the xorg-edgers 310.19 NVIDIA drivers (they update nvidia-current package so no change needs to be made to Bumblebee or Primus configuration), but I hadn't tried with the Ubuntu nvidia-experimental-310 driver (one of the links I posted above).

I've just tried the Ubuntu nvidia-experimental-310 driver (using the link I posted above) and TF2 segfaults when run with Primus. I haven't had a chance to investigate yet (or try Bumblebee instead).
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Salem - M1 is love M1 is life Dec 16, 2012 @ 12:22pm 
The sefault of TF2 with primus seems to be related to steam overlay: commenting out line 22 (export LD_PRELOAD=$(dirname ${STEAMPATH})/gameoverlayrenderer.so) on Team Fortress 2/hl2.sh fixed it for me.

Originally posted by WУSiWУG:
Please be aware that I was using Primus with the xorg-edgers 310.19 NVIDIA drivers (they update nvidia-current package so no change needs to be made to Bumblebee or Primus configuration), but I hadn't tried with the Ubuntu nvidia-experimental-310 driver (one of the links I posted above).

I've just tried the Ubuntu nvidia-experimental-310 driver (using the link I posted above) and TF2 segfaults when run with Primus. I haven't had a chance to investigate yet (or try Bumblebee instead).
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