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How to install nVidia proprietary on Notebook with Optimus ready?

asked 2015-12-04 17:13:41 +0000

Helcio Macedo gravatar image

Hey all! o/

I have a DELL Latitude 3440 and with it, the tecnology nVidia Optimus who will use 2 VGAs to work.

My lspci show this information: VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0b) 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK208M [GeForce GT 740M] (rev a1)

so.. I want to install the nVidia Driver to work better on games and with the Optimus technology

I tried to do it: http://www.if-not-true-then-false.com... but i break my xserver always when i try.

Anyone can help me?? If possible, with a Step-by-Step to do it?

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answered 2015-12-04 18:31:19 +0000

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updated 2015-12-05 21:08:51 +0000


What do you mean by break Xserver? Do you get a GDM error?

In my case, I had to install bumblebee because my card had also optimus technology and it works great.

EDIT: add the instructions I used

Here are the commands I used, following the link I've given in my previous comment ( https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bumblebee ), assuming you are on fedora 23 also. I used close source driver (official from Nvidia), with a managed version.

Hope to trace everything...

Add bumblebee repo: (depending on what release you are on)

$ sudo dnf -y --nogpgcheck install http://install.linux.ncsu.edu/pub/yum/itecs/public/bumblebee/fedora23/noarch/bumblebee-release-1.2-1.noarch.rpm

Managed NVidia repo: (depending on what release you are on)

$ sudo dnf -y --nogpgcheck install http://install.linux.ncsu.edu/pub/yum/itecs/public/bumblebee-nonfree/fedora23/noarch/bumblebee-nonfree-release-1.2-1.noarch.rpm

*Multilib on a 64 bit install fedora 22+: *

$ sudo dnf install bumblebee-nvidia bbswitch-dkms VirtualGL.x86_64 VirtualGL.i686 primus.x86_64 primus.i686 kernel-devel

Then, you case use optimus command to run several tests:

optimus Syntax: $ optirun [options] application [application-parameters] $ optirun wine application.exe


$ optirun glxgears
$ optirun -b none nvidia-settings -c :8

you could check that while the application is run via optimus, the nvidia driver is loaded:

$ lsmod | grep nvidia
nvidia               8642560  41
drm                   335872  13 i915,drm_kms_helper,nvidia
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Which tutorial you follows? any links

robbnesp ( 2015-12-05 03:33:34 +0000 )edit

Hi. I followed this link: link text. I used the closed source drivers, with managed version. Hope this helps.

Fabash ( 2015-12-05 20:55:48 +0000 )edit

All installation its done. But optirun returns this message: Do you know something about it?

$ **optirun glxgears**
[ 4798.481509] [ERROR]Cannot access secondary GPU - error: [XORG] (EE) /dev/dri/card0: failed to set DRM interface version 1.4: Permission denied

[ 4798.481613] [ERROR]Aborting because fallback start is disabled.
Helcio Macedo ( 2015-12-07 11:39:55 +0000 )edit

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Asked: 2015-12-04 17:13:41 +0000

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