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Bumblebee

Postby JennyR on Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:53 am

Hi

I just installed mint on my new thinkpad laptop. Really love it! The only issue is the low battery life. I heard from a friend who has Ubuntu, that bumblebee app helps to save a lot of battery on laptops with Nvidia Optimus graphic cards.

Why can't I find bumblebee in the Mint software manager? Sadly I dont really know much about linux or command line tools. Could someone be so nice to give step by step instructions on how to install it in Mint.

Big Thanks!

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Re: Bumblebee

Postby Aging Technogeek on Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:10 am

You do not say which version of Mint you are using. If you are usingLMDE, the Debian based version, the following procedure will not work. If you are using the Main Edition (Ubuntu based), do this.

Bumblebee is not available in Software Manager. You have to add the PPA from this site to install it.

https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/wiki/Install-and-usage

Use the entry for Ubuntu. Add the PPA to your sources list by opening a terminal and entering (copy and paste the green text into the terminal)

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sudo add-apt repository https://launchpad.net/~bumblebee/+archive/stable


Enter your password (passwords in terminal do not appear even as a line of dots or asterisks so do not be alarmed)

When the operation is done, the prompt will reappear. Enter

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sudo apt-get update


This refreshes the sources list. Next, enter

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sudo apt-get install bumblebee


This will install the app. Part way through the installation, you may be asked if you wish to continue. Just type "y" and press enter.

Bumblebee should now be installed. I don't use it so I can not offer any instructions beyond this point.
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Re: Bumblebee

Postby JennyR on Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:38 pm

Thanks a lot for your friendly directions! The community here is amazing.

I managed to get it running. I also found some nice instructions over here:
http://www.ivegotavirus.com/blog/2012/0 ... on-ubuntu/

I would highly recommend it to users with new NVIDIA Optimus graphic cards. In my case I get 40 minutes extra battery life, the cpu temperature dropped 10 C from 50 to 40 and the fan running speed from 4000 to less than 2000 rpm.

Cheers!

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