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The instructions on this page applies to Debian Squeeze and newer. Debian Lenny and prior are not supported. The instructions on this page applies to Debian Wheezy and newer. Debian Squeeze and prior are not supported.
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'''For Sid and Jessie users''', Bumblebee packages are available directly from the Debian repositories, thus most of the instructions on this page are irrelevant for you; you can skip straight down to the [[#Installation|Installation]] section. In summary, it's now as simple as installing {{{bumblebee}}} or {{{bumblebee-nvidia}}}, and {{{primus}}}. '''For Sid and Jessie users''', Bumblebee packages are available directly from the Debian repositories, head down to the [[#Installation|Installation]] section. In summary, it's as simple as installing {{{bumblebee}}} or {{{bumblebee-nvidia}}}, and {{{primus}}}.
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'''For Wheezy users''', Bumblebee packages are available from [[http://backports.debian.org/Instructions/|wheezy-backports]]. Follow the steps listed on that page to add backports to your sources.list (but make sure that you also add wheezy-backports' contrib repository as well to your sources.list, e.g. {{{deb http://YOURMIRROR.debian.org/debian wheezy-backports main contrib}}}), and then install {{{bumblebee}}} or {{{bumblebee-nvidia}}}, and {{{primus}}}. Refer to the [[#Installation|Installation]] section below.

== Requirements ==
Uninstall all earlier versions of Bumblebee or [[https://github.com/z0rc/debumblebee|debumblebee]].

 * Source tarball from https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/tags
 * Build dependencies: {{{
sudo apt-get install build-essential pkg-config help2man libx11-dev libbsd-dev libglib2.0-dev
}}}
 * [[http://sourceforge.net/projects/virtualgl/files/VirtualGL/|Virtual GL]]
 * A video driver (nouveau or nvidia, see below)
 * [[https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/bbswitch|bbswitch]] (kernel module for Power Management, see [[#Power Management|below]])

=== Driver choice ===

NVIDIA Optimus graphics card are very recent, the [[DebianPkg:xserver-xorg-video-nouveau|nouveau]]
package supplied with Squeeze is very old. For nouveau, kernel 3.1 and up is recommended
because of the firmware. If you're using Squeeze, the easiest way is to use
the NVIDIA proprietary driver.

==== NVIDIA blob ====
To install the nvidia proprietary driver, you will have to install the
[[DebianPkg:nvidia-glx|nvidia-glx]] and
[[DebianPkg:nvidia-kernel-dkms]] packages. If using Squeeze, the
backports repository [[Backports|needs to be enabled]].
Make sure APT has ''non-free'' and ''contrib'' sources (consult the [[DebianMan:5/sources.list|sources.list(5)]] man page for help on doing this).

After refreshing the package lists using `sudo apt-get update`, install the NVIDIA drivers with: {{{
sudo apt-get install -t squeeze-backports nvidia-glx linux-headers-$(uname -r) nvidia-kernel-dkms
}}}
(remove {{{-t squeeze-backports}}} if you are not using Squeeze)

The following command is '''very''' important, if you skip it you will loose
3D acceleration. Restore Mesa as the default GL library since the primary
display is running on the Intel graphics card: {{{
sudo update-alternatives --set glx /usr/lib/mesa-diverted
}}}
'''For Wheezy users''', Bumblebee packages are available from [[http://backports.debian.org/Instructions/|wheezy-backports]]. Follow the steps listed on that page to add backports to your sources.list (but make sure that you also add wheezy-backports' contrib repository as well to your sources.list, e.g. {{{deb http://YOURMIRROR.debian.org/debian wheezy-backports main contrib non-free}}}), and then install {{{bumblebee}}} or {{{bumblebee-nvidia}}}, and {{{primus}}}. Refer to the [[#Installation|Installation]] section below.
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=== Compiling ===
Configure the source tree, it can be as simple as {{{./configure}}} if you
use nouveau and want to install Bumblebee to {{{/usr}}} with the configuration
directory at {{{/usr/local/etc/bumblebee}}}. If {{{configure}}} is missing, run {{{autoreconf -fi}}} first (see {{{README.markdown}}}).
=== Compiling from source ===
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If you use the proprietary nvidia driver, set the correct driver paths. For '''Squeeze''':
{{{
./configure CONF_LDPATH_NVIDIA=/usr/lib/nvidia:/usr/lib32/nvidia \
  CONF_MODPATH_NVIDIA=/usr/lib/nvidia,/usr/lib/xorg/modules
}}}
For '''Wheezy''' or newer:
{{{
./configure CONF_LDPATH_NVIDIA=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/nvidia:/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/nvidia:/usr/lib32/nvidia \
  CONF_MODPATH_NVIDIA=/usr/lib/nvidia,/usr/lib/xorg/modules
}}}
Refer to [[https://wiki.debian.org/Bumblebee/ManualInstall]]. These instructions are provided for historical reference only and are not recommended now that packages are available through the repositories.
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Append {{{--sysconfdir=/etc}}} if you wish to have configuration files available
at {{{/etc/bumblebee}}}.

Continue with building and installing files.
{{{
make
sudo make install
}}}

=== Startup script ===
To make the bumblebee daemon (bumblebeed) start on boot, install an
init script: {{{
sudo install -m755 scripts/sysvinit/bumblebeed /etc/init.d/
sudo update-rc.d bumblebeed defaults
}}}
Unless you reboot, you have to start it manually: {{{
sudo invoke-rc.d bumblebeed start
}}}

=== Groups ===
For security reasons, the use of Bumblebee is restricted to a
certain group. By default, this group is {{{bumblebee}}}, which
must be created: {{{
sudo groupadd bumblebee
}}}

Users who are allowed to use Bumblebee must be added (replace `$USER`
accordingly): {{{
sudo usermod -a -G bumblebee $USER
}}}
Group settings are re-read after login so re-login to get started.
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 $ `optirun /opt/VirtualGL/bin/glxspheres64`  $ `optirun glxgears -info`
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It's recommended to install this kernel module using DKMS such that it survives
kernel upgrades. The [[https://launchpad.net/~bumblebee/+archive/stable/+packages?field.name_filter=bbswitch|bbswitch-dkms package from Ubuntu]]
is compatible with Debian and can also be used.
bbswitch is packaged in Debian and is automatically installed when choosing to install bumblebee through the repositories.
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== Uninstall ==
If you're unsatisfied with Bumblebee, you can remove it by running {{{sudo make uninstall}}} from the source directory.

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Bumblebee Project

Bumblebee aims to provide support for NVIDIA Optimus laptops for GNU/Linux distributions. Using Bumblebee, you can use your NVIDIA card for rendering graphics which will be displayed using the Intel card.

The instructions on this page applies to Debian Wheezy and newer. Debian Squeeze and prior are not supported.

For Sid and Jessie users, Bumblebee packages are available directly from the Debian repositories, head down to the Installation section. In summary, it's as simple as installing bumblebee or bumblebee-nvidia, and primus.

For Wheezy users, Bumblebee packages are available from wheezy-backports. Follow the steps listed on that page to add backports to your sources.list (but make sure that you also add wheezy-backports' contrib repository as well to your sources.list, e.g. deb http://YOURMIRROR.debian.org/debian wheezy-backports main contrib non-free), and then install bumblebee or bumblebee-nvidia, and primus. Refer to the Installation section below.

Installation

From repository

Sid and Jessie users can install everything directly from the official repositories.

For users who would like to use the free nouveau driver:

sudo apt-get install bumblebee primus

For users who would like to use the proprietary nvidia driver (again, requires contrib and non-free enabled in your sources.list):

sudo apt-get install bumblebee-nvidia primus

Wheezy users can install everything directly from backports.

sudo apt-get install -t wheezy-backports bumblebee primus

  • -or-

sudo apt-get install -t wheezy-backports bumblebee-nvidia primus

Alternatively, Wheezy, Jessie, and Sid users can install everything from an external repository (which was setup before bumblebee packages were made available in the official repositories). Check http://suwako.nomanga.net/ for details.

Compiling from source

Refer to https://wiki.debian.org/Bumblebee/ManualInstall. These instructions are provided for historical reference only and are not recommended now that packages are available through the repositories.

Usage

To run your application with the discrete NVIDIA card run in the terminal:

  • $ optirun [options] <application> [application-parameters]

Example:

  • $ optirun glxgears -info

For a list of options for optirun open the manpage with man optirun or run:

  • $ optirun --help

Power Management

A primary goal of this project is to not only enable use of the discrete GPU for rendering, but also to enable smart power management of the dGPU when it's not in use. We're using either bbswitch (a module) or vga_switcheroo (kernel module, experimental) to do this in Bumblebee.

bbswitch is packaged in Debian and is automatically installed when choosing to install bumblebee through the repositories.

Since Bumblebee 3.0, this feature is enabled by default, using bbswitch. This allow automatic power management, without any configuration needs. If Power Management doesn't work on your laptop, please go to this Power Management (PM) page and help to improve Bumblebee.

IRC

If you have any questions, feel free to join #bumblebee on Freenode.

Reporting bugs/problems

First of all: If you have any problem, please read the article Troubleshooting. If your issue is not solved, you can join the #bumblebee IRC channel to ask for help (recommended). See also http://wiki.Bumblebee-Project.org/Reporting-Issues

When asked to create a bugreport, run the sudo bumblebee-bugreport command in a terminal

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References


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