How to get the nVidia Optimus card working on the Zenbook UX32VD (Ubuntu 12.04/12.10)

NOTE: This guide assumes that your bios version is 211 or higher. If you haven’t already done it, download the update from here.

If you’re on Ubuntu 13.04, see here.

1) Upgrade your kernel to version 3.5.2 (or, presumably, newer). Assuming we’re dealing with a 64-bit system:

$ mkdir /tmp/new_kernel
$ cd /tmp/new_kernel
$ wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.5.2-quantal/linux-headers-3.5.2-030502-generic_3.5.2-030502.201208151151_amd64.deb
$ wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.5.2-quantal/linux-headers-3.5.2-030502_3.5.2-030502.201208151151_all.deb
$ wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.5.2-quantal/linux-image-3.5.2-030502-generic_3.5.2-030502.201208151151_amd64.deb
$ wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.5.2-quantal/linux-image-extra-3.5.2-030502-generic_3.5.2-030502.201208151151_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

2) Reboot

3) Install bumblebee and the updated X packages. If you previously installed nVidia drivers… remove ‘em completely before performing this step!

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
$ sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia

4) Open (as superuser) the “/etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf” file. I suggest the “nano” editor, but for the less experienced users I’ll use gedit:

$ gksu gedit /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf

5) In the [driver-nvidia] section, at the line “KernelDriver=” set the value to “nvidia-current” (without quotation marks). Make sure that, in the [bumblebeed] section, the line “Driver=” is without a value.

6) Save, close and reboot.

7) At this point you should have a working Bumblebee (that is Optimus). To start your applications with the nVidia card, run them with “optirun softwarename“. For example, “optirun firefox”. If you want to do another test, run the “glxspheres” command for about 30 seconds, with and without optirun, then compare the output values on the terminal (they’ll be higher for the nVidia card, of course).

52 pensieri su “How to get the nVidia Optimus card working on the Zenbook UX32VD (Ubuntu 12.04/12.10)

  1. Hi, thanks for this posting. It worked well in my ASus UX32 but two days ago I upgraded to 13.10 and now optirun is not working, it claims that it does not find GPU and battery lasts half the time now. I look forward to installing a version of your repository for Ubuntu 13.10. Great work!

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