Install bumblebee on Ubuntu 16.10

The same as my last post, but we need to install bumblebee from testing ppa manually, because there are no packages for yakkety yet.

mkdir bumblebee-testing
cd bumblebee-testing
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

And bumblebee can work fine with steam’s games now, no need to update libstdc++ library inside steam folder.


Install bumblebee Ubuntu 16.04.1

Update and install latest driver
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt install nvidia-prime nvidia-370

Switch to intel card
sudo prime-select intel
Install bumblebee testing with primus
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/testing
sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus nvidia-settings nvidia-370

Add kernel modules to load at boot time
sudo gedit /etc/modules

Blacklist nvidia
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/bumblebee.conf
# 370
blacklist nvidia-370
blacklist nvidia-370-updates
blacklist nvidia-experimental-370

Configure bumblebee

sudo gedit /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf
nvidia-current -> nvidia-370

Add user to bumblebee group, enable bumblebeed daemon service.
sudo gpasswd -a $USER bumblebee
sudo systemctl enable bumblebeed

Add boot flags (depend on each machine, my laptop is):
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nouveau.modeset=0 acpi_osi=! acpi_osi=\"Windows 2009\" acpi_backlight=native idle=nomwait"
sudo update grub2

Check if bumblebee working

sudo apt-get install mesa-utils
primusrun glxinfo | grep OpenGL
lsmod | grep bbswitch
cat /proc/acpi/bbswitch
primusrun glxgears
cat /proc/acpi/bbswitch

There is a bug that prevent to run steam’s games using bumblebee, here is how to fix:

sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6
cd ~/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu
mv ~/backup/32
ln -fs /usr/lib32/
cd ~/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
mv ~/backup/64
ln -fs /usr/lib32/

Open games in steam: open steam -> libraries -> right click a game -> properties -> set launch options
primusrun %command%

Useful commands:

lspci | egrep 'VGA|3D'
lsmod | grep bbswitch
dmesg | grep bbswitch
dpkg -l | grep bumblebee
lsmod | grep nvidia
optirun -b none /usr/bin/nvidia-settings -c :8


Use fcitx in hipchat on ubuntu

In my company, we use Hipchat to communicate while we work. But on my machine (Ubuntu 16.04.1) I can not type my native language (Vietnamese).  That is because I switch from ibus to fcitx (there are lot of bug in ibus these days), and unfortunately, Hipchat only support ibus. I used to use Hipchat web as an alternative. But recently I find out I can make Hipchat work with fcitx, with a simple command:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/qt5/plugins/platforminputcontexts/ /opt/HipChat4/lib/plugins/platforminputcontexts
Hope this help some one.