Ubuntu on Dell XPS 17 – graphics and multi monitor

How to (easily) get graphics working in Ubuntu on Dell’s Optimus nvidia setup

We want ironhide (a new fork of bumblebee for ubuntu) on a fresh ubuntu 11.10 install (don’t upgrade from older version – do a fresh install). Also don’t install the nvidia drivers when you are prompted.

Here’s the steps I followed:

  • insert a file into /etc/pm/config.d (I called mine ‘XPS17-custom’) with the following content:


  • sudo apt-get install mesa-utils driconf
  • sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mj-casalogic/ironhide
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ironhide
  • reboot
  • sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update 
  • sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • reboot
  • check glxgears works and multiple monitor support (use ubuntu monitor configuration in settings area) 


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