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I have installed Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon and I have installed Nvidia drivers using this question. After rebooting the system this message appeared:

Cinnamon just crashed. You are currently running in Fallback Mode. Yes/No

I am a newbie but I Googled about this problem and wasn't able to find solutions about this message appeared after driver installation. Also, since my notebook has two videocards, maybe I should install drivers in some special way.

Please, guide me with any useful links, but again, I'm newbie and counting on the easy-understandable answers. My notebook configuration:


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Did your system use Optimus? – Braiam Aug 11 '13 at 16:00
I actually don't know. Is there some tool to check it? – franza Aug 11 '13 at 16:59

Please add nvidia driver version (use nvidia-xconfig or see nvidia-current package version). I have one idea about what is your problem: Nvidia Optimus - driver that supports it is pretty recent (319.17+) and did not made into Mint/Ubuntu yet so you might need install manually from nvidia.com newer version: http://www.blogsolute.com/install-latest-nvidia-driver-linux-mint/23836/, or use classic bumblebee optirun solution - run graphics heavy applications on NVIDIA (like Left 4 Dead, some games), light on Intel Driver (like cinnamon itself): http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=135283 .

For Mint 15 it is common problem, I had seen earlier posts: search more carefully if you need more help, Optimus is keyword: this thread (http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=136273) might be helpfull too.

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I looked into /etc/X11/xorg.conf and saw next line: # nvidia-xconfig: version 304.88 (buildmeister@swio-display-x86-rhel47-06) Wed Mar 27 15:32:58 PDT 2013. Is this what you asked? – franza Aug 11 '13 at 17:26
Also, if I install drivers manually from nvidia.com, should I then install bumblebee? – franza Aug 11 '13 at 17:32
Yes, 304 is old and have no native support for optimus. Bumblebee is not needed with new drivers from Nvidia.com anymore, so you don't have to. – IBr Aug 11 '13 at 17:36
I'm in installation process right now and it asked about the NVIDIA 32-bit compatibility OpenGL libraries. I chose Yes and it says now: The NVIDIA 32-bit compatibility OpenGL libraries are to be installed relative to the top-level prefix (chroot) '/emul/ia32-linux'; however, this directory does not exist. Please consult your distribution's documentation to confirm the correct top-level installation prefix for 32-bit compatibility libraries. Do you wish to install the 32-bit NVIDIA compatibility libraries anyway?. What should I choose? Sorry about all this questions. – franza Aug 11 '13 at 18:17
Try yes it should work, hopefully. – IBr Aug 11 '13 at 18:47

Nvidia optimus works well using Bumblebee (http://bumblebee-project.org) .Had this problem for a few days ,solved by installing Bumblebee. Run this in terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia

Now Reboot.

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sudo apt-get remove bumbleblee* primus*
sudo apt-get install nvidia-prime
sudo apt-get install nvidia-settings


this was helpful for me

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