I have Linux Mint 13 64 bit version with cinnamon, NVdia Geforce 320m, proprietary driver 304.54 if I'm not mistaken. I installed bumblebee following this guide:

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

Rebooted, and now I have 640x480 resolution, half-broken gnome 3 was loaded (there are no buttons to log out or reboot, no animations of course). When I try to run nvidia-settings I get:

You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver.  
Please edit your X configuration file (just run `nvidia-xconfig` as root),
and restart the X server.

What shall I do to fix this? I want my discrete graphics card and cinnamon back.


I know I'm late, but the fix probably was changing bumblebee config around. Sometimes there's a desync where you are officially using a different driver than Bumblebee thinks you are, and when it tries to do stuff it points at inaccurate libraries, wrong drivers and overall armageddon ensues. Bumblebee config is under /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf and you wanna set the used driver in shared [bumblebeed] section with Driver=nvidia (or nouveau) and then the precise driver and its libs in the specific driver section [driver-nvidia] or [driver-nouveau]). In the case of nvidia-304 it's KernelDriver=nvidia-304, LibraryPath=/usr/lib/nvidia-304:/usr/lib32/nvidia-304 and XorgModulePath=/usr/lib/nvidia-304/xorg,/usr/lib/xorg/modules.

Remember to always update this when switching drivers around!

I just fixed my setup this way, so I hope necrobumping this will help people searching for the same thing as me.

  • Necrobumping ftw! :D – user983302 Aug 5 '16 at 6:47

sudo apt-get --purge remove bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia might be a first step in trying to get things back to how they were. Other than that, the Bumblebee Wiki, particularly the Reporting Issues, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages are your best bet.

  • Only removing this packages didn't help - I reinstalled video drivers and now everything works as it worked before bumblebee installation. – user983302 Nov 26 '12 at 19:58
  • But did you use --purge when removing it? Removing the package without purging the configuration is likely the reason it was still broken. – Jim Paris Nov 26 '12 at 19:59
  • As I think I purged everything related to bumblebee - I typed sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:bumblebee/stable – user983302 Nov 26 '12 at 20:04
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    ppa-purge, despite its name, does not actually remove packages. It only removes the named PPA from your apt configuration, then reinstalls any packages that have a version present in your remaining repositories. If there's a package that was provided by the PPA and not part of your standard repository, like bumblebee and bumblebee-nvidia, ppa-purge won't remove them. See Bug 945967 for confirmation. Run dpkg -l | grep bumblebee to see what bits of Bumblebee are still installed. If it shows no output, it's fully gone. – Jim Paris Nov 26 '12 at 20:34

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