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Is visualization OK on laptops with Optimus+Bumblebee?

asked 2011-06-25 11:06:10 -0600

Ken gravatar image

I'm mostly interested in whether rviz will work if I install bumblebee on a laptop that has NVIDIA graphics and Optimus (in which the NV card sends its output through the Intel graphics hardware, which sends everything out to the display).

Has anyone tried this?

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I know some colleagues that have an Optimus laptop on linux and they are NOT happy. I would stay away from that for now, although the latest I have heard is a couple of weeks old. Whatever you do: Use the latest bumblebee, there was a bug deleting /usr.
dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2011-06-25 21:17:45 -0600 )edit

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answered 2011-06-29 11:04:25 -0600

tfoote gravatar image

The Optimus on the TurtleBot laptops does not currently work. The Nvidia card cannot be used.

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answered 2011-06-25 21:08:35 -0600

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updated 2011-07-01 04:20:08 -0600

My T410 Thinkpad has an optimus card. In order to get the NV drivers working under Ubuntu 10.10 I had to disable the Intel graphics in BIOS, after which everything worked fine (unfortunately, you don't get the battery savings that optmius integrated graphics would offer). I've had no problems with rviz + kinect point clouds on my laptop.

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answered 2011-07-01 04:13:08 -0600

I have a Dell XPS15 with an Nvidia card. I'm running Ubuntu 11.04. Installing the proprietary Nvidia drivers would cause my laptop to not boot up. When I ran rviz without the Nvidia support, it would go very slow. I installed optimus+bumblebee, and right now I get excellent performance.

1 thing to note - you need to play around with the color parameter in optirun (rgb, yuv, proxy etc) to see what gives you best performance

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answered 2011-06-30 06:23:54 -0600

John Hoare gravatar image

On Ubuntu 11.04 on a Dell XPS 15 L502X everything is working well for me. However, on another laptop (same model) it does not work for me well, with Ubuntu 10.04 and cturtle.

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