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Old 08-09-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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Bumblebee, Acpi_Call, asus_switcheroo & slack: newb drowning

I am fresh into slackware 13.37 on an asus ul30vt (asus) and deeply in love, if not a little overwhelmed. I am trying to take my time and read all of the readmes and howtos that Patrick has included in the distro. The problem I am having, is that I limited time to do so... since my battery is being nuked so quickly. This is the result of having both the integrated (intel) gpu and discrete gpu (nvidia) powered on and slurping juice. Also, given the lack of nvidia drivers (although lsmod does show nouveau which I have read is a linux project to power nvidia cards) this card is sucking juice without the benefit of doing anything.

Through a lot of research... I see that on other distros that a combination of using acpi_call to power down nvidia when not needed, asus_switcheroo to go through nvidia when needed and bumblebee (to use nvidia in an "optimus"-like setup) is possible.

I chose slackware... because I wanted to start with the most *nix clean distro, to learn from the ground up. However, I think this may be a little to steep for such a *nix child like myself.

Can anyone point me in the direction of tdocumentation that will help me understand the process of building and implementing these kernel modules. I would greatly appreciate it.

My source has been this thus far... but it is a bit over my head as its documentation is a bit thin.

Old 08-09-2011, 09:27 PM   #2
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If you run a laptop with Slackware you might want to try this SlackBuild for Laptop-Mode-Tools to help with power management and all.

There are also various things you can set in the /etc/rc.d/rc.modules file to help with power management also to help as well.
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Please let us know how it goes. I just started reading about bumblebee today as I am considering an Optimus-enabled laptop.
Old 08-22-2011, 08:38 PM   #4
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acpi_call can be compiled from the makefile as is. Since I am a newb, I cannot execute these commands using sudo (I seemingly can not append the sudoers file correctly). But...

sudo git clone
cd acpi_call/
#### password
insmod acpi_call.ko
seems to kill the discrete g210m card on my ul30vt

interestingly enough... I can only "use" my discrete solution (using proprietary linux drivers from nvidia) if I switch achi mode in my BIOS from enhanced to compatability ... which slows down disk performance markedly

If anyone could take a look at the makefile for asus_switcheroo and see how to edit for slack, I would be greatly obliged and treat said individual to a brew

Old 11-21-2011, 03:32 AM   #5
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Hi people,
i made bumblebee bundle packages for slackware 13.37 64bit

please reports any suggestion asap


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