So you got your shiny new laptop with a decent card and wouldn't you know's not working properly or it's performance is shoddy at best. After having to re-install Ubuntu 3 times I've decided to write a quick post with the commands I used to get my battery to go from 20 mins to 3hrs...yes, that's how much difference it makes!<!-- more -->

First thing you need is BumbleBee. Install it with

  1.  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable

  2. sudo apt-get update

  3. Install Bumblebee using the default proprietary nvidia driver:sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia virtualgl linux-headers-generic

There is a little power management tool under the bumblebee project, install it with

  1. sudo apt-get install acpidump iasl dmidecode

Once installed the graphics card still shows up as "unknown" in settings so to get it identified you need to install messa-utils with.

  1. sudo apt-get install messa-utils

Now reboot, enjoy your battery life and glorious HD screen (if you have one :D)

Quick and painless when you know...pain in the rear when you don't...