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Can someone help me out and explain or point me in the right direction on how to check video drivers and see if my video card running okay?

I had 10.04 installed on my Thinkpad r61 with Compiz Manager and life was great, until the machine took water damage. I bought an ASUS (X54H) since and am trying out 12.04, but the desktop just doesn't look right.

I always struggled with video driver installation. There are no proprietary drivers available in the hardware manager.

When I run lspci | grep VGA:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)

I will greatly appreciate your help. I want to use Linux more, but like I said video drivers appear to be my biggest concern. I have also tried 12.04 on my desktop PC, but again failed to configure video card, so switched back to Windows 7.

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Please see my answer in this post : askubuntu.com/questions/299373/… –  waterloo2005 Jun 16 '13 at 2:38
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The Intel graphics driver is part of the xserver-xorg-video-intel driver package, which is installed on all Ubuntu systems by default. And since it isn't a proprietary driver package, it doesn't show up in jockey (aka the Hardware Drivers application).

Just to ensure it didn't get removed by mistake (very slim possibility), just run this command:

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel

If the driver is installed, and you're still having issues with graphics on your desktop, then please file a bug report against the xorg package, using this terminal command:

apport-bug xorg
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Install mesa-utils, that might work.

sudo apt-get install mesa-utils  

it worked in my case.read this question posted by me

before installing mesa-utils enter image description here

after installing mesa-utils enter image description here

mesa-utils is just not there in ubuntu 12.10.doesn't really matter.

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This worked for me on Ubuntu 12.04 Dell Vostro 2420 –  chhantyal Jun 25 at 11:29
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With Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Intel graphic processor I suggest the following

Sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-lts-precise

Some issues with Intel Graphic Processors and suggested remedies can be found here.

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Here is good description of how to install/update the Intel graphic driver in Ubuntu. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2072420

Extract of the pertinent part is as given below:

Step 1: Open a terminal session by pressing CTRL+ALT+T

Step 2: Enter command " sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates " Installs the nessary PPA to your system

Step 3: Enter command " sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel " This installs the drivers for you graphics chip

  • Ubuntu no longer uses xorg.config file. You will have to create this file in the next step and enter in values.

Step 4: Enter Command " sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf " This command will create the file and open it for you. Insert the text below exactly as it appears and click save.

Section "Device" Identifier "Card0" Driver "intel" Option "AccelMethod" "sna" EndSection

  • Last step , restart your interface or just reboot you machine and go back to system settings - details - graphics and verify that your drivers are displayed.

Good luck

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