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System details/ video card/Driver is empty and Experience shows "restreint" which means limited in french. My video card is : intel GMA 4500mhd, lscpi shows driver=i915 latency=0. I can only use gnome (no effects) and I would like to use Gnome3 again (as I did with ubuntu 12.04). Thanks system details video card

Xorg.conf is empty, and I would provide Xorg.0.log but I don't know how to attach it to this post.

Note: a 12.10 live usb works flawlessly on my machine. But I cannot reinstall everything.

Please help!!!

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too hard a question?? – louis Nov 23 '12 at 8:10
please help!!!!!! – louis Nov 28 '12 at 21:13
had you upgraded your ubuntu to 12.10 from a previous version? It's possible that there are some old settings still lingering. – ImaginaryRobots Nov 30 '12 at 16:50
no I upgraded from 12.04... is it possible and how to clear all settings to default ? – louis Feb 11 '13 at 14:15

Try to install the mesa-utils package, which should help with the detection:

sudo apt-get install mesa-utils

From this question: Intel GMA 950 doesn't work on Asus eee pc 1000HE

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Thanks. But it is already installed, I tried removing and resintalling, but the problem is still here. – louis Nov 30 '12 at 10:50
would it be possible to copy the config file from a live usb with 12.10? – louis Nov 30 '12 at 14:26
if a live USB works correctly for you, you should be able to find the settings and copy/recreate them, yes. Check the logs, lspci output and xorg configs when running from the liveUSB and add anything that seems useful on this question. – ImaginaryRobots Nov 30 '12 at 16:49

I did some research on google and found someone had the same problem.

According to that user, the output of lspci | grep VGA was:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

So, do the same and if the ouput matches the one given above, this may be the driver.

Hope this helps. I don't have that graphics card, so I don't know whether it will work for you. Let us know, please.

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I just installed xserver-xorg-video-intel and resintalled effect. Thanks anyway. The driver page has now download link. – louis Nov 30 '12 at 10:56
my output is: VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07) and a live 12.10 usb work well on my machine. – louis Nov 30 '12 at 14:25

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