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I have an Intel GMA 4500M graphic card. In synaptic package manager I found out that there are a bunch of installed packages for nvidia and ATI. I was wondering if I can remove these packages since I have an Intel graphics card. Any recommendations for uninstalling unneeded packages?

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Well, I have an Intel 910GL Integrated Graphics Controller and I purged all the packages not connected with my graphics card, so now I have

$ dpkg -l | grep xorg
ii  xserver-xorg                         1:7.5+6ubuntu3                                    the X.Org X server
ii  xserver-xorg-core                    2:1.9.0-0ubuntu7.3                                Xorg X server - core server
ii  xserver-xorg-input-evdev             1:2.3.2-6ubuntu3.1                                X.Org X server -- evdev input driver
ii  xserver-xorg-input-mouse             1:1.5.0-2build1                                   X.Org X server -- mouse input driver
ii  xserver-xorg-video-fbdev             1:0.4.2-2ubuntu2                                  X.Org X server -- fbdev display driver
ii  xserver-xorg-video-intel             2:2.12.0-1ubuntu5.1                               X.Org X server -- Intel i8xx, i9xx display driver
ii  xserver-xorg-video-vesa              1:2.3.0-3build1                                   X.Org X server -- VESA display driver

This setup works for me, but I cannot guarantee it will work for everybody... ;) Make a note of all packages you uninstall, and if you bump into problems, boot into the recovery mode and install them back, for instance

apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse

One more note: do not clean the dpkg cache (sudo apt-get clean), because when you uninstall a package, and then you want to install it back, the package will be in the cache and apt-get will not have to download it again (this could be a problem when in the recovery mode).

Another note: save your original /var/log/Xorg.0.log file, and after you've uninstalled the drivers and all seems OK, check the new Xorg.0.log for errors. This way you will be able to see if Xorg is happy with the new setup.

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Thx for tip. I deleted all nvidia and ati packages. Well, i have deleted cache but everything works fine for now :) – Shark Feb 25 '11 at 10:26

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