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the only thing i've seen on this is this tutorial here: http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2013/10/enable-hardware-acceleration-on-intel-graphics-cards-in-ubuntu/, but that's from last year, and I thought after 13, ubuntu automatically picked up graphics card drivers?

Also, /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p is how I know hardware rendering isn't working.

also, I looked for nomodeset in my grub config file, and it wasn't there.

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You can install the latest Intel installer from here; 01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads/2014/… I don't believe rendering is available system wide but give this post a look as well; ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2013/10/… –  C.Jacobs May 23 at 23:07
    
Basic Kernel support for this chipset/integrated GPU was not added until 3.12 and I am uncertain if acceleration has been added yet. I would check the links from this page and perhaps the Kernel documentation to confirm if acceleration is even available yet. phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTQ1MTQ –  0xSheepdog May 23 at 23:11
    
I tried the link you posted, but it only provides hardware acceleration for specific programs, and I can't figure out how to grant it hw accel for all steam games; also, this worked last release right out of the box, so i'm pretty sure there must be some solution that automatically enables hw accel computer wide. –  gsugunan May 25 at 2:42

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