Questions related to graphics, in particular getting graphics cards to work. Please tag your exact graphics card version as well if you know what it is.

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What's a good cheap video card?

Can anyone recommend a good, cheap video card that can handle modern desktop requirements? Cheap is somewhere under $50. I'm talking about decent 3d effects for Unity and friends, as well as playing ...
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How to change proprietary video driver using the command line?

My laptop computer has a Nvidia video card and runs Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit. During an upgrade yesterday it seemed as a new Nvidia driver version 304 (if I remember correct) was installed. After ...
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How to research graphics cards

How would you go about choosing which graphics card to purchase. In the past I've run into situations with graphics cards whose drivers weren't that solid in Linux.
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How do I install the NVIDIA driver for a GeForce 6200?

I have been recently trying to find a solution for this on the web but did not find something useful or accurate for Ubuntu 11.10. I also consulted the NVIDIA help, but things there did not work for ...
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Fast image cropping

I have scanned some family albums on my flatbed scanner. The scanner glass has room for three photos, so I ended up with nearly 500 JPEGs that needs to be cropped to three images each. GIMP seems to ...
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Install NVIDIA Drivers

I installed Ubuntu 13.04, but after the reboot theres only a black screen with the blinking bar on the top left. I found, that one possible solution is that the video drivers are not installed, so i ...
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Any way to make switching between discrete and integrated graphics from the BIOS work with proprietary drivers?

What I would like to be able to do: I would like to be able to switch between my dedicated graphics card (AMD) and integrated chip (Intel) from the BIOS, that means: Restart → BIOS: set to ...
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Graphics problems with applications

For some reason, I've got some graphical issues sometimes. Mostly with AbiWord, LibreOffice (and OpenOffice.org), and Wine applications. I've added some screenshots below t oclarify a bit. This is not ...
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Is Ubuntu recognizing and/or using my NVIDIA graphics card?

This is my first post here, and I'm pretty new to Ubuntu/Linux. I currently have no other OS except for Ubuntu 13.10. (I used to have Win7 until i got a new terabyte hard drive). My current PC build, ...
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Games stuttering about every 7 minutes

Whenever I play a game on my Linux machine, it stutters every 7 minutes or so for about 5 seconds. Seems like not a serious problem but it is still a bit annoying. So any ideas on how to even trace ...
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Live CD boot/installation problem, blank screen - 12.04

I'm trying to install ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64 from my usb stick. When booting from usb I instantly get a blank screen (with a grey box at the left bottom) I checked the live system with my ...
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Check graphics card activity

I have an application installed which can make use of my CUDA graphics card, but I'm not sure if I have it configured correctly. Is there a way to check the graphics card activity (throughput, power ...
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Strange artifacting after dusting gfx card

I have a dusty room, so I decided to use compressed air to remove the dust from throughout my computer, including my graphics card. I used the compressed air to clear out my graphics card then put it ...
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How Do I Install Intel HD Graphics Driver on Ubuntu 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get my Intel integrated graphics to be recognized in System Info How do I install drivers for an Intel HD Graphics? How do i install intel hd graphics driver ...
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Video freezes every few seconds

I have problems playing videos on my Ubuntu 10.10 machine. The video FREEZES every 20-25 seconds, while I could still hear the audio. I use Totem Movie Player (GStreamer) & have nVidia on-board ...
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Which is more efficient, Gimp or Inkscape?

Can someone tell me which is more efficient -- Gimp, or Inkscape? I am new to linux.
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System76 using ATI cards in their laptops — good or bad?

I've purchased several System76 desktops and have been pleased with them. They can only be configured with nVidia cards. That's why I was surprised to see that their Pangolin Performance laptop can ...
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How reinstall the default graphics drivers?

When I installed ubuntu 11.10, 64 bits I didn't have to install any kind of graphics drivers and all 3d efects were working fine. Now, it seems to be that graphics drivers are uninstalled. I can't use ...
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Take screenshot of terminal

I'm Using Gnome2. I have on My first workspace two terminals open (gnome-terminal). I want a screenshot of the whole terminal1 window. I don't want set up the bounding box of the screenshot with my ...
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How to Install AMD ATI Radeon Graphics HD 6770M on Ubuntu 13.04 64bit

It has been many days now and I tried almost all the methods provided on the internet but I have had no success. Please help me install my AMD ATI Radeon Graphics HD 6770M on Ubuntu 13.04 64bit. ...
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Cannot properly boot into Ubuntu after installation of Nvidia driver

I'm on Ubuntu 12.04. Everything was fine until I did a fresh install of a proprietary driver for NVIDIA, using the "Additional drivers" utility. After having restarted my computer, I cannot access to ...
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My graphics card gets too hot

I have a HP G62 with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics card. Back when I was using Ubuntu 10.04 I tried to install the Catalyst drivers and probably other ones too but could not get them ...
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Will Ubuntu 11.04 work on my old pc?

It has an old SiS based graphics chip with 64mb memory, there were never 3D drivers for them. Ubuntu 10.10 doesn't even boot on it and my laptop, a Lenovo N200 with intel 9something graphics 128mb so ...
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What is an alternative to PowerDesigner or IBM Rational Rose?

I need a powerful development manager like Sybase Power Designer or IBM Rational Rose that support use-case, sequence diagram, data flow diagram and ... Can somebody suggest a good alternative?
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Getting screen resolution correct with nvidia drivers [duplicate]

I have a new install of ubuntu. Upon first installing the nvidia drivers are not active and I get the correct screen resolution. 1680x1050 Then I install the nvidia drivers and the best resolution I ...
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Is there native software similar to Comic Book Life for Linux?

Is there native software similar to Comic Book Life for Linux? If you've ever used the software you'll see that it's specially designed and optimised for easily creating simple comic books. I've ...
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Should I enable the ATI Proprietary Driver?

Have the ATI Drivers improved any? Are they any better than the default open source driver? Are they worth enabling?
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How can I install AMD ATI Catalyst Display Driver In Ubuntu 13.10 64bit?

Hello I was wondering if I can install AMD Catalyst 13.1 Proprietary Linux x86 Display driver. I am running Ubuntu 13.10 Beta 64bit and the card in question is listed under the AMD Radeon HD 3000 ...
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No 3D support on Lenovo W520 with nVidia Optimus

i know about projects like Bumblebee but i don't need them. I've got a Lenovo W520 and i can choose in the BIOS which graphics card I'd like to use. And now my problem: I've installed the ...
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How to update graphics card driver in ubuntu 12.04.1

I have an Asus eee r101 pc,and wonder if anyone knows how to update the graphics drive in Ubuntu 12.04
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Switchable laptop graphics issues on Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a Lenovo Z570 laptop with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics, and a switch to enable the dedicated GT630M graphics card. I've been having issues in general with my graphics ...
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Generate powerpoint slides automatically

I'm often faced with the tedious task of generating a PowerPoint from a collection of pictures. Each picture is to be placed with in its own slide, centered and enlarged so that it fills the screen. ...
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Better drivers for SiS 650/740 integrated video?

I installed Xubuntu 10.10 on an old box today and the graphical performance is horrid. According to lspci, the video card is this: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] ...
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Ive given up on nvidia in ubuntu 64bit 12.04 what is a stable graphics card? [closed]

I can't handle any more crashes. I have tried many different fixes to the NVIDIA driver problem but none of them work. This goes to show you that open video drivers are paramount to Linux. I cant ...
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How can I increase my screen resolution?

As title states, I would like to know if it's possible for my graphic card to have higher resolution than 1024x768 which shows as maximum resolution in Display setting. My screen is 32 inch Polaroid ...
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How to see how many FPS can a video card render and Benchmark video card

Am looking for ways to benchmark how many FPS can a video card render. For the moment I only know about glxgears which comes with the package mesa-utils: What other tools can I use to benchmark or ...
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You do not appear to be using the NVIDIA X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run nvidia-xconfig as root), and restart the X server

Im using Kubuntu 13.04 64-bit on my Dell Inspiron 17R laptop. $ lspci|grep VGA: 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09) ...
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How do I configure an Intel HD Graphics 4000?

First off, please note that last night I already posted this question to a launchpad mailing list, so this could be considered a cross post. However, I think this is a better place to ask the same ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Randomly Freezes on Ivy Bridge - Intel HD Graphics 4000 [closed]

I recently built a new PC running Ubuntu 12.04 with an Intel Core i5 3450 CPU and am using the built in Intel HD Graphics. Immediately after the installation, I noticed the desktop freezing completely ...
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Unreadable characters in programs (graphic glitch)

A picture is worth a thousand words... Screenshot (gVim) - Screenshot (LibreOffice) - The Appearance Preferences dialog - Anyone know what causes it and how it can be fixed? If it's ...
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Nvidia Drivers, Ubuntu 12.10, GeForce GT 540m

How do I install Nvidia drivers for Ubuntu 12.10? I have a GeForce GT 540m and have been trying to do this for the past 2 months with no luck. I tried the official repository, then I added the x swat ...
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Is it already possible to enable Compiz on an i5 Thinkpad laptop?

Besides a number of other issues, I still cannot enable Compiz or any effects with Maverick on a Thinkpad X201. I understand this laptop is supported by Ubuntu, yet I have found a good number of posts ...
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How do I rotate my display when not using an X Server?

I have a widescreen monitor that rotates. I'm trying to use it in 'landscape' mode (vertical). This is easy in the GUI. How do I rotate my display when I am not running an X Server or when I am ...
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Distorted graphics on start up

So I am using dual monitors and every time I boot up my machine after entering my password to login, both screens show distorted graphics which eventually go away. I am on Ubuntu 12.10 the OS type is ...
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Radeon HD 6950 temperature is way too hot

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with the default video driver because with the proprietary one the animations/window moving/video play is laggy and slow. With the default driver everything is fine except that ...
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I'm looking program for vector based animation/video

I want to create a video. The idea is to make a large (fixed) image where camera is flying above. I am familiar with Inkscape so I would prefer to make the image with it. I need a program to move the ...
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Which graphics driver should I use on an Asus N43?

I have a notebook (ASUS N43) with a geforce GT435M graphics card. This card has the optimus technology. The notebook has a blue/white indicator which shows when the geforce is active or inactive, ...
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Chrome/ium rendering problems with Intel Graphics

This is a kinda weird question I don't know what to file it under but this is the behaviour I observe when I try to access pages like facebook (it happened once with google as well. Happens with ...
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How to edit .eps files?

How do you deal with editing vector files in Ubuntu? What programs could you recommend if there are any?
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How do I deactivate dynamic contrast on a Dell XPS?

I am experiencing annoying automatic backlight brightness changes under ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my Dell XPS ultrabook. It seems to be connected to the amount of white pixels on the screen (switching ...