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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Can't get Optimus to work with Ironhide on an Asus N53SN

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 (Same issue in 11.04 btw) and then I installed Ironhide. I went through the configuration, chose the one with the highest confirmation for my system and tested it: > ...
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HP Pavilion with Radeon 6470M hangs with Black Screen on Boot

I have recently purchased an HP Pavilion with a Radeon 6470M graphics card. I subsequently found out that this card is not yet supported for Ubuntu by ATI. I followed the instructions of Post #2 in ...
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Advice for a high-end Ubuntu-friendly laptop?

Since I figure the collective computer knowledge on these forums is pretty high, I was wondering if someone could give me advice for buying a new laptop. I'm looking for something with: -High linux ...
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Won't install on an hp Pavilion with a Radeon HD6470M

I have recently purchased an HP Pavilion with a Radeon HD 6470M card that is not supported. Until I found that out I reinstalled Ubuntu several times and eventually got some basic drivers to work. Due ...
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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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nvidia-96 drivers causing garbled text, display on Geforce4 Ti 4660

I have a sony vaio desktop (PCV RZ221) which runs windows xp. I installed ubuntu on a separate partition. The install runs fine but the graphics runs on fallback drivers even though it has a nvidia ...
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“Window Creation Error” in Second Life client [closed]

With the latest Oneiric updates, I've been unable to use Second Life, a virtual reality simulator, in Ubuntu. I assume it has something to do with the NVidia driver, since the error in the console ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 displays white lines when falling to prompt

First, I tried installing Ubuntu Server 11.04 on an older PC of mine in order to make it a file/ftp and web server. The installation went fine, but when I tried booting I only got a bunch of white ...
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Graphics issues: black screen [duplicate]

I cannot enable desktop effects from system>preferences>appearance. There also seems to be a big problem with my graphics in general, because many times I get a blank screen on booting. I have to ...
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What's the latest video card that will work on a 64-bit system?

What kind of recent graphics card can I run under Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit?
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How good are the open-source Nvidia drivers (Nouveau)?

I learned that Ubuntu 11.10 would come with Open-source Nvidia drivers by default. I have an Nvidia 9600M GT graphics card and have always had to install the proprietary Nvidia drivers after ...
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Why does my screen go gray?

I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my laptop. However, very often things get VERY slow and windows start blinking with gray color. The system is then almost unresponsive... This goes on and off in about ...
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How do I get the GRUB menu to display?

I've been having this issue with my hp dv7t laptop. I fixed it using the recommended option: set GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash radeon.modeset=0" and run update-grub. However, that caused ...
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Radeon HD 5800, Ubuntu 11.04, Proprietary Driver installed, graphics not displaying properly

I have a Radeon HD 5800 (not sure how to find out which) and I have the proprietary driver installed. I can watch movies, etc, and play some games, but I don't think the 3D part is working properly? I ...
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How do I get Unity working again after installing the wrong video driver? [closed]

First off I did something stupid. I downloaded a Nvidia driver even though I have an integrated chipset. After installation my unity was still working. However, when I restarted my computer I got an ...
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Why can't I get my Dell Latitude to output to an external monitor at 2560x1440

I've got a Dell Latitude E6520 and I'm using the E Port dock to get a DisplayPort output to plug into a Dell U2711 monitor. The native resolution of the monitor is 2560x1440 and I'd really like to ...
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Blender Distorted UI

I have just downloaded the latest version of Blender from the website on to my Xubuntu machine, when I open it, I get this: The screenshot below is a zoomed in version of the top left of the screen, ...
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Ubuntu wont detect my second monitor anymore

Is there a way to restart it to its default settings? i've tried everything else sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg does not work
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How to Get nvidia driver working properly ( running experimental 3d support)

When typing into terminal lspci, the output for the graphics card is VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 18) BUT, further down there is VGA ...
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How do I disable my Intel graphic card in Asus k53sv?

How do I disable my Intel graphic card in Asus k53sv. I can't use my nvidia gt540. A already did as described in How do I disable intel graphics in a hybrid graphics setup? using bumblebee. But it ...
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Driver for proper HD-playback using ATI FirePro M5800 [closed]

I have a HP 8540w notebook with a ATI FirePro M5800 graphic card and have tried several drivers: the default one, the proprietary one (available through the additional driver dialog) and ...
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X does not want to start. At all. “No screens have a usable configuration”

I recently installed a fresh copy of lubuntu 11.04 powerpc on my computer. I was following the instructions from this fourm post: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1798792 All I get is the ...
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Firefox render problem

I am using 64 bit version of Ubuntu 11.04, under Ubuntu Classic, using ATI proprietary driver 11.5. I had absolutely no issue with previous versions of Firefox, until I did an upgrade, and the ...
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How do I disable the vga16fb module during Ubuntu Server setup?

I have used the instructions given in the following link to fix the slow Hyper-V console of a Ubuntu Server box. ...
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no hardware acceleration/graphics driver for Dell Inspiron 1525

Compiz bails when I try to run it: Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0". Compiz (opengl) - Fatal: Root visual is not a GL visual Compiz (bailer) - Info: Ensuring a shell for your session ...
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nVidia GeForce 8600gt not working after installing additional driver

After installing additional driver of My nVidia GeForce 8600gt in Ubuntu 11.04, it is not working. The Ubuntu loading dots show full but its not starting.
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Is a discrete graphics card mandatory?

I have a old intel o4 machine without graphics card. Still now I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 I would like to install Ubuntu 11.4 version. Would that require graphics card support?
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unity only works the first boot

Ubuntu 11.04 Unity works fine when booted to try out from CD. After install, Unity works the first login but not after that. Classic doesn't work either. I can only use Classic no-effects. Why ...
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Nvidia GT 540M Problem, won't install drivers

I'm new here, and I'm not very good at tech.... So help me here. The drivers I downloaded from Nvidia's website won't install, even after I boot into TERMINAL ONLY. After sudo gdm stop It ...
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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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Is there an easy way to enable S3TC on Intel graphics?

S3TC is a patented graphics mechanism for compressing textures. It's so widely patented that distributions (Ubuntu included) does not ship it with its free drivers. Closed-source drivers have this ...
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What do you do, if a system update breaks your Ubuntu graphics ? (Is there a SANDBOX ?)

I did an X.org update on Ubuntu, and that landed me with some graphics problem and ultimately into shell. Is there something like SANDBOX on which you could try out something and rollback if not ...
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Screen issues (image shifted to the right) with AMD Radeon HD 6850

Since I installed my graphics card - a AMD Radeon HD 6850 - I couldn't get Ubuntu to work. I've just installed Ubuntu again but still no success to run it properly. I've installed using updates and ...
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Which dual-head video card(s) are guaranteed to work in twin view on 10.04 or 11.04 with minimal tinkering?

After trying (quite unsuccessfully) to get a Matrox G450 to work in twin view, I've gone another direction and am shopping for new, compatible hardware. I have searched the threads and found the list ...
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sony vaio vpcy21s1e black screen

I've seen this post on the linuxmint forums on a laptop model I'm interested in: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=77810 I would like to know if anyone got this or similar laptop ...
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“Cogs” startup problem

When I try to run the game Cogs from the command line, the game spits out the following error and dies immediately: Couldn't set 800x600 OpenGL video mode: Couldn't find matching GLX visual What ...
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Duplicated, interlaced and distorted graphics on my HP dv6000

Issue When I boot from the live USB, after selecting "Try Ubuntu ..." all graphics are interlaced, shifted to the right, duplicated and distorted -- Even the terminal when I access it by pressing ...
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HD 6450 Radeon problems with installation

I bought a Asus Pundit P6 with an iCore5 and a Radeon HD 6450. Starting Ubuntu 11.04 from a Live-USB-stick doesen't make any troube, but after installing 11.04 (64bit and 32bit, subquestion: what's ...
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How to install driver for AMD Radeon HD6470M

I've just bought new laptop ASUS K42J with no OS pre-installed. I had installed Ubuntu 10.04 on it. Everything is fine excluding video card performance - it looks like wide screen pulled on ...
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Black screen on login and then flickering of GUI elements on Nvidia 9500GS [duplicate]

Last week i tried to install Ubuntu 11.04 and i have a problem i cannot solve. Mit Grafics Card is an Nvidia 9500GS which worked well with Ubuntu, Compiz and stuff before. The Problem: i installed ...
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A published fix for 11.04 Classic graphics mode only partly repairs my problem [closed]

The published fix (Fix Ubuntu / Linux Mint forgetting the theme) for the Classic graphics mode as outlined below only partially fixed my problem. With the fix in place, Top Panel remains in high ...
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External display is showing and reporting wrong resolutions

I'm running 11.04 in dual-boot on my macbook pro (2010). I've got an external monitor connected which I've configured through nvidia settings to be it's own X display. When I open the nvidia settings ...
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Dual Screen gets very slow with NVidia

When I enable a dual-screen with the NVidia X-Server Settings (TwinView) my laptop becomes very slow (you can't work anymore) after a short time. Strangely enough this occurred with Dell and Samsung ...
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I have slow video acceleration, is there any way to fix this?

I have a an x700 mobility, and can't seem to find the drivers. I have the default Gallium drivers, but I would like to have proprietary drivers. Is there any way to do this on 11.04?
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Screen keeps freezing, then kernel panic

I have a Hp DV6-3079tx. It has a ATI Radeon graphics chip. The system seems to randomly freeze up, sometimes it will unfreeze, other times it will un-freeze, freeze, then go black. Looking in the ...
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Which GPU with my CPU for 1080p flash?

Based on the following site: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/systemreqs/ I need the following minimum spec to play 1080p flash video via a browser: CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core Duo, AMD Athlon ...
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Lag when recording with xvidcap?

I used Xvidcap to record my desktop, but the quality of video was too bad (it lagged so much). I also tried with all output formats that xvidcap support, increase the frame-per-second as much as ...
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Trouble installing additional driver

I tried to enable ATI/AMD FGLRX graphic driver (I'm currently using ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 Graphics card.) using System / Administration / Additional Drivers. However, every time I tried, I got ...
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Can't login to 11.04 ~90% of the time [closed]

Since I installed Ubuntu 11.04, one of the following things happen when I try to login: I see my wallpaper and my mouse cursor, but nothing else loads. Every ~10-20 seconds, the screen goes black ...
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How to disable VGA

If i run lspci | grep VGA I get below output which tells me below VGA cards are present on my computer. 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT216 [GeForce GT 220] (rev a2) ...