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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Is a NVIDIA GeForce with Optimus Technology supported by Ubuntu?

I am considering buying a Dell XPS 15 laptop. The laptop has a Nvidia 420m card which should work with Linux but I keep reading that the Nvidia Optimus technology isn't supported on Linux. I am not ...
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How can I get my graphics card to be recognized in System Info?

I am new to Linux/Ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my Lenovo IdeaPad y510. System info says Graphics: unknown. Driver: unknown, Experience: Standard. What should I do to use all my ...
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How can I find what video driver is in use on my system?

I know that sometimes I have the option to change my video display driver, and I can access this functionality by using System→Administration→Additional Drivers. But what's the simple way to see what ...
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How do I find out the model of my graphics card?

I would like to know the model of my graphics card. I think it may be an ATI, but I want to be sure! I have Ubuntu 11.10 (32 bit) and an Asus A6 VA laptop.
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How to install NVIDIA.run?

I have a Nvidia Ge force Ge6150 SE graphics card. I am running ubuntu 12.04. When I try to install the .run file it fails. It shows the message like this: I Itried to install it after ...
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What does the kernel boot parameter “set acpi_osi=Linux” do?

I am facing an issue with brightness control in my laptop which has Intel HD graphics and Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit. So when I searched for a fix I found that a common suggestion is to edit the GRUB file ...
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How do I set 'nomodeset' after I've already installed Ubuntu?

I know that editing the boot options line and adding 'nomodeset' solves my laptops problem during LiveCD mode, what I don't know is how to set it at boot up through Grub2 after I've installed Ubuntu. ...
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How to add display resolution fo an LCD in Ubuntu 12.04? xrandr problem

I am fresh for Ubuntu and Linux in general. I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 and stuck trying to setup correct resolution for my LCD display. The native resolution for the LCD is 1920x1080 here is the ...
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How to get more people involved in improving X.org for Ubuntu? [closed]

In Ubuntu, X is one of the more critical pieces in the stack. As such, we get a TON of questions and bug reports about it, probably about 100 times as many as we have manpower to handle. Canonical ...
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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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How do I install the Intel Graphics driver in my system?

Can someone help me out and explain or point me in the right direction on how to check video drivers and see if my video card running okay? I had 10.04 installed on my Thinkpad r61 with Compiz ...
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Is there an alternative to Redshift and F.lux which only dims the screen?

I want one where it reduces the screen's brightness, either by time or on demand (I don't mind). I have onboard Intel graphics. I don't want it to be like Redshift where it changes the screen's hue.
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AMD/ATI drivers from website vs. proprietary drivers in Ubuntu 12.04 Repos?

I have 2 questions regarding to different AMD Radeon drivers: What is the difference between the 3? AMD/ATI Driver ( 12.04 Repo ) AMD/ATI Driver, Post release update ( 12.04 Repo ) AMD/ATI Driver ...
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When will we get Sandy Bridge support?

I'd like to build a machine running Ubuntu and using the new Sandy bridge (i5 2500 specifically) intel cpu's. I heard that 10.10 doesn't have the best support (or simply won't work) with the new cpus ...
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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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Bastion on Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit gives only a black screen

I just downloaded the Humble Bundle with the game Bastion. After installing Bastion and starting it up, only it shows first a few logos, and then only a black screen and the mouse pointer. I can here ...
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Best Graphics Card For Ubuntu [closed]

I am trying to find a useable graphics card which has support for compiz and the unity interface.
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How to find out what Graphics Card is present in your system?

Is it possible to find the exact configuration and model of your systems graphics card in Ubuntu 10.10?
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How can I overclock a graphics card from within Ubuntu?

I would like to boost the Core frequency, shader clock, and memory clock on an eVGA GTX 480 I have in my development box running 10.04. Is it possible to overclock a recent graphics card from within ...
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How to get GPU info?

I'm looking for a command that would give me the same info as cat /proc/cpuinfo Except for the GPU (type of the chip and memory, frequency)
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Is there a program for vectorial house plans \ sketches?

I'm trying to plan my new garden, and want to sketch it professionally - with dimensions of every element in it. Is there an Ubuntu program for sketching house plans with vectorial elements, like ...
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Can't switch anymore from Intel to NVIDIA GPU

[Ubuntu 14.04 64bit] After switching between Intel / NVIDIA graphics and the different NVIDIA drivers I am now suddenly stuck with the Intel GPU. It used to be no problem at all switching between the ...
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How can I get my monitor's maximum resolution without the proprietary AMD graphic driver installed?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I have an AMD Radeon 5570 HD graphic card. Actually, the default open source REDWOOD drivers aren't allowing me to choose my monitor's maximum screen resolution(which is 1366 ...
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Very slow graphics performance after upgrade 12.04 => 14.04

I upgraded from 12.04 to 14.04 and the performance is extremely sluggish; windows open and close in slow motion. Presumably my graphics hardware has not been recognized by the system. I think that I ...
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Will running dual monitors have any significant impact on system speed?

Will setting up dual monitors on a decent-but-not-too-powerful machine significantly slow down my system? For specifics to my system, this is a 2GHz Intel Dual-core laptop with 4GB RAM and a decent ...
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What happened to the Visual Effects tab, in the Appearance window?

I just upgraded my Ubuntu 10.10 to the latest 11.04, but I'm not seeing the Visual Effects tab in the Appearance window. I want to enable/disable extra visual effects like in 10.10. Please help!
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Nvidia driver installed successfully, but not activated

My Ubuntu 12.04 only shows up black screen when starting up some days ago suddenly. Since I can desktop through recovery mode (resume in recovery mode, and the resolution is wrong), I believe there's ...
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One monitor getting spilled over into other monitor: how to do a 100% reset of gnome graphics configuration

I had to kill a VMWare process and afterwards, my monitor's configuration is buggy. I have 2 monitors in a side-by-side configuration. My right-hand monitor is the secondary monitor. Upon its ...
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How do I fix “Ubuntu is running in low-graphics mode?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix “The system is running in low-graphics mode” error? First off, I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on a 30gb partition, the rest of my hdd is for a vista partition. The ...
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What should I do before changing graphics card?

I'm thinking about buying a new graphic card. What should I do before removing the old one, other than removing proprietary drivers?
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How to install Radeon Open Source Driver?

I have an MSI Radeon HD 7850 card. MSI provide no Linux support, and the AMD driver gives me an Unsupported Hardware watermark that does not show up in screenshots. I uninstalled the proprietary ...
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How to test if my video card has 3D support?

How can I test if my video card has 3D support? Someone told to use fgl_glxgears, but it does not exist here, not even for installation with apt-get.
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extension “GLX” missing on display

When I try to confirm than I can run Unity 3D on my Asus U31SD with intel's i5 Sandy Brigde and Nvidia 520 and Nvidia Optimus I receive this error: Xlib: extension "GLX" missing on display ":0". Of ...
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adjust resolution on Ubuntu Server 10.04?

Installed Ubuntu Server 10.04 on an old laptop and I noticed that the system is trying to show the CLI below my screen. This means that if I run a script or a program with a bunch of output, once it ...
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Open source graphics card options?

What graphics cards work best with open source drivers? Drivers must be open source Needs to support 2 or more monitors Compiz is desirable, but not required I don't care about games Is there ...
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How do I enable visual effects when running Ubuntu as a Guest machine in VirtualBox? [closed]

I have Ubuntu 10.04 64bit guest with Windows 7 64-bit host. I do have 3D Acceleration enabled in Virtualbox settings. Every time I enable visual effects in Ubuntu the Virtualbox GUI crashes. What do ...
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Compiz Grid feature abruptly stopped working correctly. Now ctrl +alt + num 4 and num 6 only allow half screen tiling [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Restore the Ctrl + Alt + Num Pad 4 and 6 window positioning commands? I've used the Compiz Grid function for a long time and I generally use it to set my browser to the ...
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Are the newly launched NVIDIA drivers supported in Ubuntu or will they be?

NVIDIA just launched new versions of most of their GeForce drivers. I heard they give performance improvements up to twice a fast. The NVIDIA GeForce driver website mentions that it's possible that ...
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How do I set up an OpenGL programming environment?

I want to setup openGL programming environment on ubuntu. What packages or tools I should install and what is the best way of getting into openGL as a newbie.
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Command to check graphics device and graphics driver

Is there a utility or terminal command to tell you what graphics device and driver you are using?
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My graphic drivers are gone

I am on Xubuntu 13.10 64 bit. This question tells you everything you need to know about my graphic card. Yesterday I had a problem, my graphic card driver failed, now if I login to xubuntu default ...
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Open Source friendly Graphics Card manufacturers?

Everyone knows that in general, Nvidia has the best supported graphics cards under Linux. But I don't want to buy into Nvidia's proprietary drivers if I don't have to. ATI has open source drivers, but ...
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How to set up multiple GPUs (12.04)?

I have two GPUs: one Intel i915 integrated, and one NVIDIA 560 Ti. This is NOT a hybrid setup, nor a laptop. In Windows 7, each card is connected to a different monitor, with the NVIDIA doing any ...
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How to manage two video cards on a laptop (ATI and Intel)?

I have a laptop with two video cards. One ATI and on integrated Intel. On Windows, I can choose which video card I want to use. For example, I use the Intel card for normal use and for gaming, I ...
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External Monitor display on Thinkpad W520 with 12.04

I know there is a lot of material regarding these problems, but much of it seems outdated and nothing seems to be working for my situation: ThinkPad W520 (Intel 3000 and Nvidia 1000M chipset) OS: ...
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Bypass low-graphics mode 12.10 when no monitor connected

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 and have set it to auto login, and have set up permissions to allow remote connections via VNC (using the default 'Desktop Sharing' application offered by Ubuntu). ...
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Which is more efficient, Gimp or Inkscape? [closed]

Can someone tell me which is more efficient -- Gimp, or Inkscape? I am new to linux.
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At Present Which is the best choice for a Ubuntu graphics card, AMD or nVidia?

I've been using nVidia cards in Ubuntu boxes for years. The closed source drivers have been great and I've even found my way around the nvidia-settings program when I've needed to. I'm now in the ...
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12.04 and NVIDIA card problem with NVIDIA Geforce 7025 [closed]

I've installed 12.04 and I have the nvidia card - Geforce 7025/NVIDIA nforce630a. When I install the drivers (295.40), my ubuntu becomes unuseful just like many other user have reported: the Unity/X ...
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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.