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 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 can I find what video driver is in use on my system?

I would like to try a different video display driver, but I'm not sure which one I'm currently using. What's the simple way to see what driver my system is using currently?
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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 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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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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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 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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Graphics issues after installing Ubuntu 16.04 with NVIDIA graphics

I installed or upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04, but I'm having some problems with my graphics card. The display is blank The display flickers Items on the screen do not display correctly Certain programs ...
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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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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 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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What is the difference between Gnome Compiz Flashback and Gnome Metacity Flashback?

I upgrade ubuntu 13.10 from development branch (alpha version or beta version) and after that at login user only two options are available.here i attach image of gnome metacity Gnome compiz ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Ubuntu 14.04 frequent mouse freeze

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 7 on my Asus (i5 core and 8GB Ram) since Ubuntu is more and more growing on me. However I experience frequent freezes of my screen. I cannot move ...
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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 fix graphical issues with Skype, Gdk-WARNING?

For some reason I have graphical issues with Skype. I had less of them 3 days ago and thought that if I reboot pc everything will work fine. But it didn't hit the mark. While reinstalling Skype I can ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop under Windows 8.1 Hyper-V

Is it possibly to speed up the graphics of Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop under Windows 8.1 Hyper-V anyhow? I've already decreased the screen resolution and disabled the COMPIZ video effects, but it's still ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS randomly freezes (graphics/unity only) [duplicate]

When I'm just chilling on the desktop or doing whatever, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will (every 10-20 minutes or so) just randomly freeze. The screen just stops, I can't see my mouse move, etc. However, I can ...
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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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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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How do I set up a KVM/NVidia Passthrough virtual machine for gaming?

I've seen a guide or two that seems to be replicated around on the internet on setting up KVM to use passthrough for Nvidia. It seems to require 2 video cards. Is it possible to do it with 1 video ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Reason to keep a GPU in a computer that is running Ubuntu Server

After a problem with my old motherboard, I'm switching my Ubuntu to my gaming computer. My main question is: is there any reason to keep my AMD HD 7850 running on this computer? My motherboard has ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 nvidia drivers don't work

I've just installed a new ubuntu 16.04 , fresh install clean , logged in the first and only thing i did is selecting the proprietary driver 361 for nvidia , rebooted the machine . anfter rebooting i ...
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Can't get nVidia drivers working with 16.04, logs out right after login

I have installed Ubuntu 16.04 beta 2 on Monday, Apr 18th. When I try to install nvidia-current, nvidia-361 or the version that jockey installs, either lightdm fails to start entirely or I can't get ...
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Disable automatic brightness according to content in Ubuntu 14.04

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a Dell Latitude E3440 laptop. My problem is that screen brightness automatically changes depending on content. This means that the screen gets brighter when the ...
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Ubuntu Gnome 14.10 - desktop performance degraded when certain apps are running

I have upgraded from Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 to 14.10 yesterday using standard Software Updater GUI. The upgrade went smooth, however once upgrade was done I've noticed significant desktop performance ...
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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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How can I switch back to Nvidia card from Intel with Nvidia-prime

So I updated to Ubuntu 14.04 and found that the primusrun command no longer works, so ditched bumblebee in favour of nvidia-prime. This lets you switch video card from nvidia-settings rather than ...
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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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How can I fix broken i915 drivers for Intel GPUs?

I've got troubles getting the i915 drivers to work correctly on my laptop (HP Pavilion DM4 2101ea). Specifically, the laptop screen goes black and stays black after the splash graphic when booting ...
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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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How to safely remove proprietary Intel driver

I recently installed the proprietary Intel drivers for my Toshiba Satellite A105 s4284 running Ubuntu 14.10. Nouveau was working just fine, I was just attempting to make it so that I was able to run ...
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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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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!