I hav a fairly old computer... a P4 with hyper threading technology...1.5GB RAM, 64MB onboard graphics... I did a clean installing erasing the old 10.10.

The normal ubuntu mode says that the graphics isn't enough. In ubuntu classic mode, neither of the panels appear and when I take the mouse pointer in that area, it just appears for a moment and disappears.

In ubuntu classic no effects mode, it boots, but the panels are distorted and for the first time in my life, ubuntu HUNG... I'm a huge fan of ubuntu and its ability to work on almost any config but this really upset me... please help... is something wrong with my installation or is it a driver problem?

This is my video card:

"00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)"

its a Intel on board graphics controller

  • Please edit your question with the type of graphics card you have - lspci | grep VGA Also, some people have found that installing unity2d from software centre fixes some graphical issues.
    – fossfreedom
    Apr 29, 2011 at 20:21

3 Answers 3


From what I see HERE is, you can try reverting the driver to older version. Also classic desktop should work with 64MB IMHO, but is still really low memory and multimedia like flash and video might have problems.

Maybe there are some legacy intel drivers but in general old hardware is sometimes hard to make it work and is waste of your time because you won't gain much, so if you run out of options you can:

  • buy old nvidia card for 10-15€ (I would check which works good, but most do)
  • put it in and disable intel chip in bios
  • install nvidia restricted drivers
  • have fun with unity :P

regards and good luck!

  • +1 - That graphics chip really is quite underpowered. But I'm surprised it won't run the old GNOME 2 desktop. It's almost certainly a driver issue as you could run GNOME 2 DE in 10.10 and from a cursory inspection, nothing's really changed in 11.04 (if you're not booting into the new DE).
    – boehj
    Apr 30, 2011 at 6:38
  • if its a driver issue, how can i rectify it?
    – SKC
    May 7, 2011 at 5:42
  • I don't think there is any tool for configuretion on Intel as there is on Nvidia or Ati/Amd so asuming you have alot of time, it would require some poking around the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, but be warned, make a copy of you're current one, because it's easy to break the configuration if you don't know what you are doing. Here is man page for xorg if you decide to poke around: x.org/archive/X11R6.8.0/doc/xorg.conf.5.html
    – danizmax
    May 7, 2011 at 11:59

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

Is not supported in 11.04.

It's listed in Bugs:

Two solutions I have found (but not test);


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then reboot the PC and retest.




Please see a solution here. Can fix the problem


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    – jobin
    Dec 12, 2013 at 5:21
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