My Ubuntu version is new, and Intel Graphics Installer doesn't allow me to install the Intel video drivers. It says "Distribution not supported" How can I resolve this problem?

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That software checks /etc/lsb-release and that is a text file we can edit ourself so it might be fairly easy to circumvent. Make a backup first though if you do not know what this means. From a command line:

sudo cp /etc/lsb-release /etc/lsb-release.backup

And then edit the file ...

sudo gedit /etc/lsb-release

And change the lines as below:


And save it. Start the installation and it should finish this time without a notice regarding the distribution.

After that you can then put back the backup file with (cp to leave the backup, change it to mv to also remove the backup)...

sudo cp /etc/lsb-release.backup /etc/lsb-release
  • This is a bad advice. It will break the system in many cases. It may break dependencies, etc.
    – Pilot6
    May 26, 2015 at 16:10
  • no it is not and does not @Pilot6 Mind the "After that you can then put back the backup file with" makes it --harmless-- and it only circumvents the stupid check from the installer.
    – Rinzwind
    May 26, 2015 at 16:39
  • That backup does not fix anything. It is very hard to revert that driver install to normal Ubuntu packages, if something goes wrong.
    – Pilot6
    May 26, 2015 at 16:41
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    If something goes wrong it is not due to this temporary alteration. Have you even tried it with a none working installation? I have and I can tell you it worked flawlessly. There is no check when removing and all is removed as it should. Very simple if you get this notice: you either can not install Ubuntu or you use this and can install it. Simple choice for me. Feel free to provide an answer yourself for this.
    – Rinzwind
    May 26, 2015 at 16:46
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    I get this error "W:Failed to fetch http://... Hash Sum mismatch ... Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead." Jun 16, 2015 at 18:18

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