Installing Graphics Cards Drivers on Ubuntu/Linux Mint

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This article will help you install NVIDIA, Intel or AMD/ATI Drivers on your Linux PC depending on your Graphic Card Manufacturer.

INSTALLING NVIDIA GRAPHICS CARD DRIVERS (Beta drivers)

  • In 12.04, launch the Additional Hardware Drivers dialog from System Settings. In 12.10, launch Software Properties, then click on the Additional Drivers tab in the Software Sources menu.
  • Install the newest Nvidia-experimental-NNN driver. Note that you probably will need to scroll down to see the experimental drivers

command line install

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

INSTALLING AMD/ATI GRAPHIC CARD DRIVERS

  • Enable the pre-released updates. You can enable this repository by opening Ubuntu Software Center, selecting Edit | Software sources… and then enabling the Pre-released updates option on the Updates tab.
  • Update your repository to the latest version in the Update Manager.
  • Remove the currently installed drivers.
  • In 12.04, launch the Additional Hardware Drivers dialog from System Settings.  In 12.10, launch Software Properties, then click on the Additional Drivers tab in the Software Sources menu.
  • Install the newest fglrx-experimental-X driver.

An alternative method of installing the drivers is to install directly from the developer website. Instructions to do so can be found here. This would install the absolute latest drivers for ATI graphics cards, but it could also lead to some unforeseen instability.

INSTALLING INTEL GRAPHIC CARD DRIVERS

For Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Linux Mint 13, you’ll need to update your mesa stack using the x-updates PPA.

On the command line, run

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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Dropbox for Windows 8

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Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc., that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files placed in this folder also are accessible through a website and mobile phone applications. Recently Dropbox, Inc made a Dropbox client for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

The client offers a clean Morden UI based interface, users can upload or view files or images and also share using charms bar.
Screenshot below: Dropbox app login screen

[![Sharing files using charms bar](http://www.revryl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Dropbox-sharing.png)](http://blog-darryldias.rhcloud.com/dropbox-for-windows-8/dropbox-sharing/)
Sharing files using charms bar

[![Dropbox in windows store](http://www.revryl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Dropbox-in-windows-store.png)](http://blog-darryldias.rhcloud.com/dropbox-for-windows-8/dropbox-in-windows-store/)

Click the Windows Store button below to view the App in Windows Store

Full review coming soon

Android 4.2 – get it for your Intel systems…

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Android is a very popular Linux based operating system used very widely on touchscreen mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Being predominantly mobile in usage, you’d expect to see it with low power processors mainly those with the ARM architecture. However, the community of Android doesn’t want to leave those, with Intel systems, left behind.

Android 4.2 ON Intel

Android, while commercially licensed by Google for general use, it is also available under an open source Apache License called the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

The open source code and permissive licensing allow the software to be freely modified and distributed by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Additionally, Android has a large community of developers writing applications that extend the functionality of devices, written primarily in a customised version of the Java programming language.

With the recent release of Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean”, there was a request to the community for an Intel version of Jelly Bean. Android 4.2 for Intel can run on devices with Intel processors – could be your Intel-powered smartphones or even your Intel PC. The stock ISO doesn’t contain all drivers you might need but will include the most common drivers as shipped in the Linux kernel. It is regularly tested by the AOSP community and is available for download from the download section of their website.

For more information visit Android x86 project or Android Source.

The current version can be downloaded from the Android x86 project page.

OR you could get the stock ISO by clicking the button below.

Do let us know what you think about it. We’d love to help in whatever way we can.

Install/Upgrade to Linux Kernel 3.7.3 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

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Linux Kernel 3.7.3 has just been released which is the third maintenance release of kernel 3.7 series. This new release brings various bug fixes especially for AMD Radeon graphics cards and it also fixes flickering with some high-resolution monitors. This article, we will see how to install/upgrade to this new kernel using a simple command-line script as described below.

Issue fixed by this update below:

  • drm/radeon: fix amd afusion gpu setup aka sumo v2

  • drm/radeon: fix eDP clk and lane setup for scaled modes

  • Fixes flickering with some high res montiors

  • KVM: PPC: 44x: fix DCR read/write

  • KVM: Fix user memslot overlap check

  • iwlwifi: fix PCIe interrupt handle return value

  • iwlwifi: fix the reclaimed packet tracking upon flush queue

  • ALSA: pxa27x: fix ac97 warm reset

  • video: mxsfb: fix crash when unblanking the display

  • cpuidle / coupled: fix ready counter decrement

  • sony-laptop: fix SNC buffer calls when SN06 returns Integers

  • EDAC: Fix kernel panic on module unloading

  • drm/i915: fix OOPS in lid_notify

  • Add device quirk for Microsoft Lifecam VX700 v2.0 webcams.

  • **    Fixes squeaking noise of the microphone.**

  • drm/nouveau/clock: fix support for more than 2 monitors on nve0

  • b43: Fix firmware loading when driver is built into the kernel

  • staging: zram: fix invalid memory references during disk write

  • ext4: fix extent tree corruption caused by hole punch

You can install this version of kernel in the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:

  • Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 or older
  • Linux Mint 14/13/12 or older

Disclaimer: Enter these commands at your own risk to install Linux kernel 3.7.3:

Linux Kernel 3.7.3 Installation (Main)

cd /tmp

wget http://dl.dropbox.com/u/47950494/upubuntu.com/kernel-3.7.3 -O kernel-3.7.3

chmod +x kernel-3.7.3

sudo sh kernel-3.7.3

sudo reboot

If you have encountered a problem installing this kernel with the Nvidia graphics card, press CTRL+ALt+F2 and enter these commands:**

cd /usr/src/linux-headers-3.7-030703/arch/x86/include

sudo cp -v generated/asm/unistd* ./asm

Then re-install the Nvidia driver with this command:

sudo apt-get install –reinstall nvidia-current

You may also need this guide in case of unexpected kernel upgrade troubles

Linux kernel 3.7.3 Removal

To remove kernel 3.7.3 from your system and enable the old kernel, run this command:

sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.7.3*