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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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