Ubuntu: Can we change the video driver?



Question:

Can we change the default Ubuntu video driver?

I use Ubuntu Studio 15.10 and I discovered some issue with this driver when I use Google Earth.

Specifically, the system tells me that my video card doesn't support some specs.

BUT... When I use the same PC, with the same video card, but under Windows 7, I don't have any problem!

Is there another video driver(s) available to Ubuntu? Where?

The System Info app of Ubuntu tells me that my video card is:

VGA Compatible Controller    Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core Processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)    (prog-if 00 [VGA Controller])    Subsytem: Micro-Star Internatonal Co., Ltd. [MSI]   Device MS-7788  


Solution:1

You can download the Intel graphics installer, from there website, 15.10 supports the latest version of the driver

For a 64bit OS, run

wget https://download.01.org/gfx/ubuntu/15.10/main/pool/main/i/intel-linux-graphics-installer/intel-linux-graphics-installer_1.2.1-0intel2_amd64.deb  sudo dpkg -i intel-linux-graphics-installer_1.2.1-0intel2_amd64.deb  intel-linux-graphics-installer  

On 32 bit, you can run

wget https://download.01.org/gfx/ubuntu/15.10/main/pool/main/i/intel-linux-graphics-installer/intel-linux-graphics-installer_1.2.1-0intel2_i386.deb  sudo dpkg -i intel-linux-graphics-installer_1.2.1-0intel2_i386.deb  intel-linux-graphics-installer  

This will run a graphical installer and install the latest driver, however, you may find that 3D acceleration for these chips, just simply is not at the levels it on Windows, but it is getting better quickly.

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