Ubuntu: How to install graphics drivers for Asus EEE PC x101ch?


I have an ASUS eee pc x101ch, running an Atom intel graphics card, but Ubuntu 14.04 doesn't pick up the graphics card and intel isn't supplying the driver for this version (as far as I'm aware).

I was wondering before I try something like installing an earlier version if there is any work around.

Everything is working fine, watching videos, some streaming apart from Flash which can sometimes be choppy. But mainly the window transitions are very slow and choppy.

Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Also, as a side note, my internet seems slow. I've switched to WICD, but doing a test my download speed is 6.72 and upload speed is .60. Might this be a driver issue too?

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D2xxx/N2xxx Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0be1] (rev 09)   Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:84a9]  Kernel driver in use: gma500 â€"  Mark Wots'isface Smith 2 days ago       02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002b] (rev 01)   Subsystem: AzureWave AW-NE785 / AW-NE785H 802.11bgn Wireless Full or Half-size Mini PCIe Card [1a3b:1089] Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 17 Region 0: Memory at dfe00000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K] Capabilities: <access denied>  Kernel driver in use: ath9k â€"  Mark Wots'isface Smith 2 days ago     

no proprietary drivers are in use â€" Mark Wots'isface Smith yesterday

and no additional drivers are available â€" Mark Wots'isface Smith yesterday

mesa-utils: Installed: (none) Candidate: 8.1.0-2 Version table: 8.1.0-2 0 500 gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu trusty/universe i386 Packages â€"  Mark Wots'isface Smith yesterday     


You can't get a video driver but you can still get a good, smooth video playback. Take a look at my tutorial to learn on this and more:

Asus Eee PC X101CH Fix Everything! Including: Speaker, Microphone, Video Player, etc.

Extract from the post:

There is no available driver for this GPU. That means we can't use hardware graphics acceleration. But we can still get a much better video quality by installing another video player. We will install SMPlayer. We will also install MPV player. SMPlayer is a great MPV player front-end. Installing SMPlayer should also cause the installation of MPV (dependency).

So, we will install two packages

  • SMPlayer
  • MPV

For example, run

sudo apt install mpv smplayer  

Next, open SMPlayer and make sure you got the right "MPlayer/mpv executable" setting. Check this by opening Options > Preferences, go to General menu > General tab: you should read MPlayer/mpv executable: /usr/bin/mpv. It should be already set this way; if not, change it.

Now, go to Options menu > Preferences and change these settings:

General > General
Enable screenshots = false (unchecked)

General > Video
Output driver = x11
Start videos in fullscreen = true (checked)

General > Audio Synchronization
Audio/video auto synchronization = true (checked)
Audio/video auto synchronization Factor = 100
A/V sync correction = true (checked)
A/V sync Max correction = 0,10

Performance > Performance
Allow frame drop = true (checked)
Threads for decoding = 4
Use core AVC... = true (checked)

Now, try it! Play some video file from your hard disk. Still not perfect? You will probably get much better results by pressing F to switch to full screen, if not already done. Now, there are (probably) no frames being skipped so the movement is fluid. Pretty good for such a small computer!

Finally, go to: Start Menu > Preferences > Preferred Applications. Select Multimedia tab. Make SMPlayer your preferred Video Player, if you want.

Tested and approved with these versions:

  • SMPlayer Version: 15.11.0
  • MPV Version: mpv 0.14.0

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