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Old 09-18-2012, 02:38 AM   #1
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Display Drivers for Acer 5738G


Hi,

Yesterday I was on Windows 8 and suddenly I got a black screen saying: "OS Not Found". I wasted several hours trying to fix it but failed. Later I understood that it corrupted the partitions on my laptop.

Hence I had a boot CD and somehow I deleted the partitions (Lost all my data). And then managed to get Windows back on.

I want to use Ubuntu on my laptop, but I think it uses generic drivers for display. Where can I find display drivers for my laptop ? I tried to search google etc. but did'nt found any.

Can anyone help me in this regard ?

Thanks.
 
Old 09-18-2012, 04:36 AM   #2
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What makes you think it's using generic drivers? Show us your /var/log/Xorg.0.log file.

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:54 AM   #3
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Ubuntu has many drivers included, apart from /var/log/Xorg.0.log file the output of lspci would also be helpful
 
Old 09-18-2012, 04:59 PM   #4
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As I found out the Acer 5738G uses the Radeon HD4570 video chip. Ubuntu supports this chip out of the box with the free radeon drivers (which I would not recommend at all on laptops due to crappy power management), but you can also use the "Additional Drivers" application to install the proprietary AMD drivers.
 
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As I found out the Acer 5738G uses the Radeon HD4570 video chip. Ubuntu supports this chip out of the box with the free radeon drivers (which I would not recommend at all on laptops due to crappy power management), but you can also use the "Additional Drivers" application to install the proprietary AMD drivers.
Hi,

Mine says: Intel GMA 4500 MHD.

Thanks.
 
Old 10-02-2012, 07:14 AM   #6
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OK, I researched a little bit more about this laptop and it seems that there were versions with Intel, Nvidia and ATI videochips (next time you should post such relevant info in the first post you make).
Intel delivers for their video chips on Linux only open source drivers, which are installed by default on Ubuntu (and almost any other distro). Your card is fully supported, you won't get any better drivers.
 
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OK, I researched a little bit more about this laptop and it seems that there were versions with Intel, Nvidia and ATI videochips (next time you should post such relevant info in the first post you make).
Intel delivers for their video chips on Linux only open source drivers, which are installed by default on Ubuntu (and almost any other distro). Your card is fully supported, you won't get any better drivers.
Then why the display is not as good as Windows ? Windows is showing better than Ubuntu. Is there any specific reason for it ?
 
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Since I don't sit in front of your computer I only could guess what you mean with "not as good" in the first place.
 
Old 10-02-2012, 07:19 AM   #9
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Hi,

Lets take the font, in Windows its thin and fine. Where as in Ubuntu its all fatty.

In windows screen resolution is: 1366x768
I will boot into Ubuntu to tell the resolution.

Even its going to be same, the Ubuntu looks fatty.

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Old 10-02-2012, 07:39 AM   #10
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If you don't like the default font just change it. I don't use the Unity interface, but I am sure there is an option to do that.
 
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Hi,

Just checked resolution is also same in Ubuntu. Dunno whats the issue maybe there is so much space in between the chars, icons etc. If you don't use Unity then what do you use ?

Thanks.
 
Old 10-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #12
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i3
Not one for everyone, but for me it is perfect.
 
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i3
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Hmmm what other desktops i can use ?
 
Old 10-02-2012, 10:51 AM   #14
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You can try Cinnamon, Gnome 3/Shell, KDE, MATE, XFCE and LXDE. From these I would think that KDE gives you the most Windows-like experience.
 
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You can try Cinnamon, Gnome 3/Shell, KDE, MATE, XFCE and LXDE. From these I would think that KDE gives you the most Windows-like experience.
Hi,

How to get KDE in ubuntu ?

Thanks.
 
  


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