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Old 02-24-2014, 05:01 AM   #1
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How do I install Gigabyte Graphics Drivers in Linux Mint 13 MATE?


My wife has started using Linux Mint 13 MATE for her music work on a split drive (Win 7 Pro on other half), and has a ASUS P8B75-M motherboard (Intel Core i7 CPU) which came with a Gigabyte Graphics Accelerator Driver CD. Naturally, the CD is for Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 ...
The question is, how do I install the Gigabyte drivers into Linux Mint 13 MATE?

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Old 02-24-2014, 05:09 AM   #2
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If you have no dedicated videocard, but are using the CPU-inbuilt videochip you don't need to install drivers, they are already installed. You might want to change to a newer version of Mint, since Intel is very active in their Linux driver development, but as it seems you are interested in having a stable system (using the LTS version Mint 13), so it might be better to wait for the next version of Mint, which will also be a LTS version.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 05:24 AM   #3
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If you have no dedicated videocard, but are using the CPU-inbuilt videochip you don't need to install drivers, they are already installed. You might want to change to a newer version of Mint, since Intel is very active in their Linux driver development, but as it seems you are interested in having a stable system (using the LTS version Mint 13), so it might be better to wait for the next version of Mint, which will also be a LTS version.
No, it's definitely a gaming video/graphics accelerator card inserted in the slots on the MB. I need to install the drivers because there is a big difference between the screen clarity on the Linux side compared with the Windows side. Yes, she may or may not upgrade at the next LTS version ... it's her computer and she doesn't like change very much
 
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Different from Windows...

As TobiSGD mentioned, the linux kernel has a driver module that is loaded at boot when the Intel graphics GPU function of the Intel CPU is detected; it is your processor that provides the graphics function. A later version of linux is likely to have a better version of the driver module, but there may be no difference you can see on your screen.

You might want to see if there is an improvement in your graphics with a newer version of linux by downloading, burning, and booting a live-CD of the latest Mint(16), or one of the many others. Then adjust your screen setting to be the same as with the Mint linux you have installed.

http://www.livecdlist.com/

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Old 02-24-2014, 06:00 AM   #5
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What card...

Open a terminal and use the command "sudo lspci" to tell you which graphics card is installed, then use the Internet for more information. The Mint repositories will probably have a proprietary driver that you can install, but you need to know which. Nvidia has one driver for all their latest cards. The Nvidia driver can be downloaded and installed directly, but that is a little more complex, and there is also a linux driver if you don't want to use the non-free driver from Nvidia.

If you have trouble getting Mint to load the right driver, open the BIOS and change the settings to disable any on-board Intel graphics and enable an added graphics card.

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Old 02-24-2014, 06:38 AM   #6
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Try this...


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Re: Installing NVIDIA cards to Linux Mint 15 Olivia Cinnamon

Postby mdavies5 on Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:41 am
Easier to go to Software Manager, search for nvidia and install nvidia-current. While you are there you might want to install nvidia-settings but not essential.
Now go to System Settings and select Device Drivers. You should see nvidia and nouveau. Select the nvidia. No need to uninstall nouveau as it is useful to keep because some nvidia drivers do not work well. No reboots, no logouts. On my system I installed nvidia 3.04 recommended and worked fine but for some video corruptions. Tried nvidia 3.04 updates and all problems solved.
Again, you may well need to have the Mint repositories installed first. Try "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa"

Software Manager should point you to the ATI drivers as well.

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Old 02-24-2014, 07:51 AM   #7
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Again, you may well need to have the Mint repositories installed first. Try "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa"

Software Manager should point you to the ATI drivers as well.
The xorg-edgers PPA contains beta and alpha quality software, meant for people that want to have cutting edge video drivers, but can live with the fallout. Please do not enable it when you don't are such a person and if you recommend the xorg-edgers PPA to anyone please include such a warning.
 
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To TobiSGD...

Thank you for the correction. I didn't notice the term "edgers"; that repository is not for our user.
 
Old 02-24-2014, 10:17 AM   #9
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What card...

Open a terminal and use the command "sudo lspci" to tell you which graphics card is installed, then use the Internet for more information. The Mint repositories will probably have a proprietary driver that you can install, but you need to know which. Nvidia has one driver for all their latest cards. The Nvidia driver can be downloaded and installed directly, but that is a little more complex, and there is also a linux driver if you don't want to use the non-free driver from Nvidia.

If you have trouble getting Mint to load the right driver, open the BIOS and change the settings to disable any on-board Intel graphics and enable an added graphics card.
Thank you very much, I did as you advised and downloaded the correct drivers and now all seems well with the world, problem fixed

Thanks once again, gael
 
  


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