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Old 07-03-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
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Just installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop are they're drivers I should install?


I have an Emachines laptop that I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on. I was running Kubuntu 10.04 and I didn't like it, I'm liking this distro much better.

Everything is working fine so far, but I'm wondering if there are better drivers I could be running. Especially the graphics and the chipset drivers. The laptop is running Intel Mobile 4 chipset and graphics. Are there any driver for this or should I just let it be?

Also any other tweaks to make things run really good, not that I'm having any problems just always nice to have everything running as good as it can.
 
Old 07-03-2010, 05:04 PM   #2
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Talking Drivers..

If everything is running just fine then I'd recommend that you let it be. Why fix something if it's not broken?
 
Old 07-03-2010, 05:17 PM   #3
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Ubuntu is pretty good about automatically using the best drivers and whatnot. Update-Manager will tell you if anything needs to be upgraded.
 
Old 07-03-2010, 06:18 PM   #4
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If its working, and not reporting errors, then its running "as good as it can."

Linux isn't windows.

Intel chipsets are generally well supported by linux.

If you have a specific problem, please post the details.

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Old 07-05-2010, 08:52 PM   #5
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If its working, and not reporting errors, then its running "as good as it can."
I disagree... There are plenty of tweaks and the likes you can use to optimize your system... especially with a 'heavy' distrobution like Ubuntu.

I've seen a linux laptop boot from BIOS to fully booted in less than 5 seconds.

You can customize your kernel and disable the autodetect features you won't need... You can compile system critical programs optimized to your system...

However, none of this is for beginners...

But, the best way to get from beginner to intermediate is to just tinker, tweak and use your Linux system...

Yah, you'll bork your system a good deal at first... but don't let that discourage ya
 
Old 07-05-2010, 09:29 PM   #6
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You can try updating your already installed packages.

apt-get update

apt-get upgrade

The above two commands in order will update the repo and upgrade the packages.
 
Old 07-06-2010, 01:01 PM   #7
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I don't know a few specific problems, are that webpages sometimes take what seems to be a long time to load. Also some picture take a while to load as well. General sluggishness with video especially. Not really choppy, but sometimes, more control issues. Like I try to skip to a part in a video and its takes a little bit, like there's lag.

Sometimes it seems like the resolution for small pictures is not as good as on my windows load, but that could just be a scale thing. This is especially noticeable in things like avatar pictures. It doesn't seem to effect full size pictures, or at least not noticeably.

All in all I was just wondering if there were some thing I could do to make things run smooth and needed to know if I needed any special drivers to make everything run really well.
 
Old 07-06-2010, 01:20 PM   #8
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I don't know a few specific problems, are that webpages sometimes take what seems to be a long time to load. Also some picture take a while to load as well. General sluggishness with video especially. Not really choppy, but sometimes, more control issues. Like I try to skip to a part in a video and its takes a little bit, like there's lag.

Sometimes it seems like the resolution for small pictures is not as good as on my windows load, but that could just be a scale thing. This is especially noticeable in things like avatar pictures. It doesn't seem to effect full size pictures, or at least not noticeably.

All in all I was just wondering if there were some thing I could do to make things run smooth and needed to know if I needed any special drivers to make everything run really well.
You can see if there is maybe a different graphics driver for your system. Ubuntu is pretty good about detecting these automatically. If you go to System->Administration->Hardware drivers it will perform a search for you. As for internet this could be your connection. I assume that you are using Firefox. If this is the case there are a few ways that you can tweak it to run a bit faster:
http://lotphelp.com/?p=40
http://lotphelp.com/?p=95
 
Old 07-06-2010, 03:37 PM   #9
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Intel graphics are well supported by linux, because AFAIK, Intel release sufficient information about their hardware for the kernel developers to write good drivers.

NVIDIA make good hardware, but they don't release information, and their drivers are "closed source". That said, they geneally work very well with linux, and linux is catching up with its own drivers for NVIDIA hardware ( nouveau ).

Slow web browsing used to be caused by inappropriate use of IPV6, but this is not such a problem recently.

You can disable IPV6 if your ISP does not offer or require it. See here
It might be worth a try.
 
Old 07-08-2010, 04:21 PM   #10
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Yah, you'll bork your system a good deal at first... but don't let that discourage ya
I remember switching from Mandrake to Slackware. So many things to break, so frustrating to learn without a net connection, soo much fun!
 
  


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