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Old 09-19-2004, 11:08 PM   #1
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How do I know if I need to install a video/graphics driver


It seems that display on my Fedora 2 is not sharp (fresh installation with default setting), fonts are all blurry. I already tried Font rendering and anti-aliasing, did not get much better. I wonder if I should install a Video/Graphics driver.

I checked xorg.conf, it reports:
Identifier: "Videocard0"
Driver "i810"
Boardname: "Intel 810"

Does this mean that Fedora already installed Intel specific driver for this card ? or do I need to install a better one ?

The one I can find from Intel website is also "i810" driver.

Old 09-19-2004, 11:15 PM   #2
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The default installation will usually install a driver that best fits the card. This does not mean the driver is best for the card though. For example when you install fedora on a machine with a NVIDIA card it will install drivers that will work but not at all well and you have to download the official NVIDIA drivers.

If you type


this should show you what sort of frame rate you are getting from the graphics card.

My NVIDIA MX440 is getting around 1878.800 FPS and will run most 3D games. Compare your Frames per second to this to see the performance.
Old 09-20-2004, 07:09 AM   #3
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How old is your graphics card?

You may find a newer one better with atleast 64MB.

I have an ATI Radeon 7000 with 64MB and its fine.
Old 09-20-2004, 02:12 PM   #4
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The graphic card is 4 year old, integrated on the motherboard, Inte 82810 AA chipset.


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