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Old 05-08-2014, 11:49 PM   #1
MrLou
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installing gfx drivers on intel machine running Ubuntu


I've loaded the latest Ubuntu. I've updated drivers but the system runs very slow. I've downloaded the gfx driver from Intel, but cannot figure out how to install it. I barely know what I'm doing. I've searched for a week before bothering anyone.
 
Old 05-08-2014, 11:57 PM   #2
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You don't give much information which makes offering suggestions very difficult. I assume you're looking for a graphics driver, correct? Can you tell us what graphics card you have? The Intel website suggests the following:
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Most versions of the Linux* operating system include Intel® graphics drivers. Intel recommends checking with your Linux distribution vendor or computer manufacturer for precompiled driver packages.
This means that downloading the driver from Intel may not be necessary. You may already have the driver. What is the driver that you are currently using and what makes you think that it is the cause of your slowness?
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Old 05-09-2014, 12:06 AM   #3
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Intel 82845g/gl/pe/gv I loaded the linux driver but did not help. Opening anything is very slow. The grafix load in 2 second clicks. As I said, I've got the suggested driver from intel, I just cannot figure out how to instal from anywhere but software center.
 
Old 05-09-2014, 12:09 AM   #4
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I've loaded the latest Ubuntu. I've updated drivers but the system runs very slow. I've downloaded the gfx driver from Intel, but cannot figure out how to install it. I barely know what I'm doing. I've searched for a week before bothering anyone.
Can you give some specifics on the machine in question? For all we know it could be a slow machine with minimal graphics card.

Alternatively, if you have been experimenting and installing various drivers then you might have to make sure that Linux is loading the correct driver for your situation. This can be done via configuring /etc/X11/xorg.conf or perhaps by doing a command at the terminal and restarting X.
 
Old 05-09-2014, 12:28 AM   #5
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OK. Intel Celeron 2.7 GHz 2 gig ram, Intel 82845g (845G x86/MMX/SSE2) on board 64 meg video. I assume the driver is the problem. Everything is very slow. To turn machine off the off button takes 5 seconds to load. Several clicks as it appears. Closing a file or anything fades slowly in clicks.

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Old 05-09-2014, 01:51 AM   #6
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Can you paste the response from running this in terminal:

Code:
$ lspci | grep VGA
and also maybe:

Code:
$ lsmod
 
Old 05-09-2014, 03:21 PM   #7
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00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)
lou@lou-D7218F-ABA-554Y:~$


cfg80211 409394 0
gpio_ich 13229 0
snd_intel8x0 33110 2
snd_ac97_codec 105709 1 snd_intel8x0
ac97_bus 12642 1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_pcm 85501 2 snd_ac97_codec,snd_intel8x0
snd_page_alloc 14230 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
snd_seq_midi 13132 0
snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_rawmidi 25135 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 55383 2 snd_seq_midi_event,snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_device 14137 3 snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_midi
snd_timer 28584 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd 60871 12 snd_ac97_codec,snd_intel8x0,snd_timer,snd_pcm,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_device,snd_seq_midi
rfcomm 53664 0
bnep 18895 2
psmouse 91033 0
bluetooth 342263 10 bnep,rfcomm
i915 705396 2
serio_raw 13230 0
soundcore 12600 1 snd
joydev 17101 0
video 18903 1 i915
r8712u 158706 0
drm_kms_helper 46907 1 i915
lpc_ich 16864 0
shpchp 32128 0
drm 243792 3 i915,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit 13197 1 i915
parport_pc 31981 1
mac_hid 13037 0
ppdev 17391 0
lp 13299 0
parport 40836 3 lp,ppdev,parport_pc
hid_generic 12492 0
usbhid 47035 0
hid 87604 2 hid_generic,usbhid
8139too 32571 0
8139cp 27171 0
mii 13654 2 8139cp,8139too
floppy 55378 0
 
Old 05-10-2014, 05:44 AM   #8
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OK, I'm trying to keep this as simple as possible, but actually I forgot that you can probably just configure the driver through applications. I was trying to confirm that you had the correct driver loaded, but reading your post again, it seems you haven't even installed the driver you downloaded yet? If that's the case you can go through Applications to System->Administration->Hardware Drivers (or "Additional Drivers") and you should see something relatively easy to follow there. Can you install the driver you downloaded through that application? Or even better, it probably has an option to "look for best driver" or something like this, if you can use the open source driver provided by Ubuntu that would probably be better.

The driver that you downloaded should have run like an installation procedure and installed itself, what type of file was the download? Maybe it needs to be executed at the command line. If the file is a .tar.gz or .zip file then you should extract it, then go into the directory and see if there is a script to run named something like "setup" or "install". The more info you can give on that file the better.

Also check out this page: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VideoDriverHowto

I am not in Linux right now so I can't test this, but if the above still doesn't help you then try to do:

Code:
$ sudo X -configure
And that should make a file called "xorg.conf.new" either in the current directory or in your /root directory. Open that file and look for a section with label "Screen" and see if a video driver was set in there, or just paste that code in here. That way we can see what default driver is being used and if it's the right one.

But of course try the system application first and hopefully that will work.
 
Old 05-10-2014, 10:30 AM   #9
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It seems you need the i915 driver for the 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE. According to the output of the lsmod command, this driver has been loaded. There is no sign of any gfx driver. You don't say what steps you took to install it but whatever they were they didn't work.
What make you think your graphics driver is the cause of the slowdown?
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