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Old 01-12-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Unable to get graphic driver for 845g intel motherboard for Ubuntu??

In windows XP, after completing the os installation I used to install the drivers for graphics, sounds and so on. This is used to get the sound working, improve the graphic quality (provide intel graphic and 3d accelerator) etc.

Now, when I installed Ubuntu, I didn't need sound drivers. Sound was working from the moment I installed the os. But the graphic quality was poor and had no 3d accelerator effect. The situation is same in case of xp, without installing the windows xp graphic drivers. Now, I know the setup file which used to install the graphic drivers in xp, won't work with Ubuntu. But intel must have developed graphic drivers for Ubuntu, or maybe there is some other way to get the drivers for Ubuntu. I have tried, in vain, for days to find such a driver.
Please tell me where can I get such drivers?? Without them, the videos won't run properly, screen resolution is low 1026x768, when it should be 1366x768, even the icons are large and ugly. Please help.

My system config is-
chipset - Intel Brookdale-G i845GEV
motherboard - 01/25/2005-i845G-W627-6A69VM4YC-00
video adapter - Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller

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Old 01-12-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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I have tried, in vain, for days to find such a driver.
Perhaps you need to work on your web search skills. I went to google and searched for "linux Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller". Google led me directly to an Intel page. The driver supports listed OSs, among them Linux. The download page is here.

You have your choice of downloading a .tar.gz (which you need to compile yourself) or an .rpm. Since you are running Ubuntu, an .rpm doesn't do you any good, UNLESS you install alien. Alien allows users of Slackware-, Debian-, and RPM-based distros to cross install packages. Install Alien (if I remember correctly, it's a command line tool). Download the .rpm Intel driver, and use Alien to install the .rpm.

To install via Alien, you open a terminal and su to root or use sudo to install the .rpm. Look up alien and the instructions on how to use it.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:08 PM   #3
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isn't the intel chip already supported by the kernel?
The default " Intel" should be auto set up in the xorg.conf ( if used)
or detected at boot and also used

almost all hardware on a linux install dose NOT need a "driver"
it is built in
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I had a Dell laptop with that video hardware. I fought hard trying to get a driver to build on Debian and OpenSuse for it. Failed miserably; I forget the details. Fedora 16 had built-in support for it. I suggest you try Fedora.

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You could try looking if there are additional drivers available for Ubuntu.
Try Menu option: System -> Administration -> Additional Drivers
Old 01-14-2012, 08:38 AM   #6
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Perhaps you need to work on your web search skills.
You were right, I wasn't looking for the drivers in the right place. After following your instructions, I downloaded the intel drivers for ubuntu. As you said, one of them was a .rpm file and the other two were tarball archives.

But the problem still persists.
1. I downloaded and installed alien, converted the .rpm file to .deb file and installed it. But I could not see any changes to my computer graphics, the icons were still big and the graphics still rusty. I am giving the links of the screenshots of the desktop while under Ubuntu and XP. Ubuntu Desktop. Windows Desktop.The Ubuntu screen resolution is 1026x768, while the xp one is 1366x768.

2. I tried compiling the .tar.gz file. I extracted it on the desktop. And then ran the ./configure command followed by the make command. Yes, I googled how to compile, .tar.gz files. "./configure" command gives this error - "No such file or directory", and "make" command gives this error - "No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop." And yes I was in the right folder, the dripkg folder. Next, I simply ran the "sudo ./" command, the error was - "The DRI drivers cannot be installed without the latest kernel modules. Installation will be aborted. See the dri log file for information on what went wrong."

So I am back on square one. I got the packages but failed to install them.
I am sorry if I am a bother but that's because I am such a newbie. For anything you ask me to do in linux, I have to first google it and read and learn about it.

I really want to learn linux, but going by what has happened so far I won't be able to keep up my enthusiasm for long. Ubuntu doesn't look good without the cool graphic features which only the drivers could provide, anyway.

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