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toxict35
October 7th, 2012, 05:42 PM
Hey gang, new Ubuntu user here, and first-time poster.

After a good two weeks of online researching, I was finally able to get my Linux install up and running a couple of days ago, due mostly to all of the info on this forum (another victim of the black screen), and a little bit of luck.

Which leads me to wonder; if the black screen problem is now fixed for me, do I still need a proprietary driver to insure that things remain in good working order? Obviously, I had to use the nomodeset command to get to this point, but will that be enough in the long run? And if not, where do I find the drivers that I need (HP Pavillion a566n, which as far as I can tell has integrated video built into the motherboard)?

At this point, my main use of Ubuntu has been web browsing more Ubuntu info, but I did check out Youtube just to see how the machine/OS combination handled video, and it seems just fine, so maybe all is good. So just wondering if I need to go any further before jumping into the deep end of the pool... ;)

Thanks in advance, everyone.

sandyd
October 7th, 2012, 05:51 PM
Can you go to the terminal (Unity Dash, type "terminal", and select 'terminal')

and post the output of


lspci


Thanks!

toxict35
October 7th, 2012, 06:13 PM
Is this what you mean? I'm guessing that the 2nd line is what you were asking about.

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
00:06.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P Processor to I/O Memory Interface (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB (ICH5) SATA Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
01:0b.0 Communication controller: LSI Corporation V.92 56K WinModem (rev 03)
01:0e.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link) [iOHCI-Lynx]
01:0f.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

-Tony

sandyd
October 7th, 2012, 07:00 PM
A small trial - you do have to use nomodeset I think, but here are some options that can give you a bit more stability (if they work)

Replace 'nomodeset' with


i915.modeset=0


or



i810.modeset=0


Test them out, and see if either of them are more stable for you.

Paqman
October 7th, 2012, 07:01 PM
You don't need separate drivers for Intel graphics chipsets, they're included in the Linux kernel.

toxict35
October 7th, 2012, 08:26 PM
I don't seem to be experiencing any stability issues with the graphics, and video looks to be fine. I was just wondering if not having drivers would cause any long-term problems that might arise in the future.

So if the drivers are included in the Linux kernel, why the nomodeset command in the first place? And please don't take this as my being argumentative, I'm just trying to learn. Thanks!

-Tony

dodo3773
October 7th, 2012, 08:43 PM
So if the drivers are included in the Linux kernel, why the nomodeset command in the first place? And please don't take this as my being argumentative, I'm just trying to learn. Thanks!

-Tony

Because your graphics driver and kms are two different things. Google kms aka 'kernel mode setting' and read up on it. It will make more sense if you do and you will probably understand why the solutions above work to get your system to boot properly.