View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu use of motherboard software?

November 16th, 2008, 02:55 AM
When you set up a new system, you get a bunch of software on a disk (or two) for you motherboard. Should we try an install that when we get Ubuntu running, or just ignore it?

For that matter should we do that with any of the hardware we get? Usually video and sound cards and whatnot come with packaged software. Do people usually try to get that to work with Ubuntu? :-k

November 16th, 2008, 02:59 AM
As far as i know the cd's are for windoze drivers ect, so no.

November 16th, 2008, 03:49 AM
Just ignore it, everything should be supported by the Linux kernel. For things like video cards there are drivers available that can be installed automatically.

November 16th, 2008, 04:55 AM
It is part of the Microsoft myth that every piece of hardware needs its own special driver that needs to be installed separately from the operating system, just toss those disks in the trash.

November 16th, 2008, 05:02 AM
That is *kind of* true. It's just that if it's a good OS, the drivers are an integral part of the OS.

November 16th, 2008, 05:08 AM
Those cd's are only provided as a precaution if windows doesn't install the correct driver. I'd say don't toss them, but put them in a random spot in you garage, and happily let them collect dust.

November 16th, 2008, 05:11 AM
yeh you should not need the disks unless you need them to set up your bios or something.
But Ubuntu recognizes most hardware on your motherboard right off the bat, memory, video, audio, processor should all be covered.
The only ones you might have trouble with is audio and video, but Ubuntu is good with video and audio devices.

November 16th, 2008, 05:12 AM
Unless a particular mobo or other hardware is very new, linux has the majority of drivers written into the kernel. New hardware may take a few months to get into the kernel as most manufacturers don't give support to linux, therefore the developers have to write code to get any new hardware to work. Once it is stable, the new hardware becomes an integral part of the kernel.

November 19th, 2008, 07:42 PM
That is good info to follow. Thanks guys.