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    12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    I'm new to the forums, so I please pardon my long winded post.

    I've dabbled in Linux for a great many years, but only recently got serious with it while tinkering with my 3 Raspberry Pi's. I have great plans for them, but they're not why I'm here.

    While tinkering with the Pi's I figured I needed to devote more time to Linux on a box I could do development on (the Pi is a bit too slow for that, at least for me). So I bought myself a nice, new shiny system based on the Intel Core i5-3570K with HD4000 graphics (16GB of RAM, 10K HDD). I installed Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit (will soon upgrade to 12.10) and started getting my feet wet all over again.

    I'll confess that I'm mostly a Windows guy that develops software using Delphi, SQL Server, and more recently Python. I've learned my way around a command line with the Pi's and Raspbian (which is based on Debian). So, I hoping at least some of this knowledge will carry over to Ubuntu.

    I'm working my way around the interface in Ubuntu and figuring things out. Hitting the "Windows" key and typing to find tools/programs is already something I was familiar with in Windows 7. As I'm trying to relearn things I keep looking for informational apps like the Control Panel in Windows.

    Mainly, I want to know how to make sure that this shiny new box is being fully utilized by Ubuntu. How can I make sure it is using the HD4000 instead of some more generic driver? I've located a page at Intel's site that lists a whole lot of stuff about their Linux driver but I'm admittedly clueless on how to act on that information for Ubuntu or even if I need to. Does 12.04 come with support for the HD4000?

    Which leads me to another question... how best to transition from a Windows world to that of Linux/Ubuntu. As a long-time Windows user and programmer, what would be a good book (or books) and other reference material to help get me up to speed on how to do things "the Linux way" as well as "the Ubuntu way", so to speak. I'm a quick learner, so it doesn't have to be a "for dummies" style of book, but something allows me to translate "I did it this way in Windows" to "I need to do it this way in Linux/Ubuntu". I hope that makes sense.

    Thank you very much for any help you can offer.

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    Re: 12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    There is only one Intel graphics driver.

    If you can see anything at all on your screen then it's installed and working properly, if you have a completely blank screen then it isn't.
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    Re: 12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    Thank you.

    In the Windows world it is still possible to see a screen but not have your graphics card fully in play (using basic VGA settings, for instance).

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    Re: 12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    Quote Originally Posted by jgagnon View Post
    how best to make the transition from a Windows world to that of Linux/Ubuntu...
    This sounds like a smart-**** answer, but it is not meant that way: don't boot windows, boot linux.

    If you do all your daily stuff (e-mail, wasting time in the internet, writing epic peoms...) on your Linux install, you will very quickly learn how to do all that. If you avoid booting the windows install unless you absolutely have to, and go back to Linux as soon as the specific task is done, you will very quickly get used to Linux. Just remember, there is a program in the Linux world for nearly everything.

    For Ubuntu, you can look into the documentation here
    https://help.ubuntu.com/

    If you want to know anything specific, try searching with the search box up in the top right of that window.

    I think it is important to know how the linux file system is set up, so here:
    http://www.tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/...ect_03_01.html

    Which looks to be part of a general intro to Linux

    http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2010/09/...tem-structure/

    http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/li...ux-filesystem/

    I haven't read those, they are the result of a quick Internet search, but they look alright.

    There are some very useful tutorials here
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/

    and here
    http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/index.html


    Lastly, have a look here
    http://www.linux.org/

    I can't suggest a book as such, as the only one I have is in German...
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    Re: 12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    What does this show?

    lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 vga

    Mine is nVidia and shows several drivers available:
    fred@fred-Precise:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 vga
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation G94 [GeForce 9600 GT] [10de:0622] (rev a1)
    Subsystem: ZOTAC International (MCO) Ltd. Device [19da:1043]
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia
    Kernel modules: nvidia_current_updates, nouveau, nvidiafb

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...vybridge&num=1
    Primarily a review of a different model, but related:
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...vybridge&num=1

    A master thread on learning/books/terminal/bash/Linux etc
    Linux Command Line Learning Resources
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CommandLineResources
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1909108
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    Re: 12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    Quote Originally Posted by jgagnon View Post
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    How can I make sure it is using the HD4000 instead of some more generic driver?
    Check the xorg.log file (/var/log/Xorg.0.log)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    There is only one Intel graphics driver.
    True, but's still possible that a VGA/VESA driver is used for whatever reason.
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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    Re: 12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    One thing you can do to make sure you are getting the best out of your particular graphics card is either upgrade to 12.10 or use the Intel SNA PPA on 12.04 (instructions in this post: http://www.techlw.com/2012/08/instal...rivers-in.html). The versions of the Intel drivers available in 12.10 or the PPA support SNA (Sandy Bridge New Acceleration), which generally provides better graphics performance than UXA, which is what the default driver in 12.04 supports. Using Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge graphics, you can take advantage of the better performance.

    If you upgrade to 12.10, all you need to do to use SNA rather than UXA is to have the following in /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

    Code:
    Section "Device"
     Identifier "Card0"
     Driver "intel"
     Option "AccelMethod" "sna"
    EndSection
    Asus K55A (Core i5-3210M @ 2.5GHz/8GB RAM/120GB SSD/Intel HD 4000) with Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2
    Compaq Presario C700 (Pentium Dual-Core @ 1.6GHz/2.5GB RAM/500GB HDD/Intel GM965) with Arch Linux and Linux Mint Debian Edition

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    Re: 12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    Unfortunately, I'm at work at the moment and my new Linux box is at home, so I have lots of homework when I get to it. Thank you all for the advice and input, most appreciated.

    In case I wasn't clear, I have two computers at home, one with Windows 7 64-bit and one with Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit (soon to be upgraded to 12.10).

    I will take the advice to live in Ubuntu for my day-to-day tasks as that makes a lot of sense. I'll weigh in on the rest of it when I get home.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: 12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    I have 12.04 running on an i7 based HD4000 box. I was impressed at it's performance for an intel GPU.

    While it not as fast as my main box (whose nVidia GPU cost more than most PCs do), the kernel's built-in intel driver makes the HD4000 work a treat.

    Over time I have used windows at home less and less. I still have Win7 and XP as virtual machines in case I need them for something, but I rarely fire them up.

    I have a Mac as well for development (sencha touch builds need OSX), but I still prefer Ubuntu personally.

    Using Ubuntu as your primary OS forces you to learn Linux. Knowing more about Linux makes you more employable. It is also fun to learn. The folks on the forum are awesome for help, too.

    I have two Raspberry Pis as well. Great fun (but slow compared to a desktop until the GPU drivers come out).

    I hope you enjoy learning Linux as much as the rest of us have. I was already using it at work, but learned lots of cool tricks from the forum that help at work, too.

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    Re: 12.04 64-bit and Intel HD4000

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    What does this show?

    lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 vga
    Mine says:
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller [8086:0162] (rev 09)
    Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device [1849:0162]
    Kernel driver in use: i915
    Kernel modules: i915

    No clue what that exactly means, but it doesn't look like a direct fit to my CPU/graphics/chipset.

    I'll dig a little deeper, thank you.

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