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    No additional drivers listed

    Hey!

    I can't see any additional drivers on the Software Sources -> Additional Drivers tab. It is all empty. Does this just simply mean that there are no additional drivers available for my computer?

    And, what are the commands to find out if Ubuntu even detects my hardware? I have a wireless card and ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card.

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    Re: No additional drivers listed

    I think if there are no drivers showing up, then none are available - although I'm not quite sure if the program will always pick up the proprietary drivers specifically. You can see if your card is being detected by running:

    Code:
    sudo lspci | grep -i vga
    Why are you interested in different video drivers? Are you having a problem with the card?

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    Re: No additional drivers listed

    If there aren't any drivers listed it means there are none available. Chances are that your wireless will work out of the box as most drivers are included in the linux kernel.

    As for your GPU there are no Additional Drivers for the 3xxx series of ATI graphics cards using 12.10.

    ATI dropped support for all 2/3/4xxx cards over the summer and don't write drivers for them anymore.
    Last edited by Cheesemill; October 23rd, 2012 at 01:57 PM.
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    Re: No additional drivers listed

    I'm running an AMD HD 4290 video chipset, using the default Radeon drivers, and they're working fine.

    As to the AMD driver situation, if it's any consolation, they're not updating their HD 2x/3x/4x drivers for Win8, either. Catalyst v12.6 is the last version they wrote for those chipsets.
    Last edited by Mark Phelps; October 23rd, 2012 at 09:12 PM.
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    Re: No additional drivers listed

    Quote Originally Posted by drmrgd View Post
    I think if there are no drivers showing up, then none are available - although I'm not quite sure if the program will always pick up the proprietary drivers specifically. You can see if your card is being detected by running:

    Code:
    sudo lspci | grep -i vga
    Why are you interested in different video drivers? Are you having a problem with the card?

    Okay... I see my graphics card is detected. I don't really have a problem, everything works fine, but I was wondering if I could get more performance - just a little thing I would like to tweak.

    I want to get the best of my laptop

    As for your GPU there are no Additional Drivers for the 3xxx series of ATI graphics cards using 12.10.

    ATI dropped support for all 2/3/4xxx cards over the summer and don't write drivers for them anymore.
    It's a shame that ATI has dropped support for my card. I hoped they would have been developing the drivers, because the drivers haven't ever worked well.

    As to the AMD driver situation, if it's any consolation, they're not updating their HD 2x/3x/4x drivers for Win8, either. Catalyst v2.6 is the last version they wrote for those chipsets.
    Well, it's too bad if they are not writing new drivers for my chipset anymore for Win8 either, I might be buying a new computer anyways.

    And for the wireless card, I know a way how I'll get it working. I thought that there would have been a single-click solution, but if this is the case I'll live with it.

    Thanks for your fast and informative answers!
    Last edited by hil4vitkutin; October 26th, 2012 at 07:26 AM.

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    Re: No additional drivers listed

    Quote Originally Posted by drmrgd View Post
    I think if there are no drivers showing up, then none are available - although I'm not quite sure if the program will always pick up the proprietary drivers specifically. You can see if your card is being detected by running:

    Code:
    sudo lspci | grep -i vga
    Why are you interested in different video drivers? Are you having a problem with the card?

    Okay... I see my graphics card is detected. I don't really have a problem, everything works fine, but I was wondering if I could get more performance - just a little thing I would like to tweak.

    I want to get the best of my laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    As for your GPU there are no Additional Drivers for the 3xxx series of ATI graphics cards using 12.10.

    ATI dropped support for all 2/3/4xxx cards over the summer and don't write drivers for them anymore.
    It's a shame that ATI has dropped support for my card. I hoped they would have been developing the drivers, because the drivers haven't ever worked well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    As to the AMD driver situation, if it's any consolation, they're not updating their HD 2x/3x/4x drivers for Win8, either. Catalyst v2.6 is the last version they wrote for those chipsets.
    I really hope they would start their support for Windows 8 soon, because I might have it.

    And for the wireless card, I think know a way how I'll get it working. I thought that there would have been a single-click solution, but if this is the case I'll live with it.


    Thanks for your fast and informative answers!

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    Re: No additional drivers listed

    Quote Originally Posted by hil4vitkutin View Post

    It's a shame that ATI has dropped support for my card. I hoped they would have been developing the drivers, because the drivers haven't ever worked well.
    Exactly. That was the reason why I switched to 12.10, because I thought this problem will be solved. Drivers are actually working, but I noticed that during multitasking switching between workspaces is not smooth as it should be. I have Ati Radeon HD 4870.

    I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A QUANTAL QUETZAL IS...BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE PRETZEL AND I LIKE PRETZEL

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    Re: No additional drivers listed

    Quote Originally Posted by GreatDanton View Post
    Drivers are actually working, but I noticed that during multitasking switching between workspaces is not smooth as it should be. I have Ati Radeon HD 4870.
    Well this is exactly the same experience I got, but I classified it as non-working, because I know how they should work like, the drivers worked perfectly with old ubuntu distros.

    But I like unity, and this isn't that bad without the drivers.

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    Re: No additional drivers listed

    Whoopsie... I think that I still have a problem, with my wireless card!

    I tried sudo lspci but it doesn't show my wireless card, and I tried to find some information on the internet, but I didn't succeed in finding anything.

    This is the output I get:

    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
    00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
    00:07.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3)
    00:09.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 4)
    00:11.0 SATA controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [IDE mode]
    00:12.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:12.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
    00:12.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
    00:13.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:13.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
    00:13.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
    00:14.0 SMBus: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3a)
    00:14.2 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
    00:14.5 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor HyperTransport Configuration (rev 40)
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor Miscellaneous Control
    00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor Link Control
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS780M/RS780MN [Mobility Radeon HD 3200 Graphics]
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8042 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (rev 10)
    I can't see my wireless card there, so what's wrong?

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    Re: No additional drivers listed

    On laptops the wireless card is often attached to a USB port internally instead of the PCI bus. To list USB devices you need to do:
    Code:
    lsusb
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