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    Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    How do you install and uninstall drivers? And where can you get hardware drivers for Xubuntu/Ubuntu?

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    Re: Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    Most hardware drivers are supplied with Ubuntu, it's rare you'd need to download any.

    Only ones I can think of (that it is sometimes necessary to obtain directly from manufacturer) are Nvidia, ATI, HP and wireless card. Normally the ones supplied (from repos) work perfectly well but as I say, occassionally it is required to obtain cosed-source versions from manufacturer / 3rd parties. Most recent in my case was an AMD Radeon fix to use priro version to get catalyst to work on 12.10.

    What is it you need?

    Ubuntu's software sources will let you know if there's an updated (if you have all repos checked) driver available.
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    Re: Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_JMM View Post
    Only ones I can think of are Nvidia, ATI and wireless card.
    Those ones are available via the Additional Drivers application. I think that can be found by clicking on the cog wheel icon to the right of the search box in the dash on a Unity desktop. Can't check that right now, as I am on 10.04. On pre-unity desktops, it is in system> administration
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    Re: Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    Quote Originally Posted by audiomick View Post
    Those ones are available via the Additional Drivers application. I think that can be found by clicking on the cog wheel icon to the right of the search box in the dash on a Unity desktop. Can't check that right now, as I am on 10.04. On pre-unity desktops, it is in system> administration
    Yes, I'm well aware of that. I meant that they are the only 'common' items I could think of were a linux driver can be sourced from a manufacturer.

    I'll edit my previous post to make this clearer.
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    Re: Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    Quote Originally Posted by kenizl86 View Post
    How do you install and uninstall drivers? And where can you get hardware drivers for Xubuntu/Ubuntu?
    Just curious, what driver in particular you need?

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    Re: Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    Drivers for peripherals, perhaps?
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    Re: Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_JMM View Post
    Yes, I'm well aware of that...
    Yes, the comment was more intended for the OP.
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    Re: Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    Hi.
    Prior to start, let me say I did this with modules installed in the system, but I suppose it's analogous for external ones.

    $sudo modprobe module_name

    you can check it out with
    $lsmod | grep module_name

    maybe this web throws light into the matter.
    http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2010/11/...mand-examples/

    also, the nvidia/ati drivers usually come with detailed info to install (present in the description or the page).

    Good luck.

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    Re: Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    I think I need driver (.inf?) for the wireless. I have Lubuntu 11.10 on a USB stick and when I boot into RAM onto a laptop Acer Aspire 5315 series, model ICL50 (it might have a winmodem?) the wireless doesn't work. I also tried TinyCore and Damn Small Linux and the wireless also didn't work.

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    Re: Install/Uninstall Drivers?

    You won't be able to install drivers on a USB stick if it's a Live session, only if you've actually done a full install to the USB stick. If that's the case open up the tool called Software Sources and click on the tab for hardware drivers, you may find that there's a driver for your wifi available there.

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