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    Exclamation Graphic card drivers

    I am a new user of Ubuntu and have very little understanding of how it works.

    I have installed Ubuntu 12.10.
    I am running Ubuntu 12.10 on a HP Pavilion G6.
    The graphic card this laptop uses is a AMD Radeon HD 6480G.
    Ubuntu is not using the graphic card driver that it should be.
    Instead I think it is using 'vesa', which I think is a very low 2D-specific graphic driver.

    I have already searched for how to install this.

    I know how to open the 'terminal' and I know that sudo is something about installing and that sometimes I am prompted for a password.

    If someone knows how to install these drivers, that would be brilliant.
    I would like to use Ubuntu, however if these drivers won't install, then I can't. :/

    Thanks a lot!

    - Jake.

    Edit:
    A website said that my graphic driver was something else, which I did eventually install I think, but then Ubuntu would not boot and would hang at a black screen with a blinking white cursor. I then booted Ubuntu in graphic safe mode, but this did not work either.
    I then found information suggesting that my graphic driver is something other than what a website had said.
    Since then I have uninstalled Ubuntu and installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu.
    I have not changed anything within this copy of Ubuntu and am waiting for someone more knowledgeable than myself to explain.
    Last edited by WeldonJ92; January 26th, 2013 at 04:46 PM.

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    Re: Graphic card drivers

    You don't need to use the terminal at all. Just go to System Settings > Software Sources > Additional Drivers and choose the driver for your graphics card.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Graphic card drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    You don't need to use the terminal at all. Just go to System Settings > Software Sources > Additional Drivers and choose the driver for your graphics card.
    I will try that in a few minutes.
    I hope it works.
    Thank you.

    - Jake.

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    Re: Graphic card drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    You don't need to use the terminal at all. Just go to System Settings > Software Sources > Additional Drivers and choose the driver for your graphics card.
    Hey.

    There are 3 additional drivers.
    - Using X.org X server - AMD/ATI display driver wrapper from xserver-xorg-video-ati (open source, tested)
    - Using video driver for the AMD graphics accelerators from fglrx (proprietary)
    - Using video driver for the AMD graphics accelerators from fglrx-updates (proprietary)

    Which one should I use?

    Thanks a lot.

    - Jake.

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    Re: Graphic card drivers

    Try the second one (fglrx).
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Graphic card drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    Try the second one (fglrx).
    Okay, in the details window it says:

    Driver: Unknown
    Experience: Standard

    Should I restart the computer?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Graphic card drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    Try the second one (fglrx).
    The graphics have changed to VESA now.. :/

    The graphics were actually working better until I did that.
    Now they are lagging.. o.o
    Haha..
    Last edited by WeldonJ92; January 26th, 2013 at 07:30 PM.

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    Re: Graphic card drivers

    No one has any idea?

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