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    Drivers for graphics card

    Hi!

    I'm new in the Ubuntu/Linux world so I don't have much experience. I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my MSI VX-600 notebook last week and I'm starting to feel comfortable. Anyways...

    I think I need some proper drivers for my graphics card. I've done the:
    lspci | grep VGA
    and this is what I got:
    VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Device 95c2
    Now, I don't really know that to look for so any help is appreciated.

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    Re: Drivers for graphics card

    "Proper drivers"? Your system will be running with the default open source ATI driver which many people, myself included, find to be quite satisfactory. If you are a gamer you might want to consider the proprietary driver, but if not and you are getting a good graphics display, then I suggest you leave well alone.

    Are you sure you copied and pasted the output of "lspci | grep VGA" correctly. "95c2" doesn't yield anything helpful with a google search. My output is:

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    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Caicos [Radeon HD 6450]
    I would have thought you'd see something similar, only with different details at the end for your particular GPU. Try running that command again and making sure you gave us the complete output. It would help for people to advise on how well or otherwise the open source and proprietary drivers would work with your card.

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    Re: Drivers for graphics card

    Yeah, ofc I meant open source drivers. But it seems like most graphics card need a little driver check in Ubuntu.

    I copy + pasted your "lspci | grep VGA" and got the exact same thing:
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Device 95c2
    There are some problems that might be related to the graphics card. First of all, when I use my computer without the charger the light levels on the screen start to jump back and forth if there are 30 seconds of inactivity (30 seconds every time. I've checked with the clock). The second isn't really a problem but Minecraft is very laggy and therefore not so fun to play...

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    Re: Drivers for graphics card

    Quote Originally Posted by ombah View Post
    First of all, when I use my computer without the charger the light levels on the screen start to jump back and forth if there are 30 seconds of inactivity (30 seconds every time. I've checked with the clock).
    That's normal - a battery saving feature. If you don't like it, click on the cogwheel icon top right -> System Settings -> Brightness & Lock -> uncheck "dim screen to save power".

    Quote Originally Posted by ombah View Post
    The second isn't really a problem but Minecraft is very laggy and therefore not so fun to play...
    Then you probably may need the proprietary driver. From System Settings -> Software Sources -> Additional Drivers tab. See if it is offering you a proprietary driver. Although you may wish to wait to see if anyone else has a comment. That lspci output is odd and some people's experience of the proprietary driver is not good with some GPU's.

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    Re: Drivers for graphics card

    According the MSI website, your MSI VX-600 notebook has an ATi Mobility Radeon HD3410 graphics card. See: http://www.msi.com/product/nb/VX600.html

    If you look up this card in the driver section on AMD's website, you will see it is supported by ATi's most recent Linux graphics drivers, so installing the proprietary drivers should work on your laptop. It's probably best to look up some other peoples experience with this chipset before installing it, though.

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    Re: Drivers for graphics card

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhannie View Post
    ... If you look up this card in the driver section on AMD's website, you will see it is supported by ATi's most recent Linux graphics drivers, ...
    NOT true for Ubuntu 12.10 (and beyond). The support for Linux drivers for the HD3x chipset ended last summer. AMD has written a legacy driver that allows v13.1 to work in Windows -- but this is Linux, not Windows. To use the Linux driver in Ubuntu, you have to be running Ubuntu 12.04 or older -- because the X-server got updated in 12.10 to a newer version that does not work with the Linux drivers for the HD 2x/3x/4x seried.
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    Re: Drivers for graphics card

    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecat View Post
    That's normal - a battery saving feature. If you don't like it, click on the cogwheel icon top right -> System Settings -> Brightness & Lock -> uncheck "dim screen to save power".
    I'm pretty sure it isn't a power saving feature. After 30 secs of inactivity the brightness goes bananas and behave something like this: *Darker, darker, brighter, darker, brighter, brighter, darker, brighter, darker, darker* etc.

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    Re: Drivers for graphics card

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    NOT true for Ubuntu 12.10 (and beyond). The support for Linux drivers for the HD3x chipset ended last summer. AMD has written a legacy driver that allows v13.1 to work in Windows -- but this is Linux, not Windows. To use the Linux driver in Ubuntu, you have to be running Ubuntu 12.04 or older -- because the X-server got updated in 12.10 to a newer version that does not work with the Linux drivers for the HD 2x/3x/4x seried.
    So what are your suggestions? Change to 12.04?

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    Re: Drivers for graphics card

    I think your best option is to go back to 12.04. There is not very much difference between 12.04 and 12.10.

    Unfortunately AMD doesn't support their GPUs very well on Linux, or for very long. Your next computer should have Nvidia or Intel graphics as they work better on Linux.

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    Re: Drivers for graphics card

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    I think your best option is to go back to 12.04. There is not very much difference between 12.04 and 12.10.

    Unfortunately AMD doesn't support their GPUs very well on Linux, or for very long. Your next computer should have Nvidia or Intel graphics as they work better on Linux.
    Oh, just as I got everything the way I wanted it to be in 12.10...

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