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    graphics card enabled but not in use

    Hey, my friend just installed hardy on his dell vostro 1000. Since he knows less about computers than me I'm trying to help him out.
    His problem is that as soon as Ubuntu loads the login screen his screen is all messed up. It gets wavy and the image only takes up half the actual screen. at first I thought the problem was screen resolution, so I tried setting it. Both fields are blank and refused to be selected, I tried funding the screen automatically but it just blacked out when I did that. Afterword I checked the graphics card and saw it was enabled but not in use. I tried disabling and enabling, I was then told that I needed to restart in order for changes to take effect. I did that a couple pf times but the result is the same it is enabled but not in use...
    Thanks, any help is greatly appreciated

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    Re: graphics card enabled but not in use

    anyone?

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    Re: graphics card enabled but not in use

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    Re: graphics card enabled but not in use

    A little more information please ... what is the graphics card (make and model). What graphics driver is being used?
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    Re: graphics card enabled but not in use

    Quote Originally Posted by TheUbGuy View Post
    A little more information please ... what is the graphics card (make and model). What graphics driver is being used?
    hey thanks or the reply
    the graphics card is a ATI Radeon Xpress 256 MB HyperMemory (integrated)Radeon X1100. I am not sure about the driver. Whatever ubuntu uses by default I guess. How do I check this?
    Thanks again
    Jake

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    Re: graphics card enabled but not in use

    You can check by System->Administration->Hardware Drivers. It will show if there is a hardware driver available and if it is enabled. If not, you can enable through there.
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    Re: graphics card enabled but not in use

    Do what TheUbGuy said, and while your looking at that, be sure that the box is Checked, and Enabled. Sometimes it will report enabled even when the box is unchecked. It should then do a little downloading, installing, and then eventually it will ask you to reboot. Thats about it.

    If that doesn't work, then you should try using envyng to setup and install the drive for you, its available in the {System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager}

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    Last edited by starcannon; September 17th, 2008 at 11:36 PM.

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    Re: graphics card enabled but not in use

    Quote Originally Posted by TheUbGuy View Post
    You can check by System->Administration->Hardware Drivers. It will show if there is a hardware driver available and if it is enabled. If not, you can enable through there.
    It says enabled but it's not in use. The driver is ATI fire gl. This is my main problem. I also can't access the internet due to the lack of a cable. The only way to access the internet is through wifi but unfortunately the wireless card driver doesn't work either. Thanks for all the help so far

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    Re: graphics card enabled but not in use

    anyone?

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    Re: graphics card enabled but not in use

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake90 View Post
    I also can't access the internet due to the lack of a cable. The only way to access the internet is through wifi but unfortunately the wireless card driver doesn't work either.
    Ok, I might be off on a complete tangent here, but how did you install the driver you've got if it wasn't from the internet? Normally you'd let the Hardware Drivers manager download and install the correct proprietary driver. EnvyNG does a similar job. So an internet connection is normally pretty important.

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