View Full Version : [ubuntu] do we need drivers while using ubuntu?

April 20th, 2009, 01:33 PM

iḿ using lenovo r61 laptop. ive installed ubuntu 8.10 in it. do we need drivers for playing audio files and other utilities like in winxp or can it be played without installing those?? kindly help. iḿ void of knowledge in that. thanks in advance.

April 20th, 2009, 03:09 PM
Drivers for the machine are auto detected on install, well most of them, due to legal stuff some things are not automatically set up, depending on the country of origin.

if you come across a file that will not open/play, google it, or ask here.

there are ways to make most anything work.

April 20th, 2009, 03:21 PM
Drivers support hardware, like your printer. These come installed as part of the Linux-kernel and do not need to be installed separately.

What you need to listen to .mp3 and other multimedia files are CODECS.

Open a Terminal and then Copy and Paste in the following:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extrasPress enter, input your password, answer the prompts and let it install. This package will install the codecs you need for the most common multimedia file-types (.mp3, .avi etc.) as well support for Java and other things you'll need.