How do I install drivers on my system?

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AMD Broadcom Driver NVIDIA Video Wireless
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On Ubuntu, most of the drivers like touchpad, webcam, Ethernet card or even some Wireless cards and etc are already included in the kernel, they should be working as expected when you have the latest Ubuntu installed. The only driver you might need to install is for the AMD / NVIDIA video card and the Broadcom wireless controller.

If something OTHER THAN the aforementioned video / wireless card is not working, please:
1. Connect to the Internet.
2. Run a system update with the "Update Manager" from the dash.
3. Reboot, and check if it's working as expected.
If not, please open a bug for it [1].

To install the proprietary drivers for the aforementioned video / wireless card, please:
1. Connect to the Internet.
2. Run a system update with the "Update Manager" from the dash to update the software list.
3. Open "Additional Drivers" from the dash and install the proprietary driver with it.
Detailed instruction could be found here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/47506/how-do-i-install-additional-drivers

Troubleshooting:
* I have an AMD / NVIDIA graphic card, but it's not recognized by the "Additional Driver" tool:
Sometimes when you're using a bleeding edge graphic card, it might be not supported yet in Ubuntu. Please open a bug for it [1].
And You can try the latest driver from their website [2][3].

* The installed proprietary does not work well for my AMD / NVIDIA card:
Please open a bug [1] with your graphic card model name and driver version included, and try the latest driver from their website [2][3].

Driver packages for Dell:
* Dell sometimes provides Ubuntu driver support pack for certain models, e.g. Latitude E5550/E5450/E5250 [4], Dell XPS 13 Haswell [5]. Please contact Dell for it.

You can always find useful informations on http://askubuntu.com and http://ubuntuforums.org/

[1] https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs
[2] AMD: http://support.amd.com/en-us/download
[3] NVIDIA: http://www.geforce.com/drivers
[4] http://www.dell.com/support/home/tr/tr/trdhs1/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=03CD1
[5] http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=4NTWR