New to linux (Ubuntu) how to install new video card?

Asked by xmikey31x on 2007-06-05

Im new to Ubuntu (any linux enviroment) I got ubuntu installed and running but I would like to add a new video card to get all the cool desktop effects.

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xmikey31x (xmikey31x) said : #1

Right now Im using the onboard video card. But I have no clue on how to add the video card so that it works with ubuntu? I did know if it works such as plug and play or i need to add the drivers first before installing the pci card... please help me....

Sebastian (sebastianhgil) said : #2

add the card, plug the monitor and run:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
choose the driver, resolution and screen size ussually you can let the default options for the other questions)

vajras (vajras2000) said : #3

Thanks Sebastian... this helps me too but a supplementary Q?

If the card is dual-monitor (Matrox Millenium P750) and both dual screens are connected (BenQ FP202W) is your above answer still the same?
Matrox does have specific Linux drivers for this card ( but how would i go about installing that driver (i'm new to Linux too)


Anders Østerholt (diebels) said : #4

As it says on the matrox site, just a correction for ubuntu about sudo:

Download to Desktop, start terminal and run these commands:
cd Desktop
sudo -s

But they look terrible old. Maybe not working with new xorg.

vajras (vajras2000) said : #5

Thanks Anders for your prompt reply and, yes i too saw that they are a bit dated (July last year)

i have downloaded and printed both the Matrox Readme files

But... i also found this later driver version on the "Unofficial Matrox Technical Support Forum" between posting here and your reply ;)

So ... which of the following install commands will i need to use?
{i have either a Mandrake Spring 2007 or Ubuntu 7.04 distro to install}

"Making it executable"
"Call it as argument of your default shell"
"On systems, where sudo is used, the following syntax works"

will i need to use

[quote]... When you download the file, as I said above, it will _NOT_ be executable
therefore the following command does not work.


You could now either make the file executable or circumvent this issue
by calling it as argument of your default shell:

Making it executable:

chmod 755

Call it as argument of your default shell:


On systems, where sudo is used, the following syntax works:

sudo sh

vajras (vajras2000) said : #6


i can't enabled desktop effects,when i click to turn on desktop effect,my screen is go to the white screen,so i can not enabled desktop effects.

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