Hardware Drivers menu missing from Administration

Asked by Daz on 2010-10-24

Installed 10.10. Downloaded the nvidia 96 graphics driver. It was reported as Acivated but not currently in use. I needed to go to System/Administrator/Hardware Drivers to change the settings. But there is no Hardware Drivers selection.

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GREG T.
Solved:
2010-10-26
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2010-10-26
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2010-10-25
GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #1

go to system -admin. - synaptic package manager - in the top click search ,type in hardware drivers ,click search . when found mark for install . now click the green arrow at the top to install , after finished close out and re start pc . then system -admin. hardware drivers- slect the one you want then activate . restart . then go set xorg settings save .

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #2

 sorry that should be search for additional drivers ,,.. == libsound2-plugin and libijs -0.35
 nvidia drivers 95 are out dated 173 or recommended is what you will need to use .

 you may need to have a look at system- preference - main menu and see if it has a check in the box by it , { additional drivers } .

Daz (vic-court) said : #3

Thanks GREG T for your reply. I now think that "Hardware Drivers" has been replaced by "Additional Drivers" in Maverick.

I tried the nvidia 173 driver and it still wouldn't work.

I have now tried all sorts of solutions to no avail.

Can you tell me where I can find out what graphics cards are supported by Maverick?

Daz

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #4

   go to applications -accessories -terminal - enter

sudo lshw -C video

then enter your log in password ( you will notsee it click enter)

On 10/25/2010 07:25 AM, Daz wrote:
> Question #131031 on xserver-xorg-driver-nv in ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-driver-nv/+question/131031
>
> Status: Answered => Open
>
> Daz is still having a problem:
> Thanks GREG T for your reply. I now think that "Hardware Drivers" has
> been replaced by "Additional Drivers" in Maverick.
>
> I tried the nvidia 173 driver and it still wouldn't work.
>
> I have now tried all sorts of solutions to no avail.
>
> Can you tell me where I can find out what graphics cards are supported
> by Maverick?
>
> Daz
>

Daz (vic-court) said : #5

Have just tried this. Instructions ran but still no change to my graphics. The best that I can get is 1024 x 768. Under "Additional Drivers", after trying another fix, I am showing nvidia-current, "This driver is activated but not currently in use". I just don't know how to get Maverick to use a proprietary drivers.

Daz (vic-court) said : #6

On just entering "lshw" it lists my nvidia MX440 graphics card, amongst lots of other items. But this doesn't help me to get it used.

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #7

 system -preference- appearance- visual effects select the normal , and see what happens .

Best GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #8

mx440
  Well those who couldn't get their Nvidia drivers working with Ubuntu
10.10 due to newer version of Xorg-Xserver try to do the following : (it
worked for me ;))

1) Remove any form of Nvidia drivers , configuration files and anything
related to it. I dropped to vesa drivers but that is not necessary.
1) Backup /etc/apt/sources.lst and change all instances of "maverick"
for "lucid"
2) In Synaptic, remove xserver-xorg
3) Reload/update the sources and install xorg
4) Install the Nvidia driver which you know worked with Lucid. In my
case it is 195.36.24
5) change the sources.lst back to maverick
6) Reconfigure the xserver: sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
7 ) Now run these commands one after the another :
-- sudo update-alternatives --config gl_conf
-- sudo ldconfig
-- sudo update-initramfs -u
-- sudo nvidia-xconfig
8) Now using synaptic lock the version of these downgraded packages
(xorg, nvidia-current, etc ) so that they don't get upgraded automatically
9) Restart.

On 10/25/2010 02:14 PM, GREG T. wrote:
> Question #131031 on xserver-xorg-driver-nv in ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xorg-driver-nv/+question/131031
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> GREG T. proposed the following answer:
> system -preference- appearance- visual effects select the normal ,
> and see what happens .
>

Sharky (clhsharky) said : #9

From

MaverickMeerkat/ReleaseNotes

The new Xorg 1.9 available in Maverick is not compatible with nVidia based chipsets that use the (nvidia-96) and (nvidia-173) drivers. (626974)

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #10

that`s funny i am using 173 with my ubuntu 10.10 64 bit install and have had no problems . nivida 6550se

Daz (vic-court) said : #11

Thank you very kind ubuntu users who have taken the trouble to answer my question. Sharky has the answer. It is a leasong learnt i.e. Read the release notes before upgrading.

For GREG T, I see that nvidia have, in fact, updated the 173 driver for Maverick, but not the 96 one. It seems to be a low priority action for them and may be they will or won't ever get round to it.

So I will continue using Lucid for the forseeable future. One day when I upgrade to a new machine and Win7 I will then try Maverick or later version.

I think that Ubuntu is great but I won't recommend it to my pal who is thinking of changing OS from Windows, as it requires too much hard work keeping up to date.

Daz

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #12

 not all pc act the same . i have had the same pc for 4 years started with ubuntu 7.10 and never had any real problems . have one pc that runs on opengl graphics because there is no ati support for it but it is still a good old pc . it you use the work around i give an hour ago it will work .

 explore and have fun !

Daz (vic-court) said : #13

OK I will give it a try and let you know how I get on.

Daz (vic-court) said : #14

Thanks GREG T., that solved my question.

Daz (vic-court) said : #15

Thanks Greg and all other respondents.

Gregs solution has now got my screen running at native resolution.

After running "sudo update-alternatives --config gl _conf" I got the choice of "....9600 auto mode", "....500 manual mode" or "....9600 manual mode" I chose auto mode. Was that correct?

I am now truly stunned by the support of the Ubuntu community.

If you lived in my village I would buy you a pint.

Daz

GREG T. (ubuntuer) said : #16

 just have one for me i quit drinking when i became a single parent 20 yrs ago. want to set a good example for my son , who is now a active member of the armed forces . very proud he is following in my foot steps .