Installed with Synaptic but not recognizing my card.

Asked by Matthew O'Mealey on 2012-08-13

I've been wanting to get real drivers installed for my Dell Studio 1537 pp33l laptop. I installed this VAAPI driver hoping it would work with my GM 4500mhd card.

Will this driver work? and how do I get it properly set up on my stystem? I'm new to Linux and still learning these specifics.

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04LTS.

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Intel GPUs work great in Linux. Intel put a lot of time and money into Linux kernel development as well as the video driver.

Can you give the output of:

sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep intel


Matthew O'Mealey (gix-mto) said : #2

What originally got me started down the road to try to get specific drivers for my card running was it not properly recognizing my external monitors max resolution settings. I eventually got a workaround for it using xrandr in a script on startup.

Then I started having problems with overheating and forced shutdowns when I was doing some multi-tasking with multiple Chrome tabs and some streaming music. One of the suggested fixes online was possibly getting specific drivers or even proprietary for the graphics card, so I have restarted my quest for drivers since as far as I can tell I'm using generic ones since the 'Details' under system settings says the graphics driver is 'unknown'

Again, I'm still new-ish to Linux, but I am a long time geek so I catch on quick.

Here's the output from: sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep intel

       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 07
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
       resources: irq:45 memory:fc000000-fc3fffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff ioport:1800(size=8)
  *-display:1 UNCLAIMED
       description: Display controller
       product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2.1
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.1
       version: 07
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:fc400000-fc4fffff
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux matthubuntu 3.2.0-29-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul 27 17:03:23 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
ii intel-gpu-tools 1.2-1 tools for debugging the Intel graphics driver
ii libdrm-intel1 2.4.32-1ubuntu1 Userspace interface to intel-specific kernel DRM services -- runtime
ii libva-intel-vaapi-driver 1.0.15-1ubuntu2 VAAPI driver for Intel G45 & HD Graphics family
ii whois 5.0.15ubuntu2 intelligent WHOIS client
rc xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.19.0-0ubuntu1~xup1 X.Org X server -- Intel i8xx, i9xx display driver

Matthew O'Mealey (gix-mto) said : #3

From my perspective, it appears that the Intel driver is running based on that output, but I guess Ubuntu doesn't recognize it in the system settings.


sudo dpkg -P xserver-xorg-video-intel
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel

Reboot to test

Matthew O'Mealey (gix-mto) said : #5

I began to have a problem with ubuntu only booting in Unity 2D, so I uninstalled the VAAPI driver and installed xserver-xorg-video-intel as suggested, that fixed the Unity booting issue, but still running pretty hot.

Ps. this is often noticed when running Chrome with many tabs going.

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