Is Ubuntu using my graphics card?

Asked by Scott on 2012-12-07

Hello. Thank you very much in advanced to all those that can help me with my question. I recently purchased a new laptop with a GeForce GT 650M graphics card. Is there a way to tell if Ubuntu is using it? I typed lspci | grep VGA into the terminal as some other forums suggested and the output was:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 0fd1 (rev a1)

Thank you very much in advanced for any answers.

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Can you give the output of:

sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a; uname -a


Scott (yysy2-2) said : #2

Thanks for the reply. The output I get is:

       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: NVIDIA Corporation
       vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: a1
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
       resources: irq:16 memory:d0000000-d0ffffff memory:b0000000-bfffffff memory:c0000000-c1ffffff ioport:3000(size=128) memory:c2000000-c207ffff
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux scottyiu-QAL51 3.2.0-34-generic #53-Ubuntu SMP Thu Nov 15 10:48:16 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Looks fine. Are you getting any display issues?

Scott (yysy2-2) said : #4

Thanks for the reply. There is no display issues, I just wanted to check if it's using my graphics card.

The proprietary driver is loaded, otherwise you would see:


instead of:



N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #6

I guess you do this question because you see "Graphics Unknown" at "Details" screen , Am I correct ?

Well, to fix that , just install one package .

From terminal run

sudo apt-get install mesa-utils

Logout - login or reboot and open again the "Details" window and you will see.


Scott (yysy2-2) said : #7

Thanks for the reply. I know ubuntu is using my graphics card now.

Scott (yysy2-2) said : #8

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.