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How do I install proprietary drivers?

Postby prisma on Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:07 pm

My primary personal laptop is moderately old Amilo pro. I've been using ubuntu linux on this laptop for many years and it has served me well until the currenty fancy desktop hysteria non sense kicked in.
I've watched 720p videos quite regularly and performace has been flawless.

However, since I installed LMDE.... well... not so much, video playback performance is noticeably lower.
Appart from that, I like LDME very much and, after some distro-shopping, I don't think I can get anything else that suits my needs better.

So, here what lspci says about my graphics card:

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00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)


I assume I can increase performace by donwloading a proprietary driver... no?
Which driver? How do I install it?
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Re: How do I install proprietary drivers?

Postby veggen on Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:26 am

Depending on your output renderer and hardware acceleration, the performance can extremely vary. But sadly, I know the details only for NVidia cards. Won't the built-in "Additional Drivers" tool offer appropriate proprietary drivers? Apart from that, try searching for ways to enable hardware acceleration on Intel cards, and you're bound to find articles on installing drivers and what not... Also, check what output renderer your player uses. The default one is the slowest.
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Re: How do I install proprietary drivers?

Postby mank_in on Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:45 am

No proprietary driver need for intel graphic. Open source intel graphic in Linux have same performance with driver for MS windows.
Intel is top five linux kernel contributor. If intel release new driver, usually include in new kernel
See :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA#Linux
http://intellinuxgraphics.org/
http://software.intel.com/sites/oss/lin ... tributions

Check your graphic card driver by command :
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inxi -Gx


Your vga driver works fine , if you see message something like this ( i am using i945G ) :
Graphics: Card: Intel 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
X.Org 1.10.4 drivers intel unloaded: fbdev,vesa Resolution 1024x768@85.0hz
GLX Renderer Mesa DRI Intel 945G x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version 1.4 Mesa 8.1-devel (git-897af1d oneiric-oibaf-ppa) Direct Rendering Yes
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Re: How do I install proprietary drivers?

Postby veggen on Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:06 am

mank_in prompted me to do some searching. Intel supports an open standard for video hardware acceleration API called VAAPI (unlike NVidia who have their own).
It seems all you need to do is enable vaapi acceleration in your player. See this thread for details. You might also care to see this.
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Re: How do I install proprietary drivers?

Postby prisma on Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:24 pm

Thank you guys, that was clear information.

inxi outputs this

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Graphics:  Card Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller X.Org 1.11.4 Res: 1280x800@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer Mesa DRI Intel 945GM  x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version 1.4 Mesa 7.10.3 Direct Rendering Yes


I'll make a fresh install of LMDE in a few days. My current one has broken dependencies and many messed up configs due to heavy experimentation. I'll get back to this topic within a week or so.
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