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Video Card Drivers

Postby smileydan on Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:53 pm

I am brand new to Linux and I was wanting to play TF2 but I kept gettingan error message about my OpenGL not being up to date. I was told that this meant my graphics card and video drivers, but this is as far as I have gotten.

I am running:
Linux Mint 14 with MATE
Dell desktop computer "Vostro 200", model dcslf
Intel gma 3100 graphics
Intel G33 Express Chipset

I was told my video drivers are either not installed at all or not responding and was sent to this website [https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads] but the website is just gibberish to me.

Thank you in advance for any help you are able to give.
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Re: Video Card Drivers

Postby xenopeek on Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:44 am

The Intel GMA 3100 is being jokingly called a "3d decelerator", I'm not sure it is up to running 3d games;
- http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/361 ... ility-list
- http://www.anandtech.com/show/2339

It would be helpful if you could share the output of the following command here (run it on the terminal). Possibly somebody may know something you can do based on that. You can copy text to/from the terminal, see its Edit menu.
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inxi -Fxz
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Re: Video Card Drivers

Postby smileydan on Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:02 am

Thank you for your response,
Here is what came back after inputting what you suggested into the terminal:
System: Host: daniel-Inspiron-530s Kernel: 3.5.0-17-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.7.2)
Desktop: N/A Distro: Linux Mint 14 Nadia
Machine: System: Dell product: Inspiron 530s
Mobo: Dell model: 0RY007 Bios: Dell version: 1.0.18 date: 02/24/2009
CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo CPU E7200 (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3) bmips: 10107.6
Clock Speeds: 1: 1600.00 MHz 2: 1600.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel 82G33/G31 Express Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
X.Org: 1.13.0 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x768@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel G33 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 9.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card: Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.25
Network: Card: Intel 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection driver: e1000e ver: 2.0.0-k port: fe00 bus-ID: 00:19.0
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 1080.2GB (4.6% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST31000528AS size: 1000.2GB
2: id: /dev/sdb model: INTEL_SSDSA2M080 size: 80.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 70G used: 47G (71%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 4.02GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 149 Uptime: 4 min Memory: 533.5/3944.1MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.7.2 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4

After seeing this it says that my graphics card is an Intel 82G33/G31 rather than the GMA 3100 that I originally thought, unless I am getting myself confused that is.
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Re: Video Card Drivers

Postby xenopeek on Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:35 am

GMA 3100 is the integrated graphics found on G31 chipset motherboards, so that checks out unfortunately. The drivers look good also, with the Intel drivers correctly loaded and being used.

You might try the xorg-edgers PPA, which would install the newest of the new video drivers and perhaps those will manage to squeeze some extra performance or features from your card. But I wouldn't recommend doing so unless you are happy to do a reinstall if all goes wrong with this. Read the recommendations on trying this from the live session of the installation DVD / USB stick: https://launchpad.net/~xorg-edgers/+archive/ppa
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Re: Video Card Drivers

Postby smileydan on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:34 am

Thank you again for your response,
I followed the link and ran the command line [sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa] in my terminal. After this I updated with[sudo apt-get update]. Nothing has changed as far as the error message I was recieving. Did I do this correctly?
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Re: Video Card Drivers

Postby xenopeek on Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:00 am

After the sudo apt-get update, you would have to do a sudo apt-get upgrade to upgrade packages :wink:
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Re: Video Card Drivers

Postby smileydan on Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:54 am

Thank you again for your help, unfortunately that did not reslove my issue. I suppose I will just need to go and buy a new graphics card to get what I want out of this machine. Thank you anyway.
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Re: Video Card Drivers

Postby xenopeek on Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:16 am

Yes, I was afraid of that :(
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