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Graphics OK, but not great

Postby nonsense on Sat Jul 05, 2008 9:34 pm

I am sporting a dual boot linux mint and vista these days and I am absolutely lovin' it, I am even thinking about getting rid of vista altogether but I am not quiet there yet. However, whenever I am trying to watch a movie or pictures, I realize that the quality is just not as good as it is in vista (with WMP or itunes), so I figure I may have to install a graphic driver which I haven't. Everything worked right of the ISO CD so I figured I don't need to do anything. My computer is an Acer 5610 and I have no idea what kinda graphics card is in there. So my question is, how do I get there and how does the installation part work?
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Re: Graphics OK, but not great

Postby 67GTA on Sat Jul 05, 2008 9:44 pm

Open a terminal and post the output of
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lspci
That will tell us what you have under the hood.
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Re: Graphics OK, but not great

Postby nonsense on Sat Jul 05, 2008 9:50 pm

Here are my assets:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
05:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
06:01.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
06:04.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB-712/4 Cardbus Controller (rev 10)
06:04.1 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc ENE PCI Memory Stick Card Reader Controller (rev 01)
06:04.2 SD Host controller: ENE Technology Inc ENE PCI Secure Digital Card Reader Controller (rev 01)
06:04.3 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc: (rev 01)
06:04.4 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc SD/MMC Card Reader Controller (rev 01)
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Re: Graphics OK, but not great

Postby 67GTA on Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:24 pm

Your have integrated Intel graphics
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00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
. The driver for it is i810, but it should already be used/installed by default. You probably won't get stellar performance out of it. Check in the package manager and make sure xserver-xorg-video-intel is installed. Run
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glxinfo | grep direct
in a terminal to make sure direct rendering is enabled.
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Re: Graphics OK, but not great

Postby eeezzzeee on Sat Jul 05, 2008 11:09 pm

Another thing you may want to try with regards to watching videos and things is check in the preferences. I kept wondering why videos that played fine in windows would be super light and no contrast when I ran them in Mint. I went into the preferences of my player and found sliders for brightness and saturation etc.. played with those for a few seconds and got it looking just fine. I'm not sure if that is the same problem you are experiencing, but it might be worth a shot to check out.
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