Your driver is installed by default. They aren't restricted. Intel has open source Linux drivers for their cards, so they are installed by default. They are in the xserver-xorg-video-intel package(look in the package manager). You should be able to run compiz, and some 3D games with that graphics setup. With Hardy/Elyssa came the newest xorg with auto detection(hardware hotpluging) at boot time. There are still a few bugs to be squashed. Not every hardware/monitor setup is 100% accurately detected yet. There is a tool to set your gfx model/monitor res, but was hidden in the menu by default in Ubuntu, and wasn't changed in Mint. Open a terminal and run
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You should be able to use this tool to get your desired res if your gfx/monitor supports it. You will have to reboot for it to take affect. If that doesn't work, post back and we will help you edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. That is where the X settings are.
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