Ubuntu, one of the most popular distros of Linux includes most of the drivers required for motherboard. The included drivers are quite enough for simple browsing, Office work etc. But to run some applications, especially games, the installed drivers are not enough. When I switch from Windows to Ubuntu this has created a lot of headache to me. Even the simple Linux native games like Super Tux etc. used to lag / too slow in Ubuntu without video drivers.
After researching a lot on the net I finally found that installing video driver is necessary to run games smoothly in Linux. Not all motherboards support Linux Drivers. Only few like nVidia have a dedicated support for Linux. I’ve installed the nVidea Video Driver for my ASUS Motherboard. So keeping reference of these make & Model now let us install video card / Integrated video drivers in Linux. this steps can be pretty much used for Windows Operating System also.
1. If you have an integrated Video then you need to Get System Hardware Information. Note down the Make & model of Motherboard. In my case it’s AsusTeck M2N62 AM2 SE
2. Visit the respective Motherboard manufacturer’s website & find out which video card (nVidea nForce GeForce, ATI Radeon, VIA Chrome, Intel 945 Chipset etc.) is integrated in the motherboard. In my case nVidea GeForce 7025.
3. After getting the video card information we need to visit the respective manufacturer’s Linux Support site and download the driver. I’ve downloaded NVIDIA-Linux-x86-280.13.run file from nVidia Linux Support Website.
4. Install the downloaded driver using Linux terminal.
List of Linux Driver Websites :
There are very few major chipset manufacturers in world. S3 Technologies, VIA Technologies, SIS Technologies, Intel, AMD / ATI, nVidia etc. S3 Graphics has sold out it’s chipset unit to a joint venture with VIA Technologies. ATI is bought by AMD. You can get drivers from the following websites.