Graphics Cards

Jimmy Sjölund jimmy at
Sun Jun 9 09:57:07 UTC 2013

On Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 3:24 AM, Sudhangathan B S <sudhangathan at>wrote:

> Heyy Studios,
> I am planning to buy a Laptop and have already decided to put Ubuntu
> Studio as it is my favorite Distribution since the last 4 to 5 years. I am
> planning to a laptop with extra Graphics card. I have found that (from a
> short survey) AMD/ATI, NVIDIA have lot of driver problems and they just
> won't work, and I have experienced it myself while using other laptops.
> I often video/photo edit after my adventures.
> If anybody is successfully using a graphics card with Studio, i.e. with a
> fully working driver and smooth graphics, please let me know the model of
> the graphics card and the laptop(or even desktop) configurations.

Do you mean to connect an external graphic card?

I run Ubuntu Studio 12.04 64 bit on a Sony Vaio VPCEB1S1E with an "ATI
Mobility Radeon HD 5650 - 1024 MB, Core: 450 MHz, Memory: 790 MHz,". In earlier US versions had some trouble with shadings before
I installed ATI proprietary drivers, but I haven't seen those issues since
In 12.04 I chose Additional Drivers and "ATI/AMD proprietary graphics
driver", not the experimental beta or post-release but they might function
well, I just haven't tested them as I want as stable environment as
possible. My only reason to use the ATI drivers were to connect my external
monitor through HDMI, which I couldn't get to work properly without
installing the ATI drivers. For some reason I had to start up AMD Catalyst
Control Center every time I booted up before the driver would understand
that the external monitor was connected. Then one day it just stopped and
remember the settings anyway.
I have also tried it out on 12.10 64 bit, worked the same as in 12.04. Then
I installed 13.04 64 bit when it was released and installed the latest
driver from ATI manually. Same issue there, I had to start the AMD control
center every boot to redo my settings for the monitors.
Recently I have found that I might be able to configure the external
monitor within Xfce without involving the ATI drivers, but I haven't
investigated further since, well it already works. I don't do any 3D or
gaming so I have no experience in the behaviour there.

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