Graphics Cards

Sudhangathan B S sudhangathan at
Mon Jun 10 03:33:48 UTC 2013

Sudhangathan BS
Ph:(+91) 9731-905-205

On Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM, Jimmy Sjölund <jimmy at> wrote:

> 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?

No.. I want to select a good internal graphics card for the laptop which
suits Ubuntu-Studio..!

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
> 12.04.
> 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.
> /Jimmy
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