graphics card configuration.

Aart Koelewijn aart at
Thu Apr 30 19:24:55 UTC 2009

On Thu, 30 Apr 2009 19:53:32 +0200, Wybo Dekker wrote:

> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> What exactly is your problem?
> It began with googleearth telling me that:
> You are currently running Google Earth in 'OpenGL' with software
> emulation. In this mode, Google Earth will work, but it will run very
> slowly...
> And then I realized that X is indeed slower than it was under SuSE-11.0.
> As regards my last question: Is there a tool to help with the
> configuration? -  I had the SaX-tool in SuSE-11.0, what is the
> ubuntu-tool for it - or does it not exist?

It looks like you need the restricted driver for your graphics card.
Go to System > Administration > Software Sources and check if Proprietary 
drivers for devices (restricted) is activated. If not, activate and 
reload your source lists (f.i with "sudo apt-get update"). After that go 
to System > Administration > Hardware drivers and activate the 
recommended drivers. After that you will have to log out and log in again 
or maybe even reboot. If after this Google Earth still reports problems 
come back for more help and tell us what graphics card you have, but in  
most cases this should be the solution.


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