Google Earth, Ubuntu 8.10, and Acer Aspire 5515

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Sun Mar 1 14:41:43 UTC 2009

Bob St. John wrote:
> Folks,
> I've got a dual-boot Acer Aspire 5515 with Windows Vista and Ubuntu
> 8.10.
> Google Earth 5.0 is installed in both environments. In Windows, Google
> Earth performs well, including display updates. In Ubuntu, Google Earth
> seems to start correctly, but the display updates take a terribly long
> time, and Google Earth essentially becomes useless.

Sounds like software OpenGL, because your GNU/Linux video driver doesn't
support hardware OpenGL.

> I suspect the problem has to do with the display drivers in the Ubuntu
> environment. Does anyone have any ideas on how to resolve this?

You could try to find a better video driver.

Matt Flaschen

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