Updating device drivers with ubuntu

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Hardware that doesn’t work is usually just a quick driver download away from working. Most of the drivers for hardware on your computer are open-source and integrated into Linux itself.

These hardware drivers are generally part of the Linux kernel, although bits of graphics drivers are part of Xorg (the graphics system), and printer drivers are included with CUPS (the print system).

First list the kernel modules: Step 2: Install NVIDIA drivers Now install back the drivers.

I highly recommend staying away from the drivers on NVIDIA’s website.

They should not just be uninstalled, but every shred of their prior existence must be eradicated. Try with a newer version of driver that you can download.

Purge, not just remove, all installed NVIDIA packages: If you had installed a NVIDIA driver from their website, uninstall it using the shell script that it ships with. You may still have some NVIDIA modules stuck in the kernel.

When you plug in a new device to your Windows computer and you see the “Installing Driver” bubble pop up, Windows might be downloading a manufacturer-provided driver from Microsoft and installing it on your PC.

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Because, you never know if the install or update will screw up your setup leaving you with no Compiz or even worse, no X windows!

There are tons of solutions for these problems online.

Below is the solution which works for me consistently.

That means most of the available hardware drivers are already on your computer, included along with the kernel, graphics server, and print server.

These drivers are sometimes developed by hobbyists.

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