Installing Intel graphics controller driver – Ubuntu

Hardware driver configuration for your Linux distibution can be a pretty tedious task, but not really if you are ready to face the challenge and learn more.I recently had a problem configuring my graphics card.Hell, I dint even know the company that made my graphics card!

So, I used the command,

lspci | grep VGA (lspci lists all pci devices)

and this is what came on screen.and in case you were wondering, VGA stands for Video Graphics Array.

varun@varun-laptop:~$ lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)

So it was using the Intel Integrated Graphics Controller. Next i had to configure it.

Let me deviate and share some of my thoughts which have been hampering me about this driver issue!

Microsoft Windows is a universal operating system, so companies have developers writing device drivers specific to WIndows.WTF ! But it really does not mean these drivers dont end up in Linux! Well, propriety still plays a big role in the industry and Linux is somehow not recognized by every one yet, and unfortunately there arent many developers in the community to write pretty complex driver code i guess.

The Intel onboard graphics such as the 810/852/855 family haven’t always been working properly under GNU/Linux distributions. The first stage was a simple driver which made it possible to use your portable with a maximum resolution of 1280×1024.


After a while 8xx resolution came into the repositories. With this CLI-application (Command Line Interface) it was possible to configure a pre-made script to use the real maximum resolution your portable and onboard chip supported. The Intel 855 drivers are bundled with the drivers for the 810 and 915 chipset drivers but the whole problem is that they are available only in .rpm

Well, then i went to the INTEL site , downloadfinder.intel.com, and downloaded an RPM package for Linux.I used ALIEN, a package that builds .deb files out of RPM files.

for newbies, this is the command.

sudo apt-get install alien

After install, use alien to build .deb packages….

  • sudo alien <filname.rpm>
  • sudo dpkg -i <filename.deb>
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get upgrade

So finally test my driver, i installed compiz. Its great.Wonderful what developers make these days 😉

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~ by varun686 on April 5, 2009.

One Response to “Installing Intel graphics controller driver – Ubuntu”

  1. Hi,
    Can you please give me the download link of the rpm file?

    Thank you

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