Last Updated on May 22, 2022
2. Install Drivers
What you need to do here is dependent on your hardware.
The first thing to do is to interrogate your system. It’ll give you an understanding of your hardware. You can then investigate whether there are proprietary drivers you might benefit from instead of using the open source Ubuntu drivers.
If you’re not sure the hardware you are running, we recommend installing inxi. It’s a command-line program which is launched from a terminal. You can start the Terminal program clicking the Grid (bottom left hand corner of the screen). Start typing the word terminal in the search box, and you’ll see the Terminal icon. Click the icon to launch the program.
Install inxi with the command:
$ sudo apt install inxi
To interrogate the hardware on your system, type the command:
$ inxi -Fazy
This information will give you specific model information for your hardware which will be helpful when determining what drivers you need.
Proprietary graphics card drivers are provided by graphics card manufacturers and can provide improved performance and additional features when compared with open source Ubuntu drivers. To enable proprietary drivers for your machine, do the following:
- Open Additional Drivers from the grid (Show Applications) found at the bottom of the Dash.
- Let the system analyse your hardware.
- Enable the recommended proprietary drivers.
- Click the Apply Changes button.
Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Initial Update
Page 2 – Install Drivers
Page 3 – Enable Backups
Page 4 – Video/Audio Codecs and TrueType Fonts
Page 5 – GNOME Tweaks
Page 6 – GNOME Extensions
Page 7 – Install BleachBit
Page 8 – Night Light and Summary
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