[SOLVED]Question about drivers in ubuntu and other similar distributions

Discussion in 'Linux' started by elprobador, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. elprobador

    elprobador MDL Novice

    Dec 27, 2018
    Hello guys,
    I have a motherboard ASUS P5SD2-VM and installed Xubuntu but I don´t know if the drivers install actumatically. I want to know if Xubuntu installed the IGP drivers (SIS Mirage 3+ Integrated Graphics) and drivers for other motherboard's components.
    I reviewed the option about drivers in the software that provide Xubuntu for update and install drivers, it said that everything updated.
    I'm new in Linux and My Digital Life, any idea helps me, please take me patience and I'm sorry for my English :).
    Thanks you.
  2. windsman

    windsman MDL Expert

    Jan 11, 2010
    Welcome to MDL;)
    You should be fine, Linux work different than Windows for the drivers.
    Windows needs manufacturer drivers installation while most of the Linux drivers are open-source and already integrated into Linux itself, generally part of the Linux kernel, Xorg for the graphic and Cups for printer, but sometimes manufacturer provided their own closed-source proprietary drivers (especially for wifi drivers(sometimes you need them for working and graphics (which can give you better performance if you're a gamer).

    You can always check your graphic card driver in use (proprietary driver or open-source), by opening terminal and run :
    sudo lshw -c video | grep 'configuration'

  3. elprobador

    elprobador MDL Novice

    Dec 27, 2018
    Thanks Windsman, I really appreciate your response. I read something on another website and looked at the Xubuntu options, I think Linux assigned an alternate driver that is part of the kernel as you said, it works with a worse permonace, but it's enough for my demands.
    I knew nothing about that command and the terminal, again thank you very much.
  4. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

    Mar 7, 2012
    Drivers for specific hardware are also very easy to integrate.

    You can use terminal command 'uname -a' to get your $kernel version, navigate to your drivers in /lib/modules/$kernel/kernel/drivers and place the .ko where appropriate, for example my Realtek driver went into /drivers/net/wireless/realtek and I made my own folder in there called rtl8812au and placed my driver in there as 8812au.ko.

    Finally you just run depmod on the folder you made to update your kernel module list.

    Providing you have a compiled driver it's no more complicated than that.
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