Sunday, October 21, 2012

Additional Drivers in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal was released day before yesterday and I happily upgraded my laptop. I have Nvidia graphics card on my laptop and was using proprietary Nvidia drivers. But the upgrade replaced the driver with Nouveau open source driver. The only problem was it made my laptop horribly slow and Unity wouldn't work displaying only black or red and nothing.

It took some struggling to find out that it wasn't using Nvidia driver but once I knew this it was very easy to enable it. Open 'Additional Driver' and choose Nvidia right? Wrong. There is no program called additional drivers. Hmm, it was renamed from Hardware drivers or something like that so maybe they renamed it back. There must be a team of people on Canonical who doesn't have any significant work and only make bullshit changes. But no there is no hardware drivers either. So after going to applications on unity and clicking more suggestions I found 'Additional Drivers'. I was installing it but realized just in time it was Kde package and not Gnome. Thank god I nearly had committed crime by installing Kde app.

Back to my CLI knowledge, I know the command 'jockey-gtk' . So I ran it but it's not installed:
The program 'jockey-gtk' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install jockey-gtk

Fair enough, I tried that only to be greeted with:
jockey-gtk is already the newest version.
What kind of sorcery is this? I found the bug report which luckily hinted me where I can find 'Additional Drivers'.

Additional drivers is available as last tab in 'Software Sources' program. In Unity search for software sources program and open it.

I wish Ubuntu was more stable than fancy.


  1. had the same problem :(

  2. Thanks a lot! I couldn't find the Additional Drivers either. You saved me quite a few more minutes of toing and froing :D

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  4. Very good article. Very helpful for me :)