How to Restore Generic Video Drivers in Ubuntu

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How to Restore Generic Video Drivers in Ubuntu
Graphics cards enable many computer visual effects (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Most graphics drivers are proprietary and therefore don't ship with the default configurations of Ubuntu Linux for legal reasons. However, Ubuntu makes it easy to download and install these drivers. If you want to restore generic video drivers in Ubuntu, you can do so in a few steps. But first you must be logged into Ubuntu as a user with administrative privileges.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • A computer with Ubuntu installed

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  1. 1

    Open the "Additional Drivers" settings. This can be found under "Administration" in the "System" menu.

  2. 2

    Select the graphics driver currently in use. It will have a green circle to the left of the description in the list of graphics drivers.

  3. 3

    Click the "Remove" button.

  4. 4

    Enter the sudo password and click "Authenticate."

  5. 5

    Restart your computer to complete the change.

Tips and warnings

  • Not using the optimal driver for your graphics card will prevent you from utilising the full capabilities of your graphics card.

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