Install Intel Latest Driver To Your Ubuntu 10.04

Since the nightmare crash between Xorg and Intel graphic card on Ubuntu Jaunty, now you have a good news. You can update your Intel driver to the latest update to this great hardware acceleration for playing h.264 video. Or in other words we now have Hardware acceleration for HD content with our Intel video cards. And as the new video standard on the HTML 5, h.264 video format will be used.

So if you have an intel video cards and using Ubuntu 10.04. You should install this Intel latest driver to have better performance with your video.

Follow the steps below how to install Intel latest driver to your Ubuntu 10.04:

  1. Update your apt source list:
    sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list
  2. Add these two lines to your sources.list:
    deb lucid main #xorg-edgers PPA
    deb-src lucid main #xorg-edgers PPA
  3. Then run the comman below one by one:
    $ sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 8844C542
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  4. Update your linux kernel to 2.6.35:
    $ sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.35-6-generic linux-headers-2.6.35-6-generic
  5. Restart your Ubuntu machine:

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  1. bigbrovar says:

    Thanks for the guide. You might want to add instructions on how to revert the changes and downgrade back to the default Intel drivers should the latest intel drivers result in system instability ( which I experienced alot when i tried it) The user would need to install a package called ppa-purge

    sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

    after installing ppa-purge the user can then downgrade back to the default Intel Drivers (and revert all changes made through using this PPA) by running sudo ppa-purge xorg-edgers

  2. Thanks For tips bigbrovar.
    You are the best 🙂

  3. luis says:

    looks good. I hope this solves a *very* irritating problem I've been seing with quadrapassel on intel cards

  4. PD says:

    I did this and it decreased the performance on my computer. So I did what bigbrovar suggested and it seems to have taken everything back to how it was before.

    However, when the Intel driver was first installed and after the reboot, I was unable to connect to the internet. I am connecting through a wireless network. I could see and connect to the network, but couldn't get online…

    This is still the case now that I am back to the standard driver.

    I'm wondering how to fix this =/ (Another computer, also running Ubuntu 10.04, never had any problems with the internet and connects just fine to the network and to the internet. I didn't change the driver on that computer.)

  5. @luis: yes, it have a better perfomance or my Ubuntu too.
    @PD: i wonder what is your Intelgraphic card, i'm using Intel GMA 945. and it's working good.

  6. Evan Carroll says:

    This is a bad choice of commands for modern Ubuntu users, instead use `add-apt-repository`:

    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
    It will add the key and the repository, and the key then just follow through with the rest of the tutorial.

    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    $ sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.35-6-generic linux-headers-2.6.35-6-generic

  7. I just do it with old fashion way.
    But you have great tips.
    Thanks for the tips Evan.

  8. Don't work! After upgrading and installing on my 10.04 with Intel 945 Gnome freeze after 15-20 min. Before that it freeze after 1-2 min. 🙁 I hate Intel viodeocards.

  9. i'm using Intel GMA 945 with this new intel driver and using Ubuntu 10.04. I wonder what's wrong with yours. You can revert it back. See bigbrovar comment how to revert it.

  10. Today will trying turn on Compiz again. If it freeze – will revert back. Thanks for your work with ubuntu improving 🙂

  11. Christer Wickman says:

    I would like to ask is this something one who is using KUbuntu 10.04 has to do also? Since I am using KUbuntu 10.04 with a graphics from Intel GMA 3100? I just would like to know.

  12. Haven't try with GMA 3100, but you can try. if something not working.
    Then you can revert back. See bigbrovar comment on this post.Thanks.

  13. Bleveland says:

    No luck so far. It fails to update the kernel to 2.6.35 (complains that package does not exist). Without new kernel -no surprise- nothing works. Need to start up in safe mode (keep shift in while booting up) and revert as suggested by Bigbrovar. That worked just fine BTW. I assume there is a newer package (?) with a different name…?
    Have an Asus 1001px with GMA3150 which completely sucks on playing up video in HD 720 (not to mention 1080). The new Intel drivers gave me some new hope. Not too much, but I would at least like to give this a try.

    I assume it is my ignorance regarding Linux that makes me fail in this particular case… Some help is highly appreciated!

    • ryanov says:

      Do an aptitude search or apt-cache search for linux-image-2.6.35 — you will see that the above simply mentioned what was available at the time. As of the time of this comment I'm writing, the revision is presently 25 (as opposed to 6) with only a couple of releases prior available.

  14. Valberg says:

    How do I install the 2.6.35 kernel?

    $ sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.35-6-generic linux-headers-2.6.35-6-generic
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn't find package linux-image-2.6.35-6-generic

    Is there a PPA that has it or?

  15. Bankey says:

    tnx for the repo and tip..
    but some addition :
    used hardware: dell inspiron 510m
    intel 915 gpu

    after install backport kernel of maverick I lost the visibility of my mouse.. it was there,but invisible.. 🙁
    old kernel mouse is visible, so i jumped in a bit more (and found your howto.. 😉 )

    so after installing according to the howto, I had a broken xconfiguration. x only wanted to start in safemode.:-(

    after running "sudo Xorg -configure"
    "sudo ~/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf"
    "sudo reboot"
    all worked fine..

    tnx anyway..

  16. Francklin says:

    Excuseme for my english, I'll be all for that it is well understanded. I try all that say in this forum and I find a solution very good and that Fixed the problem whit my graphic card and compiz, I hope you can understand.
    I did this:
    run command in a terminal:
    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    added The follow lines in it:

    Then run command:
    $ sudo apt-get update

    then open synaptics and search
    then reboot and start whit this kernel and my problem with incompatibility of compiz and intel graphics end and my system works excellent and without freezes.

    Not is necesary update or change the drivers includes in this forums only update your distro from updates in the system-admin-updates and that is all.

    This fixed my problems complete. I hope that This can help to anybody.

  17. marioyee says:

    Great tutorial, and with the info in the comments it worked great!! 
    Thanks! Viva Ubuntu!

  18. ltrafael says:

    Hi Ivan, I need help with this please. I have Ubuntu 12.04 now and the video card I have is Intel G33 x86/MMX/SSE2. Would this tutorial still work if I try it on my pc? I can't find anything on the internet and the intel website says I have to go to this other website to update the drivers, but there is no guide on how to do it I'm clueless now.  What should I do?
    Please help. Thanks in advance.

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