Getting the Latest Ubuntu Graphics Drivers on Samsung NC20

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To get the best graphics performance out of your Samsung NC20, you will need to install the latest graphics drivers.  These drivers unfortunatey are not easy to find on the web, so here is a step-by-step installation instructions for driver installation on Ubuntu 10.10.  Special thanks to the wonderful folks at Ubuntu Forums(Wonderful source, thumbs up to the contributors).
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The steps explained below were taken from post #542 from this Ubuntu Forums page.

  1. Download this zip file via_chrome9_drv_u1010_v2.zip and unzip it
  2. Open a terminal window and change into that directory (“cd ~” for home dir)
  3. Install the “dkms” package from Ubuntu package repository
    $ sudo apt-get install dkms
  4. Install the kernel driver:
    $ sudo dpkg -i chrome9-drm_87a.55689-maverick1_all.deb
  5. Install the X.org driver:
    $ sudo dpkg -i --force-confmiss --force-confnew xserver-xorg-video-chrome9_87a.55729-maverick1_i386.deb
  6. Update /etc/X11/xorg.conf file
  7. Copy the provided xorg.conf.nc20 file to xorg.conf
    $ sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
    $ sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.nc20 /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  8. Reboot Ubuntu
  9. Check if it’s working: Open /var/log/Xorg.0.log in a text editor. If you see several lines containing “VIA(0)”, then the new driver is being used.

Also note:

  • The sample xorg.conf.nc20 is only installed if you add the “–force-confmiss –force-confnew” options to dpkg.
  • Although VIA marks the source code this hacked driver is based on as stable, I cannot guarantee it to be bug-free. Use with caution.
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  • Alex

    Thanks for this explanations. What is to do with Ubuntu 11.04?

  • This method is actually specific to Ubuntu 10.10, in 11.04 the default drivers must suffice.

  • Alex

    Thanks for the answer, but I have a big problem with the videos with Ubuntu 11.04 – when I am looking a video and I am klicking somewhere a logout is following. Therefore I am asking. ” *Cecking battery state… “ is the message in the logfile. I have read that I have a wrong graphicdriver …?