Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This is the driver in question, it promises to be the end of my graphics troubles with my old Rage 128 card.

The only trouble is, I'm not sure how to install the driver?

I'm running Ununtu 12.04.

share|improve this question
First of all, this card is ancient, and you should really just upgrade. But if you absolutely insist, you "just" have to compile the Xorg/Mesa/libdrm/kernel graphics stack from source, so that you're using a version at least as recent as the version that contained those changes. If you'll note, that article was published almost on the exact day when Ubuntu 12.04 (April, 2012) was released; Ubuntu usually stops pulling in upstream changes about 3 months prior to release. So there's no way that would have made it into Ubuntu 12.04. Maybe it's in 12.10, but I don't know. Try it! – allquixotic Apr 4 '13 at 12:17
Also, if your CPU is as old as your graphics card, compiling the graphics stack will probably take you about 3 days of just waiting for your computer, whereas a modern, low-end box could compile it in about 30 minutes. So you really should just try Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04 Alpha and see if it has the updated driver. 12.04 isn't obsolete, but it isn't the latest version of Ubuntu, either. – allquixotic Apr 4 '13 at 12:18
I've already tried 12.10 however there was a lovely notice upon startup saying that the graphics card is not supported, and that I should try 12.04 LTS... – Adam Apr 4 '13 at 12:26
Looks like you need to get the sources, apply this patch and compile. – terdon Apr 4 '13 at 12:34
You're also not likely to be able to run a composite desktop very well. Might want to consider a 'lower' end DE like xfce or even openbox – Journeyman Geek Apr 4 '13 at 12:37

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.