I am using Mint 12 on a lenovo machine. How do I find the exact name of my graphics card to download and install driver? Also is there any way to check if the driver is already installed or not?
The easiest way is to use
lspci | grep VGA
On my system, this returns:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT216 [Quadro FX 880M] (rev a2)
To check which driver is loaded run this for NVIDIA cards:
lsmod | grep nv
and this for ATI cards (will return nothing if the proprietary driver is not loaded):
lsmod | grep radeon
I went to software manager and installed "Sysinfo". Once installed you can open it and click on Hardware and a box will appear in the upper right-hand corner that will give you options of details on your Motherboard,Graphics card,Sound card and Network. I have used terminal before but for those of us with bad memories, the graphical interface is very handy.