Ubuntu – Horrible graphics on the Dell Inspiron 17 with Ubuntu 13.10


I just got a new laptop: Dell Inspiron 17 (3737) BTX Base. The graphic card is IntelĀ® HD Graphics 4400

I installed Ubuntu 13.10.

The graphics are just horrible. It looks like an old 4 bits color display or something.

I ran the system testing tool and I got the following results:

graphics/driver_version FAILED ERROR: No video driver loaded! Possibly in failsafe mode!

It looks like the video driver is not installed properly. How can I fix this?

Here is some additional info:

lspci -nn | grep VGA

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0a16] (rev 09)

I also tried the Intel Graphics Installer, but nothing changed. Still stuck with the same problem.


Best Answer

  • Well, my identical machine does the same (inspiron 17 3737 - processor i3-4010U with hd4400). The RGB signal is all messed up.

    Weirdly enough , when I connect a display on the HDMI port, that one works fine.

    If you only need 1 display, and not much graphics : boot with NOMODESET (procedure to do this can be found here ).

    Otherwise : Ubuntu 12.04, 13.04, 13.10, daily 14 do not solve the problem, with or without update, with or without the 1.0.3 or 1.0.4 Intel drivers from Intel 01.org

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