I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 w/GUI on an HP DL380 G6 I found lying around - it has an ATI ES1000 graphics chip.

After install the screen is very 'laggy' and only 1024 resolution (I have 1280 monitor).

I believe I have tried the community/RadeonDriver but it reports 'llvmpipe' which indicates no 3D acceleration.

  • How to get the video to work properly at the supported 1280 resolution?
  • How to switch to 2D in Ubuntu 14.04? (not same as 12.04)
  • Or, should I just install 14.04 Server and be done with it?
  • I don't think you're supposed to rely on the video capabilities of a rackmount server like this... Is there a chance that this is unique to the Ubuntu version? Did this work well with a previous OS? – ewwhite Apr 24 '14 at 12:20
  • Thanks for the reply. It was some Redhat server on there before - in console mode. – xcxc Apr 25 '14 at 2:23

The chip on this server (and most others) is very weak and will not support a GUI even with a proper graphics driver. For reference, it has 64 MB of video memory and 0 pixel/vertex shader support (which means no 3D acceleration).

These chips were only meant for console work. Install Server. The server will thank you for it.

  • Point taken. I was hoping to see what Ubuntu 14.04 looked like... wrong computer to do it on... I have installed 14.04 server and it seems to work OK. Thanks for the reply. – xcxc Apr 25 '14 at 2:26

It's a server, you're not supposed to have a GUI on it, especially not something like unity which really won't work on a weak old ati chip. If you must have an Ubuntu-ish gui, try xubuntu. But really, use SSH.

  • I was expecting too much from its graphics! I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 Server and it seems OK. My lesson is learned - run servers in console mode. Don't even waste time trying to get a GUI up. – xcxc Apr 25 '14 at 2:34

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