Configuring drivers and codecs Linux Mint 18.3, Part 1

In the previous article, we looked at installing Linux Mint 18.3. Now we will touch on the main points. In this we will install codecs and drivers.

We will look at the installation using the driver manager, console, and also add a repository with fresh Nvidia drivers. I won’t touch on installing the amdgpu-pro proprietary driver as I believe the free AMD driver is much better and more stable.

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  • Installing codecs
    Method 1. Via the graphical interface
    Method 2. Via a terminal emulator
  • Installing the driver
    Method 1. Via the graphical interface
    Method 2. Via a terminal emulator
  • Video of the installation process
  • Conclusions

Installing codecs

If you did not check this box when installing the distribution, but chose to install the codecs after installation, this guide is for you.

Method 1. Via the graphical interface

There are two ways to run the installer:

  • Through the splash screen;
  • Through the main menu.

If you haven’t disabled the splash screen, click “Multimedia codecs“:

Or open the main menu, enter “codecs” in the search field and run “Installing multimedia codecs“:

After that, you will see a window asking if you really want to install the codec pack. Please click “To install“:

Then you need to enter the password:

Now just wait for the installation to complete. When finished, the window will close automatically:

Method 2. Via a terminal emulator

To install codecs via the terminal, run it by clicking “Ctrl + Alt + T“. And enter the following command:

$ sudo apt-get update & sudo apt-get install men-meta-codecs

Press “Enter” and enter the password (entered characters will not be displayed):

You will be presented with a list of all packages that will be downloaded. Please enter “yOrdOrYes“And press” Enter “:

Now wait for the download and installation to complete:

After installing the codecs, the menu item and the welcome screen will automatically disappear.

Installing the driver

Again, we have the option of installing drivers both via the terminal and the graphical interface.

Method 1. Via the graphical interface

As before, the installer can be done in two ways:

  • Through the splash screen;
  • Through the main menu.

After starting the operating system, select “Drivers”:

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Or open the main menu, type “drivers” in the search box and run “Driver Manager”:

Before starting, you’ll need to enter your password:

Then the manager will open. Select the drivers you need by marking them with a dot. Then click “Apply changes“. I also advise you to install the microcode package you need (for intel processor in my case):

Now wait for the program to make the necessary changes:

Upon completion, you’ll be warned that a restart is required. Do it by clicking “Restart …

Method 2. Via a terminal emulator

Installation through the terminal, I will consider the example of Nvidia.

To get started, add a ppa repository with fresh driver versions. To do this, type the command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa: graphics-drivers / ppa

You must enter a password. To continue and add the repository, press “Enter”:

After adding the repository, you need to update the package indexes:

$ sudo apt-get update

Now you need to go to the official Nvidia website and specify your system parameters to find the necessary driver version. Click “Search” to continue:

You will be presented with information, but of all that we only need the “Version” item. In my case it is 390:

Go to the terminal. To view a list of available versions, enter

$ apt-cache search nvidia- [0-9] | grep ‘binary driver’

To install the required version, enter:

$ sudo apt-get install nvidia – ***

Where *** is the driver version you need:

By the way, after adding the repository, new versions of the drivers will also be available in the driver manager.

I also recommend setting the NVIDIA X server settings. This is done with the command:

$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-settings

With this program, you can change the screen resolution, display information about the video card and monitor, as well as some other parameters.

After performing all operations, it is necessary to restart the computer. You can do this from the terminal by doing:

$ sudo reboot

Or from the main menu

Video of the installation process


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In this article, we examined in detail the process of installing various drivers and codecs. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments!

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