Finding the Right Driver for Your Dell Laptop Monitor
So where are you going to find the right driver for your Dell monitor? If you have a relatively new Dell, a quick browse through the Ubuntu on Dell page will reveal the vast selection of desktops, notebooks and netbooks that will run Ubuntu. Thanks to work with Canonical, Ubuntu and Dell can now be considered to have pretty good native compatibility.
However, if you’re using Ubuntu to breathe life into an older machine – and this is a pretty common use for the OS – things won’t be looking so good. You may have already come across this when looking for a wireless network adaptor.
In this situation, you will need to try one of three things:
- Search the web or Synaptic for a suitable driver
- Use the most recent Ubuntu release
- Take advantage of the Ubuntu update manager to find and download the correct driver.
If you’re able to find the necessary driver on the web – a big ask – then you will need to follow the instructions associated with the download to unpack and install the software. The alternative is to use the Synaptic Package Manager, available via System > Administration to find and install a suitable driver.
Note that this will depend entirely on whether other users have previously experienced the same issue and gone to the trouble of creating a suitable driver. Should you find a driver for your computer and monitor, right-click the item and select Mark for Installation, then Apply to begin the process of adding the driver.