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Why does the Driver Manager in Mint 20.2, not let you see the drivers, change the settings of drives and/or actually "manage" the drivers?

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When starting my computer I get an error message that 'acceleration is not turned on for my video,' and then the question: "Open Driver Manager?" as if this could allow me to change this setting. I oblige and click 'yes' to open the driver manager, it does its little song and dance, then announces: "No drivers to update." (or something similar) That's it. Why does this error message suggest I could have options in the driver manager, and more importantly, why doesn't the driver manager actually let you manage your drivers? Seems fairly useless. I should be able to update any drivers from the software manager, right? So why have a driver manager?

I feel like Bill Gates designed this to make you feel like you have choices, falsely.
Am I understanding it's role incorrectly? (fairly inexperienced Ubuntu user here...)
 
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1. Do you even have a discrete video card?
2. What kind?
If there is no video card to update.. then "No drivers available is correct".
You can use..
lspci | grep VGA (or ... ubuntu-drivers devices )
to find out what kind of video card you have. If it is an Intel with embedded graphics.
There is nothing to update.
3. Are the universe/multiverse repo's enabled?
What is the output of
inxi -r
4. Does your user have permissions to install the drivers? Just because you can see them,
doesn't mean you can install them.
5. Assuming you actually have something to update.. try this.
sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall
 
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inxi -r
Repos:
No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
1: deb [arch=amd64] https://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-dbgsym-repositories.list
1: deb http://ddebs.ubuntu.com focal main restricted universe multiverse
2: deb http://ddebs.ubuntu.com focal-updates main restricted universe multiverse
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
1: deb http://packages.linuxmint.com uma main upstream import backport
2: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal main restricted universe multiverse
3: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-updates main restricted universe multiverse
4: deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-backports main restricted universe multiverse
5: deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-security main restricted universe multiverse
6: deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ focal partner
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-source-repositories.list
1: deb-src http://packages.linuxmint.com uma main upstream import backport
2: deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal main restricted universe multiverse
3: deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-updates main restricted universe multiverse
4: deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-backports main restricted universe multiverse
5: deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-security main restricted universe multiverse
6: deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ focal partner
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
1: deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall
No drivers to install.
 
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Dos2Unix, what does the " -r" mean in the "inxi" you asked me to run in the terminal? Just trying to learn. Thanks for the help, I have been over this to fix my stupid camera with Brickwizard to ad nauseam (and it's still not fixed and I even bought an external camera that specifically said it worked with Linux, and it still would not worked right and only worked intermittently). I was honestly just wondering what the point of the "driver manager" was. Is there a distinction in Mint to Ubuntu between regular software updates and driver updates? Will the Update Manager not tell me about driver updates? And I have no idea where to go to change the "acceleration" of the video driver, if not the driver manager. If you are not familiar with Mint, I get it. I think most people on this website use the terminal and would not bother with windows stuff. Thanks for your help!
 

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The reason there is not offering for graphic driver is because Intel drivers have been incorporated into the Kernel. So there is usually no need for a driver module for Intel chipsets. The -r in the inxi command tells it to show the repositories enabled on the machine. inxi command info found here.
 

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Thanks, KGill!! That was useful, I like explanations, ha ha.
 

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There's a man page for pretty much everything.

man grep
man ls
man rm
man apt

The list goes on. When we say "RTFM", that's generally what we mean.
 
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The reason there is not offering for graphic driver is because Intel drivers have been incorporated into the Kernel. So there is usually no need for a driver module for Intel chipsets. The -r in the inxi command tells it to show the repositories enabled on the machine. inxi command info found here.
OMFG!!!! Thank you kc1di, that webpage is amazing! It's exactly what I needed. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I don't have to bug everyone on here with stupid questions. Well, at least it limited the range of questions, ha ha.
 
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