It is important to have the system updated with the latest patches, security fixes and package upgrades from the repositories.
Ensure that the correct repositories are enabled by going to
System --> Administration --> Software Sources
Then open the command-line terminal:
Applications --> Accessories --> Terminal
Update the repositories by typing the following command
sudo apt-get update
Start Synaptic Package Manager:
System --> Administration --> Synaptic Package Manager
Search for a complete or package using the Search Button.
Click the box(es) of the package(s) to be installed; it/(they) will be entered into the installation queue.
Press "Apply". Synaptic calculates the dependencies and installs the selected package as well as the packages on which it is dependent.
Go to System > Administration > Restricted Drivers Manager and turn on the driver.(In Ubuntu 8.04 Go to System > Administration > Hardware drivers )
Some users may receive an error screen: "The software source for the package nvidia-glx-new is not enabled." This can be overcome by going to System > Administration > Software Sources and ticking all the boxes under the heading "Downloadable from the Internet", click close and then allow Ubuntu to reload the package lists. The NVidia drivers can then be enabled using the method above.
Some users may run into problems using Totem to play DVDs. Totem is the default program for DVD-playback in Hardy, and there is no obvious way to change it. A lot of tips that worked in previous versions no longer work. The main problem is that VLC does not register itself as a DVD-capable application. These steps will set VLC media player as your default DVD player.
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