Fix Slow Graphics Performance on Ubuntu 13.04 + Intel GPU

Hello Linux Geeksters.

In this short guide I will show you how to fix the slow graphics performance, after upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, and using Intel GPU.

To fix the graphics problem, do this two things:

1. Create the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file:

$ sudo touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf

2. Open the newly created file in a text editor, with sudo privileges:

$ gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

3. Paste this:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "intel"
Option "AccelMethod" "uxa"
#Option "AccelMethod" "sna"

This is it. Enjoy.

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24 comments on “Fix Slow Graphics Performance on Ubuntu 13.04 + Intel GPU
  1. yes456 says:

    Thanks for help it worked

  2. Hako says:

    Does this also work for old ATI graphic cards?

  3. Nik says:

    How to edit /xorg.conf? i opened it with text editor but it doesn’t work because the file is read only.

  4. Nik says:

    I edited it successful. But graphics performance is still slow ;[ ;[ ;[ ;[

  5. user says:

    Same here, edited xorg.conf but still no performance. Although the login screen has fast graphics.

  6. behnam izadi says:

    saved my life! thank you 🙂

  7. This seems to have worked great for me in Ubuntu 13.10. I’ve had sloppy day-to-day animation/graphics performance since upgrading to Saucy on my Dell XPS 14.


  8. Atomic says:

    This worker for me on 13.10 as well! Thanks for this post!

  9. Jose says:

    Thank you. I was having an horrible performance in animations in GNOME but using this they are smooth as they should.

  10. BobbyPhoenix says:

    Thank you. It seemed to have fixed it for me too! Updated to 13.10, and ever since the graphics would glitch here and there. It was driving me crazy. Now it seems solid and smooth like it should be.

  11. Scott Deagan says:

    Thanks so much! Not sure why, but I always thought the SandyBridge (SNA) was the faster of the two, so I’ve been suffering from poor graphics performance all this time.

    I have a Samsung NP700Z7C-S02UK (with the Intel HD 4000 + nVidia 650m). I also use a secondary 1920×1080 monitor. After changing the acceleratio method to UXA as mentioned above, everything has become so much smoother and snappier. The difference is like night and day.

    Thanks again.

  12. Evgeny says:

    This helps, but also you can disable VSync, but use SNA. Create .drirc with xml:

  13. Neogear says:

    Worked perfectly on Ubuntu 13.10 + Intel HD 4600.
    Thanks so much!

  14. Fergus says:

    Fantastic, thanks so much. Transformed performance on my 2008/9 Dell Inspiron 530 with Radeon 2400 card. Video had been OK on kubuntu 12.04, shocking on 13.10. Your dodge has fixed it completely, thanks again.

  15. Thomas says:

    Thank you! Had a lot of tearing during video playback (among other things), and this fixed it 🙂
    Running Ubuntu 14.04 Beta 2 on i5 3570k (INTEL HD Graphics 4000).

  16. Rob says:

    Thanks!! Worked with my i5 2500k with HD3000 graphics on Ubuntu 14.04 😀

  17. Manfred S says:

    Thanks a lot. It works on Ubuntu 14.04 and Intel HD 4000 Graphik.


  18. Kyle says:

    I tried the command “gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf” and I got this “bash: gksudo: command not found” (without quotes of course) what does that mean? I am very new to Ubuntu

    • Geekster says:

      that means you don’t have gksudo installed. do this and retry the gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf command:

      $ sudo apt-get install gksudo

  19. Ibra mkenya numba moja says:

    Thank you so much.
    After login into mate or gnome I used to get blank page(no panels).
    However in cinammon i would get the panel but everything was very sluggish.
    This solved the problem.In ubuntu 14.04 ,samsung np670z5e laptop, Intel hd 4000 and radeon 8870m.

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