Monthly Archives: März 2013


Removing the Intel Linux Graphics Driver

When I read about the new Intel Linux Graphics Drivers, I installed them without thinking too much.

Big mistake as it turned out -.-
They fucked up my 32 Bit dependency for Wine and what not :/


But here is how I get rid of them after some researching:


I put together a small script for Ubuntu 12.10 64bit only which should remove it as painlessly as possible, just execute

curl | /bin/sh

If you don’t trust me just follow the step-by-step instructions 😛
If you have a different Disto or Ubuntu Version just adjust  „Pin: release a=quantal*“ and install apt-get !


  1. Open a new Terminal (CTRL+Alt+T) and execute

    gksudo gedit /etc/apt/preferences.d/intel-removal

  2. Paste this code in the File and save it

    Package: *
    Pin: release a=quantal*
    Pin-Priority: 1001

    Package: *
    Pin: origin
    Pin-Priority: -100

  3. Run

    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    in the Terminal, it should say something like „Installing (ca.) 100 Packages“ and there should be a lot of :i386 Packages in there.

  4. Just some cleaning up to do:

    sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/intel-removal
    sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/intellinuxgraphics.list*
    sudo apt-get update

    Don’t forget to remove the actual Drivers !

    sudo apt-get purge i915-3.6-3.5-dkms intel-linux-graphics-installer
  5. Just reboot and you are done 🙂


Just a small information what this does, with the first to steps we tell Ubuntu that all Packages from are bad and should always be replaced the official Ubuntu Repositories, than we „downgrade“ all the packages to the Ubuntu default versions and remove the official Linux Drivers Repository and delete the file we created.

If the file doesn’t work (or does work 🙂 ) it would be nice if you leave a comment .


Edit: After helping skyleo finding the solution by himself 😉 we found out that you need to check the file /etc/apt/preferences on other Distros, and override these Settings. 

For example in Mint there is a rule defined

Package: *
Pin: release l=Ubuntu
Pin-Priority: 500

You need to temporarily set that to 1001, and then do sudo apt-get dist-upgade !