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Old 03-23-2008, 06:28 AM   #1
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Question Intel G33 graphics driver


Hi,

I am trying to install graphics driver for my motherboard with onboard graphic chipset.

distro - Fedora 7

from the instructions given here -
the url[not allowed to post url so in cryted format] intellinuxgraphics. org / install. html

I downloaded X org 2D driver into /root/
using following command -
git-clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/git/xorg/driver/xf86-video-intel

also DRM module and MESA 3D GL driver

then followed the steps -

cd xf86-video-intel
./autogen.sh
make
make install

similarly for drm and mesa from their folders

Now what should I do?

the document says to replace the xorg.conf file?

what this file does and what to replace it with?

are their any pitfalls as this might crash my Xsystem

what happens after making the Xorg 2D, drm and mesa do all these create any kernel modules what are to be loaded?

thanks
 
Old 03-23-2008, 07:57 AM   #2
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Hi - xorg.conf (usually in directory /etc/X11) is the configuration file for the graphical display, and specifies the display hardware and any extra tweaks needed. Most distributions will generate it automatically during installation or upgrades, but since you are going outside the packaging system you would have to edit it yourself.

It's possible that just changing the driver (under Section "Device") to "intel" (if that's what the new driver is called) will work. Just make sure you keep a copy of the original xorg.conf. If the graphical display fails to start you can always log in at the text console and restore the original version.

If X-windows crashes (quite likely if you change xorg.conf) the log file /var/log/Xorg.0.log usually gives some clue why.

Kernel modules are another story. If you need updates you will most likely have to compile a new kernel. Unless you have a lot of linux experience you would probably have an easier time moving to a distro that supports your hardware, like Debian Unstable or Ubuntu (not sure about the latter but they are usually quick on important updates).
 
Old 03-23-2008, 11:14 AM   #3
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Hey thanks I am getting to few things

I have few questions though -

After all this compilation done how do i find out what the drivers are known as? [intel or something else]

and what to do with drm and mesa module?

change into Xorg file would load intel driver, but this driver was created due to which step in the procedure mentioned before, just the first one of xf86-driver-intell or drm and mesa too was patch onto the driver?
 
Old 03-23-2008, 01:22 PM   #4
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Xorg crashed as the device name was replaced with Intel

Hi,

Xorg crashed as I replaced the device name with intel [change from vesa]

the error was related to agpgart something like agp device not found ...

any leads?
 
Old 03-23-2008, 08:20 PM   #5
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Yes - agpgart is a kernel module. It's quite possible you need to compile a new kernel to use the new intel video driver. If you have never compiled a kernel before you are looking at a pretty steep learning curve to get everything back in sync and working with a new kernel. Trying to get both kernel and video drivers upgraded simultaneously outside the package management system is definitely a job for an expert, or someone prepared to go through a lot of trial and error.

I'd really suggest you just back up your personal files and switch to an up-to-date distro with support for your hardware.
 
  


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