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Old 04-12-2009, 03:26 PM   #1
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Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 video controller (rev 03)


I have laptop with integrated Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 video controller (rev 03) and a distro of Mandriva powerpack 2008.0
can please say where to get sources (or binaries) and needed by them packages to install other drivers for my video card than i810.
Thanx in advance and Sorry for my bad english
 
Old 04-13-2009, 12:18 PM   #2
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In recent releases there is an X.org driver simply called "intel", replacing the old i810 driver. The easiest way is most likely to update your distribution to a more recent version, or even switch distros. Ubuntu 8.10 comes with the intel driver by default for example and it works like a charm for me on several different computers with Intel video hardware.

For more information, visit the site for Intel/Linux graphics.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 12:24 PM   #3
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The easiest way is most likely to update your distribution to a more recent version, or even switch distros.
This is true as your kernel seems too old. Or you can just update your kernel.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 02:25 PM   #4
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But will I be able to install the drivers given on the intellinuxgraphics.org without upgrading and switching distro?
 
Old 04-13-2009, 08:25 PM   #5
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FYI, you can get support for recent hardware by updating kernel.

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But will I be able to install the drivers given on the intellinuxgraphics.org without upgrading and switching distro?
I am not so sure about this. But the website only refers to built-in kernel intel module.

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Old 04-13-2009, 08:30 PM   #6
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From the website:

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In general, Intel graphics driver is well integrated in Linux distributions so users won't worry about the driver setup.

This guide is for those users who would like to build the latest driver from scratch.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 06:52 AM   #7
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Sorry but I do not understand what means a word 'from scratch' (I think that means a hand-works and compiling manually).
But I have only an i810 built-in kernel module and I want to have a driver from intel specifically for my video card but not a generic driver.
 
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Sorry but I do not understand what means a word 'from scratch' (I think that means a hand-works and compiling manually).
You're right. Building it from scratch involves installing all the necessary tools, development packages for the libraries involved and so on. It's not for the faint of heart if you're only starting out.
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But I have only an i810 built-in kernel module and I want to have a driver from intel specifically for my video card but not a generic driver.
The "intel" driver from the current X.org tree includes support for basically all Intel video cards. This is not "generic" support but it supports version-specific features.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 02:53 PM   #9
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So, there are three options for you. 1) Updating your kernel to the latest one (it comes with built-in intel modules). 2) Upgrading your distro or 3) Trying any current Live CD or USB distros.

If you can run--for example--'modinfo i915' then you have support for your graphic card.

Code:
sabayon ~ # modinfo i915
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.27.3/kernel/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915.ko
license:        GPL and additional rights
description:    Intel Graphics
author:         Tungsten Graphics, Inc.
depends:        drm
vermagic:       2.6.27.3 SMP mod_unload modversions CORE2
your dmesg will look like this
Code:
[    0.424925] intelfb: Framebuffer driver for Intel(R) 830M/845G/852GM/855GM/865G/915G/915GM/945G/945GM/965G/965GM chipsets
 
Old 04-14-2009, 03:25 PM   #10
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But I have such an outputs
[root@sergeyk sergy]# dmesg | grep 915
[drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20060119 on minor 0
[root@sergeyk sergy]# dmesg | grep 965
agpgart: Detected an Intel 965GM Chipset.
And 'dmesg | grep intelfb' gives nothing
 
Old 04-15-2009, 01:32 AM   #11
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modinfo i915 gives me following
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.22.9-laptop-1mdv/kernel/drivers/char/drm/i915.ko.gz
license: GPL and additional rights
description: Intel Graphics
author: Tungsten Graphics, Inc.
depends: drm
vermagic: 2.6.22.9-laptop-1mdv SMP mod_unload 686
 
Old 04-15-2009, 04:43 AM   #12
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If you check the kernel config 'cat config | grep -i fb' it lists:
Code:
CONFIG_FB_VESA=y
# CONFIG_FB_I810 is not set
CONFIG_FB_INTEL=m
# CONFIG_FB_INTEL_DEBUG is not set
CONFIG_FB_INTEL_I2C=y
In my config, module i810 is not created and used module intel instead. The usage of i810 might be the root of your problem. Just like hw-tph said above.
 
Old 04-15-2009, 11:15 AM   #13
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And where is this config file?
 
  


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