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I am asking because I have an intel card, and some new drivers have been being released that require a more recent xorg version and with my current drivers i am unable to play Portal. I really do not like to have to use another operating system just to play a game. (The problem by the way is after the intro screen loads, right before the menu selection appears, the window goes black and locks up)
I tried once before to upgrade Xorg by manually untarring, configuring, and make && make installing each package myself, but something went awry somewhere with libxcb giving me invalid libtool errors all over the place and i was unable to determine the exact cause.
I've done something like this to have compositing with my laptop, which uses an ATI integrated chip not well supported by current slack.
I finally ended compiling the following packages by myself to get the latest version:
xf86-video-ati-6.12.2 (replace this with xf86-video-intel)
Most sources can be found in ftp.freedesktop.org/pub/individual.
I don't recall exactly the order of compiling, but usually xorg-server comes after the libs and proto, then drivers like input or videos.
I also had to recompile Qt and KDE, as they seem to have issues with the newer mesa.
Hope it helps.
I ended up using src2pkg (great utility gnashley, thanks) to build and install the necessary packages to upgrade to xorg-1.6.0
Here is what I had to install and in the order:
First, in order to get the rest compiled I needed to install these three:
After this I could build everything save for xorg-server itself which entailed:
After these were installed I was able to build xorg-server-1.6.0 and install it, then of course the x11 drivers that I needed (mouse keyboard evdev synaptics vesa fbdev and intel)
It all works more or less. No instability or anything weird as of yet.
The only issue is I can only startx as root now, which means I have to use GDM which I do not like (qingy user here). Could that be fixed with a chmod a+x? The error I get is "Fatal Server Error: xf86OpenConsole: cannot open /dev/tty0 no such file or directory" Of course /dev/tty0 does exist.
Portal still doesn't want to work correctly though, and I still don't have GEM or UXA capabilities (both work in Gentoo on this laptop though) so I must be missing something, but I will look around to fixing that before I make another thread about that issue.
Thanks again gnashley, src2pkg made this endeavor much much easier than a manual installation.
Edit: Apparently KMS is needed in the kernel for GEM/UXA and from what I can gather this conflicts with PAE. Last time I used KMS it was a mess, but that was on the .29 kernel tree and I like having access to all my RAM with PAE...Maybe I can wait until Slackware 13 and go 64bit...
Additional edit: KMS enabled, PAE disabled GEM and UXA both work, still no problems, chmod u+s /usr/bin/Xorg lets me startx as normal user now.
STILL CANT PLAY PORTAL!!