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Old 10-02-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
kanito73
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Slack 13: troubles with xf86-intel, gpm, wi-fi network and doubt on akonadi


Hi there

I'm a happy Slackware user... since version 7 (or 8, don't remember) I've installed all versions as they come, but current release 13 came with problems.

NOTE: I use KDE, xf86-intel on laptop and nvidia geforce 7 on desktop

The most terrible is that xf86-intel driver DOES NOT WORK... I had installed Slack 12.0 and 12.1 on my laptop and everything is working fine, but this time the driver is buggy, when I open any window, it appears garbage around and on the window caption bar, it gets distorted, and moving a window is a very bad idea since it leaves garbage on the way it goes... Is there something I can do about this? is it possible to uninstall the xf86-intel slack package and compile it, without having to download and install tons of X11 development requirements?

The second one that discouraged me to keep it on the laptop is the gpm or x11 mouse behalf... on my current Slack 12.1 (already installed, tried 13 in other partition) the mouse touchpad allows me to make a click by double touching it, and with latest version on Slack 13 it does not work anymore... is it some kind of configuration stuff? if so, how can I make it work as usual? I mean to allow clicks by double touching the pad, not clicking the left button...

The third one is that my wi-fi does not work... I startup the network, the wifi link turns on and gets stable for a second, and then it blinks a few times and turns off... Note that the kernel has the ipw2200 driver support and Slack 13 installed a package with the firmware... As last alternative will recompile the kernel without ipw2200 and uninstall the firmware package, and install by hand the wifi driver as external module and use my already working firmware... but I require both the intel driver and mousepad to work fine, otherwise will have to keep the Slack 12...

Respect my desktop computer, it has a nVidia Geforce 7 card and wanted to install the nVidia.com driver that requires the kernel source to compile and enable the Multimedia support for my capture card and the webcams with the gspca built-in driver, I decided to download latest 2.6.31.1 kernel and compile it with the same 2.6.29.? options that come with the Slack 13 extracted from /proc/config.gz

My first complication was the kernel configuration with "make xconfig", fortunately now Slack 13 is based on Qt4, but the kernel configuration (and probably other applications) requires Qt3, so I had to download and compile Qt3 to run the kernel graphic configuration. Currently am compiling again to tune it more finely. My system still runs too slow but I guess it is related to the overload of kde applications so my next and last question is:

It appears a new "akonadi" manager when I start KDE, reviewing its description on the package it says that it is related to the personal information manager, I feel it takes lots of resources, I do not use never the PIM and I do not like it any way... the concrete question is: is it safe to uninstall "akonadi" and then KDEPIM? I mean if it will affect other system dependencies or not? My favorite game pauses, the keyboard pauses on applications, it is really terrible... note that I run a P4/HT 3.0 GHz with 1Mb/ram so it should not happen...

That is all by now, please help me to solve these problems... I would not like to go back to Slack 12.1 ... In fact I abandoned Redhat, Mandrake and other distros prior to Slack because video stopped working with new "automated" configuration software, or it became too heavy with thousands of drivers and tons of eye-candy stuff that can't be disabled... I really love Slackware but it is happening the same as with the other distros I left behind...


Thanks for any help or comment


P.D. Sorry for the large message, but it is better to make a single post than multiple ones and follow all the threads
 
Old 10-02-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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I am really sorry you think theses are problems. Everyone you spoke of is a third party software.or the kernel
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xf86-intel driver DOES NOT WORK..
and xorgsetup comand has been around a long time. so has the touch pad reference.
The good thing is I run slackware current and 13,12.2 both 32 and 64 bit. everything you spoke of is a module problem . Except the qt compat libraries that has been part of slackware current back to 12.2 testing since 2008
sorry you did not know that most of us run kde3 compat libraries and the qt3 compat that runs in /opt/ slackware 13 and 64 ,32
I know we get away from things and do not keep up.
I took 6 months off from keeping thing updated but then that was 12.0.
You will find kde built it's new desk top around nvidia and ati.
You will Find Pat really did his home work and for the last 6 months only slackware current got kde4 right.
and please if you would do a slackpkg update then do a slackpkg update-all. then a slackpkg install-new
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Just be for you do the above go to /etc/slackpkg/ and configure your new slackpkg that is standard now.
You will find I hope that theses things have updates the qt was updated 3 times last month. the xorg was done a week ago the patched modules have been updated over 3 times last month.
Hang in there no one gives up on slackware do a fresh install from alien bob scripts it takes the latest updated stuff and builds the dvd for you.
did you see the updates on slackware 8.0
 
Old 10-02-2009, 11:23 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by kanito73 View Post
The most terrible is that xf86-intel driver DOES NOT WORK...
Try the drivers in /extra/xf86-video-alternative, starting with 2.7.1.
 
Old 10-25-2009, 06:58 PM   #4
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Workaround

For me, it was the xf86-video-intel-2.7.1-x86_64-2.txz in the folder /media/cdrom/extra/xf86-video-intel-alternate of the slack dvd which did the trick. I am running slack13 64 bit, and have an intel 945 integrated chipset.

Now, X works but is buggy. It is really slow. Composite goes on and off in Kde4, animations run really slow, kde crashes when I use xfig. I would like to make a package of the xf86 2.9, but I can't find the .SlackBuild, does anybody know where it is?
 
Old 10-25-2009, 08:45 PM   #5
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

You've got a lot to work with in one thread. I suggest that you break this down. We're good here but to handle that much within one query can be confusing to everyone.

Memory serves me right there is a test thread for Intel here on the LQ forum; 'Request For Testing - Intel Graphics Drivers in -current'.

Try that too see if you can get some information. I don't use Intel graphics.

As for the mouse and synaptics;

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excerpt from 'CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT';

If you are using input hotplugging via HAL and a synaptics touchpad, then you
might need to copy /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/11-x11-synaptics.fdi to
/etc/hal/fdi/policy/ and edit it to suit your needs. You can also use
synclient(1) to make changes "on the fly."

If you want to try the new kernel mode setting (KMS), you don't have to
build a custom kernel; add this to your kernel's lilo stanza:
append = "i915.modeset=1"

If you are using a KVM switch, you might experience problems with the mouse
when switching from one system to another. If so, you probably need to be
using the imps protocol for the psmouse driver, and that's a simple edit:
uncomment the following line in /etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.conf:
#options psmouse proto=imps
Next, unload and reload the psmouse module (do this as root):
modprobe -r psmouse ; modprobe psmouse
Let me know if this helps for the first three.



The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just Slackware® links!
 
Old 10-26-2009, 04:35 AM   #6
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Regarding intel driver, yes something is terribly wrong here, but this is due developers of xorg or/and intel driver. Try 2.9.0, it worked for me and others:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ml#post3702384

Last edited by witek; 10-26-2009 at 04:36 AM.
 
Old 10-26-2009, 04:45 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by witek View Post
Regarding intel driver, yes something is terribly wrong here, but this is due developers of xorg or/and intel driver. Try 2.9.0, it worked for me and others:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ml#post3702384
however, one must remember that the 2.9.0 driver also needs mesa 7.6 and libdrm 2.4.14 alteast.

my friend using this driver says that this driver brings in additional boost in his gl apps.

Last edited by slackd; 10-26-2009 at 04:49 AM.
 
Old 10-26-2009, 08:18 AM   #8
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however, one must remember that the 2.9.0 driver also needs mesa 7.6 and libdrm 2.4.14 alteast
I`m using this driver with mesa 7.5.1 and libdrm 2.4.12, and it works.
 
Old 10-26-2009, 09:05 AM   #9
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I`m using this driver with mesa 7.5.1 and libdrm 2.4.12, and it works.
ok..i see. please try mesa 7.6 nonetheless.
 
  


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