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Old 05-30-2013, 06:17 AM   #1
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installing video driver on ARCH Linux

I have Arch Linux installed in console mode on an Intel-PC machine. My task is to write and run an OpenGL display program on the machine to check whether it meets the following conditions:

It would take at most 10% of total CPU usage
It would take at most 20% of total RAM

Here are more info about the device:
uname -a
3.6.5-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Wed Oct 31 .. x86_64 GNU/Linux
cpu MHz: 1866.717 RAM : 2GB Preemptible: YES

lspci -v | grep -i graphic*

VGA compatible controller: intel corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
(same for Subsystem and Graphics Controller)
Now, what I want if to install the relevant graphics driver. However, I cannot do anything as it is run in console mode. It has no X window. I try ALT+F8 but it does not start X window. also tried startx,but I get

-bash:startx: command not found

Could anyone guide me how to install the graphics driver please. Considering that I think the kernel is compiled in preemptive mode.
Old 05-30-2013, 07:58 AM   #2
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You are out of date. You are so far out of date that it might be easier to get a recent install image and reinstall. Lots of changes since October. Read the Arch news on the front page. First get up to date.
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