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iron_net 10-27-2012 06:43 AM

Onboard graphic driver for Intel GMA 4500MHD
Hi, I use an Acer TravelMate 5735Z with an onboard graphic chip called Intel GMA 4500MHD. I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 but when the graphical surface starts the screen backlight turns off. I got the tip to start grub with the option "asci_backlight=vendor" but that doesn't help. I also tried some alternative package sources for drivers but then Xserver doesn't seem to start at all (It actually does but I only get the error message "Your system is running in low-graphics mode" and a dialogue that eventually leads me to the shell). The only possibility to get the computer started with Ubuntu is over the recovery mode that uses the VESA graphic driver which doesn't provide the right screen solution and apparently causes serious problems like blinking cursors.

Can somebody give me some substantial instructions how to solve my problem either with the installation of an alternative driver or by starting Ubuntu with special options that allow me to adjust the backlight normally!?

macemoneta 10-27-2012 07:28 PM

The option is misspelled. It should be:

You may also need the additional options:

acpi_osi=Linux  acer_wmi.blacklist=yes

iron_net 11-05-2012 12:25 PM

Sorry for the typo, I did use the right option and also tried "acpi_osi=Linux" in addition. What does "acer_wmi.blacklist=yes" exactly do?

macemoneta 11-05-2012 12:38 PM

"acer_wmi.blacklist=yes" prevents the acer_wmi kernel module from loading. It's function is:


# modinfo acer_wmi | grep "description:"
description:    Acer Laptop WMI Extras Driver

WMI is described here. It provides an interface between the device specific hardware and the management functions that use the hardware. The problem is that manufacturers are inconsistent in their implementation for a given brand, and so sometimes the WMI driver can cause problems.

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