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simopal6 10-26-2012 08:27 AM

GMA500/Poulsbo - Apparently someone got it working?
Hi everyone,
I just installed Slackware 14 on an Asus EEE X101CH, and as many people out there I'm struggling with the GMA500 aka Poulsbo video card. I compiled the 3.6.2 kernel, installed the gma500_gfx.ko module, and set the modesetting driver for X. This way I was able to get the 1024x600 resolution; however, the "-vo xv" option doesn't work with mplayer, and have to use "-vo x11". Also, there's this VAAPI library for hardware acceleration (or something like that; I don't really know a lot about video hardware/software), that I can't use at this stage.
I read that Linux drivers are not going to be developed/distributed, but I also found these two web pages: and , where some kernel and X drivers are being used by people to enable all that cool stuff. However, those topics are Ubuntu-targeted, so I couldn't try them.
Is there any way that something like that could work on Slackware?


syg00 10-27-2012 01:29 AM

Those are pretty old links. Alan Cox has been developing the in-kernel replacement - currently gma500_gfx as you found. Still under development, but should work o.k. for 2D - I tried it on a notebook using Bohdi (on a custom built kernel).

Didn't use mplayer though ...

simopal6 10-28-2012 04:14 AM

Thanks :)

Yeah I did manage to get the gma500_gfx module working, but I was wondering about the X11 driver. I'm currently using "modesetting" ("vesa" tells me it won't use a card bound by the kernel, or something like that), and those links made me think the there's actually something more suitable for this card, like that "psb" driver?

syg00 10-31-2012 01:49 AM

Nope, psb (and/or poulsbo) is old, and deprecated. That means no more support.
You are using the correct driver - looks like xv just isn't there. Have a read of this Archlinux article - much more current and useful.

This is crappy hardware, be thankful we have any decent driver at all.

simopal6 11-01-2012 11:51 AM

:D Ok, thanks for your help!

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