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    Default Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    I have just upgraded from 11.3 to 11.4 and a graphics problem seems to suggest that I am not loading the drivers correctly.

    Although I previously experienced graphics problems with 11.3, I managed to fix the problem by editing the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file by specifying the Device Driver as being 'intel'.

    Unfortunately, doing the same, with same hardware, in 11.4, has failed to correct a very similar graphics problem.

    As per this forums recommendations, the next stage would be to remove the xorg.conf file and edit the /etc/X11/xorf.conf.d/50-device.conf file and again specify the Device Driver as being 'intel'. However, this has also failed to correct the problem.

    Anyone got any ideas, please?

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    Default Re: Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    I'm way out of my depth here, but if nothing else my post will give this a nudge.

    Let's look at the drivers and the card, please post the output of this command:
    /usr/sbin/hwinfo --gfxcard
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    Default Re: Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    Grateful for any assistance......

    Herewith output:

    10: PCI 02.0: 0300 VGA compatible controller (VGA)
    [Created at pci.318]
    Unique ID: _Znp.bRyfCtAokXB
    SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0
    SysFS BusID: 0000:00:02.0
    Hardware Class: graphics card
    Model: "Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
    Vendor: pci 0x8086 "Intel Corporation"
    Device: pci 0x2e32 "4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
    SubVendor: pci 0x1462 "Micro-Star International Co., Ltd."
    SubDevice: pci 0x7592
    Revision: 0x03
    Driver: "i915"
    Driver Modules: "drm"
    Memory Range: 0xfe400000-0xfe7fffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
    Memory Range: 0xd0000000-0xdfffffff (ro,non-prefetchable)
    I/O Ports: 0xdc00-0xdc07 (rw)
    IRQ: 40 (8601 events)
    I/O Ports: 0x3c0-0x3df (rw)
    Module Alias: "pci:v00008086d00002E32sv00001462sd00007592bc03sc00i00"
    Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: i915 is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe i915"
    Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown

    11: PCI 02.1: 0380 Display controller
    [Created at pci.318]
    Unique ID: ruGf.6uJI6jTS091
    SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.1
    SysFS BusID: 0000:00:02.1
    Hardware Class: graphics card
    Model: "Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
    Vendor: pci 0x8086 "Intel Corporation"
    Device: pci 0x2e33 "4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
    SubVendor: pci 0x1462 "Micro-Star International Co., Ltd."
    SubDevice: pci 0x7592
    Revision: 0x03
    Memory Range: 0xfe800000-0xfe8fffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
    Module Alias: "pci:v00008086d00002E33sv00001462sd00007592bc03sc80i00"
    Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown

    Primary display adapter: #10

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    Default Re: Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    Without any other suggestions/answers here, I wonder if a temporary solution may be to try the intellegacy driver

    openSUSE Graphics Guide:Intel Graphic Hardware

    The above reference mentions having the xorg-x11-driver-video-intel-legacy package installed first, and adjusting 50-device.conf to load the intellegacy driver. I'm not using 11.4, and my Intel graphics chipset is older, so I can't really advise further here. You may need to search for/submit a bug report on this.

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    Default Re: Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    Quote Originally Posted by YeboElectronics View Post
    10: PCI 02.0: 0300 VGA compatible controller (VGA)
    Model: "Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
    Vendor: pci 0x8086 "Intel Corporation"
    Device: pci 0x2e32 "4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
    Driver: "i915"
    Driver Modules: "drm"
    Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: i915 is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe i915"
    ..........
    Hardware Class: graphics card
    Model: "Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
    Vendor: pci 0x8086 "Intel Corporation"
    Device: pci 0x2e33 "4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller"
    Is that an Eaglelake graphics controller ?

    If the intellegacy does not work well, you could try using the iegd graphic driver. To quote from the openSUSE practical graphic theory guide:
    • iegd - this is a proprietary Intel Linux driver for selected Intel graphic hardware. The iegd driver supports the Mobile Intel(R) GM45/GL40/GS45, GLE960, GME965, 945GME, 945GSE, 915GME, 910GMLE chpsets and also the Intel(R) Atom(TM), Q45/G45/G41, Q35, Q964, Q945G, 915GV chipsets. More detail to follow in a future update to this post ... For now some information is recorded in in post#10 and post#11 of the unreviewed version of this same guide/thread . One needs to download and install separately this proprietary Intel graphic driver.


    The "iegd" is a proprietary Intel driver (yes - Intel DO offer proprietary drivers for some hardware).

    If you succeed, could you write up a guide for us? Other than some information recorded in post#10 and post#11 of the unreviewed version of this same guide/thread we don't have a good guide for doing this.

    Unfortunately other than provide the above, I can't offer much more advise here.

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    Default Re: Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    The "iegd" is a proprietary Intel driver (yes - Intel DO offer proprietary drivers for some hardware).

    If you succeed, could you write up a guide for us? Other than some information recorded in post#10 and post#11 of the unreviewed version of this same guide/thread we don't have a good guide for doing this.

    Unfortunately other than provide the above, I can't offer much more advise here.
    I should add I note someone created a guide here - but its not exactly a point and click solution and it would be helpful if someone could create an openSUSE version of that (for example we don't use 'apt-get' in openSUSE) : nanoANT Blog Archive Compiling kernel IEGD 10.x module for any Linux distribution

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    Default Re: Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    What are your problems? I have problems with the intel driver too (though perusing the X log indicates it is definitely using 'intel'). See here and let me know if your problems match:

    Multiple problems with 'Intel' graphics driver in 11.4

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    Default Re: Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    Quote Originally Posted by solanum View Post
    What are your problems? I have problems with the intel driver too (though perusing the X log indicates it is definitely using 'intel'). See here and let me know if your problems match:

    Multiple problems with 'Intel' graphics driver in 11.4
    If you try the proprietary Intel IEGD driver and succeed to get it to work, could you write a guide so that others can follow the instructions? The Intel web site clearly states the Mobile Intel GME965 and GLE960 Express chipsets are supported by the IEGD.

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    Default Re: Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    solanum....

    Not quite the same as your own problem, but seems mine, perhaps like yours, is related to the graphics drivers.

    Have tried creating a new 'xorg.conf' file as well as editing the '50-device.conf', but no joy. I've tried 'fbdev', 'intel' and 'intellegacy'.

    Same problem occurs, even if there is NO 'xorg.conf' file and the '50-device.conf' is set to default, ie. no driver selected.

    I also find that whatever I try, I am only booting to init 3, where I have to log in as root and then force to init 5.

    Incidentally, it was suggested I try the older 'intellegacy'. That option fails to load GUI.

    Perhaps, logically, the next move would be to try the newer IEGD driver, but I don't really have the confidence to necessarily go this route. Also, I see the latest available is dated 16th Feb 2011, but it refers to Kernel 2.6.27 and the current 11.4 Kernel is 2.6.37. Surely there's a potential problem there?

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    Default Re: Graphics problem with on-board Intel (11.4)

    Finally found a solution to my Intel on-board graphics problem!

    Rather than choosing 'update', I finally resorted (in desperation) to a completely new installation of 11.4 and my graphics are now working properly.

    Maybe the answer is to resist upgrading when a new version of openSuSE is launched (maybe for at least 3 months, until some of the critical issues are fixed), unless you are an experienced, knowledgeable user?

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