I had a quick question about my Acer Aspire AS1410-2801 with Intel GMA 4500M graphics. Last night I upgraded it from openSuSE 11.3 (which worked beautifully) to 11.4, and after the upgrade, my graphics are a bit jerky. This is the most noticible with the mouse (where it occasionally will get really jerky) but also when you scroll in FireFox, etc. - the CPU spikes up way high, which makes me think that the graphics driver isn’t right.
I know that the problem isn’t related to the upgrade from 11.3 to 11.4, because I run into the same problem when booted off of a Gnome LiveUSB.
I did a hwinfo --gfxcard, and everything looks pretty normal (it looks like it’s detecting the video card properly, but appears that it’s using a i915 driver instead of a GM45 one. Since openSuSE doesn’t use the xorg.conf file anymore, how would I go about telling X to use a different driver? And, am I even chasing the right rabbit here?
but appears that it’s using a i915 driver instead of a GM45 one. Since openSuSE doesn’t use the xorg.conf file anymore, how would I go about telling X to use a different driver? And, am I even chasing the right rabbit here?
Same as @caf4926, I have Intel GM45 chipset and graphics on 11.4 (including HD video streamed over internet) and it’s working well on 11.4 using the i915 driver module (kernel). The xorg driver for Intel graphic chipsets is known as the “intel” driver. There is an older version of the xorg driver called the “intellegacy” driver and it’s packaged separately by openSUSE, but you shouldn’t need it. Providing you never configured 11.3 for the “intellegacy” driver e.g. in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf, your upgrade to 11.4 should have maintained the default “intel” driver which shouldn’t need configuring and is the right one for your chipset.
You can check which xorg driver is loaded and running, in /var/log/Xorg.0.log file.
I got almost the same problem as @smily_03 in my HP Pavilion DM3, with openSUSE 11.4, but I made a clean installation. The CPU doesn’t seem to be overloaded, but sometimes some small graphics (like forms, font, scroll or the cursor) look bad.
I can’t say you have really defined a problem
For example: Can you watch flash videos full screen?
(Your earlier comments about ‘some graphics/fonts look bad’ is a rather subjective comment) Have you changed the fonts from default? Mine are exactly as the install left them and they look great.
I agree with caf4926 here, and it doesn’t sound like a graphics driver problem so far.
I wonder if in ‘some graphics/fonts look bad’ you are referring to browser content. My default fonts on Gnome look great, except for those in SeaMonkey and Firefox. It’s not my main DE/system so I haven’t addressed that yet. There are solutions in other threads about font problems, if you search the forum. IIRC there was a howto for improving fonts by updating the subpixel hinting support, in last week’s openSUSE newsletter (Tips/hints section).
Yeah, the most of these errors happen on Firefox, but not only with fonts, sometimes textboxs and buttons are not completely drawn, or sometimes the cursor is lost.
I’ll try to find about that in the forum.
Ok. I’m wondering if it’s related to desktop effects [enabled here] on Gnome. In SeaMonkey (haven’t tried so much with Firefox) sometimes the cursor is lost/won’t click in place e.g. when posting in this forum. If I Minimise and Restore the window, it clears the problem.
> Yeah, the most of these errors happen on Firefox, but not only with
> fonts, sometimes textboxs and buttons are not completely drawn, or
> sometimes the cursor is lost.
> I’ll try to find about that in the forum.
Did you check if you also have that problem if you disable the desktop
effects in gnome.
Start simple-ccsm and disbale it and see if it is still there.
There are now several threads around with that problem which seems to be
If you already tried that and it makes no difference just ignore my
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A recent update to the “intel” driver, as part of xorg-x11-driver-video package update, is available from openSUSE 11.4 Update repo and may well fix the display issues when using desktop effects (compiz). Although I doubt it will fix the font issues. Make sure you apply the update.