Kernel upgrade to on Intel 915G graphics requires Intellegacy driver

Just upgraded my Suse 11.3, 64 bit system with the new kernel (skipped the previous upgrade, due to problems) and then found that attempting a local login caused the system to apparently crash. Frozen keyboard and mouse and no network services - so I presumed the system was completely dead.

Upon pressing the reset button, I discovered that remote logins via VNC or XDMCP were OK, so deduced it must be a graphics driver problem. The machine has Intel 915G graphics built in/ on board the Intel D915GAG MB.

Using oldcpu’s ‘How to’, I examined the contents of /var/log/Xorg.0.log which showed the ‘intel’ driver had been selected. Out of interest, I switched to runlevel 3 and ran the ‘Xorg -configure’ command, which generated a provision, overriding ‘xorg.conf’. Strangely, the device section of this recommended the ‘intellegacy’ driver.

I then put the ‘intellegacy’ driver definition into the ‘50-device.conf’ script of the ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d’ directory and rebooted. Seemed to cure the problem.

Hope that helps anybody else with this sort of hardware.

Thanks for the post.

Your post reminded me I did not update my Intel section after openSUSE-11.3 and so after the reminder from your post, I added a sentence in the ‘practical theory guide’ mentioning the "intellegacy’ driver:
openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - Intel graphics

For those who are curious, here is some information on the intellegacy driver from the src rpm:

oldcpu@corei7:~/rpms/intel> rpm -qip xorg-x11-driver-video-intel-legacy-2.9.1-1.9.src.rpm -l
Name        : xorg-x11-driver-video-intel-legacy  Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     : 2.9.1                             Vendor: openSUSE
Release     : 1.9                           Build Date: Mon 05 Jul 2010 11:42:32 PM CEST
Install Date: (not installed)               Build Host: build10
Group       : System/X11/Servers/XF86_4     Source RPM: (none)
Size        : 814414                           License: MIT
Signature   : RSA/8, Mon 05 Jul 2010 11:43:57 PM CEST, Key ID b88b2fd43dbdc284
Packager    :
URL         :
Summary     : Legacy Version of the Intel X.Org Driver
Description :
This package contains the legacy version of the Intel X.Org driver which does
not require KMS.
Distribution: openSUSE 11.3