video driver upgrade??

I recently upgraded from SUSE 11.2 to version 12.2

now I am having problems with running Google Earth, it was running well on the previous
version now it will not run, an error message appears that my video card is not capable
of 3D.

do I need to upgrade the video driver if possible?

  1. where do I find a driver
  2. how should I install it
  3. does Suse have the latest driver
    6 what else should I look for

At the support I found:

which listed these under the same download

Intel® G45 Express Chipset
Mobile Intel® 945GM Express Chipset Family

which lead to

Intel® Graphics Drivers for Linux*
URL Location:

with downloads for

Installer for ubuntu 12.04
Installer for fedora 17
Source Code

and others

but no listing for SUSE (or does the Fedora rpm work for Suse)

Laptop info
Toshiba Satellite P205 S6307

CPU Information
Processor (CPU): Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2130 @ 1.86GHz
Speed: 800.00 MHz
Cores: 2

Display Info
Vendor: Intel Corporation
Model: 945 GM
2D driver: intel
3D driver: Unknown classic (8.0.4)

Memory Information
Total memory (RAM): 2.0 GiB
Free memory: 908.4 MiB (+ 775.3 MiB Caches)
Free swap: 2.0 GiB

OS Information
OS: Linux 3.4.33-2.24-default i686
Current user:
System: openSUSE 12.2 (i586)
KDE: 4.8.5 (4.8.5) “release 2”

The openSUSE kernel and xorg already includes 3d drivers for intel cards. You might try running google earth from the terminal to see what error messages it shows. Do other 3d programs work correctly? Try running this to see which version of the intel driver is installed:

rpm -q xf86-video-intel

If nothing returns, try installing it by running:

zypper in xf86-video-intel Mesa

I might also ask, what is the output of

glxinfo | grep render

If I’m allowed to post here, may I ask the same but for a Nvidia 9800GT? I did the EasyInstall and some openGL libraries were missing. What’s the best way to install the driver and prevent the system to crash?

What output do you get if you run it from a terminal window?

Not sure if that is your problem, but google-earth is a 32bit application. If you are running on a 64bit you have to additionally install some 32bit libraries as well to be able to run it. In this case please run:

sudo zypper in Mesa-32bit

I fixed this issue with the thread bellow, but in there you’ll see that something weird happened.

I’m on a Ubuntu liveCD compressing a folder (couldnt do it on openSUSE, see here), I can post the out put in a few moments.

ok here’s the output
eric@linux-36ko:~> rpm -q xf86-video-intel


and the output for this one

eric@linux-36ko:~> glxinfo | grep render
direct rendering: Yes
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) 945GM x86/MMX/SSE2

Well, glxinfo says your driver is capable of 3D.

So what output do you get when you run google-earth in a konsole window? (Maybe you have some required package missing)

Well it seems that it is fixed … I went in and deleted Google Earth again … rebooted … did some other computer work …
logged off … rebooted … then re-installed Google Earth and now it works just fine …