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Testing latest Intel video driver

January 29, 2009 — BarryK
I downloaded libdrm-2.4.4 and xf86-video-intel-2.6.1 source tarballs from an Ubuntu repo. The versions in Intrepid are 2.3.1 and 2.4.1.

I compiled them in Woof. Note that the updated libdrm is a required dependency of the Intel driver.

Running it now, so far no flicker!
...oh. After running for about an hour, a big screen flicker. No "pipeline underrun" so far though. Nor the dreaded "grey screen".


Less flicker
Username: BarryK
I've adopted this upgrade for Woof, as there is a definite improvement. After several hours usage the flicker is less frequent, the pipeline-underrun message hasn't occurred and there has not been a "grey screen of death". Maybe before Woof get officially released there will be even better versions of the video driver, and perhaps upgrading to Linux 2.6.28.x will help. Ha, just as I'm looking at the screen right now, a flicker occurs! Well, it still seems less, but not good enough to release for public use -- which makes me wonder why Xorg 7.4 got released.

Intel & Xorg 7.4
Username: Sage
"Don't like the sound of anything with (lib)[b]DRM[/b]! As for Intel, been in league with the devil since ~1980 - always the worst choice. Xorg 7.4 seems to be troublesome on other distros. The version in Austrumi 1.8.5 fails to run on nV, Intel and older video chips.

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