Testing latest Intel video driver

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".

Posted on 29 Jan 2009, 8:46


Posted on 29 Jan 2009, 10:55 by BarryK
Less flicker
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.

Posted on 29 Jan 2009, 11:47 by ottod
Reports about Xorg Intel and 2.6.28 kernel in Jaunty are positive but the latest alpha release notes say things with Xorg should be worse before they get better

Posted on 29 Jan 2009, 15:54 by Sage
Intel & Xorg 7.4
Don't like the sound of anything with (lib)DRM! 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.

Posted on 29 Jan 2009, 22:32 by kirk
2.6.28 with GEMS enabled, and the next version of mesa is needed for the intel GEMS transition. Don't know if that will fix your problem though.