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August 27th, 2011, 04:44 PM
Hi Folks,

I'm trying to run xbmc on an old Toshiba A10-SP129 laptop, which has an Intel 852GM chipset. Ubuntu 11.04 disables the Intel drivers by default, and I followed the instructions here to enable them: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Bugs/Mavericki8xxStatus

According to Xorg.0.log, it does seem to load: http://pastebin.com/nLpnR01D . (So that's good).

However, when I run ubuntu desktop and run glxinfo, I get the following: http://pastebin.com/v6NhWNzh . OpenGL (2.1) is via Mesa, and when I run glxgears, it takes about 50% of my CPU. So - is the intel driver not working? Shouldn't the 3D rendering be taken over by the GPU? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


Ubuntu Server 11.04
Xorg installed with ubuntu-desktop, GDM uninstalled
Toshiba A10-SP129, Celeron 2.4 GHz (specs: http://www.pcenlinea.com/mp/32398.html )

August 27th, 2011, 10:00 PM
For comparison.
Using Atom 330 945GME chipset GMA900 running Unity3d 11.04.
Using intel driver from xorg-edgers launchpad ppa.
CPU hovers around 40% running glxgears.

I'm surprised how well the weak intel machine works.
It can run MythTV & playback SD H264..
The CPU must be doing the video decode (openGL only used for GUI, DRI2 used for video rendering)

from glxinfo
OpenGL vendor string: Tungsten Graphics, Inc
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 1.4 Mesa 7.12-devel

August 28th, 2011, 01:06 AM
Try this to see why software rasterizing is used:

LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose glxinfo