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    Smile Re: Is Intel GMA X4500 Supported in Ubuntu?

    Short answer is that Intel GMA X4500 works fine with Lucid for my friend, although there was an initial issue that needed resolving for ASRock Motherboard G41M-VS3.

    The problem: i915 driver causes segmentation fault.

    The fix: in the BIOS > Advanced > Chipset Settings change the Share Memory size (of onboard VGA) from "AUTO" to "128MB".

    After this, the i915 loads properly, and then Xorg discovers the correct driver (intel) for the i915. This works on Ubuntu 10.04.1 64-bit and Ubuntu 10.04.1 32-bit alternative.

    Note that on Ubuntu 8.10 the "intel" xorg driver does not support the i915, so it refuses to load.

    sam@ubuntu10:~$ lsmod | grep intel
    ...
    intel_agp 24119 2 i915
    agpgart 31724 2 drm,intel_agp

    sam@ubuntu10:~$ lsmod | grep i915
    i915 285076 3
    drm_kms_helper 29297 1 i915
    drm 162377 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit 5028 1 i915
    video 17375 1 i915
    intel_agp 24119 2 i915

    sam@ubuntu10:~$ grep drv /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/intel_drv.so
    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so
    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
    (II) Unloading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so
    (II) Unloading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
    (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so

    The "vesa" driver does work without changing the BIOS. However, as might be expected, the speeds are better with the "intel" Xorg driver - approx 4000fps (as far as I can recall).

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    Re: Is Intel GMA X4500 Supported in Ubuntu?

    That works for me with a G41M-GS. The 256M option is the same as the auto option - gives segfault. You have to use 128M in the bios. Seems kinda pathetic that the driver has a set memory size.

    Thanks,kiriath-arba!

    The previous fix was to add i915.modeset=0 to the command line via /etc/default/grub (GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT), then running update-grub to modify the /boot/grub/grub.cfg

    That works with any BIOS setting AFAIK, but you don't get drm (i.e. accellerated graphics)
    Last edited by rickyrockrat; September 21st, 2010 at 04:05 PM.

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    Re: Is Intel GMA X4500 Supported in Ubuntu?

    yep it does.

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    Re: Is Intel GMA X4500 Supported in Ubuntu?

    And how about supporting satellite HDTV -- is there any problem?
    Last edited by rulet; September 23rd, 2010 at 09:05 AM.

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    Re: Is Intel GMA X4500 Supported in Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiriath-arba View Post
    short answer is that intel gma x4500 works fine with lucid for my friend, although there was an initial issue that needed resolving for asrock motherboard g41m-vs3.

    The problem: I915 driver causes segmentation fault.

    The fix: In the bios > advanced > chipset settings change the share memory size (of onboard vga) from "auto" to "128mb".

    After this, the i915 loads properly, and then xorg discovers the correct driver (intel) for the i915. This works on ubuntu 10.04.1 64-bit and ubuntu 10.04.1 32-bit alternative.

    Note that on ubuntu 8.10 the "intel" xorg driver does not support the i915, so it refuses to load.

    Sam@ubuntu10:~$ lsmod | grep intel
    ...
    Intel_agp 24119 2 i915
    agpgart 31724 2 drm,intel_agp

    sam@ubuntu10:~$ lsmod | grep i915
    i915 285076 3
    drm_kms_helper 29297 1 i915
    drm 162377 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit 5028 1 i915
    video 17375 1 i915
    intel_agp 24119 2 i915

    sam@ubuntu10:~$ grep drv /var/log/xorg.0.log
    (ii) loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/intel_drv.so
    (ii) loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so
    (ii) loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
    (ii) unloading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so
    (ii) unloading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
    (ii) loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so

    the "vesa" driver does work without changing the bios. However, as might be expected, the speeds are better with the "intel" xorg driver - approx 4000fps (as far as i can recall).
    thankyou it works so much better now!!!

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