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    Intel HD 3000 Graphics support for xorg?

    Hi all...

    So I just bought a new Thinkpad T420 with Sandy Bridge chipset and Intel HD 3000 onboard graphics.

    I noticed, however, that performance is pretty laggy, and there is nothing provided for "Additional Drivers" (i.e. proprietary drivers, usually for graphics).

    Does anyone know the current state of support for this graphics setup? I found this site: http://intellinuxgraphics.org/ but I'd have to compile the latest drivers for myself, which I'd rather not bother with if there are prebuilt packages out there somewhere.

    Looking at Synaptic Package Manager, it shows the latest version of the Intel graphics drivers available don't even appear to cover this generation of chips.

    Does anyone know when full support of Intel HD 3000 (etc) graphics will become part of Ubuntu, even as a backport?

    - Tim

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    Re: Intel HD 3000 Graphics support for xorg?

    You could install the xorg-edgers ppa and install the latest intel drivers via synaptic.

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
    then
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Or, you could try out ubuntu 11.04, as I hear the drivers are updated.
    Last edited by wolfen69; April 14th, 2011 at 03:30 AM.

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    Re: Intel HD 3000 Graphics support for xorg?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfen69 View Post
    You could install the xorg-edgers ppa and install the latest intel drivers via synaptic.

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
    then
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Or, you could try out ubuntu 11.04, as I hear the drivers are updated.
    Thanks for the suggestions - I took a look at the xorg edgers "statement" https://edge.launchpad.net/~xorg-edgers - doesn't make it sound very safe (if I want a working system).

    I might just try out the 11.04 beta. In fact, I'm running one copy of Ubuntu on the bare metal, and another in VirtualBox, so I'll try it out in VirtualBox first to see if I like it and how stable it is. Of course, that's not the best test since it won't necessarily be using the native drivers for most things, but it'll give me an idea of it.

    - Tim

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    Re: Intel HD 3000 Graphics support for xorg?

    Well, I just updated to the 11.04 development release, and I can say three things:

    1. Graphics seemed to work better (I could get the higher resolution I needed), although that might be due to a setting I missed the first time

    2. Graphics on the laptop screen itself was often filled with lots of scary-looking vertical lines at various points, so there are things still to fix

    3. I hate the new desktop interface

    - Tim

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    Re: Intel HD 3000 Graphics support for xorg?

    Do you have switchable graphics? If so go into the BIOS and set graphics to Discrete rather than Optimus. This will mean Ubuntu will always use the full blown gfx card rather than the onboard one. You'll use more power though.

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    Re: Intel HD 3000 Graphics support for xorg?

    Quote Originally Posted by tbessie View Post
    Well, I just updated to the 11.04 development release,

    well it means "you used" the edgers PPA as it will be part of 11.04 as stable and then new edgers will be out there.
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    > 3. I hate the new desktop interface

    If you mean Unity, don't worry, not so many people like it . But you can change back to Gnome classic, or I'd recommend installing Kubuntu. KDE 4.6 is shaping up pretty nicely these days. There are a few rough edges such as the network manager still crashes if you look at it funny, but generally speaking it's a decently usable desktop and hasn't succumbed to the "dumb it down for the thumb-typing crowd" philosophy that seems to be infesting everything else these days. It has come a long ways since the early 4.x releases.

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