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    i5 M520 HD Graphics poor performance

    I have a Getac X500 laptop with i5 M520 CPU and Intel HD Graphics.
    Code:
    lspciglx
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
    Code:
    glxinfo | grep OpenGL
    OpenGL vendor string: Intel Open Source Technology Center
    OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) Ironlake Mobile 
    OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 19.0.8
    OpenGL shading language version string: 1.20
    OpenGL extensions:
    OpenGL ES profile version string: OpenGL ES 2.0 Mesa 19.0.8
    OpenGL ES profile shading language version string: OpenGL ES GLSL ES 1.0.16
    OpenGL ES profile extensions:
    With win10 the performance was fine, but Win10 broke after the 2016 version, so i thought to put Linux on it to get some more life out of it.
    The performance is horrible, but i believe this is primarily HD Graphics related.

    The only info i can seem to find suggests using Intel drivers, but that seems to be for much older versions of ubuntu and have dependency problems now.

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    Re: i5 M520 HD Graphics poor performance

    This is cool hardware. It deserves to shine.

    As a first step: Try a fresh install of a recent X/Lubuntu to see if there is any progress.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: i5 M520 HD Graphics poor performance

    Quote Originally Posted by stevenjrees View Post
    The only info i can seem to find suggests using Intel drivers.
    You're already using them. There are ways to upgrade to the absolute latest version of those drivers, but it's doubtful that will make much of a difference for an older GPU. What leads you to believe the slowness is caused by the graphics?

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    Re: i5 M520 HD Graphics poor performance

    - compared to the win10 that was on it, screen is slow opening/closing windows, etc
    - youtube videos and playing via kodi videos from plex server, don't play smoothly (they did under win10)
    - with 2nd screen connected, black blocks appear on the laptop screen when mouse is over open windows
    - firefox/chromium after both quiet slow in screen changes

    so far i have done a couple of things that seems to have helped a bit.

    1) add /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "intel"
    Driver "intel"
    Option "AccelMethod" "sna"
    EndSection


    2) added add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates

    - this has fixed the issue of the black boxes i.e. both screens seem to work fine now.
    - youtube in chromium is still somewhat jumpy (its better on firefox)
    - kodi is still a little jumpy (was smooth on win10)

    *** further update ***
    I added the following to grub which seems to have fixed the performance issue, but now only the extend monitor is recognized and not the device display.
    i915.modeset=1 video=LVDS-1:d
    Last edited by stevenjrees; 1 Week Ago at 06:02 PM.

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    Re: i5 M520 HD Graphics poor performance

    Please post the output of
    Code:
    xrandr
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    Re: i5 M520 HD Graphics poor performance

    Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 32767 x 32767
    LVDS1 connected primary 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 340mm x 190mm
    1920x1080 60.00*+ 59.93
    1680x1050 59.88
    1600x1024 60.17
    1400x1050 59.98
    1600x900 60.00 59.95 59.82
    1280x1024 60.02
    1440x900 59.89
    1400x900 59.96 59.88
    1280x960 60.00
    1368x768 60.00 59.88 59.85
    1360x768 59.80 59.96
    1280x800 59.81 59.91
    1152x864 60.00
    1280x720 59.86 60.00 59.74
    1024x768 60.00
    1024x576 60.00 59.90 59.82
    960x540 60.00 59.63 59.82
    800x600 60.32 56.25
    864x486 60.00 59.92 59.57
    640x480 59.94
    720x405 59.51 60.00 58.99
    640x360 59.84 59.32 60.00
    DP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    HDMI1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    VGA1 connected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    1680x1050 59.95 +
    1600x1000 60.01
    1280x1024 75.02 60.02
    1440x900 59.89
    1280x960 60.00
    1152x864 75.00
    1024x768 75.03 60.00
    832x624 74.55
    800x600 75.00 60.32
    640x480 75.00 59.94
    720x400 70.08
    VIRTUAL1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

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    Re: i5 M520 HD Graphics poor performance

    For me the output is
    Code:
    Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 2646 x 1024, maximum 8192 x 8192
    LVDS connected primary 1366x768+1280+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 193mm
       1366x768      60.04*+
       1280x720      59.97  
       1152x768      59.95  
       1024x768      59.95  
       800x600       59.96  
       848x480       59.94  
       720x480       59.94  
       640x480       59.94  
    VGA-0 connected 1280x1024+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 338mm x 270mm
       1280x1024     60.02*+  75.02  
       1280x960      60.00  
       1152x864      75.00  
       1024x768      75.03    70.07    60.00  
       832x624       74.55  
       800x600       72.19    75.00    60.32    56.25  
       640x480       75.00    72.81    66.67    59.94  
       720x400       70.08  
    HDMI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
    which gives a fine output on both screens.

    You also have twice 'connected' in the output. I was hoping to find a clue here...

    Anyone else has an idea?
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