May 08, 2015 - 04:03am
I want to get my onboard HD4600 graphics working to try my Steam games and install XBMC or Kodi.
I don't see the new drivers available for plain Debian, so if I download the source code drivers, how would I install them?
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.
For debian jessie if you install the most bpo kernel (backports.debian.org) you should be most of the way there.
Other than that, the significant packages are likely to be mesa and libdrm, although you may not need to
update these (I have steam running on a partially upgraded wheezy install, so jessie should present no
I am using laptop graphics built into Intel Core i7 4800MQ CPO @ 2.70 Ghz x 8, running Debian Jessie 8.1 (the latest).
Is there a way to get around the following package conflict:
libpackagekit-glib2-18 comes with jessie, not libpackagekit-glib2-16
Almost certainly one cannot downgrade jessie to libpackagekit-glib2-16, so my questions are:
1) Will there soon be a verion of intel-linux-graphics-installer for the newer package kit?
2) Is there any way to get arround this dependancy problem until there is an upgraded intel-llinux-graphics-installer?
You might be able to get round the dependency in question, but you're going to be better off with the approach outlined above - getting a recent kernel from bpo will get you the newest i915 driver automatically, probably even
a newer one than you'd get from the installer - and all the packages the installer would install are built against
the libraries in ubuntu, so you probably don't want to install those binary packages on a jessie system anyway.
libpackagekit-glib2-16 has never been available in Debian.
Backports is for stable users to get testing packages. In testing this problem is exactly the same: libpackagekit-glib2-16 does not exist in Debian, at all,, anywhere at any time.
I am going to post a separate post about this, but intel here are OBSESSED with FORCING users to have an unstable system. As soon as the their packages have aged enough that they will work with even Testing (forget about stable), they are deleted. They do not have any desire, or idea, about stability.
And they can't think that many users will not, or can not, upgrade to an ustable kernel just to have proper video drivers.
Currently they are building against the 4.0.4 kernel. Testing is 3.16.
I'm not sure what your accusation here is, to be honest. Some points of interest:
The backports currently target Ubuntu and Fedora, which have a different release strategy to
Debian. It is entirely reasonabe that an approach that works for them might not fit Debian well.
The packagekit library is required for the installer, and will be the version that's in the targeted
version of Ubuntu or Fedora, since that's what the installer is built for. it is not a requirement
for any of the graphics packages themselves.
The kernel module (i915.ko) is backported from the latest intel release to the currently
shipping kernel. That's kind of the point of these releases (again, for Ubuntu and Fedora).
There is no obsession with forcing anyone to use anything. These are open drivers which Intel
contribute to the mainline kernel. This little project aims to make more recent versions of said drivers
available to a couple of distributions. Given the amount of effort involved in backporting drivers, and
the rate at which the kernel infrastructure in this area changes, it's always going to be more
sensible to suggest that people use a distro kernel rather than a backported module if such
a kernel is available, hence the suggestions above: It's a better fit for the Debian release pattern
than the installer and its accompanying backports.
If Intel or 01.org did decide to extend official support to Debian then there would be
a different approach, as Debian is not Ubuntu and does not follow the same (or even a similar)