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Recent graphics problems on an old IBM computer

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Jul 27, 2013 - 06:54am

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    Greetings forum.

    It is really great to see a forum dedicated to Linux Graphics.

    As mentioned in the subject of this post, I am using a 10+ year old computer.  It is an IBM Mod.# 831063U.


    Here is a brief summary of the machine:

    Processor                      : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1.80GHz
    Memory                         : 1541MB
    Operating System          : Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
    Resolution        : 1280x1024 pixels
    OpenGL Renderer        : Mesa DRI Intel(R) 845G x86/MMX/SSE2
    X11 Vendor        : The X.Org Foundation

    Audio Adapter        : EMU10K1 - SB Live! 5.1 [SB0220]
    Audio Adapter        : USB-Audio - USB camera
    Audio Adapter        : ICH4 - Intel 82801DB-ICH4

    -SCSI Disks-
    ATA WDC WD400BB-00AU
    PLEXTOR CD-R   PX-W1210A

    Desktop Environment: XFCE 4.8


    I have been using Linux on this computer for almost 3 years now and I have always had one problem or another with this GPU.  It has been the bane of my existence when using this computer.


    Recently I did a system wide update and now I am getting application crashes in two games (the only two that are installed) that I play, Oolite and Cytadela.

    Prior to this update (earlier this month) I didn't experience any problems other than the usual poor performance that I am used to.

    I decided to have a look at /var/log/syslog.1 -- there are 8 of them total -- and I found OVER 3200 instances of this error... [drm:intel_prepare_page_flip] *ERROR* Prepared flip multiple times.

    According to the log, this*ERROR* occurred over 3200 times in a span of only 5 seconds (No wonder the frequent crashes!). At this rate it stands to reason that it would rapidly fill-up the drive with log files. (0r at least data)

    It has always been a major undertaking to download, install and (even worse) maintain the latest Intel Graphics driver(s) for this GPU. Which brings me to my reason for posting the thread.

    I see now that there is a Graphics Installer available but it will not work for the version of Linux that I have installed.

    As I mentioned, my current OS is Linux Lite XFCE4 which is built on Ubuntu 12.04 and while I am not opposed to installing a different Linux distribution I have to wonder if I will have to reinstall my OS in a year or so to keep up with the latest Intel Graphics driver for this GPU?

    Also, because of the limited resources of this antiquated machine, the new OS has to be easy on its resourse demands.  I spent two years distro-hopping before finally landing on Linux Lite.  It has served me well.


    Your advise is most welcome and respected.


    Thank you in advance.



    Jul 27, 2013 - 06:54am