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Graphics Installer 1.0.6 for Linux* Released!

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Aug 04, 2014 - 02:24pm

  • Hi - we currently aim to supply updated packages and drivers to new, less technically aware users who aren't necessarily comfortable with updating parts of their systems from outside the base distribution they're using. Given the resources available to us (time & people) this means we currently target Ubuntu and Fedora as the best fit.

    In Debian's case, we don't provide an installer because:

    a) Debian's user base is to a large extent much more technically capable
    b) Debian has backports, which will do pretty much the same job anyway: For example a backported
    kernel package from backports.debian.org will get you the updated i915 driver (and may even get you
    a newer one than our installer would provide)

    Oct 21, 2014 - 06:37am
  • Thank you for the answers . an going to try and test

    Oct 22, 2014 - 12:09am
  • I have two PCs with the Intel i7-4770K Processor and are on fresh installations of Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit.  I also have a Canonical support agreement on these and the other PCs in my business that are running Ubuntu 14.04.  I raised the question of 1.06 installer with Canonical.  I was told that Ubuntu 14.04 was designed with support for the haswell i7 processors built-in and that external drivers are not needed (as opposed to graphics built on nVidia and AMD Radeon technologies), and that the 1.06 installer is not needed.  Also, there are no drivers listed under the "Additional Drivers" tab of Software and Updates.

    PCs are appear to be working correctly.  Is there any indenpendent tests that will show if my systems are giving the correct video performance?

    John

     

     

    Oct 20, 2014 - 05:56am
  • Hi there - first, we'll start with the external drivers issue:
    • Canonical are correct, you don't need external drivers
    • The installer isn't an external driver as such- it's "just" an updated version of the i915 driver that
    came with 14.04 - depending on which hardware you have, it can provide performance improvements
    or more hardware support and/or bugfixes, but there's no secret sauce here.

    Next, let's look at graphics performance: If you're getting 3D acceleration at all, then you're good to go:
    In a fairly non-technical test if you can run a game or 3D screensaver (lament, for instance) and get a
    reasonable number of frames per second out, then you have support.

    There's also the output of glxinfo: In particular look for the "OpenGL renderer string" - on my laptop
    it says (for example): Mesa DRI Intel(R) Sandybridge Mobile - your's will say something similar, although
    probably with a different codename than "Sandybridge".

    Hope that helps.

    Oct 21, 2014 - 06:45am
  • I had 1.06 already installed on one PC and added it to the other.  I cannot find glxinfo.

    When I looked for glxinfo, I could not find it.  Further searching says I need to install mesa-utils.  I did that and I get Mesa DRI Intel (R) Haswel Desktop.

    Is this correct?

    John

     

     

     

    Oct 25, 2014 - 10:54am
  • Yes - that's telling you that the rendering is being done by Intel ® Haswell, which is a codename for one generation of the i915/i965 series, so you're getting hardware acceleration.

    Nov 04, 2014 - 07:55am
  • Is it possible to run the intel-linux-graphics-installer tool from the terminal, without a desktop? I need to do it in this way because my graphics card is fried, and I am trying to fall back on intel cpu graphics using a recovery console. I have successfully downloaded and installed the tool, but I am unable to run it. Some programs have a command line switch for this option.

    If not, is there a more direct way to identify and install the required drivers using the terminal?

    Nov 05, 2014 - 01:39am
  • Yes: The packages are installed by configuring a package source in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/intellinuxgraphics.list

    You can list packages installed with dpkg -l
    and you can see where a package is installed from with apt-cache policy <package-name>

    In this case, you are looking for a package with a name like: i915-3.xx-3.yy-dkms :

    ~$ dpkg -l i915\*

    Removing that i915-* package (apt-get remove i915-…) will remove the upgraded
    driver, next time you reboot you'll get the driver that shipped with your distribution.

    Nov 11, 2014 - 06:20am
  • Thanks for your reply.

    It seems that the directory /etc/apt/soruces.list.d/ is an empty directory, and also dpkg -l i915\* returns no results.

    It seems my distribution doesn't ship the required drivers. How do I get them manually?

    Nov 12, 2014 - 12:00am
  • Sorry, that was supposed to read /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

    Nov 12, 2014 - 12:01am