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Intel driver does not activate.

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Jun 16, 2014 - 09:36am

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    01 Staff (not verified)


    I have managed, after reading the forums thoroughly, to get the Graphics Installer to install my xserver-xorg-video-intel. Now it just won't activate no matter what I do.

    I have installed the Device driver manager, and the driver shows up as 'recommended', but always the second option xserver-xorg-video-fbdev is active. I can 'activate' the intel driver, but after it reboots, it reverts to the fbdev driver, and hence I get no hardware acceleration.

    Asus Sabretooth Z87

    Intel i7 4770K

    Samsung 840 Evo SSD


    The following is installed according to Synaptic. All latest versions.


    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Kind Regards,


    Jun 16, 2014 - 09:36am
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    fledermaus (not verified)

    Hi there - I'm not sure why the i915 driver isn't activating for you - it might be worth
    grabbing your Xorg log from /var/log/ and having a look at that to seeif there are any

    I should point out though that this release of the Intel driver stack does not contain
    an update for the driver, so whatever's affecting your system is coming frm your vanilla
    distribution's packages (most likely).

    [Post the log somewhere and we can have a look anyway incase it's something simple]

    Jun 16, 2014 - 09:48am
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    shaunk (not verified)

    Thanks very much for the reply. Since it was a relatively new install, I decided to re-install the whole system. What I discovered is that with the vanilla installation before I touch anything else, the hardware acceleration works just fine, but the screen flashes and turns black for 1-2 sec every few minutes. This can be corrected using 'nomodeset' in the grub config, but then I lose hardware acceleration, so that was the source of my issue before. I assume it's switching drivers now on bootup. For the time being I have removed nomodeset from the config. Hardware accel works, but it's as if the display turns off briefly as though it were changing modes every once in a while. Next step is to install ddm again and see which driver it's reverting to. Will post the new xorg log if you think it will help...

    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:18pm
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    shaunk (not verified)

    Sorry, didn't post the distro - Ubuntu 14.04.

    Jun 17, 2014 - 11:21pm
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    steeplechaser (not verified)

    Hi folks,

    Just confirming that I have the same issue as mentioned above.  I should have posted to this thread originally.  See the new thread "need help recognizing driver i965 in Ubuntu 14.04."  Thanks!

    Jul 23, 2014 - 09:02pm