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Newcomer needing help with activating hardware acceleration..

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Jul 22, 2014 - 08:13am

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    Hi there,

    I've been searching for hours on this and I'm not getting anywhere so I thought I'd ask for some help.

    I'm running 64-bit Linux Mint 16 on a Toshiba Satellite A500-15M.  This page suggests I have a reasonably capable Intel GMA 4500 MHD GPU running on the GM45 chipset. 


    I've managed to successfully install your Intel(R) Graphics Installer 1.0.4 for Linux, becuse this distro as I'm sure you know is based on Ubuntu 13.10  (kudos to @gasim for this nugget).  Synaptics shows that i965-va-driver is installed (I think this is yours?).

    Where do I go from here?  If I do about:support in Firefox, I get:



    Adapter Description Intel Open Source Technology Center -- Mesa DRI Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset 
    Device ID Mesa DRI Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset 
    Driver Version 2.1 Mesa 10.0.0
    GPU Accelerated Windows 0/1 Basic 
    Vendor ID Intel Open Source Technology Center
    WebGL Renderer Intel Open Source Technology Center -- Mesa DRI Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset 
    windowLayerManagerRemote false
    AzureCanvasBackend cairo
    AzureContentBackend cairo
    AzureFallbackCanvasBackend none
    AzureSkiaAccelerated 0


    I don't seem to be able to get any acceleration.  I've tried adding a i965.modeset=0 switch to the grub entry, but it doesn't seem to make any difference (I did the same with i915 and that definately had a negative affect!).

    Perhaps some kind soul can shed some light and alleviate my frustration?


    Jul 22, 2014 - 08:13am
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    Actually, according to this post, I DO have hardware acceleration enabled.  I'm just not having any luck with running a wine game that needs pixelshader 1.1 and DirectX 9c (even though my hardware should support it). 

    Jul 23, 2014 - 06:32am