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Fedora 26 & Integrated Graphics?

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Robert Phair

Jul 19, 2017 - 01:48pm

  • I've just installed Fedora 26 and have problems with highly compressed video (x.264 over a certain bitrate).  Currently I'm using whatever driver for Intel Integrated Graphics that would come in the standard Fedora 26 repo.  (I don't believe this is a codec problem because low bandwidth video is OK with the same codec.)

    I saw there was an Intel® Graphics Update Tool for Linux* OS v2.0.5 but I don't see it available for Fedora 26 at this time, either as a package download or in the repositories: Fedora 26 has been in public release for about a week now.  Can someone please tell me:

    • if & when the Intel® Graphics Update Tool will be available for Fedora 26?
    • if the need for another driver (and tool) has somehow been superseded on Fedora 26?

    Any other advice would also be welcome.  Video support under these conditions was working well on all previous operating systems up through my last used Ubuntu 16.04, but I don't know how to obtain drivers & settings from Ubuntu that would work in my new environment.  I'd be open to advice to wait until proper drivers come out before proceeding with Fedora 26.

    Jul 19, 2017 - 01:48pm
  • p.s. I should have mentioned I have an old-ish Core i3 processor with HD integrated graphics... also, other symptoms that graphics support is insufficient; when starting new windows:

    • the box-shadow that GNOME places around the border initially shows black before displaying with the proper shadow & transparency
    • windows themselves also often show up black before the window manager maps them properly.

    This is on a system that played x.265 compressed videos & had no trouble with Unity / GNOME animations a week ago on Ubuntu 16.04.  So I do believe that the driver with Fedora 26 for Intel Integrated Graphics isn't supporting acceleration, at least not for me.

    Jul 19, 2017 - 02:40pm
  • Having had the intel drivers working on Fedora 22 and my Haswell chip outputting 4k via HDMI, I was dissappointed to see Fedora 26 wouldn't do the same. I'd also like to know when we could expect the tools to be available for F26.

    Jul 20, 2017 - 01:42am
  • I found a bit of a workaround last night: 1080p x.264 video plays in VLC media player, with a minimum of choppiness, if its Output Module is set to XCB (XVideo or X11).  This just dumps everything on the X server, which works OK as long as the system isn't doing anything else.  I'm thankful for the comment above but still need to know the timeline, to decide whether we should switch to Ubuntu or perhaps Fedora 25.

    Jul 20, 2017 - 03:18am
  • I would also like to know when Fedora 26 will be supported in the update tool.

    Aug 22, 2017 - 11:18pm
  • +1 for an updated version compatible with Fedora 26.
     

    Some possible workarounds until then:
     

    #1 - Install the packages from Fedora / RPM Fusion repositories (freshier than 01.org versions):

    1.1. run the following command in terminal to add RPM Fusion Free to your repolist:

    sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

    1.2. run the following command to update and install all the files covered by the Intel® Graphics Update Tool:

    sudo dnf install intel-gpu-tools libva-intel-driver libva-utils libva mesa-libOSMesa cairo-gobject cairo mesa-dri-drivers mesa-filesystem mesa-libEGL mesa-libGL mesa-libGLES mesa-libgbm mesa-libglapi mesa-libwayland-egl mesa-libxatracker
     
    OR

    #2 - Spoof your Fedora version to install the Intel® Graphics Update Tool for Linux OS v2.0.5 for Fedora 25 (obsolete version):

    2.1. Edit the text file "/etc/fedora-release" with root permissions (you can open your file manager and browse the file, i.e.: "sudo thunar", or use a command line tool like vi or nano to do that) and change the text from "Fedora release 26 (Twenty Six)" to "Fedora release 25 (Twenty Five)".

    2.2. Install the Intel® Graphics Update Tool for Linux OS v2.0.5 for Fedora 25 and run the tool.

    2.3. Restore the text in the file /etc/fedora-release" from "Fedora release 25 (Twenty Five)" back to "Fedora release 26 (Twenty Six)" after the installation.

    Aug 31, 2017 - 09:44am
  • great thanks to @André, though awkward without an official package it's good to know that a workaround is available...

    Sep 01, 2017 - 03:33am
  • Hi - I just thought I should point out that you can spoof the distro version like that but it won't result in the update tool replacing any F26 packages if the F25 updates have lower version numbers.

    Also worth pointing out that on Fedora we don't provide a backport of the i915 kernel module since Fedora update their kernel pretty frequently anyway, so if the problem lies there then you're not going to get any benefit out of this approach.

    If you are seeing a regression like this it's worth following up either with Fedora or with Intel directly - bug reporting guidelines (for Intel) can be found here:

    https://01.org/linuxgraphics/documentation/bugs-and-debugging

    Sep 04, 2017 - 05:30am