What is support status of PowerVR GPUs in Fedora? (Intel D2500 and gma500_gfx)

valent.turkovic at gmail.com valent.turkovic at gmail.com
Thu Nov 14 12:05:19 UTC 2013

Friend of mine just showed me his cheap 13" laptop running Intel D2500
and first thing he said that he had issue installing linux on it.

When I asked about GPU and answer was "Intel" I assured him that for
last 10 years I only used Intel GPU based laptops and had great

I tried Fedora 19 Live - failed to boot, then Linux Mint 15 - got to
screen but with terrible artifacts on screen, check them out -
http://youtu.be/mha7fZU1xFg, then tried latest Fedora 20 Live Beta 5 -
boot starts with artefacts but fails to boot into desktop.

Few hours later after reading up on this issue I managed to get laptop
"working" with Linux Mint 15 (updated kernel to 3.11) but had to
blacklist gma500_gfx driver, only then I get somewhat usable laptop
(but with lower resolution and no video acceleration).

I'm really interested what is the state of gma500_gfx driver in latest
kernel, is it reasonable to expect that this driver will get updated
and have better support or should I just say to my friend to grab
version of Windows 7 and to run with it... any suggestions?

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