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

drago01 drago01 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 14 19:18:09 UTC 2013

On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 7:50 PM, Pete Travis <lists at petetravis.com> wrote:
> On Nov 14, 2013 5:05 AM, "valent.turkovic at gmail.com"
> <valent.turkovic at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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
>> experience.
>> 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?
>> --
> I have a box with the same generation of Atom/PowerVR (Cedar Trail? Cedar
> View? No access at the moment).  I can't get *any* display manager to work
> reliably, but I can `xinit gnome-session` with reasonable results.  Once X
> stops, whether from killing the process or switching targets, the GPU is
> locked until reboot.
> I gave the thing to a friend to use as an HTPC, and he gave it back saying
> he couldn't find Windows drivers for it, and neither could I. I'm using it
> as a disposable rawhide playground now.
> If anyone really wants to hack out support for this I'd be happy to ship it
> to them.

Just sell it on ebay or something and buy something sane instead.

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