This document provides answers to common questions about getting Linux* up and running on Intel® chipset-based systems with integrated graphics.
X Server Problems
General Questions and Answers
What version of Linux* does this driver work with?
Linux* and many other operating systems (OSs) use a standard display method called an X Server. This driver is an X Server, actually a popular version called XFree86*, which many Linux distributions support today. This driver is based on XFree86 3.3.6 and should only be used on systems with XFree86 3.3.6 installed. Although it was tested on Red Hat's 6.2 Linux* distribution, it can be adapted for use with most other OSs. We've made source code available to this driver to make adoption to other environments easier to accomplish. We recommend you contact your Linux distribution about supporting the Intel® 810 and 815 chipset families with this driver.
What features are supported with this X Server?
The Intel® 810 chipset family and several members of the Intel 815 chipset family have an integrated graphics controller. This X Server is a 2D graphics driver, providing extended SVGA support with acceleration of some features, such as hardware color look-up table and cursor. Display resolutions of up to 1600x1200 are supported.
How do I install this X Server?
Installation is dependent on which operating system you are working with. The Intel® 810 and 815 Chipset Family Linux* Graphics Release Notes document has instructions that should help with most common distributions."
How will this driver be maintained in the future?
Intel will provide a limited level of support and will work to resolve any errata if encountered. XFree86 is maintained by the XFree86* organization; more information can be found at their website.
Can I expect new drivers for future products from Intel?
While we don't comment on future product plans, we intend to continue supporting our customer's operating system of choice on our platforms.
Does the vesafb frame-buffer module work on the Intel® 810 and Intel® 815 Chipset Families?
No. The vesafb module can only make use of linear VESA modes. The Intel® 810 and Intel 815 chipset families use banked modes and therefore, cannot boot into a frame-buffer. It would be possible to add banked mode support to the vesafb driver, but as of yet there are no plans to do so. The vga 16 color frame-buffer available in recent Linux* kernels does function properly and can be used in place of the vesafb frame-buffer.
Can I use my softmodem or softaudio in Linux?
Possibly, there is AC'97 support in the Linux kernel at this time. If the modem or audio CODEC on your system board is supported by the Linux* kernel, you will be able to use this functionality. Contact your system manufacturer or CODEC vendor regarding support for these components.
X Server Problems
I installed the X Server but I only get a few low resolution modes. What is wrong?
The Intel 810 and Intel 815 chipset families do not have any RAM of its own. Since the graphics chip is integrated into the chipset it can use system RAM for graphics memory. A 'agpgart' kernel module needs to be installed so that the kernel can allocate this RAM for the graphics chip. There is a section in the Intel® 810 and 815 Chipset Family Linux* Graphics Release Notes under 'X server installation' detailing this.
Can I use the agpgart module that came with my distribution?
It is possible that your distribution contains support for the chipset in your system. If so, your distribution should provide you with all of the components necessary to make full use of your Intel chipset. If your distribution does not contain support for your chipset, but does contain an agpgart module, you will need to replace this module with the one provided on the support.intel.com web site or obtain an update from your distribution directly.
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