Comment 59 for bug 568779

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 02:29:27AM -0000, Alban wrote:
> " To top it off, while you would think i855 is a common graphics card,
> we had only a scant number of 8xx volunteers doing testing, which has
> made supporting this hardware in Ubuntu extremely challenging. "
>
> I could help, make some test, just tell me what to do. There is a
> package with intel gpu debug tool but I don't know how to use it.

Really it's too late to do testing here at the distro level. When we
could have used your help was like a month ago. :-)

At this point we're waiting for things to be fixed upstream. So
meanwhile, you can test the upstream kernel drm code and report to them
of any problems.

The fix for this issue is almost 99.99% likely to come in the form of a
kernel update, and so your testing should be focused around kernel
patching and testing.

> What about the new 2.10 intel driver there is lot of cleaning code and
> bug fixes apparently. (http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/intel-
> gfx/2010-March/006408.html)

No, the cleaning there was to delete the UMS code, i.e. remove the
possibility to select KMS or non-KMS. So using 2.10 would be basically
the same as using i915.modeset=1 only.

Also, don't get too hung up on the -intel DDX driver. These days
xserver-xorg-video-intel has very little relevant code left in it;
pretty much all the important bits have moved to the kernel drm. So
it's really not that important any more what version of -intel you run,
what matters is what version of the kernel you're booting.