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Re: [gNewSense-users] Free driver for Intel 4500M video adapter?

From: Eus
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Free driver for Intel 4500M video adapter?
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 03:24:58 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Ho!

On Thu, 2009-03-19 at 06:21 -0400, Ali Gunduz wrote:

> I have a Thinkpad X200s with Intel 4500MHD and I can confirm that
> Intel's GMA X4500 series have basic free software support. In fact,
> gNewSense 2.1 recognizes the screen resolution (1440x900 in my case)
> correctly out-of-the-box. However, due to the oldness of gNS' graphics
> utilities ( server, mesa and xf86-video-intel), the performance
> is somewhat flaky iirc. Furthermore, when I installed
> linux-libre-2.6.28 for wireless support, the screen resolution broke,
> i guess, due to the incompatibility with the xserver in gNS. You can
> find a discussion on what you need for a more thorough graphics
> support at
> As you can see, it involves compilation of X.Org 7.4 and
> xf86-video-intel 2.4.0.

Thank you very much Ali for sharing your experience with me.

I am glad to know that Intel 4500M video chip is a free hardware although 
currently the GNU/Linux driver may not be ready for the prime time yet :-)

> Note: I personally preferred to do a free Debian 5.0 installation
> (which means main repo + linux-libre) which doesn't come with those
> exact versions of xorg or xf86-video-intel but provide a decent
> graphics performance/stability. (Freed Ubuntu Intrepid also works
> okay, though freeing Ubuntu is a little bit more complicated.)

Thank you for your advice.

> Ali

Best regards,
Eus (FSF member #4445)

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