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GMA500 (Poulsbo) driver work with Fedora16?

asked 2011-11-11 13:32:00 -0500

mizi gravatar image

I try Fedora 16 live on Acer One 751h, but don't start. Actually the netbook work with ubuntu oneiric and psb_gfx (or EMGD driver), but i want Fedora...

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answered 2011-11-13 19:17:42 -0500

agajan gravatar image

updated 2011-11-15 10:58:35 -0500

I have been building a custom kernel which includes the new open source gma500 driver which is in the kernel staging area.

I have documented the procedure in the Fedora Project wiki:

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answered 2011-12-06 23:34:40 -0500

updated 2011-12-07 00:35:24 -0500

The psb_gfx driver is in staging , and Ubuntu builds it as a module.

I discussed this with the Fedora kernel team last week on their mailing list and on IRC and they made the changes to the Fedora kernel config.

psb_gfx support should be enabled with the next kernel upgrade.


To solve the distorted X display on boot we may need to build psb_gfx into the kernel, rather then as a module, and / or possibly disable the boot splash, I am not sure yet.

EDIT: no, building the driver into the kernel did not help. It seems X is starting over the top of the framebuffer in tty1 ???

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yes, and you can re-build a custom kernel in Fedora 16 if you so desire, it is a relatively minor changes.

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2011-12-11 10:46:41 -0500 )edit

@agajan - you should file a bug report. I have been working with Fedora 17, but each of my bug reports has been attended to within 24 hours.

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2012-02-22 20:10:54 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-12-06 22:58:02 -0500

Johnny gravatar image

Is there a possibility to pack the driver as a seperate package instead of rebuilding the kernel ?

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answered 2011-11-13 16:13:56 -0500

mether gravatar image

Fedora doesn't include any proprietary drivers and I don't believe that driver works with the latest X anyway. So you might be out of luck here.

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answered 2012-03-14 10:40:47 -0500

All the GMA 500 guys would be dancing if this moves into a kernel. I was a Fedora fan for my desktop for ~5 years, following frm FC-5. Later, when i got a netbook, 2 yrs ago and Win7 was incompatible with GMA 500 drivers and so XP, I resorted to Lubuntu with Poulsbo support. That worked really great. I feel Fedora must develop netbook spins too as that is the trend thesedays for the low config systems like mine or tablets or other PCs. I shall be testing the F17 alpha in a couple of days and get back with comments soon. Good work guys.


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It is working fairly well on Fedora 17, you have to re-start X after booting. gnome-shell is slow, but that is in process as well. Ubuntu 12.04 should be working soon as well. Fedora 17 + XFCE or LXDE should work well.

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2012-03-14 13:22:18 -0500 )edit

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