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File providing the graphic driver

The open source video drivers for openSUSE typically come with the rpms:

  • xorg-x11-driver-video [contains most of the drivers]
  • xorg-x11-driver-video-radeonhd [for ATI radeonhd drivers]
  • xorg-x11-driver-video-unichrome [for via and unichrome drivers]
  • xorg-x11-driver-video-ivtv [X11 video driver for the PVR-350 frame buffer]
  • xorg-x11-driver-video-tdfx [for 3dfx based cards]

If the rpm is installed, one can see what drivers are provided in the rpm by examining the contents of the rpm, by typing (using xorg-x11-driver-video as an example):

rpm -ql xorg-x11-driver-video

for example the presence of intel_drv.la, intel_drv.so and intel.4.gz indicate there is a driver called "intel". Typing:

man intel

will provide detail on the intel driver

If the rpm is downloaded, but not yet installed, then one can still look at the rpm contents to see what drivers are present. For example, using the rpm xorg-x11-driver-video-unichrome-20091020-1.1.1.x86_64.rpm as an example, one can find the contents of the file (and hence the drivers provided) by typing:

rpm -qp xorg-x11-driver-video-unichrome-20091020-1.1.1.x86_64.rpm -l

from which one can see that the "via" and "unichrome" drivers are provided. After noting "via" and "unichrome" are provided, one can then type:

 man unichrome

which will provide detail on the unichrome driver

AMD (ATI)

See HCL:AMD video cards

SiS - Silicon Integrated Systems

660

openSUSE 11.0

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openSUSE 11.1

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65x/M650/740 PCI/ACP

SUSE Linux 10.0

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The driver provided by SUSE Linux 10.0 doesn´t support all features of this chip-set. Use the driver from Thomas Winischhofer to use more/all features (e.g. dual head, tv-out ...)

SUSE Linux 10.1

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To use the dual head feature of the chipset set the "MergeFB" option of the card in SaX2 to "On". Use "CRT2Position" option to define the monitor layout (e.g. "LeftOf"). There's an accelerated version of the driver available from Thomas Winischhofer (comercial).

VIA

KM400

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Must manually configure YaST to use vesa drivers.

Matrox

G550

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Standard configuration will be in 1 screen. 3D will not work in Xinerama. For dual screen you need to run sax2 -b /usr/share/sax/profile/Matrox_G550 or any other apropriate file in /usr/share/sax/profile/

P650

Not supported out of the box in 11.2 , but proprietary driver can be downloaded and installed.

hwinfo

 Hardware Class: graphics card
 Model: "Matrox Millennium P650 64MB"
 Vendor: pci 0x102b "Matrox Graphics, Inc."
 Device: pci 0x2537 "Millenium P650/P750"
 SubVendor: pci 0x102b "Matrox Graphics, Inc."
 SubDevice: pci 0x1830 "Millennium P650 64MB"
 Revision: 0x02

installation

  • Register to http://www.matrox.com, find your card and download the driver. Actually the downloaded driver is only one file which includes both the script and the dirver. To compile the driver kernel development pattern must be installed first.
  • Install the kernel development environment with #zypper in -t pattern devel_kernel
  • Run the downloaded script.
  • If you receive the following error, edit your xorg.conf manualy.
Do you wish to let the installer setup your X config file  (y/n)? y
ERROR: Could not setup your X config file (unknown_location).
       Verify that the file is valid.
Installation finished

summary

work in progress ...

Intel chipsets

HD 3000/HD 2000

Intel HD Graphics 3000 / HD 2000, integrated in SandyBridge CPU family (Core i3/i5/i7-2xxx), needs H67 or Q67 chipset with graphics output.

openSUSE 11.4

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Works out of the box, but update for xorg-x11-driver-video package from the update repository is recommended, it fixes some screen artifacts in KDE desktop.


4500MHD

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD. Chipset: GM45.

openSUSE 11.2

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Works out of the box so to speak. I used the 11.2 DVD _64 bit. KDE4. No installation issues, just default all the way. Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel

openSUSE 11.3

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Out-of-the-box support on openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1 (open source intel driver).

openSUSE 11.4

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Out-of-the-box support on openSUSE 11.4 (open source intel driver).

855 GM

There are various implementations of the i855GM chipset, meaning what works in one case may not work in another, and visa versa.

openSUSE 11.1

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Out-of-the-box 3D / special desktop effects works on i855GM.

openSUSE 11.2

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On Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo 7400M i855GM implementation, the Intel driver will only boot with "ACPI=OFF" boot code. Performance slow relative to same hardware with openSUSE-11.1's 2.6.27 kernel.

openSUSE 11.3

On Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo 7400M i855GM implementation, the Intel driver will only boot with "ACPI=OFF" or "nomodeset" boot code, both of which result in FBDEV driver being used instead of Intel driver. Performance with FBDEV driver is poor. Intel driver is unstable with this i855GM (desktop will crash 10 to 30 minutes after boot) and has not useable with any kernel after openSUSE-11.1's 2.6.27 kernel. Issue being tracked in freedesktop.org bug 27187 and openSUSE bugzilla 593463

965 GM

Using Intel: 965 GM | On Lenovo R61e | openSUSE 11.0 & 11.1 | Works from Default Install - Just open Yast/Harware/Monitor and check 3D |

For using the native resolution on newer laptops, please refer to Patch the Video BIOS.

See also

List of supported graphics card by chipset (not by model): http://intellinuxgraphics.org/documentation.html

3dfx

Voodoo5 5500 - Detected out of the box. Everything works except boot splash.


NVIDIA chipsets

See HCL:NVIDIA video cards