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Rename to xf86-video-*

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Intel sounds a little ambiguous, especially if we'd like to add something about Intel CPUs or so on. Maybe it'd be better to rename this to xf86-video-intel or like that? -- MGorny 06:57, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

That's the name of the driver. Also the man page is named like this. Astaecker 08:58, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
Even though the name may be unambiguous in the context of graphics drivers, it's not in the context of gentoo. +1 from me for the name change to what the package is named in gentoo. --Few 09:30, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
How about moving it to "X/Intel"? /Ni1s 21:45, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
In the interest of avoiding strange hierarchies I suggest either "xf86-video-intel" or something like "Intel (Xorg driver)". Eroen

Ivy Bridge OpenCL support

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With regards to this edit: Ivy Bridge -- the hardware -- supports OpenCL, but there isn't any software support for it in Linux at this time. --Mattst88 19:03, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

I added a note
Astaecker 07:45, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

mesa broken

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When following the directions laid out by this wiki, I found that dri was broken. To fix this I added a line to package.use >=media-libs/mesa-10.0.3 video_cards_i915 video_cards_i965 video_cards_intel gallium vdpau amd then ran emerge --changed-use =media-libs/mesa-10.0.3 This game me;

  1. ldd /usr/lib/mesa/ (0x00007ffff49ff000) => /usr/lib64/ (0x00007f59c448f000) => /usr/lib64/ (0x00007f59c4283000) => /usr/lib64/ (0x00007f59c4058000) => /lib64/ (0x00007f59c3e3a000) => /lib64/ (0x00007f59c3c36000) => /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/4.8.2/ (0x00007f59c3932000) => /lib64/ (0x00007f59c362f000) => /lib64/ (0x00007f59c3287000) => /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/4.8.2/ (0x00007f59c3070000) => /usr/lib64/ (0x00007f59c2e67000)
       /lib64/ (0x00007f59c4d4e000) => /lib64/ (0x00007f59c2c50000) 

Problem solved. It might be a good idea to update this wiki with the use settings for mesa.

"intel" USE flag

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In the features support table the "intel" USE flag is listed for all 7 generations. In the driver section the "intel" USE flag is used only for generations 1-2. This is contradictory. Unfortunately I don't know which configuration is the right one. Fturco (talk) 13:49, 16 March 2014 (UTC) above "talk" poster gave me ssh to their box, set, tested, and they confirmed intel is not required for their gen 3+ hardware. they had i915, and got some error messages regarding 965. i would of linked against a forum thread but lost it and the search on forums is absolutely horrible. 666threesixes666 (talk) 21:11, 18 March 2014 (UTC) remove the intel and further test it.
09:13, 16 January 2013‎ Astaecker (Talk | contribs)‎ . . (3,525 bytes) (+522)‎ . . (Add "VIDEO_CARDS" column to feature matrix; inline inflexible {{VIDEO_CARDS}} template for proper step to step instructions) looks like they are template examples, and not necessarily tested. 666threesixes666 (talk) 21:14, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
it occured to me that i had a POS blade, and that it might have intel graphics. i plug it in, it has i915. so i test it, and i reverted something i shouldn't of. libdrm requires the intel flag. regardless, the wiki can be flawed, but the os will tell you what is what. this is coming from a fresh build of gentoo, and not a mangled revdep rebuild, or emerge -uND @world. 666threesixes666 (talk) 02:59, 19 March 2014 (UTC)


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Still gives black screen after grub on my Thinkpad x220. 4.3.2 kernel. Upd: but adding acpi_osi="Linux" solves the issue. --Dtr (talk) 12:44, 16 December 2015 (UTC)

Feel free to add this to the article. No discussion necessary. --Maffblaster (talk) 18:31, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

Introduce instructions to omit xf86-video-intel on Gen 4+

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Other distros have started phasing out xf86-video-intel in favor of the modesetting driver which the latter is more advanced on Gen 4 and later Intel GPUs (see Should we provide instructions to this effect here? --Grknight (talk) 14:36, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Based on a discussion in #gentoo-wiki (webchat) this change would add the following to /etc/portage/package.use:
FILE /etc/portage/package.use
x11-base/xorg-drivers VIDEO_CARDS: -intel
This would migrate the x11-base/xorg-drivers package to use currently developed x11-drivers/xf86-video-modesetting instead of the stagnant x11-drivers/xf86-video-intel package. Should work nicely for all core processors.
I will test on my system, but I trust Brian's judgement so I'm not opposed to making the change. --Maffblaster (talk) 17:03, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
Blackb|rd on IRC pointed out that brightness controls may be an issue for laptops as x11-apps/xbacklight does not work with modesetting (see might be a replacement but needs packaging.
I tested:
FILE /etc/portage/make.conf
And I get Invalid '-' operator in non-incremental variable 'VIDEO_CARDS': '-intel' on Portage 2.2.28. Next I tried setting it in /etc/portage/package.use as Brian Evans (Grknight) suggested above and that also didn't recognize the change... If I need to go to unstable Portage for this to work then I'd recommend not making the change until Portage can naively handle it. --Maffblaster (talk) 00:44, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
I've made the change with Portage 2.22.8 and with the exact same line given by Brian Evans (Grknight) ; followed by a emerge --depclean in order to actually remove the x11-drivers/xf86-video-intel package (which was pulled by x11-base/xorg-drivers when VIDEO_CARDS contained intel).
I've also activated the glamor USE flag for x11-base/xorg-server in order to fix warnings seen in Xorg.0.log: (EE) AIGLX: reverting to software rendering. Without it, programs requesting for hardware acceleration (like Firefox, 3D engines, ...) will fail to start/segfault or will fallback to software rendering.

VIDEO_CARDS for Q35 chipset

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I have an Intel DQ35JO motherboard with integrated GPU. According to this Gentoo wiki article my GPU belongs to the 4th generation (chipset Q35), so I need to set VIDEO_CARDS="intel i965". But if I do that and re-emerge the mesa package X won't start anymore. Instead if I set VIDEO_CARDS="intel i915" everything works perfectly. According to this Wikipedia article the Q35 chipset belongs to the 3rd generation, not the 4th one. Can anyone confirm this? Can I update the feature support table in the this Gentoo wiki article according to my findings? Please see the following forum threads for further details:

It seems G35 belongs to the 4th GPU generation while Q35 belongs to the 3rd one. This explains everything. Article fixed. Fturco (talk) 16:01, 26 April 2017 (UTC)


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This partially connects to phasing out `xf86-video-intel`, as for Wayland you only need `mesa` with EGL support.

Mesa has a ton of use flags though. Would be nice to figure out what is the minimal/optimal set to get things going.

Hi, Lkraav , I agree. We'll probably need one of the package maintainers to step up the game on telling us all how to get wayland working. I heard that it can be as simple as enabling the wayland USE flag globally, but I haven't tried it yet. Also, please be sure to sign you comments on discussion pages. Thanks! --Maffblaster (talk) 08:10, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
This discussion is stale. KDE Plasma and GNOME both have full Wayland support. See each respective article for details. --Maffblaster (talk) 17:03, 29 July 2022 (UTC)