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Re: recommended video card?

On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 at 07:33:17PM +0200, Pouya D. Tafti wrote:
> On 7 June 2010 18:20, Greg Troxel <> wrote:
> >
> > I have some machines with recent intel motherboards and am finding the
> > intel xorg driver flaky. ??Apparently this is a known issue and in/for
> > Linux there is a vastly improved intel driver. ??But, it needs something
> > called "kernel mode switching" which is more or less moving the video
> > ram control writes to the kernel (for security and suspend/resume
> > hygiene), and therefore running it on netbsd seems hard.
> >
> > So:
> >
> > ??any clues about getting the new intel driver running under netbsd-5
> > ??(amd64 in particular)
> It requires kernel mode switching, as you pointed out, for which
> reason I am using the (very slow, might I add) vesa driver on my new
> Thinkpad X201 laptop with Intel HD Graphics (the Intel driver didn't
> work at all for me).  There were some discussions at some point about
> there being some interest among OpenBSD developers in adding support
> for kernel mode switching, in order to make it possible to run X11 at
> higher security levels.  I don't know how much (if any) progress has
> been made in that direction, though.
> I would think that this issue is significant enough, given that
> getting a different card is not really a solution for laptops.

I hope so too -- I don't know how many of "us" there are (I'm the user of
a T410 w/ integrated Intel Gfx), but to what extant I can help (testing,
basically), I will.


Brad Harder
Method Logic Digital Consulting

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