Bug 1121372 - Fedora doesn't automatically load the i915 driver for Intel i3 Integrated Graphics
Summary: Fedora doesn't automatically load the i915 driver for Intel i3 Integrated Gra...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mesa
Version: 20
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Adam Jackson
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2014-07-20 03:49 UTC by Justin W. Flory
Modified: 2015-06-29 21:39 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2015-06-29 21:39:26 UTC

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Description Justin W. Flory 2014-07-20 03:49:49 UTC
Description of problem:
Since the day I first purchased this Toshiba laptop, Fedora hasn't been running properly, which I did not learn until now.

I use an Intel i3 chip, and as far as I know, the graphics system is integrated into the CPU. I'm not a hardware expert, so please pardon any mistakes on my part.

One of the first things I installed on my laptop was Intel's provided graphics installer for Linux (https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads/2014/intelr-graphics-installer-1.0.4-linux). Doing this had little to no effect on improving my computer's performance for gaming or just a smooth and interactive experience with the UI of the operating system.

I tried installing multiple sets of drivers and different packages to no avail. On AskFedora, where I originally learned that what I was experiencing was a bug, a user had me run `ls /dev/dri/`, and no files or directories were found at this location (also, AskFedora link is at the bottom).

It wasn't until I manually edited the kernel on bootup and added `i915.modeset=1` to one of the lines that I was able to successfully load the driver, and for lack of a better way of putting, "truly" experience Fedora like the way it was meant to be experienced.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Until I edited the grub.cfg file and added `i915.modeset=1` to the kernel command line, this would happen every time.

Actual results:
OS is unable to load the i915 driver automatically on startup and performance on computer is drastically reduced from its full capabilities

Expected results:
Successfully load the i915 driver

Additional info:
Further tests and trials on AskFedora (https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/38116/issues-with-libgl-on-fedora-20-unable-to-load-driver-swrast/)

Comment 1 Adam Jackson 2014-11-18 18:59:41 UTC
What else do you have on the kernel command line?

Comment 2 Justin W. Flory 2014-11-18 23:04:12 UTC
Hey Adam,

Here is the excerpt from my grub2.cfg file for the latest kernel. I think this is what you need, but if not, just let me know. Thanks.

menuentry 'Fedora (3.17.2-200.fc20.x86_64) 20 (Heisenbug)' --class fedora --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.10-301.fc20.x86_64-advanced-53faeb77-9d8c-4034-8eaa-b83f9f592e9a' {
        set gfxpayload=keep
        insmod gzio
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='hd0,msdos1'
        if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos1 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos1 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos1 --hint='hd0,msdos1'  f39073af-35a2-41d3-a8bf-d38c9bfafe67
          search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root f39073af-35a2-41d3-a8bf-d38c9bfafe67
        linux   /vmlinuz-3.17.2-200.fc20.x86_64 root=/dev/mapper/fedora-root ro rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap nomodeset rd.lvm.lv=fedora/root vconsole.font=latarcyrheb-sun16  rhgb quiet LANG=en_US.UTF-8 i915.modeset=1
        initrd /initramfs-3.17.2-200.fc20.x86_64.img

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