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intel(4)                   Kernel Interfaces Manual                   intel(4)

       intel - Intel integrated graphics chipsets

       Section "Device"
         Identifier "devname"
         Driver "intel"

       intel  is  an  Xorg driver for Intel integrated graphics chipsets.  The
       driver supports depths 8, 15, 16 and 24.  All  visual  types  are  sup-
       ported  in  depth  8.  For the i810/i815 other depths support the True-
       Color and DirectColor visuals.  For the i830M and later, only the True-
       Color  visual  is supported for depths greater than 8.  The driver sup-
       ports hardware accelerated 3D via the Direct  Rendering  Infrastructure
       (DRI),  but only in depth 16 for the i810/i815 and depths 16 and 24 for
       the 830M and later.

       intel supports the i810, i810-DC100, i810e, i815, i830M,  845G,  852GM,
       855GM,  865G,  915G,  915GM,  945G,  945GM,  965G,  965Q, 946GZ, 965GM,
       945GME, G33, Q33, and Q35 chipsets.

       Please refer to xorg.conf(5) for general configuration  details.   This
       section only covers configuration details specific to this driver.

       The  Intel  8xx and 9xx families of integrated graphics chipsets have a
       unified memory architecture and uses system memory for video ram.   For
       the i810 and i815 family of chipset, operating system support for allo-
       cating system memory for video use is required in  order  to  use  this
       driver.   For  the  830M  and  later, this is required in order for the
       driver to use more video ram than has been pre-allocated at  boot  time
       by  the BIOS.  This is usually achieved with an "agpgart" or "agp" ker-
       nel driver.  Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD,  and  Solaris  have  such
       kernel drivers available.

       By  default,  the i810 will use 8 megabytes of system memory for graph-
       ics.  For the 830M and later, the driver will  automatically  size  its
       memory allocation according to the features it will support.  The Vide-
       oRam option, which in the past had been necessary to  allow  more  than
       some small amount of memory to be allocated, is now ignored.

       The following driver Options are supported

       Option "NoAccel" "boolean"
              Disable   or  enable  acceleration.   Default:  acceleration  is

       Option "SWCursor" "boolean"
              Disable or enable software cursor.  Default: software cursor  is
              disable  and  a hardware cursor is used for configurations where
              the hardware cursor is available.

       Option "ColorKey" "integer"
              This sets the default pixel value for the YUV video overlay key.
              Default: undefined.

       Option "CacheLines" "integer"
              This  allows  the  user  to change the amount of graphics memory
              used for 2D acceleration and  video  when  XAA  acceleration  is
              enabled.   Decreasing  this  amount leaves more for 3D textures.
              Increasing it can improve 2D performance at the  expense  of  3D
              performance.   Default:  depends  on  the resolution, depth, and
              available video memory.  The driver attempts to  allocate  space
              for  at  3 screenfuls of pixmaps plus an HD-sized XV video.  The
              default used for a specific configuration can be found by  exam-
              ining the Xorg log file.

       Option "FramebufferCompression" "boolean"
              This option controls whether the framebuffer compression feature
              is enabled.  If possible, the front buffer will be allocated  in
              a  tiled format and compressed periodically to save memory band-
              width and power.   This  option  is  only  available  on  mobile
              chipsets.  Default: enabled on supported configurations.

       Option "Tiling" "boolean"
              This  option  controls  whether  memory buffers are allocated in
              tiled mode.  In many cases (especially for  complex  rendering),
              tiling can improve performance.  Default: enabled.

       Option "DRI" "boolean"
              Disable or enable DRI support.  Default: DRI is enabled for con-
              figurations where it is supported.

       Option "RenderAccel" "boolean"
              This option  controls  whether  EXA  composite  acceleration  is
              enabled.  Default: disabled on i965 and higher.

       The  following  driver  Options  are  supported  for  the i810 and i815

       Option "DDC" "boolean"
              Disable or enable DDC support.  Default: enabled.

       Option "Dac6Bit" "boolean"
              Enable or disable 6-bits per  RGB  for  8-bit  modes.   Default:
              8-bits per RGB for 8-bit modes.

       Option "XvMCSurfaces" "integer"
              This  option  enables XvMC.  The integer parameter specifies the
              number of surfaces to use.  Valid values are 6 and 7.   Default:
              XvMC is disabled.

       The  following  driver  Options  are  supported  for the 830M and later

       Option "VideoKey" "integer"
              This is the same as the "ColorKey" option described  above.   It
              is provided for compatibility with most other drivers.

       Option "XVideo" "boolean"
              Disable  or  enable  XVideo support.  Default: XVideo is enabled
              for configurations where it is supported.

       Option "Legacy3D" "boolean"
              Enable support for the legacy i915_dri.so 3D driver.  This will,
              among other things, make the 2D driver tell libGL to load the 3D
              driver i915_dri.so instead of the  newer  i915tex_dri.so.   This
              option  is  only  used  for  chipsets  in  the  range i830-i945.
              Default for i830-i945 series: Enabled.  Default  for  i810:  The
              option  is  not  used.   Default  for i965: The option is always

       Option "AperTexSize" "integer"
              Give the size in kiB of the AGP aperture area that  is  reserved
              for  the  DRM  memory  manager  present in i915 drm from version
              1.7.0 and upwards, and that is used with the 3D driver  in  Mesa
              from  version  6.5.2 and upwards. If the size is set too high to
              make room for pre-allocated VideoRam, the  driver  will  try  to
              reduce  it automatically. If you use only older Mesa or DRM ver-
              sions, you may set this value to zero, and activate  the  legacy
              texture  pool  (see  Option "Legacy3D" ). If you run 3D programs
              with large texture memory requirements, you might gain some per-
              formance by increasing this value.  Default: 32768.

       Option "PageFlip" "boolean"
              Enable support for page flipping. This should improve 3D perfor-
              mance at the potential cost  of  worse  performance  with  mixed
              2D/3D.  Also note that this gives no benefit without correspond-
              ing support in the Mesa 3D driver and may not give the full ben-
              efit  without  triple  buffering  (see  Option "TripleBuffer" ).
              Default for i810: The option is not used.  Default for i830  and
              above: Disabled (This option is currently unstable).

       Option "TripleBuffer" "boolean"
              Enable support for triple buffering. This should improve 3D per-
              formance at the potential cost of worse performance  with  mixed
              2D/3D.  Also note that this gives no benefit without correspond-
              ing support in the Mesa 3D driver and may not give  any  benefit
              without  page flipping either (see Option "PageFlip" ).  Default
              for i810: The option is not used.  Default for i830  and  above:

       Option "AccelMethod" "string"
              Choose acceleration architecture, either "XAA" or "EXA".  XAA is
              the old XFree86 based acceleration architecture.  EXA is a newer
              and  simpler acceleration architecture designed to better accel-
              erate the X Render extension.  Default: "EXA".

       Option "ModeDebug" "boolean"
              Enable printing of additional debugging information about  mode-
              setting to the server log.

       Option "ForceEnablePipeA" "boolean"
              Force  the  driver to leave pipe A enabled.  May be necessary in
              configurations where the BIOS  accesses  pipe  registers  during
              display  hotswitch  or  lid close, causing a crash.  If you find
              that your platform needs this option, please file a bug  against
              xf86-video-intel  at  http://bugs.freedesktop.org which includes
              the output of 'lspci -v' and 'lspci -vn'.

       Option "LVDS24Bit" "boolean"
              Specify 24 bit pixel format (i.e. 8 bits per color) to  be  used
              for  the LVDS output.  Some newer LCD panels expect pixels to be
              formatted and sent as 8 bits per color channel  instead  of  the
              more  common  6 bits per color channel.  Set this option to true
              to enable the newer format.  Note that this concept is  entirely
              different  and  independent  from the frame buffer color depth -
              which is still controlled in the usual way within the X  server.
              This  option instead selects the physical format / sequencing of
              the digital bits sent to the display.  Setting the frame  buffer
              color  depth is really a matter of preference by the user, while
              setting the pixel format here is a requirement of the  connected
              hardware.   Leaving  this  unset  implies  the  default value of
              false, which is almost always going to be right choice.  If your
              LVDS-connected display on the other hand is extremely washed out
              (e.g. white on a lighter white), trying this option might  clear
              the problem.

       Option "LVDSFixedMode" "boolean"
              Use  a  fixed set of timings for the LVDS output, independent of
              normal xorg  specified  timings.   The  default  value  if  left
              unspecified  is  true, which is what you want for a normal LVDS-
              connected LCD type of panel.  If you are not  sure  about  this,
              leave  it  at  its default, which allows the driver to automati-
              cally figure out the correct fixed panel timings.   See  further
              in the section about LVDS fixed timing for more information.

       Option "XvMC" "boolean"
              Enable  XvMC driver. Current support MPEG2 MC on 915/945 and G33
              series.  User should provide absolute path to libIntelXvMC.so in
              XvMCConfig file.  Default: Disabled.

       On  830M and better chipsets, the driver supports runtime configuration
       of detected outputs.  You can use the xrandr tool to control outputs on
       the  command line.  Each output listed below may have one or more prop-
       erties associated with it (like a binary EDID block if one  is  found).
       Some outputs have unique properties which are described below.

       VGA output port (typically exposed via an HD15 connector).

       Low  Voltage  Differential  Signalling  output  (typically a laptop LCD
       panel).  Available properties:

       BACKLIGHT - current backlight level (adjustable)

       By adjusting the BACKLIGHT property, the brightness on the LVDS  output
       can  be adjusted.  In some cases, this property may be unavailable (for
       example if your platform uses an external  microcontroller  to  control
       the backlight).

       BACKLIGHT_CONTROL - method used to control backlight

       The  driver  will attempt to automatically detect the backlight control
       method for your platform.   If  this  fails  however,  you  can  select
       another  method  which may allow you to control your backlight.  Avail-
       able methods include:


       Intel chipsets include backlight control registers, which on some plat-
       forms may be wired to control the backlight directly.  This method uses
       those registers.


       The legacy backlight  control  registers  exist  in  PCI  configuration
       space, and have fewer available backlight levels than the native regis-
       ters.  However, some platforms are wired this way and so  need  to  use
       this method.


       This  method  attempts  to  use  the  native  registers where possible,
       resorting to the legacy, configuration space registers only  to  enable
       the backlight if needed.  On platforms that have both wired this can be
       a good choice as it allows the fine grained backlight  control  of  the
       native interface.


       On  some system, the kernel may provide a backlight control driver.  In
       that case, using the kernel  interfaces  is  preferable,  as  the  same
       driver may respond to hotkey events or external APIs.

       PANEL_FITTING - control LCD panel fitting

       By default, the driver will attempt to upscale resolutions smaller than
       the LCD's native size while preserving the aspect ratio.   Other  modes
       are available however:


       Simply center the image on-screen, without scaling.


       The  default  mode.  Try to upscale the image to the screen size, while
       preserving aspect ratio.  May result in letterboxing  or  pillar-boxing
       with some resolutions.


       Upscale  the  image  to the native screen size without regard to aspect
       ratio.  In this mode, the full screen image  may  appear  distorted  in
       some resolutions.

       Integrated TV output.  Available properties include:

       BOTTOM, RIGHT, TOP, LEFT - margins

       Adjusting  these properties allows you to control the placement of your
       TV output buffer on the screen.

       TV_FORMAT - output standard

       This property allows you to control the output standard used on your TV
       output  port.   You can select between NTSC-M, NTSC-443, NTSC-J, PAL-M,
       PAL-N, and PAL.

       First DVI SDVO output

       Second DVI SDVO output

       SDVO and DVO TV outputs are not supported by the driver at this time.

       See xorg.conf(5) for information on associating Monitor  sections  with
       these  outputs  for  configuration.   Associating Monitor sections with
       each output can be helpful if you need to ignore a specific output, for
       example, or statically configure an extended desktop monitor layout.

       Following  here  is  a  discussion  that  should shed some light on the
       nature and reasoning behind the LVDSFixedMode option.

       Unlike a CRT display, an LCD has a "native" resolution corresponding to
       the actual pixel geometry.  A graphics controller under all normal cir-
       cumstances should always output that resolution (and  timings)  to  the
       display.   Anything  else  and the image might not fill the display, it
       might not be centered, or it might have information missing - any  man-
       ner  of  strange effects can happen if an LCD panel is not fed with the
       expected resolution and timings.

       However there are cases where one might want to run an LCD panel at  an
       effective  resolution  other than the native one.  And for this reason,
       GPUs which drive LCD panels typically  include  a  hardware  scaler  to
       match  the  user-configured frame buffer size to the actual size of the
       panel.  Thus when one "sets" his/her 1280x1024 panel to only  1024x768,
       the  GPU  happily  configures a 1024x768 frame buffer, but it scans the
       buffer out in such a way that the image is scaled to 1280x1024  and  in
       fact  sends  1280x1024 to the panel.  This is normally invisible to the
       user; when a "fuzzy" LCD image is seen, scaling like this is  why  this

       In  order to make this magic work, this driver logically has to be con-
       figured with two sets of monitor timings - the set specified (or other-
       wise  determined)  as  the  normal xorg "mode", and the "fixed" timings
       that are actually sent to the monitor.  But with xorg, it's only possi-
       ble to specify the first user-driven set, and not the second fixed set.
       So how does the driver figure out  the  correct  fixed  panel  timings?
       Normally  it  will  attempt  to detect the fixed timings, and it uses a
       number of strategies to figure this out.  First  it  attempts  to  read
       EDID  data  from whatever is connected to the LVDS port.  Failing that,
       it will check if the LVDS output is already configured (perhaps  previ-
       ously by the video BIOS) and will adopt those settings if found.  Fail-
       ing that, it will scan the video BIOS ROM, looking for an embedded mode
       table  from which it can infer the proper timings.  If even that fails,
       then the driver gives up, prints the  message  "Couldn't  detect  panel
       mode.   Disabling  panel"  to the X server log, and shuts down the LVDS

       Under most circumstances, the detection scheme  works.   However  there
       are  cases when it can go awry.  For example, if you have a panel with-
       out EDID support and it isn't integral to the motherboard (i.e.  not  a
       laptop), then odds are the driver is either not going to find something
       suitable to use or it is going to find something flat-out wrong,  leav-
       ing a messed up display.  Remember that this is about the fixed timings
       being discussed here and  not  the  user-specified  timings  which  can
       always  be  set  in  xorg.conf in the worst case.  So when this process
       goes awry there seems to be little recourse.  This sort of scenario can
       happen in some embedded applications.

       The  LVDSFixedMode  option  is  present to deal with this.  This option
       normally enables the above-described detection strategy.  And since  it
       defaults  to  true,  this is in fact what normally happens.  However if
       the detection fails to do the right thing, the LVDSFixedMode option can
       instead be set to false, which disables all the magic.  With LVDSFixed-
       Mode set to false, the detection steps are skipped and the driver  pro-
       ceeds  without  a  specified  fixed  mode timing.  This then causes the
       hardware scaler to be disabled, and the actual timings then  used  fall
       back to those normally configured via the usual xorg mechanisms.

       Having  LVDSFixedMode  set to false means that whatever is used for the
       monitor's mode (e.g. a modeline setting) is precisely what is  sent  to
       the  device  connected to the LVDS port.  This also means that the user
       now has to determine the correct mode to use - but it's really no  dif-
       ferent  than  the work for correctly configuring an old-school CRT any-
       way, and the alternative if detection fails will be a useless display.

       In short, leave LVDSFixedMode alone (thus set to true) and normal fixed
       mode  detection will take place, which in most cases is exactly what is
       needed.  Set LVDSFixedMode to false and then the user has full  control
       over  the  resolution  and  timings  sent to the LVDS-connected device,
       through the usual means in xorg.

       Xorg(1), xorg.conf(5), xorgconfig(1), Xserver(1), X(7)

       Authors include: Keith Whitwell, and also Jonathan Bian, Matthew J Sot-
       tek, Jeff Hartmann, Mark Vojkovich, Alan Hourihane, H. J. Lu.  830M and
       845G support  reworked  for  XFree86  4.3  by  David  Dawes  and  Keith
       Whitwell.   852GM,  855GM,  and  865G  support added by David Dawes and
       Keith Whitwell.  915G, 915GM, 945G, 945GM, 965G, 965Q and 946GZ support
       added by Alan Hourihane and Keith Whitwell. Lid status support added by
       Alan Hourihane. Textured video support for 915G and later chips,  RandR
       1.2  and  hardware  modesetting added by Eric Anholt and Keith Packard.
       EXA and Render acceleration added by Wang Zhenyu. TV out support  added
       by  Zou  Nan  Hai  and  Keith Packard. 965GM, G33, Q33, and Q35 support
       added by Wang Zhenyu.

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