[Solved]Mint 13 Cinnamon blank screen&freeze on IntelHD2500

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[Solved]Mint 13 Cinnamon blank screen&freeze on IntelHD2500

Postby choozm on Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:30 pm

Hi,

I have recently assembled a new PC with an Intel Z77 Ivy Bridge motherboard (Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H) and am using the on-board Intel HD 2500 Graphic chip. When I boot from Mint 13 Cinnamon 64 bit live CD, the normal boot will result in a blank screen with the mouse cursor, and then the display will blink several times as if it is trying to refresh screen resolution, subsequently the system freezes. So I can only boot from live CD using the Compatibility Mode.

Upon first boot after the installation, the login screen shows screen tears and pixelation. And when I login to...
  1. Cinnamon, I will get a blank screen with the mouse cursor, and then the display will blink several times as if it is trying to refresh screen resolution, subsequently the system freezes (I will call this effect 'Blank-Blink-Freeze' hereafter).
  2. Gnome Classic, the display will go 'Blank-Blink-Freeze'.
  3. Gnome Classic (no effect), I am able to continue and use Linux Mint but with screen tears and pixelation.


Below is the system details:
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$ inxi -SCMx
System:    Host: minz Kernel: 3.2.0-29-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.6.3)
           Desktop: Gnome  (Gtk 3.4.2) Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya
Machine:   System: Gigabyte product: N/A
           Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z77X-UD3H version: x.x Bios: American Megatrends version: F11 date: 05/31/2012
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i5-3470 CPU (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx)
           bmips: 25624.8
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1600.00 MHz 2: 1600.00 MHz 3: 1600.00 MHz 4: 1600.00 MHz



After I have logged in to Gnome Classic (no effect) desktop, if I run cinnamon --replace, the screen will go 'Blank-Blink-Freeze'; if I run LIBGL_ALWAYS_SOFTWARE=1 cinnamon --replace, Cinnamon will start but windows and menu will blink when they are clicked.

After much searching in this forum, I installed glasen's Intel graphics driver and installed Cinnamon 1.5.2 from the master branch according to clem's tutorial. Now when I login to...
  1. Cinnamon, the display will go 'Blank-Blink-Freeze'.
  2. Gnome Classic, the display will go 'Blank-Blink-Freeze'.
  3. Gnome Classic (no effect), I am able to continue and use Linux Mint. The screen is clean and no screen tears and pixelation.
  4. Cinnamon 2D, I am able to continue and use Linux Mint. The screen is clean and no screen tears and pixelation.


As for the Graphic info while in Cinnamon 2D, if I open Terminal from the Desktop (right click Desktop, click Open in Terminal), I get
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$ inxi -Gx
Graphics:  Card: Intel Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           X.Org: 1.11.3 driver: intel Resolution: 1280x1024@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Desktop GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 8.0.4 Direct Rendering: Yes

If I open Terminal from the menu, I get this:
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$ inxi -Gx
Graphics:  Card: Intel Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           X.Org: 1.11.3 driver: intel Resolution: 1280x1024@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 0x300) GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 8.0.4 Direct Rendering: Yes


There is no xorg.conf file; I deleted it.

If I run the command below, the gears are displayed, clean and smooth.
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$ LIBGL_ALWAYS_SOFTWARE=1 glxgears -info
GL_RENDERER   = Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 0x300)
GL_VERSION    = 2.1 Mesa 8.0.4
GL_VENDOR     = VMware, Inc.
GL_EXTENSIONS = GL_ARB_multisample ...

If I run the command below, the display will go 'Blank-Blink-Freeze'.
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$ glxgears -info



It seems to me that the Intel HD 2500 graphic chip is not able to do 3D rendering in Linux Mint 13. Any idea/tweak to make it run 3D?

Any help is appreciated. Thank you very much! :)

EDIT 2012.08.12: Corrected the information on inxi -Gx
Last edited by choozm on Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:59 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Mint 13 Cinnamon blank screen & freeze on Intel HD 2500

Postby choozm on Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:37 am

SOLUTION

Short version:
Update the Intel graphics driver to the latest version from glasen's Intel graphics driver page.


Long version:
After numerous updates of Inter graphic driver from glasen's Intel graphics driver page, the version that was released some time in mid October finally enables my PC to run Cinnamon in 3D mode. I have also tried Unity in 3D and it works. Running Cinnamon in 3D also results in almost zero CPU usage under idle condition (it is about 10~15% idle CPU usage in 2D mode).

Version info:
  • Cinnamon: 1.6.1+maya (from the unsupported repository "romeo")
  • Muffin: 1.1.1+maya (from the unsupported repository "romeo")
  • Intel graphic driver: 2:2.20.9~really~2.20.12~precise~ppa2

inxi output
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$ inxi -Gx
Graphics:  Card: Intel Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           X.Org: 1.11.3 driver: intel Resolution: 1280x1024@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Desktop GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 9.0 Direct Rendering: Yes


glxgears output
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$ glxgears -info
Running synchronized to the vertical refresh.  The framerate should be
approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.
GL_RENDERER   = Mesa DRI Intel(R) Ivybridge Desktop
GL_VERSION    = 3.0 Mesa 9.0
GL_VENDOR     = Intel Open Source Technology Center


xorg.conf
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Section "Device"
   Identifier   "Card0"
    Driver      "intel"
   Option      "AccelMethod" "sna"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
   Identifier   "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
   Identifier   "Default Screen"
   Monitor      "Configured Monitor"
   Device      "Configured Video Device"
EndSection
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