Intel 855 graphic card & openGL

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Intel 855 graphic card & openGL

Postby Caps18 on Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:18 am

I'm trying to run Google Earth, and it wants me to install openGL. Can I do this with the graphics card in my laptop? It is a Intel 855, and this site seems to think I have the most up-to-date one already.
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Re: Intel 855 graphic card & openGL

Postby Slocker on Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:48 pm

Yes, hardware acceleration should be active by default. I have the same graphic card in my Dell Laptop and works out of the box for me. Test in the xorg.conf file which driver you're using. Because it exists two, the i810 and the intel one. I thought I remember 'intel' was newer, but still has some issues. Do:

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cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf | grep Driver

And it would show you a list of drivers used in the xorg.conf file. Check wether in one of the lines shows you 'i810' or 'intel'. If it shows you 'i810', I have had no problem with it, but if you still want to give a try to 'intel' follow these steps:

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sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

find the

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Section "Device"
        Driver      "i810"

And where you see 'i810' change it to 'intel' or change 'intel' to 'i810', the case you have. Save. Make sure quit all programs and press Ctrl + Alt + Backspace. The Desktop will restart, login again, try Google Earth. And see if you have now hardware acceleration.

Other issue might be that you don't have the 'glx' module loaded in the xorg.conf 'Module' section. In my case it's at the end of the xorg.conf file:

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Section "Module"
   Load      "glx"
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