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cinnamon dreaded sofware rendering!!

Postby dario.88 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:51 am

Hello all,
I am having the toughest time with getting cinnamon off of software rendering mode... I tried everything that other forums have said to do, but I have nothing.
Here is the results of

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glxinfo | grep render

direct rendering: Yes
    GLX_MESA_multithread_makecurrent, GLX_MESA_query_renderer,
    GLX_MESA_query_renderer, GLX_OML_swap_method, GLX_SGIS_multisample,
OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.5, 256 bits)
    GL_ARB_conditional_render_inverted, GL_ARB_conservative_depth,
    GL_MESA_ycbcr_texture, GL_NV_blend_square, GL_NV_conditional_render

and the results of

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inxi -b

System:    Host: locksmith Kernel: 3.16.0-4-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 2.8.6  Distro: LinuxMint 2 betsy
Machine:   System: Dell product: Inspiron 7352 v: A03
           Mobo: Dell model: 0452C9 v: A00 Bios: Dell v: A03 date: 02/05/2015
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-5200U (-HT-MCP-) clocked at 2506 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics
           Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.5, 256 bits)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.3.2
Network:   Card: Intel Wireless 7265 driver: iwlwifi
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (3.7% used)
Info:      Processes: 186 Uptime: 23 min Memory: 1492.6/7918.9MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.1.28

your help would be much appreciated!!

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Re: cinnamon dreaded sofware rendering!!

Postby gweaver » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:01 pm

I've managed to get hardware acceleration working in Cinnamon on an i5-6200u, so it should be possible to get it working on the older i5-5200u. You will need to install some newer packages from jessie-backports (generally safe, simple and easy to revert), and testing (more complicated). I'm not sure which of the packages below you will need to support your Broadwell processor, but I needed all of them to support my Skylake processor.

See my post at on making the jessie-backports and testing repositories available to your LMDE2 install. Then run

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apt-get update

First, you should try installing a recent kernel from jessie-backports.

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apt-get -t jessie-backports install linux-image-amd64 linux-headers-amd64

The next thing to try would be to install libdrm, mesa and firmware-linux from jessie-backports.

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apt-get -t jessie-backports install libdrm2 libdrm-intel1
apt-get -t jessie-backports install libegl1-mesa libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx libglapi-mesa libwayland-egl1-mesa
apt-get -t jessie-backports install firmware-linux

Hopefully that will get you hardware acceleration. If not, there are various packages from Debian testing that you could try, but you risk getting into dependency hell.
Look carefully at which packages will be removed (you don't want to remove Cinnamon!) before going ahead.

I would try this first (I think it's a bit safer):

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apt-get -t stretch install intel-gpu-tools libcairo2 libva1

Then this (more potential for dependency issues):

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apt-get -t stretch install xorg

Good luck! Please let us know how you get on.

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Re: cinnamon dreaded sofware rendering!!

Postby gweaver » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:04 pm

Also, you could refer to the quarterly Intel Graphics Stack Release docs listed under These may help you decide which packages you will need to upgrade.

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Skylake graphics support

Postby gweaver » Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:25 am

This has got a bit easier since my last post.

1. added jessie-backports and stretch to the sources

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deb jessie-backports main contrib non-free
deb stretch main contrib non-free

2. apt-pinned them

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Package: *
Pin: release a=jessie-backports
Pin-Priority: 400

Package: *
Pin: release o=Debian,a=testing
Pin-Priority: 300

3. updated the package lists and applied updates

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apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

You can then install the various required updates for Skylake graphics support with the following commands:

1. From jessie-backports (safe)

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apt-get -t jessie-backports install linux-image-amd64/jessie-backports linux-headers-amd64/jessie-backports firmware-iwlwifi/jessie-backports firmware-linux/jessie-backports libdrm-intel1/jessie-backports libgbm1/jessie-backports libgl1-mesa-glx/jessie-backports libglapi-mesa/jessie-backports libxatracker2/jessie-backports libegl1-mesa/jessie-backports libgl1-mesa-dri/jessie-backports libegl1-mesa-drivers/jessie-backports libwayland-egl1-mesa/jessie-backports intel-gpu-tools/jessie-backports libva1/jessie-backports

apt-get install libpam-systemd/jessie-backports systemd/jessie-backports udev/jessie-backports

2. From stretch/testing (not so safe - check that this is only installing the packages below)

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apt-get -t stretch install xorg/stretch

This will pull in the following packages from Stretch, and hopefully no others. Version numbers aren't so important. This creates a (minimal) Frankendebian.

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dbus:amd64/stretch 1.10.14-1 uptodate
libdbus-1-3:amd64/stretch 1.10.14-1 uptodate
libgcrypt20:amd64/stretch 1.7.5-3 uptodate
libinput-bin:amd64/stretch 1.5.4-1 uptodate
libinput10:amd64/stretch 1.5.4-1 uptodate
libwacom-common:all/stretch 0.22-1 uptodate
libwacom2:amd64/stretch 0.22-1 uptodate
libxfont2:amd64/stretch 1:2.0.1-3 uptodate
xserver-common:all/stretch 2:1.19.0-3 uptodate
xserver-xorg:amd64/stretch 1:7.7+18 uptodate
xserver-xorg-core:amd64/stretch 2:1.19.0-3 uptodate
xserver-xorg-input-all:amd64/stretch 1:7.7+18 uptodate
xserver-xorg-input-evdev:amd64/stretch 1:2.10.4-1+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-input-libinput:amd64/stretch 0.23.0-2 uptodate
xserver-xorg-input-mouse:amd64/stretch 1:1.9.2-1+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-input-synaptics:amd64/stretch 1.9.0-1+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-input-wacom:amd64/stretch 0.33.0-1+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-all:amd64/stretch 1:7.7+18 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-amdgpu:amd64/stretch 1.2.0-1+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-ati:amd64/stretch 1:7.8.0-1+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-cirrus:amd64/stretch 1:1.5.3-1+b2 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-fbdev:amd64/stretch 1:0.4.4-1+b5 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-intel:amd64/stretch 2:2.99.917+git20161206-1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-mach64:amd64/stretch 6.9.5-1+b2 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-mga:amd64/stretch 1:1.6.4-2+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-neomagic:amd64/stretch 1:1.2.9-1+b2 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-nouveau:amd64/stretch 1:1.0.13-1+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-openchrome:amd64/stretch 1:0.5.0-2 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-qxl:amd64/stretch 0.1.4+20161126git4d7160c-1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-r128:amd64/stretch 6.10.1-2+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-radeon:amd64/stretch 1:7.8.0-1+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-savage:amd64/stretch 1:2.3.8-2+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-siliconmotion:amd64/stretch 1:1.7.8-2+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-tdfx:amd64/stretch 1:1.4.6-2+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-trident:amd64/stretch 1:1.3.7-2+b1 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-vesa:amd64/stretch 1:2.3.4-1+b2 uptodate
xserver-xorg-video-vmware:amd64/stretch 1:13.2.1-1+b1 uptodate

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Re: cinnamon dreaded sofware rendering!!

Postby topolinik » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:52 am

Does this still apply for latest lmde ISO 201701 ?

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