Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

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Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby ucma » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:54 am

I am having a problem of flickering screen when i boot up LM18.1 cinnamon.

The same thing happens if i try booting with a liveusb for diagnostics.

Sometimes the flickering stops after pressing escape/spacebar key a couple of times, but otherwise it continuously shows LM logo flickering to glory; and then either i hv cntrl+alt+del option or long press the power button.

On checking I found that my graphics driver 'intel' is not mentioned!! Pl see the image for details.

Is it fine if i carry on with the same set of whatever drivers i have / OR should i get the free intel drivers installed?
If so, then how and from where?
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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby Pjotr » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:27 am

Please generate an overview of your system like this:

- Launch a terminal window (this is how to launch a terminal window);

- make the terminal window full screen, to avoid chopped lines;

- copy/paste this command into the terminal:

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inxi -Fxz

(if you type: the letter F is a capital letter)

- Press Enter.

- Copy/paste the output in your next message.
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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby ucma » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:14 am

@Pjotr

thx. for rply. I often go through your 'easylinuxtips project',fabulous.

here are the specs you had asked for :

uc@uc-Compaq-420 ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: uc-Compaq-420 Kernel: 4.4.0-89-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.2.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena
Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard product: Compaq 420 v: F.20
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 1526 v: KBC Version 71.0E
Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: 68PVI Ver. F.20 date: 12/12/2011
CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo T6570 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 8378
clock speeds: max: 2101 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile 4 Series Integrated Graphics Controller
bus-ID: 00:02.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1366x768@59.64hz
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Mobile Intel GM45 Express x86/MMX/SSE2
GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-89-generic
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8191SEvA Wireless LAN Controller
driver: rtl8192se port: 7000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
IF: wls1 state: up mac: <filter>
Card-2: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 2000 bus-ID: 85:00.0
IF: ens5 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (5.8% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD3200BEKT size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 19G used: 5.3G (31%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-2: /home size: 141G used: 11G (8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
ID-3: swap-1 size: 2.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0C mobo: 16.0C
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 152 Uptime: 46 min Memory: 489.2/1942.5MB
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35
uc@uc-Compaq-420 ~ $
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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby Hoser Rob » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:09 pm

Well, inxi doesn't show you the exact driver either. But I'm betting that if you do this in the terminal ...

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sudo lshw -C video


... near the end it'll probably say "driver = i915". and it's open source Intel doesn't actually really do closed binary Linux drivers (you can find some online but they're for newer cards and they're buggy).

The i915 driver is only one for your GPU. You already have the right one.

You should try disabling all the eye candy/effects possible first. However I think Cinnamon is the wrong DE environment for a GPU released almost 10 years ago. I used to have Cinnamon installed on a laptop with Intel graphics. It was newer than yours but still fairly old and Cinnamon did NOT run well. Xfce runs just fine. I liked Cinnamon as a DE fine (I like Xfce more though) but I would not install Cinnamon again unless it was on a machine with a dedicated graphics card with 1Gb memory.

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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby Pjotr » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:08 pm

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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby ucma » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:21 am

@ Hoser Rob

Thx, again for the replies friend(s)

uc@uc-Compaq-420 ~ $ sudo lshw -C video
[sudo] password for uc:
*-display:0
description: VGA compatible controller
product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
version: 07
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
resources: irq:30 memory:90000000-903fffff memory:80000000-8fffffff ioport:80f0(size=8)
*-display:1 UNCLAIMED
description: Display controller
product: Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 2.1
bus info: pci@0000:00:02.1
version: 07
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
configuration: latency=0
resources: memory:90500000-905fffff
uc@uc-Compaq-420 ~ $ sudo lshw -C video



You were right about the driver=i915.
Though I have a question, (as i was using LM17cinnamon since it was introduced without any problems)

* Is it ok for me to do nothing now xcept to try xfce?
* Some days back It would just keep on flickering and would just not boot even with a live usb.
Now it flickers at the bootup, but after pressing escape or some other keys for couple of times, it stabilises and thats how i'm able to write to you on the same machine. So, apart from trying a lighter version, do I need to modify/update driver or anything else?
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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby ucma » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:48 am

@ Pjotr

Thx. would try it and let know if it helps..ucma
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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby ucma » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:41 pm

@ Pjotr

I tried removing the intel driver as per 'linuxtips' tutorial.

On giving the command < sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-intel>and rebooting it, as per instructions, it says that xorg is missing and is giving problems and then the second notification says that it would go for the 'nomod' and go ahead. Could not take any snapshots as it was not booted.

On 'OK' and pressing enter it went blank except for a blinking dash on the screen. Waited for almost 50 minutes but it was status quo on it.
So, cntrl+alt+del and rebooted it with ubuntu which i experimentally loaded in a separate partition.

Pls suggest if i should reinstall mint freshly?
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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby ucma » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:59 pm

Pjotr

I tried removing the intel driver as per 'linuxtips' tutorial.

On giving the command < sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-intel>and rebooting it, as per instructions, it says that xserver is missing and is giving problems and then the second notification says that it would go for the 'nmod' and go ahead. Could not take any snapshots as it was not booted.

On 'OK' and pressing enter it went blank except for a blinking dash on the screen. Waited for almost 50 minutes but it was status quo on it.
So, cntrl+alt+del and rebooted it with ubuntu which i experimentally loaded in a separate partition.

Also I have reversed and installed by < sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel> as instructed, while booting from recovery mode.

Pls suggest if i should reinstall mint freshly?
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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby Pjotr » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:45 pm

ucma wrote:Also I have reversed and installed by < sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel> as instructed, while booting from recovery mode.

Didn't the reversal help to restore the old situation?
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Re: Intel graphics driver import/flickering screen

Postby ucma » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:20 pm

@ Pjotr

YESSIR it did for sure, am sorry as i missed mentioning it!

As of NOW-
I have LM18.2 xfce installed as the first and ubuntu studio in a separate partition (both on 16.4 ubuntu)

While booting from mint it does start flickering but pressing space bar makes it boot normally as if nothing happened, but if i choose 'u-studio' it does not flicker at all, thus a normal boot.

Skeptical at heart, as i find mint more friendly even with all (means ALL) the extra flab shedding suggested in different 'linuxtipsproject' but only the start is giving a bit of trouble <thankfully resolved to tapping keyboard a couple of times to stop flickering screen with mint logo> but later on with use it might aggravate.
As an architect and product designer, u-studio' appealed to me, so would try keeping it for sometime.AND in that case would you suggest me to keep the same home partition and use my files from both the OS's

Sorry for the long writeup, butwanted to explain everything from my end

....ucma
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