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Intel x3100/GMA 965 and OpenSuSE 11.1

This is not needed anymore. Following these instructions might leave you with a non-working install

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OpenSuSE 11.1 works quite alright on Intel hardware, with one major quirk: 3D rendering is utterly broken. Or rather – it was when it shipped.

If you suspect you’ve got this problem, run glxgears from a terminal, and watch the output:

$ glxgears
1025 frames in 5.0 seconds = 204.958 FPS
1005 frames in 5.0 seconds = 200.824 FPS
1018 frames in 5.0 seconds = 203.526 FPS

If you get values around that, you clearly miss hardware 3D rendering… The effect is that X will consume lots of cpu, and everything will look sluggish.

Upgrading to working x3100-drivers for x11 is quite straight forward with zypper. Two commands is all you need:

$ sudo zypper ar X11
Adding repository 'X11' [done]
Repository 'X11' successfully added
Enabled: Yes
Autorefresh: No
$ sudo zypper up -t package -r X11
[lots of packages listed - press y to accept]

This will update your packages, including the x3100/GMA965 drivers.

Now, restart X, and you should have at least twice the frame rate in glxgears, and with almost no CPU usage from X. If you don’t experience this, you should run SaX2, either from YaST or the command line, and ensure that the box Activate 3D Acceleration at the bottom of SaX2’s window is checked. Restart X after exiting SaX2, and everything should be fine.

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