Poulsbo packages for F12, F13 may be incoming

The wonderful Olivier Blin of Mandriva has come through with his patches for making the psb video driver for Poulsbo (GMA 500) chipsets work on newer versions of X.org. He reports success – including 3D – with X server 1.7.

I’m hoping this will mean I can provide fully-accelerated packages for Fedora 12 soon; I have to request an F12 branch in RPM Fusion, though, as I previously suppressed it to avoid anyone trying to use a driver that wouldn’t work. So once that’s created, I’ll push the packages through.

F13 is more uncertain. It has an even newer X server – 1.8 – which Olivier doesn’t have to test against, so we don’t know if that works. It also has a newer Mesa which Olivier believes is likely to cause problems (due to the removal of a function the psb Mesa driver calls). He has an idea for a hack to get around this, but hasn’t put it in place yet. So it’s possible we won’t be able to get a driver for F13 at all, and if we do, it’ll likely be missing 3D acceleration, at least to start with. Still, better than a kick in the teeth.

There’s a secondary problem with F13, which is that as far as RPM Fusion is concerned, F13 doesn’t seem to exist. Fusion Rawhide is tracking Fedora Rawhide, which – under No Frozen Rawhide – is F14, not F13. There is no F13 branch in Fusion. So as far as I can tell, at present, there’s just no way for me to provide F13 packages in RPM Fusion. It’s very difficult for me to provide packages *outside* of RPM Fusion too, because I rely on the akmods system for packaging the kernel module, and that lives in RPM Fusion; with there being no F13 branch of RPM Fusion, there’s no F13 akmods configuration – there’s nowhere to source a set of the necessary packages from RPM Fusion for the akmods system to work. So, yeah, that sucks. Will report back if the situation improves!

15 Responses

  1. Eric Piel
    Eric Piel April 27, 2010 at 1:47 am | | Reply

    Just as a warming, I’m using it with Mandriva cooker on a Dell mini 10, and the icons are not displayed, it crashes as soon as you use Firefox, and plugging an external output in freezes the machine. So for now it’s not as stable as with xserver 1.6, to say the least…

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  3. Eric Piel
    Eric Piel April 28, 2010 at 12:51 am | | Reply

    I have mesa-7.8.1 (from cooker), which do have the commit which Olivier said was causing the problem, so I guess it’s somehow expectable.

    Actually, I always keep DRI disabled, otherwise it freezes at start. I tried removing the Xpsb module, but that didn’t help. Disabling the acceleration, with “NoAccel”, did fix the main problems! However, with this option it has no video acceleration, and still crashes when plugging an external monitor.

  4. koukou73gr
    koukou73gr April 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm | | Reply


    Somebody is working on this again.
    THANK you guys!

  5. Jose Bernardo
    Jose Bernardo May 8, 2010 at 12:27 am | | Reply

    Hi, I’m working with others in trying to get this working on Ubuntu. Right now we are at a similar position as Eric, as bitmaps aren’t displayed properly, and the server crashes frequently. Our backtraces are unfortunately incomplete, as the ubuntu lucid xorg debug symbol packages have problems. But seem to point to something called from libpixman. If you want to follow our progress and maybe change ideas on how to fix this, we have a repository at http://code.google.com/p/gma500, and we have been changing ideas at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9259918
    It would be nice if we could fix this for all our distros, as Intel seems to have abandoned the psb driver and is aiming the next version of the IEGD at xorg 1.8.

  6. Jose Bernardo
    Jose Bernardo May 12, 2010 at 7:55 am | | Reply

    Hi adam,
    Right now we managed to get a “stable” X if we add the option “ShadowFB” “true” to xorg.conf, and that has the side effect of breaking 3d and video acceleration. But 2D is working.
    We have a repository here – http://code.google.com/p/gma500/, if you want to check how we are patching the drivers.

  7. Isaac Fischer
    Isaac Fischer May 12, 2010 at 10:25 am | | Reply

    Any word on what’s going on with the rpmfusion F12 updates-testing repo? And thanks for your excellent work!

  8. rpxa2873f8423e5db629e01312454b566e1

    Hi, Adam.

    May I ask, if there is any news on RPM packages for Fedora 12|13 for Poulsbo video? If not on RPMForge, where else can I download those packages?

    Thanks in advance.

  9. PehJota
    PehJota June 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm | | Reply

    Well I found the RPMs for Fedora 12 and 13 at http://adamwill.fedorapeople.org/, and I learned the hard way that the psb driver in fact does not work in F12, lol (X server 1.7.1 reports that the driver is compiled for X server and simply hangs while trying to set it up).

    I installed F13 to a flash drive last night and I’m trying to install these drivers to it (since I saw separate F13 drivers on that site). I’m running into trouble though, as kmod-psb is compiled for kernel and F13 is running on kernel I’ll post back if I get anything working (i.e. maybe rebuilding kmod-psb from source).

    Has anyone gotten the Poulsbo drivers working under F13? Are there any status updates on support for F12/F13 (with the newer X servers and kernels)?

  10. PehJota
    PehJota June 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm | | Reply

    Ah, okay, thanks. I came across your more recent post on this (http://www.happyassassin.net/2010/05/21/video-acceleration-and-poulsbo-news/), and it does look promising and I’d like to get a chance to try it out on my end. Unfortunately though, RPM Fusion seems to be having website issues. download1.rpmfusion.org has been down since yesterday, so the repositories are inaccessible. I reported it in their Bugzilla a few hours ago, and now Bugzilla and most of the main rpmfusion.org site are giving 403 Forbidden errors. Are there by any chance any mirrors of these RPMs around?

  11. M0DCM
    M0DCM July 2, 2010 at 1:17 am | | Reply

    Hey Guys,
    I know it’s a long shot, and I’ve not been following the thread, but am I right in saying Fedora 12 has Poulsbo support or is it Fedora 11? I’m an Ubuntu 9.10 user and possibly one of a few that have not switched to 10.04 because of the Poulsbo problem.
    Just thinking of making the switch to another distro that I can use on my Acer Aspire One ZA3.

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