Intel GMA3600

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The Intel GMA 3600 series is a family of integrated video adapters based on the PowerVR SGX 545 graphics core. It is used in the Atom N2600 and Atom N2800.


Intel release a graphics driver for PowerVR:

Be aware: The current version 1.03 (10/01/2012) has the following dependencies:

Bundle "Ant"

* Kernel: 3.0.0
* Mesa GL: 7.9
* Xorg: 1.9

Bundle "Bee"

* Kernel: 3.1.0
* Mesa GL: 7.11
* Xorg: 1.11

This means, unless you run a really outdated system this driver is useless for Arch-Linux.

Kernel module driver

Kernel has an experimental support for this adapter since v3.3. Since Kernel v3.5 the GMA3600 power features are supported. Now suspend/resume should properly work.

If after resume you got a blank screen try the following

sudo touch /etc/pm/sleep.d/99video

Xorg driver

At the moment there is no accelerated driver for Xorg Server, but some support is available using the Xorg modesetting driver provided by package xorg-server.


Section "Device"
    Identifier "Intel GMA3600"
    Driver     "modesetting"

The modesetting driver allows disabling/enabling LVDS, VGA, etc. ports and changing resolution using xrandr.

The following can be used to disable LVDS and force enable VGA if needed.


Section "Device"
    Identifier "Intel GMA3600"
    Driver     "modesetting"
    Option     "Monitor-LVDS-0" "Ignore"
    Option     "Monitor-VGA-0" "Monitor"

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Ignore"
    Option     "Ignore"

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor"
    Option     "Enable"

Playing video

It is unable to utilize whole chip power and play fullHD movies using graphics acceleration. As workaround you could utilize the maximum power of your Atom CPU to decode video:

mplayer -lavdopts threads=4 -fs myvideo.avi

See also