Intel GMA 950

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The scope of this wiki is to cover in detail the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics processor, including driver installation and troubleshooting.

Driver Installation

Open Source Intel Driver

Install the driver:

# pacman -S xf86-video-intel

Use gtf to generate the Xorg Modeline values and then edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and add these values to the Monitor section, for example:

Section "Monitor"
 Identifier "Monitor0"
 VendorName "unknown"
 Modeline "800x600" 40.12 800 848 968 1056 600 601 605 628 #60Hz

Lastly, add the following to the "Device" section, replacing the existing Driver value if present:

VideoRam       229376
Option "CacheLines" "1980"
Driver      "intel"


Few additions that will speed up your card performance big time:

Add this to the driver's section in xorg.conf:

Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"

And add this to /etc/profile:

export INTEL_BATCH=1

Note: Setting the MigrationHeuristic option to greedy will cause system tray icon corruption in KDE 4.1, as noted here and here