Since Intel provides and supports open source drivers, Intel graphics are essentially plug-and-play.
- For 32-bit application support, also install the multilib repository. package from the
- For the DDX driver which provides 2D acceleration in Xorg, install the package. Beside this functionality, this package is generally not recommended, see note below.
- For Vulkan support (Ivy Bridge and newer), install the package.
Also see Hardware video acceleration.
The Intel kernel module should load fine automatically on system boot.
If it does not happen, then:
- Make sure you do not have
nomodesetas a kernel parameter, since Intel requires kernel mode-setting.
- Also, check that you have not disabled Intel by using any modprobe blacklisting within
Enable early KMS
Kernel mode setting (KMS) is supported by Intel chipsets that use the i915 DRM driver and is mandatory and enabled by default.
Refer to Kernel mode setting#Early KMS start for instructions on how to enable KMS as soon as possible at the boot process.
Enable GuC / HuC firmware loading
Starting with Gen9 (Skylake and onwards), Intel GPUs include a Graphics micro (μ) Controller (GuC) which provides the following functionality :
- Offloading some media decoding functionality from the CPU to the HEVC/H.265 micro (µ) Controller (HuC). Only applicable if using hardware video acceleration. Introduced with Gen9. for
- Using the GuC for scheduling, context submission, and power management. Introduced with Alder Lake-P (Mobile), within Gen12.
To use this functionality, the GuC firmware must be loaded. With regards to HuC support, some video features (e.g. CBR rate control on SKL low-power encoding mode) require loading the HuC firmware as well . The GuC and HuC firmware files are both provided by .
GuC functionality is controlled by the
i915.enable_guc kernel parameter. Its usage is as follows:
|enable_guc value||GuC Submission||HuC Firmware Loading||Default for platforms||Supported on platforms|
|0||No||No||Tiger Lake, Rocket Lake, and Pre-Gen12 ||All|
|1||Yes||No||–||Alder Lake-P (Mobile) and newer|
|2||No||Yes||Alder Lake-S (Desktop)  ||Gen9 and newer|
|3||Yes||Yes||Alder Lake-P (Mobile) and newer|
If GuC submission or HuC firmware loading is not enabled by default for your GPU, you can manually enable it.
Firstly, ensure that installed.is
If your system is configured for late KMS start (default), you can manually enable these features by setting
i915.enable_guc as described in Kernel parameters.
options i915 enable_guc=2
And then rebuild your initramfs.
On next boot you can verify both GuC and HuC are enabled by using dmesg:
[30130.586970] i915 0000:00:02.0: [drm] GuC firmware i915/icl_guc_33.0.0.bin version 33.0 submission:disabled [30130.586973] i915 0000:00:02.0: [drm] HuC firmware i915/icl_huc_9.0.0.bin version 9.0 authenticated:yes
If they are not supported by your graphics adapter you will see:
[ 0.571339] i915 0000:00:02.0: [drm] Incompatible option enable_guc=2 - GuC is not supported! [ 0.571340] i915 0000:00:02.0: [drm] Incompatible option enable_guc=2 - HuC is not supported!
Alternatively, check using:
# cat /sys/kernel/debug/dri/0/gt/uc/guc_info # cat /sys/kernel/debug/dri/0/gt/uc/huc_info
enable_gvt=1is not supported as of linux 4.20.11 when GuC/HuC is also enabled. The i915 module would fail to initialize as shown in system journal.
... kernel: [drm:intel_gvt_init [i915]] *ERROR* i915 GVT-g loading failed due to Graphics virtualization is not yet supported with GuC submission ... kernel: i915 0000:00:02.0: [drm:i915_driver_load [i915]] Device initialization failed (-5) ... kernel: i915: probe of 0000:00:02.0 failed with error -5 ... kernel: snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1f.3: failed to add i915 component master (-19)
Note that the related warning is not fatal, as explained in :
# journalctl -b
... kernel: i915 0000:00:02.0: Direct firmware load for i915/gvt/vid_0x8086_did_0x5916_rid_0x02.golden_hw_state failed with error -2
There may be no need for any configuration to run Xorg.
However, if Xorg does not start, and to take advantage of some driver options, you can create an Xorg configuration file similar to the one below:
Section "Device" Identifier "Intel Graphics" Driver "intel" EndSection
Additional options are added by the user on new lines below
For the full list of options, see the man page.
You may need to indicate
Option "AccelMethod" when creating a configuration file, the classical options are
SNA (default) and
If you experience issues with default
SNA (e.g. pixelated graphics, corrupt text, etc.), try using
UXA instead, which can be done by adding the following line to your configuration file:
Option "AccelMethod" "uxa"
See the "AccelMethod" option under.
i915 kernel module allows for configuration via module options. Some of the module options impact power saving.
A list of all options along with short descriptions and default values can be generated with the following command:
$ modinfo -p i915
To check which options are currently enabled, run
# systool -m i915 -av
You will note that many options default to -1, resulting in per-chip powersaving defaults. It is however possible to configure more aggressive powersaving by using module options.
Framebuffer compression (enable_fbc)
Making use of Framebuffer compression (FBC) can reduce power consumption while reducing memory bandwidth needed for screen refreshes.
To enable FBC, use
i915.enable_fbc=1 as kernel parameter or set in
options i915 enable_fbc=1
kernel: drm: not enough stolen space for compressed buffer, disabling.
Enabling frame buffer compression on pre-Sandy Bridge CPUs results in endless error messages:
[ 2360.475430] [drm] not enough stolen space for compressed buffer (need 4325376 bytes), disabling [ 2360.475437] [drm] hint: you may be able to increase stolen memory size in the BIOS to avoid thisThe solution is to disable frame buffer compression which will imperceptibly increase power consumption (around 0.06 W). In order to disable it add
i915.enable_fbc=0to the kernel line parameters. More information on the results of disabled compression can be found here.
To force enable fastboot on platforms where it is not the default already, set
i915.fastboot=1 as kernel parameter or set in
options i915 fastboot=1
Intel GVT-g graphics virtualization support
See Intel GVT-g for details.
Enable performance support
Starting with Gen6 (Sandy Bridge and onwards), Intel GPUs provide performance counters used for exposing internal performance data to drivers. The drivers and hardware registers refer to this infrastructure as the Observation Architecture (internally "OA") , but Intel's documentation also more generally refers to this functionality as providing Observability Performance Counters  .
By default, only programs running with the CAP_SYS_ADMIN (equivalent to root) or CAP_PERFMON capabilities can utilize the observation architecture  . Most applications will be running without either of these, resulting in the following warning:
MESA-INTEL: warning: Performance support disabled, consider sysctl dev.i915.perf_stream_paranoid=0
To enable performance support without using the capabilities (or root), set the kernel parameter as described in sysctl.
perf_event_paranoidfamily of options exists because there is risk associated with allowing applications to access performance data . With this being said,
dev.i915.perf_stream_paranoidonly influences access to GPU performance counters, which carry less risk than e.g. CPU architectural execution context registers.
If setting the value to 0 in a
/etc/sysctl.d/*.conf file results in the following error at boot:
sysctl: cannot stat /proc/sys/dev/i915/perf_stream_paranoid: No such file or directory
you should load the
i915 module early with KMS.
Tips and tricks
Setting scaling mode
This can be useful for some full screen applications:
$ xrandr --output LVDS1 --set PANEL_FITTING param
param can be:
center: resolution will be kept exactly as defined, no scaling will be made,
full: scale the resolution so it uses the entire screen or
full_aspect: scale the resolution to the maximum possible but keep the aspect ratio.
If it does not work, try:
$ xrandr --output LVDS1 --set "scaling mode" param
param is one of
Hardware accelerated H.264 decoding on GMA 4500
vainfo tool for the presence of entries that start with
The H.264 decoding support is maintained in a separated g45-h264 branch, which can be used by installing . This is echoed by other experiences . Setting the preallocated video ram size higher in BIOS results in much better hardware decoded playback. Even 1080p h264 works well if this is done. Smooth playback (1080p/720p) works also with AUR in combination with AUR and AUR. With MPV and the Firefox plugin "Send to MPV player" it is possible to watch hardware accelerated YouTube videos.AUR package. Note, however, that this support is experimental and its development has been abandoned. Using the VA-API with this driver on a GMA 4500 series GPU will offload the CPU but may not result in as smooth a playback as non-accelerated playback. Tests using mplayer showed that using vaapi to play back an H.264 encoded 1080p video halved the CPU load (compared to the XV overlay) but resulted in very choppy playback, while 720p worked reasonably well
Old OpenGL driver (i965)
In Mesa 20.0, a new OpenGL driver, Iris, is promoted to be the default for Gen8+. Certain applications run faster with it. You may disable it and revert to use the old i965 driver by setting the
MESA_LOADER_DRIVER_OVERRIDE=i965 environment variable before starting any OpenGL application. This setting does not affect Vulkan applications.
Overriding reported OpenGL version
MESA_GL_VERSION_OVERRIDE environment variable can be used to override the reported OpenGL version to any application. For example, setting
MESA_GL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=4.5 will report OpenGL 4.5.
Viewing GPU usage
See the tip regarding Intel GPUs in Hardware video acceleration#Verification.
Setting brightness and gamma
The SNA acceleration method causes tearing on some machines. To fix this, enable the
TearFree option in the driver by adding the following line to your configuration file:
Section "Device" Identifier "Intel Graphics" Driver "intel" Option "TearFree" "true" EndSection
See the original bug report for more info.
- This option may not work when
- This option may increase memory allocation considerably and reduce performance. 
- This option is problematic for applications that are very picky about vsync timing, like Super Meat Boy.
- This option does not work with UXA acceleration method, only with SNA.
- For Intel UHD 620 or 630 you will need to add
Option "TripleBuffer" "true"in order for
Disable Vertical Synchronization (VSYNC)
- Chomium/Chrome has lags and slow performance due to GPU and runs smoothly with --disable-gpu switch
- glxgears test does not show desired performance
The intel-driver uses Triple Buffering for vertical synchronization; this allows for full performance and avoids tearing. To turn vertical synchronization off (e.g. for benchmarking) use this
.drirc in your home directory:
<device screen="0" driver="dri2"> <application name="Default"> <option name="vblank_mode" value="0"/> </application> </device>
Option "DRI" "2"
modesetting driver, this method of disabling DRI3 does not work. Instead, one can set the environment variable
Font and screen corruption in GTK applications (missing glyphs after suspend/resume)
Should you experience missing font glyphs in GTK applications, the following workaround might help. Edit
/etc/environment to add the following line:
See also FreeDesktop bug 88584.
Blank screen during boot, when "Loading modules"
If using "late start" KMS and the screen goes blank when "Loading modules", it may help to add
intel_agp to the initramfs. See Kernel mode setting#Early KMS start section.
Alternatively, appending the following kernel parameter seems to work as well:
If you need to output to VGA then try this:
X freeze/crash with intel driver
Some issues with X crashing, GPU hanging, or problems with X freezing, can be fixed by disabling the GPU usage with the
NoAccel option - add the following lines to your configuration file:
Option "NoAccel" "True"
Alternatively, try to disable the 3D acceleration only with the
Option "DRI" "False"
Adding undetected resolutions
This issue is covered on the Xrandr page.
Backlight is not adjustable
If after resuming from suspend, the hotkeys for changing the screen brightness do not take effect, check your configuration against the Backlight article.
If the problem persists, try one of the following kernel parameters:
acpi_osi=Linux acpi_osi="!Windows 2012" acpi_osi=
Also make sure you are not using fastboot mode (
i915.fastboot kernel parameter), it is known for breaking backlight controls.
Corruption or unresponsiveness in Chromium and Firefox
If you experience corruption, unresponsiveness, lags or slow performance in Chromium and/or Firefox some possible solutions are:
- Set the AccelMethod to "uxa"
- Disable VSYNC
- Enable the TearFree option
- Disable "DRI" and acceleration method (tested on Intel Iris 10th generation):
Option "NoAccel" "True" Option "DRI" "False"
Kernel crashing w/kernels 4.0+ on Broadwell/Core-M chips
A few seconds after X/Wayland loads the machine will freeze and journalctl will log a kernel crash referencing the Intel graphics as below:
Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at (null) Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: IP: [< (null)>] (null) ... Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: CPU: 0 PID: 733 Comm: gnome-shell Tainted: G U O 4.0.5-1-ARCH #1 ... Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: Call Trace: Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffffa055cc27>] ? i915_gem_object_sync+0xe7/0x190 [i915] Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffffa0579634>] intel_execlists_submission+0x294/0x4c0 [i915] Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffffa05539fc>] i915_gem_do_execbuffer.isra.12+0xabc/0x1230 [i915] Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffffa055d349>] ? i915_gem_object_set_to_cpu_domain+0xa9/0x1f0 [i915] Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffff811ba2ae>] ? __kmalloc+0x2e/0x2a0 Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffffa0555471>] i915_gem_execbuffer2+0x141/0x2b0 [i915] Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffffa042fcab>] drm_ioctl+0x1db/0x640 [drm] Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffffa0555330>] ? i915_gem_execbuffer+0x450/0x450 [i915] Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffff8122339b>] ? eventfd_ctx_read+0x16b/0x200 Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffff811ebc36>] do_vfs_ioctl+0x2c6/0x4d0 Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffff811f6452>] ? __fget+0x72/0xb0 Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffff811ebec1>] SyS_ioctl+0x81/0xa0 Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: [<ffffffff8157a589>] system_call_fastpath+0x12/0x17 Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: Code: Bad RIP value. Jun 16 17:54:03 hostname kernel: RIP [< (null)>] (null)
This can be fixed by disabling execlist support which was changed to default on with kernel 4.0. Add the following kernel parameter:
This is known to be broken to at least kernel 4.0.5.
Lag in Windows guests
The video output of a Windows guest in VirtualBox sometimes hangs until the host forces a screen update (e.g. by moving the mouse cursor). Removing the
enable_fbc=1 option fixes this issue.
Panel Self Refresh (PSR), a power saving feature used by Intel iGPUs is known to cause flickering in some instances FS#49628 FS#49371 FS#50605. A temporary solution is to disable this feature using the kernel parameter
OpenGL 2.1 with i915 driver
<driconf> ... <device driver="i915"> <application name="Default"> <option name="stub_occlusion_query" value="true" /> <option name="fragment_shader" value="true" /> </application> </device> ... </driconf>
KMS Issue: console is limited to small area
One of the low-resolution video ports may be enabled on boot which is causing the terminal to utilize a small area of the screen. To fix, explicitly disable the port with an i915 module setting with
video=SVIDEO-1:d in the kernel command line parameter in the bootloader. See Kernel parameters for more info.
If that does not work, try disabling TV1 or VGA1 instead of SVIDEO-1. Video port names can be listed with xrandr.
No sound through HDMI on a Haswell CPU
Or alternatively, disable IOMMU:
Crash/freeze on low power Intel CPUs
Low-powered Intel processors and/or laptop processors have a tendency to randomly hang or crash due to the problems with the power management features found in low-power Intel chips. If such a crash happens, you will not see any logs reporting this problem. Adding the following Kernel parameters may help to resolve the problem.
intel_idle.max_cstate=1 i915.enable_dc=0 ahci.mobile_lpm_policy=1
ahci.mobile_lpm_policy=1 fixes a hang on several Lenovo laptops and some Acer notebooks due to problematic SATA controller power management. That workaround is strictly not related to Intel graphics but it does solve related issues. Adding this kernel parameter sets the link power management from firmware default to maximum performance and will also solve hangs when you change display brightness on certain Lenovo machines but increases idle power consumption by 1-1.5 W on modern ultrabooks. For further information, especially about the other states, see the Linux kernel mailing list and RedHat documentation.
i915.enable_dc=0 disables GPU power management. This does solve random hangs on certain Intel systems, notably Goldmount and Kaby Lake Refresh chips. Using this parameter does result in higher power use and shorter battery life on laptops/notebooks.
intel_idle.max_cstate=1 limits the processors sleep states, it prevents the processor from going into deep sleep states. That is absolutely not ideal and does result in higher power use and lower battery life. However, it does solve random hangs on many Intel systems. Use this if you have a Intel Baytrail or a Kaby Lake Refresh chip. Intel "Baytrail" chips are known to randomly hang without this kernel parameter due to a hardware flaw.
More information about the max_cstate parameter can be found in the kernel documentation and about the cstates in general on a writeup on GitHub.
If you try adding
intel_idle.max_cstate=1 i915.enable_dc=0 ahci.mobile_lpm_policy=1 in the hope of fixing frequent hangs and that solves the issue you should later remove one by one to see which of them actually helped you solve the issue. Running with cstates and display power management disabled is not advisable if the actual problem is related to SATA power management and
ahci.mobile_lpm_policy=1 is the one that actually solves it.
Check Linux Reviews for more details.
Add support for 165Hz monitor
- https://01.org/linuxgraphics/documentation (includes a list of supported hardware)