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       intel - Intel integrated graphics chipsets


       Section "Device"
         Identifier "devname"
         Driver "intel"


       intel  is  an  Xorg driver for Intel integrated graphics chipsets.  The
       driver supports depths  8,  15,  16  and  24.   All  visual  types  are
       supported  in  depth  8.   For  the  i810/i815 other depths support the
       TrueColor and DirectColor visuals.  For the i830M and later,  only  the
       TrueColor  visual  is  supported for depths greater than 8.  The driver
       supports   hardware   accelerated   3D   via   the   Direct   Rendering
       Infrastructure (DRI), but only in depth 16 for the i810/i815 and depths
       16 and 24 for the 830M and later.


       intel supports the i810, i810-DC100, i810e, i815, i830M,  845G,  852GM,
       855GM,  865G,  915G,  915GM,  945G,  945GM,  965G,  965Q, 946GZ, 965GM,
       945GME, G33, Q33, Q35, G35, GM45, G45, Q45, G43 and G41 chipsets.


       Please refer to xorg.conf(5) for general configuration  details.   This
       section only covers configuration details specific to this driver.

       The  Intel  8xx and 9xx families of integrated graphics chipsets have a
       unified memory architecture meaning that system memory is used as video
       RAM.   For  the  i810  and  i815  family  of chipsets, operating system
       support for allocating system memory is required in order to  use  this
       driver.   For  the  830M  and  later, this is required in order for the
       driver to use more video RAM than has been pre-allocated at  boot  time
       by  the  BIOS.   This  is  usually  achieved with an "agpgart" or "agp"
       kernel driver.  Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and Solaris have  such
       kernel drivers available.

       By  default,  the i810/i815 will use 8 MB of system memory for graphics
       if AGP allocable memory is < 128 MB, 16 MB if < 192  MB  or  24  MB  if
       higher. Use the VideoRam option to change the default value.

       For  the  830M and later, the driver will automatically size its memory
       allocation according to the features it will support.   Therefore,  the
       VideoRam  option,  which  in  the past had been necessary to allow more
       than some small amount of memory to be allocated, is now ignored.

       The following driver Options are supported

       Option "ColorKey" "integer"
              This sets the default pixel value for the YUV video overlay key.

              Default: undefined.

       Option "CacheLines" "integer"
              This  allows  the  user  to change the amount of graphics memory
              used for 2D acceleration and  video  when  XAA  acceleration  is
              enabled.   Decreasing  this  amount leaves more for 3D textures.
              Increasing it can improve 2D performance at the  expense  of  3D

              Default:  depends  on the resolution, depth, and available video
              memory.   The  driver  attempts  to  allocate  space  for  at  3
              screenfuls  of  pixmaps  plus an HD-sized XV video.  The default
              used for a specific configuration can be found by examining  the
              Xorg log file.

       Option "FramebufferCompression" "boolean"
              This option controls whether the framebuffer compression feature
              is enabled.  If possible, the front buffer will be allocated  in
              a  tiled  format  and  compressed  periodically  to  save memory
              bandwidth and power.  This option is only  available  on  mobile

              Default: enabled on supported configurations.

       Option "Tiling" "boolean"
              This  option  controls  whether  memory buffers are allocated in
              tiled mode.  In most cases (especially for  complex  rendering),
              tiling dramatically improves performance.

              Default: enabled.

       Option "SwapbuffersWait" "boolean"
              This   option   controls  the  behavior  of  glXSwapBuffers  and
              glXCopySubBufferMESA calls by GL applications.  If enabled,  the
              calls  will avoid tearing by making sure the display scanline is
              outside of the area to be copied before  the  copy  occurs.   If
              disabled,  no  scanline  synchronization  is  performed, meaning
              tearing will likely occur.  Note that when enabled, this  option
              can  adversely  affect the framerate of applications that render
              frames at less than refresh rate.

              Default: enabled.

       Option "DRI" "boolean"
              Disable or enable DRI support.

              Default:  DRI  is  enabled  for  configurations  where   it   is

       The  following  driver  Options  are  supported  for  the i810 and i815

       Option "DDC" "boolean"
              Disable or enable DDC support.

              Default: enabled.

       Option "Dac6Bit" "boolean"
              Enable or disable 6-bits per RGB for 8-bit modes.

              Default: 8-bits per RGB for 8-bit modes.

       Option "XvMCSurfaces" "integer"
              This option enables XvMC.  The integer parameter  specifies  the
              number of surfaces to use.  Valid values are 6 and 7.

              Default: XvMC is disabled.

       VideoRam integer
              This  option  specifies  the  amount of system memory to use for
              graphics, in KB.

              The default is 8192 if AGP allocable memory is < 128  MB,  16384
              if  <  192  MB, 24576 if higher. DRI require at least a value of
              16384. Higher values may give better 3D performance, at  expense
              of available system memory.

       Option "NoAccel" "boolean"
              Disable or enable acceleration.

              Default: acceleration is enabled.

       The  following  driver  Options  are  supported  for the 830M and later

       Option "VideoKey" "integer"
              This is the same as the "ColorKey" option described  above.   It
              is provided for compatibility with most other drivers.

       Option "XvPreferOverlay" "boolean"
              Make  hardware  overlay  be  the  first XV adaptor.  The overlay
              behaves incorrectly in the presence  of  compositing,  but  some
              prefer  it  due  to  it  syncing  to  vblank  in  the absence of
              compositing.  While most XV-using applications have  options  to
              select which XV adaptor to use, this option can be used to place
              the overlay first for applications which don't have options  for
              selecting adaptors.

              Default: Textured video adaptor is preferred.

       Option "ModeDebug" "boolean"
              Enable   printing  of  additional  debugging  information  about
              modesetting to the server log.

              Default: Disabled

       Option "FallbackDebug" "boolean"
              Enable  printing  of  debugging  information   on   acceleration
              fallbacks to the server log.

              Default: Disabled

       Option "ForceEnablePipeA" "boolean"
              Force  the  driver to leave pipe A enabled.  May be necessary in
              configurations where the BIOS  accesses  pipe  registers  during
              display  hotswitch  or  lid close, causing a crash.  If you find
              that your platform needs this option, please  file  a  bug  (see
              REPORTING  BUGS  below)  including  the output of 'lspci -v' and
              'lspci -vn'.

       Option "LVDS24Bit" "boolean"
              Specify 24 bit pixel format (i.e. 8 bits per color) to  be  used
              for  the LVDS output.  Some newer LCD panels expect pixels to be
              formatted and sent as 8 bits per color channel  instead  of  the
              more  common  6 bits per color channel.  Set this option to true
              to enable the newer format.  Note that this concept is  entirely
              different  and  independent  from the frame buffer color depth -
              which is still controlled in the usual way within the X  server.
              This  option instead selects the physical format / sequencing of
              the digital bits sent to the display.  Setting the frame  buffer
              color  depth is really a matter of preference by the user, while
              setting the pixel format here is a requirement of the  connected

              Leaving  this unset implies the default value of false, which is
              almost always going to be right choice.  If your  LVDS-connected
              display on the other hand is extremely washed out (e.g. white on
              a lighter white), trying this option might clear the problem.

       Option "LVDSFixedMode" "boolean"
              Use a fixed set of timings for the LVDS output,  independent  of
              normal xorg specified timings.

              The default value if left unspecified is true, which is what you
              want for a normal LVDS-connected LCD type of panel.  If you  are
              not  sure  about this, leave it at its default, which allows the
              driver to automatically  figure  out  the  correct  fixed  panel
              timings.  See further in the section about LVDS fixed timing for
              more information.

       Option "XvMC" "boolean"
              Enable XvMC driver. Current support MPEG2 MC on 915/945 and  G33
              series.  User should provide absolute path to in
              XvMCConfig file.

              Default: Disabled.


       On 830M and better chipsets, the driver supports runtime  configuration
       of detected outputs.  You can use the xrandr tool to control outputs on
       the command line.  Each output  listed  below  may  have  one  or  more
       properties  associated  with  it  (like  a  binary EDID block if one is
       found).  Some outputs have unique properties which are described below.
       See   the  "MULTIHEAD  CONFIGURATIONS"  section  below  for  additional

       VGA output port (typically exposed via an HD15 connector).

       Low Voltage Differential Signalling  output  (typically  a  laptop  LCD
       panel).  Available properties:

       BACKLIGHT - current backlight level (adjustable)

       By  adjusting the BACKLIGHT property, the brightness on the LVDS output
       can be adjusted.  In some cases, this property may be unavailable  (for
       example  if  your  platform uses an external microcontroller to control
       the backlight).

       BACKLIGHT_CONTROL - method used to control backlight

       The  driver  will attempt to automatically detect the backlight control
       method for your platform.   If  this  fails  however,  you  can  select
       another   method  which  may  allow  you  to  control  your  backlight.
       Available methods include:


       Intel  chipsets  include  backlight  control  registers,  which on some
       platforms may be wired to control the backlight directly.  This  method
       uses those registers.


       The  legacy  backlight  control  registers  exist  in PCI configuration
       space, and have  fewer  available  backlight  levels  than  the  native
       registers.   However,  some platforms are wired this way and so need to
       use this method.


       This  method  attempts  to  use  the  native  registers where possible,
       resorting to the legacy, configuration space registers only  to  enable
       the backlight if needed.  On platforms that have both wired this can be
       a good choice as it allows the fine grained backlight  control  of  the
       native interface.


       On  some system, the kernel may provide a backlight control driver.  In
       that case, using the kernel  interfaces  is  preferable,  as  the  same
       driver may respond to hotkey events or external APIs.

       PANEL_FITTING - control LCD panel fitting

       By default, the driver will attempt to upscale resolutions smaller than
       the LCD's native size while preserving the aspect ratio.   Other  modes
       are available however:


       Simply center the image on-screen, without scaling.


       The  default  mode.  Try to upscale the image to the screen size, while
       preserving aspect ratio.  May result in letterboxing  or  pillar-boxing
       with some resolutions.


       Upscale  the  image  to the native screen size without regard to aspect
       ratio.  In this mode, the full screen image  may  appear  distorted  in
       some resolutions.

       Integrated TV output.  Available properties include:

       BOTTOM, RIGHT, TOP, LEFT - margins

       Adjusting  these properties allows you to control the placement of your
       TV output buffer on the screen. The options with the same name can also
       be set in xorg.conf with integer value.

       BRIGHTNESS - TV brightness, range 0-255

       Adjust TV brightness, default value is 128.

       CONTRAST - TV contrast, range 0-255

       Adjust TV contrast, default value is 1.0 in chipset specific format.

       SATURATION - TV saturation, range 0-255

       Adjust  TV saturation, default value is 1.0 in chipset specific format.

       HUE - TV hue, range 0-255

       Adjust TV hue, default value is 0.

       TV_FORMAT - output standard

       This property allows you to control the output standard used on your TV
       output port.  You can select between NTSC-M, NTSC-443,  NTSC-J,  PAL-M,
       PAL-N, and PAL.

       TV_Connector - connector type

       This  config  option should be added to xorg.conf TV monitor's section,
       it allows you to force the TV output connector type, which bypass  load
       detect and TV will always be taken as connected. You can select between
       S-Video, Composite and Component.

       First DVI SDVO output

       Second DVI SDVO output

   TMDS-1 , TMDS-2 , HDMI-1 , HDMI-2
       DVI/HDMI outputs. Avaliable common properties include:

       BROADCAST_RGB  -  method  used to set RGB color range(full range 0-255,
       not full range 16-235)

       Adjusting this propertie allows you to set  RGB  color  range  on  each
       channel  in  order  to match HDTV requirment(default 0 for full range).
       Setting 1 means RGB color range is 16-235, 0 means RGB color  range  is
       0-255 on each channel.

       SDVO and DVO TV outputs are not supported by the driver at this time.

       See xorg.conf(5) for information on associating Monitor  sections  with
       these  outputs  for  configuration.   Associating Monitor sections with
       each output can be helpful if you need to ignore a specific output, for
       example, or statically configure an extended desktop monitor layout.


       Following  here  is  a  discussion  that  should shed some light on the
       nature and reasoning behind the LVDSFixedMode option.

       Unlike a CRT display, an LCD has a "native" resolution corresponding to
       the  actual  pixel  geometry.   A  graphics controller under all normal
       circumstances should always output that resolution (and timings) to the
       display.   Anything  else  and the image might not fill the display, it
       might not be centered, or it  might  have  information  missing  -  any
       manner  of  strange  effects can happen if an LCD panel is not fed with
       the expected resolution and timings.

       However there are cases where one might want to run an LCD panel at  an
       effective  resolution  other than the native one.  And for this reason,
       GPUs which drive LCD panels typically  include  a  hardware  scaler  to
       match  the  user-configured frame buffer size to the actual size of the
       panel.  Thus when one "sets" his/her 1280x1024 panel to only  1024x768,
       the  GPU  happily  configures a 1024x768 frame buffer, but it scans the
       buffer out in such a way that the image is scaled to 1280x1024  and  in
       fact  sends  1280x1024 to the panel.  This is normally invisible to the
       user; when a "fuzzy" LCD image is seen, scaling like this is  why  this

       In  order  to  make  this  magic  work, this driver logically has to be
       configured with two sets of monitor timings -  the  set  specified  (or
       otherwise  determined)  as  the  normal  xorg  "mode",  and the "fixed"
       timings that are actually sent to the monitor.   But  with  xorg,  it's
       only  possible to specify the first user-driven set, and not the second
       fixed set.  So how does the driver figure out the correct  fixed  panel
       timings?   Normally it will attempt to detect the fixed timings, and it
       uses a number of strategies to figure this out.  First it  attempts  to
       read  EDID  data  from whatever is connected to the LVDS port.  Failing
       that, it will check if the LVDS output is already  configured  (perhaps
       previously  by  the video BIOS) and will adopt those settings if found.
       Failing that, it will scan the video BIOS ROM, looking for an  embedded
       mode  table  from  which it can infer the proper timings.  If even that
       fails, then the driver gives up, prints the  message  "Couldn't  detect
       panel  mode.   Disabling panel" to the X server log, and shuts down the
       LVDS output.

       Under most circumstances, the detection scheme  works.   However  there
       are  cases  when  it  can  go  awry.   For example, if you have a panel
       without EDID support and it isn't integral to the motherboard (i.e. not
       a  laptop),  then  odds  are  the  driver  is  either not going to find
       something suitable to use or it is going  to  find  something  flat-out
       wrong,  leaving  a  messed up display.  Remember that this is about the
       fixed timings being discussed here and not the  user-specified  timings
       which  can  always be set in xorg.conf in the worst case.  So when this
       process goes awry there seems to be  little  recourse.   This  sort  of
       scenario can happen in some embedded applications.

       The  LVDSFixedMode  option  is  present to deal with this.  This option
       normally enables the above-described detection strategy.  And since  it
       defaults  to  true,  this is in fact what normally happens.  However if
       the detection fails to do the right thing, the LVDSFixedMode option can
       instead   be  set  to  false,  which  disables  all  the  magic.   With
       LVDSFixedMode set to false, the detection steps  are  skipped  and  the
       driver  proceeds  without  a  specified  fixed  mode timing.  This then
       causes the hardware scaler to be disabled, and the actual timings  then
       used  fall  back  to  those  normally  configured  via  the  usual xorg

       Having LVDSFixedMode set to false means that whatever is used  for  the
       monitor's  mode  (e.g. a modeline setting) is precisely what is sent to
       the device connected to the LVDS port.  This also means that  the  user
       now  has  to  determine  the  correct  mode to use - but it's really no
       different than the work for correctly  configuring  an  old-school  CRT
       anyway,  and  the  alternative  if  detection  fails  will be a useless

       In short, leave LVDSFixedMode alone (thus set to true) and normal fixed
       mode  detection will take place, which in most cases is exactly what is
       needed.  Set LVDSFixedMode to false and then the user has full  control
       over  the  resolution  and  timings  sent to the LVDS-connected device,
       through the usual means in xorg.


       The number of independent outputs is dictated by the  number  of  CRTCs
       (in  X  parlance)  a given chip supports.  Most recent Intel chips have
       two CRTCs, meaning that two  separate  framebuffers  can  be  displayed
       simultaneously,  in  an  extended  desktop  configuration.   If  a chip
       supports more outputs than it has CRTCs (say local flat panel, VGA  and
       TV  in  the  case  of many outputs), two of the outputs will have to be
       "cloned", meaning that they display the same framebuffer  contents  (or
       one  displays  a  subset  of  another's framebuffer if the modes aren't

       You can use the "xrandr" tool, or various desktop utilities, to  change
       your  output  configuration  at  runtime.  To statically configure your
       outputs, you can use the "Monitor-<type>" options along with additional
       monitor sections in your xorg.conf to create your screen topology.  The
       example below puts the VGA output to the right of  the  builtin  laptop
       screen, both running at 1024x768.

       Section "Monitor"
         Identifier "Laptop FooBar Internal Display"
         Option "Position" "0 0"

       Section "Monitor"
         Identifier "Some Random CRT"
         Option "Position" "1024 0"
         Option "RightOf" "Laptop FoodBar Internal Display"

       Section "Device"
         Driver "intel"
         Option "monitor-LVDS" "Laptop FooBar Internal Display"
         Option "monitor-VGA" "Some Random CRT"


       The driver supports the following X11 Xv attributes for Textured Video.
       You can use the "xvattr" tool to query/set those attributes at runtime.

       XV_SYNC_TO_VBLANK   is   used   to  control  whether  textured  adapter
       synchronizes the screen update to the vblank to eliminate  tearing.  It
       is  a  Boolean  attribute  with  values  of 0 (never sync) or 1 (always
       sync). An historic value of -1 (sync for large windows only)  will  now
       be interpreted as 1, (since the current approach for sync is not costly
       even with small video windows).



       The xf86-video-intel driver is part of the  X.Org  and
       umbrella   projects.    Details  on  bug  reporting  can  be  found  at       Mailing
       lists  are  also  commonly used to report experiences and ask questions
       about configuration and other topics.   See  for
       more  information  (the mailing list is the
       most appropriate place to ask X.Org and driver related questions).


       Xorg(1), xorg.conf(5), Xserver(1), X(7)


       Authors include: Keith Whitwell, and  also  Jonathan  Bian,  Matthew  J
       Sottek,  Jeff Hartmann, Mark Vojkovich, Alan Hourihane, H. J. Lu.  830M
       and 845G support reworked for XFree86 4.3  by  David  Dawes  and  Keith
       Whitwell.   852GM,  855GM,  and  865G  support added by David Dawes and
       Keith Whitwell.  915G, 915GM, 945G, 945GM, 965G, 965Q and 946GZ support
       added by Alan Hourihane and Keith Whitwell. Lid status support added by
       Alan Hourihane. Textured video support for 915G and later chips,  RandR
       1.2  and  hardware  modesetting added by Eric Anholt and Keith Packard.
       EXA and Render acceleration added by Wang Zhenyu. TV out support  added
       by  Zou  Nan  Hai  and  Keith Packard. 965GM, G33, Q33, and Q35 support
       added by Wang Zhenyu.