Blog Post

Does the bling bling sing sing for Intel?

I am sorry for the title, I know it is horrible, but please bear with me and look past that ๐Ÿ™‚

OK, here is what I want to know. Are you running Beryl with an Intel 945GM chipset? If you are running Ubuntu or Kubuntu please let me know. As most already know I am a KDE user so Kubuntu is my flavor of choice. So if you are using Kubuntu with a combination similar to mine, please let me know your experiences. Thank you so much!

OK, for those of you going “but nixternal you preach composite is crap,” I want to not only see the hoopla for myself, but Beryl is a positive thing for gaining switchers. I am keeping my free software stance, but I feel that in order to gain switchers we need to show them the bling bling. So if you are a FSF or GNU advocate, please don’t get into a pissing contest, as I agree with 99.9% of your philosophy. So hit me with the goods, it would be great to just leave a comment to this so I can bookmark and pimp it for those who might be wondering the same thing I am right now. Once again, thanks everyone, and you are the reason this community kicks ass!

UPDATE:ย  I apologize, but when I brought up the FSF/GNU stuff I forgot to add the part about ATI and NVidia driver. I apologize.ย 

This entry was posted in Linux and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.
  • I haven’t been running it a ton, but I did start using it again yesterday. It seems to work very well.

    I have a 945GM Mobile:

    ~$ lspci | grep 945GM
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

    Works really well and is much more stable than previous releases I tried out on another machine with an ATI card.

  • Jonas

    Running GNOME on edgy with beryl on an Intel GMA950. Works smoothly.

    And this is using 100% libre software, so I don’t understand what you mean with “I am keeping my free software stance, but I feel that in order to gain switchers we need to show them the bling bling. So if you are a FSF or GNU advocate, please donโ€™t get into a pissing contest, as I agree with 99.9% of your philosophy.”

  • Cool. Jonas, that was in reference to the composite and those with ATI and NVidia. Sorry for not making that clearer.

  • I am running Beryl on a Intel 915GA, feisty flawlessly (Other than some apps not behaving like they should).

  • Beryl runs flawlessly out-of-the-box with my Intel GMA950, on Edgy and Kubuntu/KDE.

    But:
    – Beryl has a bug that causes Konversation’s server list window not to hide at startup, which is annoying.
    – I haven’t managed to replace KWin by setting $KDEWM=”/usr/bin/beryl-manager” without deleting ~/.beryl-managerrc on every login (inside my Xsession-invoked startberyl.sh script). And I needed some time to figure out that the beryl-managerrc file is the cause of the problem at all. Also, this makes it impossible to use Aquamarine (the KDE window decoration plugin) instead of Emerald (the native window decoration plugin).
    – Even with Beryl running, it’s just too immature and woohoo-blingy to be comfortable for real work. It can’t compete with KWin, so after setting it up perfectly I switched back with a good conscience ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Payl Kendall

    A few of us here use kubuntu with beryl on HP machines with built-in Intel 945G chipsets and works very well.

  • None

    FYI — Beryl runs quite acceptable for me on Edgy with a 32 MB ATI card… and the free drivers.

  • Volanin

    I don’t quite agree it is THAT well… I have used Beryl since Dapper, and I am using it now with my Edgy Ubuntu desktop. I got a Celeron M 1.6GHz processor with 1GB RAM and an Intel 915GM, and sometimes you can clearly see animation choppiness. This never happened with my other computer with a GeForce4 Ti. But with the 915GM, this is always present whenever firefox is on the screen and you try to rotate the cube… the framerate just sinks. There is also a problem with scrolling in firefox. It is not as responsive as in metacity, and can get on the nerves sometimes. All in all, I love the bling (using it until today, ain’t I?), but nvidia has still been A LOT smoother for me.

  • Yeah, my laptop (an Acer) with a 945GM works nearly perfectly (under Gnome, but I use quite a lot of K-apps as well), running the new Beryl under Fawn.

    Minor problem: In some GL screensavers, the depth isn’t quite right. Some things which ought to go behind go in front.

  • Jason Brower

    I love my computer… 100% open source except for my camera not working at all. But they are working on it. Asus A7F I got the intel graphics for the very reason it supports linux in a very open way.
    I have one small issue… I can’t change resolutions, if I do, I loose my wide screen. Hope they fix it soon. Additionally if I use a ful screen product byrel or not, I sometimes loose my screen, goes blank after I quit the program. But otherwise VERY good card for the linux world. Never been so happy, except for marraige, when everything jsut worked.
    Be sure to drop me a line if you have any other questions.

  • I have i950GMA, and beryl works on KDE… but still i could not setup it to startup automaticly… other problem is that, it is eating my processor power, i dont know is it good or bad behavior, but anoying ๐Ÿ™‚ my friend got laptop with nvidia go, and beryl is not using cpu there, in situation it is able to eat for short period of time even 80 – 90 %… mayby it is a problem with drivers (of course i use edgy). on glx gears i have about 900 FPS wcich i think is too little…

  • Daniel

    Hey Jason,

    Have a look at 915resolution package. Here’s a portion of the description:

    “915resolution is a tool to modify the video BIOS of the 800
    and 900 series Intel graphics chipsets. This includes the 845G,
    855G, and 865G chipsets, as well as 915G, 915GM, and 945G chipsets.
    This modification is necessary to allow the display of certain
    graphics resolutions for an Xorg or XFree86 graphics server.”

  • Quinn… as in Quinn-Storm…. Compiz-quinn…. the front of Beryl runs a 915 afaik.

    If its good enough for the developers then…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • cdcooper

    yes — near-perfect (except for GL screensavers) — faster and smoother than my desktop with an nVidia GeForce 5200

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

  • Edd

    My macbook’s running only Ubuntu, and the chipset (945GM) is looking fantastic (and smooth as anything) with Beryl svn. I do find I have to switch back to metacity for GL apps though (doesn’t really matter as they tend to be fullscreen).

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

  • Beryl runs swimmingly on my i945GMA on my laptop. Only complaint I have is (don’t quote me on this,) it seems to be using software for blurring (pixel shaders I believe?) whereas blurring is done properly in hardware fine on Vista. I can only assume that the i810 driver lacks the necessary extension support at this point in time, but hopefully someone will fix that.

  • wow! Thanks everyone for the replies. I am working up the nerves to give it a try. Maybe this weekend if I get a chance. So far I can’t get Beryl to run on my ATI Radeon 9700 or my NVidia GeForce 4 MX 440. Granted they are older cards, but they should still work. I have been told it is not Beryl’s fault but the fault of the manufacturers.

    anyways thanks again everyone, and keep the comments coming if you have something new and exciting. Tips? Tweaks? You name it for Beryl and the integrated Intel cards.

  • Subscribe to nixternal.com

     Subscribe in a reader

    Or, subscribe via email:
    Enter your email address:

  • Archives


semidetached
semidetached
semidetached
semidetached
%d bloggers like this: