[BUG 2.6.38] drm/i915: rampant video-corruption on Intel 865G

From: René Herman
Date: Wed Mar 23 2011 - 17:48:59 EST

Good day.

2.6.38 (-final) unfortunately is largely unusable on Intel 865G, and more old Intel graphics hardware as reported for example for Debian on 855G at:


Most web pages won't render without corrupting, nor does scrolling a terminal a few times. I see from the above Debian report that it is/was known but it's indeed not fixed in final on 855/865 by anything which may have happened in response.

I do not have the time currently to fully bisect this and I assume it's known what the culprit is going to be anyway; I could revert specific commits on command and/or test fixes on top of 2.6.38-final; for know I've simply reverted to where everything is fine.

(PS: most people using graphics hardware this plain/old will not deeply care for graphics; I in fact once bought the machine specifically with the "well supported, no-thrills" basic, integrated Intel graphics as a reason but it has given me only grief in that department, with years of X11 instability. This older hardware seems to receive little or no testing from the Intel graphics developers and if it's holding back development, I expect most users would not not mind or even welcome it being split of into a separate, maintained but no longer "improved" driver, both kernel- and X11-side).

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
00:03.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P PCI to CSA Bridge (rev 02)
00:06.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P Processor to I/O Memory Interface (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB (ICH5) SATA Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82547EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller

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