Blog Archive

Intel driver updates: 2.5.99.2 and 2.6.0, plus a little about DRI2, Compiz and GEM

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Judging from the most used searches and posts  (thank you wordpress stats), interest in the Intel Xorg. driver is extremely high.  While it’s easy to see that’s true on the X.org mailing list, looking at my own blog stats was the first time I realized other end users were having issues getting the driver up [...]

F10 intel driver: a few more tidbits

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

I was reading various web sites today when I came across an article on ComputerWorld discussion the 5 best features of Linux 2.6.28.  On of these items is GEM, the Graphics Execution Manager.  This is a new architecture of sorts that allows for better X performance (in a nutshell).  Why this is interesting comes from [...]

F10 and xorg intel driver: solved

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

My problems with the intel driver provided in the F10 distribution have been resolved.  I had to compile the driver manually, along with the libdrm prerequisite, but it was rather painless and surprisingly easy to accomplish.  MythTV is now happily serving up live TV and videos on my laptop monitor while I work on the [...]

makezine.tv: Getting my fix of hands on projects

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

I’m a constant tinkerer on my computers.  While I hate system administration I like to experiment with things.  But a computer is a virtual world.  What you get is visual and (in some cases) auditory.  You don’t get a hands on feeling.  You don’t really build something substantial.  I think that’s why I get so [...]

Fedora 10 issues with intel driver and multihead

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Over the holidays I upgraded my laptop to Fedora 10 (previously I had only upgraded my MythTV server).  The upgrade went fairly smoothly following the information from my previous post on upgrading a MythTV server to F10.  However, my laptop supports dual monitors.  Of course, that didn’t work out of the box. The laptop, my [...]

Dept 56 galleries for 2008

Monday, December 29th, 2008

I’ve finally updated my Dept 56 galleries to include both 2007 and 2008 images.  The new gallery software on the blog displays the galleries much better than the old software and makes it easier to upload and add captions.  So I’ve retro-fitted captions to the old galleries to help describe what you see.   Hopefully this [...]

Linux Hardware Compatibility – getting started with off the shelf hardware.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Finding off the shelf supported hardware is a tough task for Linux.  The problem with such lists is that they often include hardware that you can no longer purchase from retails outlets.  So it’s easier to get a list of what the outlets have available and then search the list rather than get the list [...]

Migrating a MythTV server from pre-Fedora 10 to Fedora 10

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Migrations to new releases of Fedora are not a huge problem for me since I use a separate partition for system files (including repository managed packages) and separate partitions for home directories (/home), multimedia files (/store and /music), and web server root directories (also under /home).   About the only thing I have to manage [...]

A new printer: Epson Style Photo R280

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

My Epson Style 740 finally gave out earlier this year, joining a Lexmark E210 laser printer that had given out before that. That left me without a printer (though my wife has two nice printers for her graphics design business). So I decided to get a low end model for my home office. Having had [...]

XRandr and Intel i915

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

I’ve finally figured out how to get my external monitor working with my Acer Aspire 1691WLMi laptop in side-by-side mode. The trick is to use the Virtual option with a large enough x dimension. Most of the documentation I’ve found up till now has stated that making Virtual larger than 2048 x 2048 was not [...]