I am working with an embedded board which includes an Intel Atom N2600 processor and a GPU GMA 3600 series based on the PowerVR SGX 545 graphics core (developed by Imagination) [Link1].

As far as I know, Intel just offers Windows 7 support for its GPU through a driver in Link2. In my case, I am working under Linux, so I need to know if there exists any possibility of enabling the GPU capabilities using any compatible driver loaded when X server is started.

Is this impossible? Does the driver just go with a 3.2 Linux kernel, such as in this answer Link3?


Videocards of this series always have troubles with Linux support.

I know that

  • Fedora 17 supports CedarView chipset (with gma500 driver).

  • Ubuntu 13.04 with community driver supports too. Or Ubuntu 12.04.1 with proprietary driver.

  • I found some useful information about Arch support.

But if you want 3D-video decoding support, you can get into trouble.

P.S.: some years ago I had a netbook with this chipset. So I sold it. :)

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    @aloplop85 current (and the final) driver version 1.0.3 require Kernel: 3.1.0, Mesa GL: 7.11, Xorg: 1.11, so I have some doubts about a newer OS... – approximatenumber Feb 25 '16 at 15:29
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    @aloplop85 Proprietary driver require versions of Mesa and Xorg. Built-in driver doesnt require it. You can try, but there will be problems with 3d acceleration, high resolution... Maybe. – approximatenumber Feb 26 '16 at 13:40
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    @aloplop85 Did you install xserver-xorg-video-modesetting? In xorg.conf you can try options from here ("Xorg driver" section) – approximatenumber Feb 29 '16 at 10:53
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    @aloplop85 Unfortunately, this driver possibly cannot work with modern configuration of environment. But you can use GPU capabilities using old Linux dist. – approximatenumber Mar 1 '16 at 13:21
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    @aloplop85 try to play with gma500 in xorg.conf. Or maybe VESA will work. – approximatenumber Mar 9 '16 at 14:53

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