I am confused with the GMA3600, i found that there is a method to support it in Ubuntu 12.04. it is that use the old kernel 3.2(do not include gma3600 driver) and install proprietary driver. Now the kernel has include the gma 3600 driver which is in drivers/gpu/drm/gma500, Does that mean all the newest distributions of linux has support gma3600 ? Does that need other user space packages like vesa ?

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    According to wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Intel_GMA_3600: "The Linux kernel has support since version 3.5."
    – phk
    Aug 3, 2017 at 11:14
  • i want to know that whether need some user space package to support Xorg. like i915, there are two part, one is in kernel ./drivers/gpu/drm/i915, the other is in userspace to support Xorg, which is xf86-video-intel
    – user218986
    Aug 3, 2017 at 11:17
  • @approximatenumber
    – user218986
    Aug 3, 2017 at 11:25

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Basic support for GMA3600 (also known as Cedarview) has been available since kernel 3.2, outside of staging (this commit moved the driver out of staging, this commit corrected the name).

You only need a recent enough kernel; the graphics support is provided via kernel mode-setting, which Xorg supports natively (using its “modesetting” driver). There is no need for a user-space package.

Thus all recent (and many older) distributions should work out-of-the-box, at least if they build GMA3600 support in by default. I think Ubuntu 17.04 should work.

  • Section "Device" Identifier "Intel GMA3600" Driver "modesetting" EndSection Thanks! Do you mean that adding the content below to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-gpudriver.conf
    – user218986
    Aug 4, 2017 at 12:09
  • That shouldn’t even be necessary, it should just work without any configuration. Aug 4, 2017 at 12:17
  • Thanks! Should i intall the package named xf86-video-modesetting ?
    – user218986
    Aug 4, 2017 at 13:16
  • No, as mentioned in the answer, there is no need for a user-space package. The modesetting driver is built in to Xorg. Aug 4, 2017 at 13:19
  • The Xorg you have mentioned above is the package named xorg-server, like xorg-server-1.17.2. am i right ?
    – user218986
    Aug 4, 2017 at 13:24

in my Shuttle XS36V where is CPU Intel atom D2700 and GMA3650 working best Linux Mint 19.3 Xfce 32 bit. Videos are smooth and fine playing. I can installed Linux Mint 20 64bit, but videos what is stored in HDD are chopped and in web browser is OK also in youtube.

      Kernel: 5.0.0-32-generic i686 bits: 32 compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0
      Desktop: Xfce 4.14.1 tk: Gtk 3.22.30 wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM
      Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic

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