ASUS Laptop Video Driver Install - HELP

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ASUS Laptop Video Driver Install - HELP

Post by ldkraemer » Fri Sep 05, 2014 13:44

My Asus Laptop has problems trying to install the latest DVD (Sabayon_Linux_14.05_amd64_Xfce.iso) of Sabayon.
I got no video when I boot the DVD. If I use the switch nomodeset, the resolution is small and I don't see the
complete display.

lspci shows my video as:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 18)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 18)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 06)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 06)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 06)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 06)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 06)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a6)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 06)
02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
04:00.0 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. SD/MMC Host Controller (rev 80)
04:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technology Corp. Standard SD Host Controller (rev 80)
04:00.3 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. MS Host Controller (rev 80)
04:00.4 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. xD Host Controller (rev 80)
04:00.5 Ethernet controller: JMicron Technology Corp. JMC250 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 03)
ff:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 05)
ff:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 05)
ff:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 05)
ff:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 05)
ff:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)
ff:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)

I'd like to install the latest Sabayon, but I'm not sure how to proceed.

Thanks.

Larry
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Re: ASUS Laptop Video Driver Install - HELP

Post by Fitzcarraldo » Fri Sep 05, 2014 13:49

Does your laptop have an APU plus a GPU, by any chance? Have you tried using xdriver=intel as a kernel boot parameter when you boot the LiveDVD?

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Re: ASUS Laptop Video Driver Install - HELP

Post by ldkraemer » Fri Sep 05, 2014 13:58

Does your laptop have an APU plus a GPU?
I'm not sure exactly what it has. The model number is ASUS K52F-BIN6, and it's an INTEL dual core CPU.
That's about all I know about the hardware specific's.

Thanks.

Larry

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Re: ASUS Laptop Video Driver Install - HELP

Post by Fitzcarraldo » Fri Sep 05, 2014 14:27

I see that you laptop is an older model from 2011. As I wrote, try the kernel boot parameter xdriver=intel. If that does not help, try xdriver=i915. If that does not work, try the following: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/In ... small_area

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Re: ASUS Laptop Video Driver Install - HELP

Post by ldkraemer » Fri Sep 05, 2014 14:51

When I add the xdriver=intel or xdriver=i915 the DVD halts with a dark display, although I can tell
the backlight is on. Just nothing displayed.

When I just use nomodeset I get Sabayon to come up, but I get a small blank Panel (a bit larger than an Icon)
here my home folder (computer) should be located. The resolution is set as 1024x768.

I haven't tried your third suggestion yet. I've tested the DVD and don't get any error messages.

Should I go ahead and try to install from what I get with the switch nomodeset?

Thanks.

Larry

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Re: ASUS Laptop Video Driver Install - HELP

Post by Fitzcarraldo » Fri Sep 05, 2014 16:13

Personally, first I'd try the kernel boot parameters recommended in that Arch Linux Wiki article. Other things you could try would be the VESA driver (xdriver=vesa).

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Re: ASUS Laptop Video Driver Install - HELP

Post by TheOneLaw » Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:49

I am not an expert,
but I do like Asus stuff and I have just finished a round
of wailing and gnashing of teeth against a similar Intel graphics problem.

What I learned during that fray was to try some various kernel (and Grub) boot options.
The comment
To fix, explicitly disable the port with an i915 module setting with video=SVIDEO-1:d in the kernel command line parameter in the bootloader. See Kernel parameters for more info.

If that does not work, try disabling TV1 or VGA1 instead of SVIDEO-1.
(How is it that the archlinux.org is always the first place to look to find out how to fix things ?)
is spot on - the guys writing the i915 code have been ultra busy and there are a lot of loose ends involved in i915.

I had luck using the 'e' option (as in video=VGA-1:1280x800e ) to force enable a video display,
and I would suggest a few tries at disabling anything else you might have available.

Using the grub command line ( 'c' )
you -MAYBE-CAN- can get a list of what your machine thinks it has like this:

grub boots to list - you hit the letter 'c'

grub> insmod videoinfo
grub> videoinfo

---you should get a list of modes here--

That all depends on whether or not the videoinfo.mod exists in your /boot/grub directory, of course.

for a good read see also
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ke ... s_and_EDID
start at the line:
video=<conn>:<xres>x<yres>[M][R][-<bpp>][@<refresh>][m][eDd]


good luck with your machine

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