Dear Intel Representative,
I bought an Asus 1011cx netbook with Intel Atom N2600 inside. This contains the GMA3650/PowerVR
SGX545 GPU. The netbook is marketed as Ubuntu-certified, and comes with Ubuntu 12.04 preinstalled.
Since the current driver implements opengl functions in software, even the most basic OpenGL-accelerated software is unusably slow.
Please provide a driver that utilizes the GMA3650 OpenGL capabilities. I need this to use the netbook.
thanks for your feedback.
First I contacted ASUS about this issue. The ASUS representative said they do not support the OS, I should contact Ubuntu just like you did.
The problem is, how could Ubuntu provide a driver? Where is the documentation to enable this effort? Is it available somewhere in the documentation provided by Intel? Home | Linux Graphics perhaps? There's plenty of docs about the other graphics cores, but I could not find anything related to the GMA 3600. Please show me where are the GMA 3600 programming docs available.
The lack of clear communication from Intel in this matter is dishartening. As I've said elsewhere, it's rather unbelievable for a company with the resources of Intel to be unable or unwilling to provide adequate support for its own products, even to the point of not providing enough information for other people to program an adequate driver. I doubt we'll see Diego_Intel answering Erno's question, which is more than adequate given Intel's disregard for Linux users.
I apologize for the delay on my post,
The only article that is related to Linux* video drivers availability, is posted here:
It does not highlight the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3600 there; however this applies as the same.
Hello again, and thanks for your response.
I checked the link you provided. Out of curiosity I downloaded the x.org driver sources and find this release the NEWS.
Release 2.20.5 (2012-08-26)
Another silly bug found, another small bugfix release. The goal was for
the driver to bind to all Intel devices supported by the kernel.
Unfortunately we were too successful and started claiming Pouslbo,
Medfield and Cedarview devices which are still encumbered by propietary
IP and not supported by this driver.
The release states that Medfield and Cedarview devices are not supported because they are encumbered by proprietary IP. In other words, in this case the developers of the open-source Linux drivers are prevented from providing a driver for these graphics chipsets.
Is there any hope that this situation will change?
Thanks for providing a helpful friendly tool to download drivers for linux systems.
Unfortunately, it doesn't yet support the cedartrail line of graphics chips. So for time being I and thousands of new netbook owners are totally stuck with having to use old gma 500 driver. From googling, it seems people have been waiting a long time for any linux support, due to closed source.
Please please please open source the driver code, or fix it so the drivers work in all distros, not just Intel's.
Oh by the way, I tried MeeGo distro again, but I didn't like it... at all
I see someone has asked Imagination Tech for PowerVR linux driver support, and they clearly say it's Intel's responsibility. re: Intel GMA 3600 - Imagination Developer Forums
As far as I can see this question is far from answered.