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  • Which driver do I use?

    When I do a lsmod I get a i915 output. But judging from the fact that this laptop has a hd4000 intel ivy bridge display, I'd expect the module to be i965.. Isn't the i915 for outdated hardware? Looking at the intel x.org feature matrix I can't see the ivy bridge feature matrix displayed there.. How can I get a detailed picture of the support status of intel ivy bridge?

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    The graphics drivers on linux consist of several parts. They have a part that lives in the kernel and a part that is in userspace. Intel has only one kernel module (I believe) and it's called i915 for all cards.

    The userspace stuff for e.g. X has the i915 and i965 names:
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    $ grep i965 /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    [  5236.213] (II) intel(0): [DRI2]   DRI driver: i965
    [  5236.228] (II) AIGLX: Loaded and initialized i965

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      Originally posted by ChrisXY
      The graphics drivers on linux consist of several parts. They have a part that lives in the kernel and a part that is in userspace. Intel has only one kernel module (I believe) and it's called i915 for all cards.
      So that explains the confusion. Thank you.

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