Security update carried along a broken i810 driver for Intel 830 and up

Alan Hourihane alanh at
Wed Sep 21 01:16:48 PDT 2005

On Tue, 2005-09-20 at 18:28 -0400, Jim Cornette wrote:
> Kristian Høgsberg wrote:
> > Jim Cornette wrote:
> > ...
> >
> >> Are there any plans to seperate the driver into at least three driver 
> >> versions to allow these video cards to find a safe zone instead of 
> >> changes for the 830 breaking the 815 and such?
> >>
> >> Just an idea, since I have the low end and middle road Intel video 
> >> cards .
> >
> >
> > The issue here isn't that the different Intel chipsets are supported 
> > using one unified driver.  The problem is that we shipped a Fedora 
> > update which contained a security fix and a number of other fixes.  
> > One of these other fixes happened to introduce a regression on all 
> > Intel boards, but the problem was in the general linux pci code and 
> > would have affected all Intel chipsets even if the driver was split 
> > into three pieces.
> >
> > A new update should be out soon, and in the meantime I've put up i386 
> > RPMs here:
> >
> >
> >
> > for people to test.  See also:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Kristian
> The computer with the Intel 815 worked with the PCI coding problem. The 
> security update and the fix for the Intel driver was successful with the 
> Intel 865G. Thanks for the quick resolution to the problem.
> With the security update out of the way and the pci code cleaned up a 
> bit. It still makes sense to split up the driver into 815, 830 and 915 
> to allow code to be taylored for each card that has different 
> capabilities. It also makes sense since older generations of Intel video 
> cards won't burden the advancement of next generation cards by needing 
> code carried on to maintain workability for the older chipsets.
> When the code was broken for the 810/815 portion of the driver, my 865G 
> video card started working and the random lockups ceased for the 865G. 
> Fortunately, when the code for the 810/815 was fixed, the 865G still 
> remained lockup free.
> With the latest breakage for I830 and above video cards while the Intel 
> 815 worked in my tests, the thought of splitting off the driver for low, 
> medium and higher capability seperate drivers came to mind again.
> Also, when the i810 driver was broken for the Intel 815, I chanced 
> across a website that provided seperate drivers for the i810/815 and 
> another for the 830. I believe there was a seperate driver for the Intel 
> 915 on the snapshotted drivers page.
> The driver on that site worked to bypass the problem. I can't remember 
> if it was the refresh or the total breakage of the driver. I believe a 
> change was made in the driver code for dual head with the 830 card at 
> the time the driver broke for the Intel 815 video my computer has as 
> builtin video.
> Just a though since I feel the scheme would be better.


Thanks for the comments, but if you've ever looked at the driver code
it's already logically split even though it appears in the same i810
driver package.

And due to the similarities between i830 and i915 based chipsets it
doesn't make sense to break it out at that level.

Additionally, changes made for i830/i915 should not break anything with
the i810/i815 due to the logical splitting that is already in-place. So
I'd be keen to hear (or point me in a direction) of a bug that you think
instigated this behaviour.


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