Intel card not detected after upgrade

Chris Wilson chris at
Mon Dec 13 03:14:03 PST 2010

On Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:27:06 +0100, Ole Tange <ole at> wrote:
> I just upgraded a Debian system.
> After the upgrade X refuses to use the intel driver but insists on using VESA.

The -intel driver no longer uses UMS and relies on Kernel Mode Setting
instead. In order to activate KMS it needs to be either enabled when
compiled into your kernel, or you need to add i915.modeset=1 to your
module options, e.g.:

$ echo options i915 modeset=1 > /etc/modprobe.d/i915-kms.conf

This should have been taken care of during a debian upgrade.

Chris Wilson, Intel Open Source Technology Centre

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