Linux GMA500 (Poulsbo) driver moved out of staging

Good news for people with an Intel GMA500 (Poulsbo) graphics card, support is now in the mainline Linux kernel.

In the Linux 3.3-rc1 (mainline) kernel the driver has moved out of staging and re-named.

It is now located under

Device Drivers ->
Graphics support ->
DRM (Direct Rendering Manager) ->
Intel GMA5/600 KMS Framebuffer

and is now called “gma500_gfx”.

Once the kernel team with your distribution of choice makes the adjustment, the GMA500 should work “out of the box” on any Linux Distribution using kernel 3.3 or higher.

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7 Responses to Linux GMA500 (Poulsbo) driver moved out of staging

  1. Scoof says:

    Awesome work! Thanks a lot… Too bad i just sold my gma500 netbook lol.

  2. James says:

    Will this also do the brightness softkeys as is a problem
    on some hardware?

  3. bodhi.zazen says:

    @James That is a separate problem, some people have success with this and others not.

  4. Deepak says:

    All the GMA 500 guys would be dancing if this moves into a kernel. I was a Fedora fan for my desktop for ~5 years, following frm FC-5. Later, when i got a netbook, 2 yrs ago and Win7 was incompatible with GMA 500 drivers and so XP, I resorted to Lubuntu with Poulsbo support. That worked really great. I feel Fedora must develop netbook spins too as that is the trend thesedays for the low config systems like mine or tablets or other PCs. I shall be testing the F17 alpha in a couple of days and get back with comments soon. Good work guys.


  5. deepak says:

    I couldnt pass the black screen with F 17.
    Tried to install thru USB and no success with nomodeset too.
    Intel Atom 1.6 Gz Z 530 processor with 2GB RAM on a Benq Joybook lite U 121 Eco.
    Any suggestions??

  6. bodhi.zazen says:

    @deepak – You have to restart X (ctrl-alt-backspace). Fedora 17 works with gnome 3 and xfce with the last 2 daily builds I downloaded, most recent was xfce spin 3 days ago.

    If you have a problem, I highly encourage you to file a bug report against the psb_gfx driver with

  7. Peter says:

    *makes zoidberg victory dance*

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