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xorg-x11-drv-intel vs. xorg-x11-drv-vesa

asked 2013-07-21 12:06:41 -0600

João M. S. Silva gravatar image

updated 2014-09-29 00:03:21 -0600

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Is xorg-x11-drv-vesa an alternative to xorg-x11-drv-intel or, in other words, what are the disadvantages of using xorg-x11-drv-vesa instead of the recommended xorg-x11-drv-intel?

I ask this because xorg-x11-drv-intel has a known bug for my graphics card (i915, ASUS laptop). I'm now using VESA and I don't notice any difference, besides the bug. Maybe there are performance differences.


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I just found out that it seems I'm still using driver i915 from the kernel, even after removing the xorg-x11-drv-intel package.

João M. S. Silva gravatar imageJoão M. S. Silva ( 2013-07-21 16:43:49 -0600 )edit

According to Chris Wilson from, the fallback is xorg-x11-drv-modesetting, not VESA.

João M. S. Silva gravatar imageJoão M. S. Silva ( 2013-08-16 16:19:26 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-07-21 17:14:13 -0600

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The VESA driver are very basic drivers which in exchange support most graphics cards. Sou you can use them with AMD chips, with Intel chips, with NVidia chips, … But while they are working in most cases, they will not bring out the full potential of you graphics card (especially in terms of 3d graphics).

So in other words, if they are working, you should go for the specialized drivers. In your case the intel drivers. You should/can use the VESA driver as fallback if there are any problems.

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