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how to roll back intel video driver

asked 2016-04-09 08:27:40 -0600

padraic gravatar image

I have a Dell XPS 15 (l502x). It's an optimus machine.

Last night I updated the intel drivers with the 'Intel Graphics Installer for Linux'. Now my machine crashes back to gdm login when I try to play a video in VLC.

How can I find out what the previous driver was and return to it?

The installer adds a repository. So I thought of removing all packages from that repository but it with dependencies that would require removing 735 (!) packages.

The following packages are currently installed from the intellinuxgraphics repo:

cairo.x86_64                          1.14.4-23.intel20154         @intellinuxgraphics
cairo-devel.x86_64                    1.14.4-23.intel20154         @intellinuxgraphics
cairo-gobject.i686                    1.14.4-23.intel20154         @intellinuxgraphics
cairo-gobject.x86_64                  1.14.4-23.intel20154         @intellinuxgraphics
cairo-gobject-devel.x86_64            1.14.4-23.intel20154         @intellinuxgraphics
intel-gpu-tools.x86_64                2.99.917-23.intel20154       @intellinuxgraphics
intel-linux-graphics-installer.x86_64 1.4.0-23.intel20154          @intellinuxgraphics
libva-intel-driver.x86_64             1.6.2-23.intel20154          @intellinuxgraphics
xorg-x11-drv-intel.x86_64             2.99.917-23.intel20154       @intellinuxgraphics

I guess if I can install them from another repo and allow overwriting that should work right? However I can't find them in the *fedora repo.

Any help much appreciated.

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answered 2016-04-11 16:44:34 -0600

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Try this:

  1. disable the repository by editing the /etc/yum.repos.d/ repo file for intellinuxgraphics
  2. run dnf distro-sync

If that doesn't work, here are some tools that might help you:

  • Have a look at the dnf repository-packages command documented in man dnf.
  • have a look at dnf plugin "repomanage"
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Those first two steps worked for me. Thanks!

padraic gravatar imagepadraic ( 2016-04-13 17:46:09 -0600 )edit

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