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How to disable the i915 module?

asked 2016-01-12 09:43:24 -0500

Bart Friederichs gravatar image

I am having random crashes on my X system and I think i915 is the culprit. I want to disable this module to check if it is indeed the problem. I have tried adding it to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and even removing the /lib/modules/kernel-version/drivers/gpu/drm/i915 directory.

Nothing seems to help.

I wanted to install Intel's own driver, but they don't support Fedora 23 yet.

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So, first, what hardware do you have available? If you blacklist the i915 driver, how will your computer display anything? Do you have a GPU outside of your Intel processor that you are using? Do you have another driver to use with the Intel processor's GPU?

Also, what line did you add to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf to try to blacklist the i915 driver? How do you know your attempt to blacklist it failed? Did you execute lsmod after booting and see that the i915 driver is loaded?

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2016-01-13 10:01:06 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-01-12 14:45:50 -0500

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If you add a module to /etc/modprobe.d/*.conf to blacklist it, you also need to rebuild initramfs with 'dracut', for example

# dracut -f

That will rebuild initramfs for currently running kernel. And module will not autoload anymore.

I wanted to install Intel's own driver, but they don't support Fedora 23 yet.

Intel for most of its cards (all of their own design, except some PowerVR cards in some atom processors) only have one driver, and that is free driver which is already available in fedora. Best way to get your problems solved is to report bugs, also if you suspect that this is a i915 issue, you can try asking on irc.freenode.net #intel-gfx Fedora has a good hw. support and mostly up-to-date components. (kernel, libdrm, mesa, ddx, ...)

Also check bugzilla.redhat.com for bugs against, xorg-server, kernel, ..., if you want to report one, you can use ' abrt' (fedora bug report tool) or manually, report against 'xorg-x11-drv-intel' You can check currently reported bugs against it on bugz.fedoraproject.org/xorg-x11-drv-intel

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