[Quantal][SRU] Updated i915 driver for HSW support

Leann Ogasawara leann.ogasawara at canonical.com
Mon Dec 3 17:55:37 UTC 2012

On 12/03/2012 09:31 AM, Anca Emanuel wrote:
> Publish to an ppa ? or something else for people to test ?

amd64 test kernel posted at:



> On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM, Leann Ogasawara
> <leann.ogasawara at canonical.com> wrote:
>> On 12/03/2012 05:14 AM, Anca Emanuel wrote:
>>> VGA fixes here:
>>> http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.freedesktop.xorg.drivers.intel/16580
>> Thanks for the heads up.  I've applied the 5 noted patches from that
>> thread to the updated i915 driver I've proposed and tested.  I can
>> confirm the suspend/resume issue I was seeing when testing over  VGA is
>> resolved with this additional set of patches.  I've gone ahead and
>> pushed them to my branch:
>> git://kernel.ubuntu.com/ogasawara/ubuntu-quantal.git hsw-backport-3.6
>> Thanks,
>> Leann
>>> On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM, Leann Ogasawara
>>> <leann.ogasawara at canonical.com> wrote:
>>>> BugLink: http://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1085245
>>>> == Quantal SRU Justification ==
>>>> Beginning with the 12.04.2 point release, we are providing the 12.10
>>>> kernel as an enablement vehicle.  Enablement for Haswell graphics has
>>>> been a frequent request and highly sought after for the 12.04.2 point
>>>> release coupled with the 12.10 kernel and X stack.  Full enablement
>>>> support for Haswell will unfortunately not be available by default until
>>>> the upstream v3.8 kernel.  Given our release time frames, waiting for
>>>> the v3.8 kernel to land in an official Ubuntu release and propagate back
>>>> into 12.04 will greatly delay our ability to support Haswell in the near
>>>> future.  As an alternative solution, I'm am proposing we provide an
>>>> updated i915 driver in Quantal with Haswell support.
>>>> == Fix ==
>>>> We can provide an updated snapshot of the i915 driver which supports
>>>> Haswell.  This updated snapshot is also making it's way through the
>>>> drm-intel tree and targeting to land in the upstream v3.8 kernel.  This
>>>> updated version of the i915 driver being proposed here for the Quantal
>>>> kernel will only support Haswell pci id's which should greatly reduce
>>>> the risk of regression to non-Haswell hardware.  The following set of
>>>> patches introduces this updated i915 driver as an Ubuntu driver (ie
>>>> ubuntu-quantal/ubuntu/i915) and will be renamed to "i915_hsw".
>>>> The updated i915 snapshot was taken from
>>>> "git://people.freedesktop.org/~danvet/drm backport-3.6" which was
>>>> specifically provided by Intel to help with backporting efforts.  It is
>>>> a v3.6 based tree with primarily Haswell enablement patches applied on
>>>> top.  It should be less volatile than a drm-intel-nightly branch which
>>>> contains the same Haswell support.  The set of patches I'm proposing for
>>>> the Quantal kernel can be reviewed at:
>>>>   git://kernel.ubuntu.com/ogasawara/ubuntu-quantal.git hsw-backport-3.6
>>>> I would note I did have to include some patches which touch outside the
>>>> ubuntu/i915 space.  However, I hope most are straightforward enough to
>>>> see they pose no risk of regression (ie they only introduce new
>>>> #define's or functions which are only used by this newer driver).  I
>>>> would also note I did need to also cherry-pick some drm/fb-helper
>>>> patches which were listed in the backport-3.6 branch from Intel in order
>>>> to resolve some VGA issues I was seeing while testing.  I hope those are
>>>> also straightforward when reviewing.
>>>> == Testing ==
>>>> I've tested this on a Beta Shark Bay Desktop SDP replicating the same
>>>> package combination we'll see with the 12.04.2 point release, ie Precise
>>>> + Quantal X stack + Quantal test kernel.  I see significant improvements
>>>> compared to a stock Quantal kernel.  With a stock Quantal kernel, the
>>>> system is unusable and the monitor powers off 3secs into booting
>>>> anyways.  With the proposed set of patches I'm able to successfully boot
>>>> and connect a monitor over HDMI and VGA.  I also did some general smoke
>>>> testing of suspend/resume, audio, ethernet, wifi, reboot/shutdown, 3D,
>>>> and monitor hotplugging all of which passed with the exception of
>>>> suspend/resume failures over VGA which I'm told is a known issue that is
>>>> being addressed.  I have also tested this on all my non-Haswell hardware
>>>> and can confirm I see no regressions.
>>>> Given this set of patches should be well contained and really only
>>>> affect Haswell hardware, I propose we try and pull it in for the
>>>> upcoming Quantal kernel SRU cycle.  It will allow us to ensure we see no
>>>> regressions on non-Haswell hardware but also allow us to start more
>>>> widespread testing against the Haswell hardware we do have access to.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Leann
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