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#1 2019-03-24 20:21

Janus
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Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

Hello,
I have some problems with my Acer Aspire One D260-Dkk Netbook, that I want to use as a media PC. It was basically never used.

It should have Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (whatever that is supposed to be), as far I can judge. I am not sure, if it is in use or even if it is a real graphic card and therefore displayed or just some support software. All I know is, that videos etc. are slower than under windows 7 starter.

The SNID only leads me to the basic Aspire One D260 acer.com/datasheets/2010/4876/D260/LU.SCH0D.136.html . No mention of GMA 3150, even though I saw it listed in auctions for the D260-Dkk.

Is this "Accelerator" generally supported by Q4OS? How can I see if it is active?

Could its lack be a reason for laggy vids?

Do I need to download drivers or sth?

I am quite new to this and sorry for the inconveniences.

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#2 2019-03-24 20:42

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

Okay, it gets even worse.

D260 is 32 bit.
D260-Dkk is probably 64 bit.

My labels are contradictory.

How can I found out which processor structure I have?

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#3 2019-03-24 20:56

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

W7 Starter is always 32 bit it seems. I have the right Q4OS version at least.

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#4 2019-03-24 21:58

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

Hi! You could search for this info, google is you friend.

Your Acer Aspire One D260-Dkk Netbook uses an Intel Atom N450 CPU (64bit) with an integrated Intel GMA 3150 series Graphics Processor:

https://www.cnet.com/products/acer-aspi … dd-series/
https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en … 3-ghz.html

I have an even slower Asus EeePC 1000H with an Intel Atom N270 CPU (32bit) with an integrated Intel GMA 950 series Graphics Processor. Q4OS runs fine (taking in account the hardware limitations) and the Intel i915 driver is used (so should yours). You may check this on the terminal with the command (in my case):

$ lspci -k | grep -A3 VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
	Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller
	Kernel driver in use: i915
	Kernel modules: i915

It shows the Kernel driver in use: i915 for the Intel Corporation Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller. You should get something alike.

For better performance you should probably deactivate "Desktop Effects" or TDE/Plasma Windows Composition. On my hardware and with Xfce it's ok with windows composition activated but on TDE It lags too much. I can play videos and Youtube just fine, so should you.

Last edited by jotapesse (2019-03-24 22:00)


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#5 2019-03-24 22:17

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I've upgraded my Asus EeePC 1000H HDD to a SSD. It helps.


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#6 2019-03-25 15:31

Janus
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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

I looked it up. The contradictory info was confusing even with the official Acer page. Idk why your recommended far more useful sites were not listed higher, sry. hmm

I installed Xfce and deactivated its desktop effects as well now. Youtube vids play at 360p only just and only if you don't move the cursor. Would you say this is normal?

Stable 480p would be desired. I'd like to avoid to spend to much though. Would upgrading the RAM to 2GB help, as an alternative or not really? Not sure what the limiting factor here is.

I use Firefox and would like to keep it. Same with q4os tbh, but if nothing helps would there even be a comparable lighter distro?

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#7 2019-03-25 16:04

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4
xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
        Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx In
tegrated Graphics Controller
        Kernel driver in use: i915
        Kernel modules: i915

Hmm, doesn't seem active or it's indeed not included in some versions.

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#8 2019-03-25 16:35

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

You don't need Xfce, unless you prefer it. I'm able to play 480p Youtube videos full screen with ~85% CPU load and ~500MB total RAM used with Chromium either in TDE or Xfce. 720p videos stutters and the cpu load jumps to 100%. The limiting factor here is the CPU/GPU combo not being powerful enough to handle the required video decoding work load. You should get slightly better results on your hardware but not by much.

More RAM would be useful if you want more applications/windows/browser tabs running simultaneously. I have 2GB RAM but it makes no difference for the video decoding purpose. Only ~500MB total were used. So it's not a matter of a lighter distro or better resource usage, it's the hardware that simply isn't powerful enough no matter what.

My Asus EeePC 1000H has already turned 11 years of age. It's just wonderful that I'm able to still use it with updated system/applications thanks to GNU/Linux. But don't expect miracles! :-)

Last edited by jotapesse (2019-03-25 17:00)


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#9 2019-03-25 16:39

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

Janus wrote:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4
xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
        Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx In
tegrated Graphics Controller
        Kernel driver in use: i915
        Kernel modules: i915

Hmm, doesn't seem active or it's indeed not included in some versions.

It's perfectly fine, just as mine.


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#10 2019-03-25 16:48

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

CPU load is already at 90% with 360p in fullscreen for me. Strange. : /

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#11 2019-03-25 16:57

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

Janus wrote:

CPU load is already at 90% with 360p in fullscreen for me. Strange. : /

Sorry, I can't really say why. You may have other issues or perhaps the HDD slow speed is further limiting the performance.


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#12 2019-03-31 13:01

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Re: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 support - Slow netbook.

I have the exact same netbook, and I have some bad news for you: The graphics chip was made by some obscure company and the only graphics drivers that are available for it are Windows 7 32-Bit. Nothing else works on it, trust me I have tried. A lot. Not one single linux distro ever created has graphics drivers for it, rendering it completely useless. I even found some site that claimed to have Windows 64-Bit graphic drivers for it, none of them work no matter what tricks you try. Bottom line is: that particular netbook is stuck on Windows 7 32-Bit FOREVER, intel will never write a Windows 10 driver for it and I don't see the linux community stepping up to the plate either. On a small bonus note, it works well with 4GB RAM even if it's not officially supported, and with an unlocked BIOS one can assign more RAM to the graphics so at least it works well with Windows 7. I will save mine for historical purposes, gonna show Windows 7 to my grandchildren one day in the far far future.

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