Support for the Mini 12 with Intel GMA 500 chipset

Josh Adams jadams1217 at
Sun Dec 14 17:30:29 CST 2008

I've tried Ubuntu, Fedoa, and Arch and could not get the X server to start
on any of them.  I have seen the link you gave me before, but could not find
the drivers that they used anywhere.  Normally the xf86-video-intel driver
takes care of just about all of the Intel chipsets, but it does not work
with the GMA 500.

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 5:06 PM, Boris Epstein <borepstein at> wrote:

> On Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 10:27 PM, Josh Adams <jadams1217 at> wrote:
> >
> > I think I've finally found the right place to ask this.  I recently
> bought a Mini 12 with Vista and had planned on putting Linux on it right
> away (I was too impatient to wait for the Linux version to pop up).
>  However, I soon discovered that there doesn't seem to be any support for
> the GMA 500 chipset.  I'm wondering if this chipset will receive Linux
> support in the near future when you release the Ubuntu version of the
> laptop.  What worries me is the fact that the UK dell site is shipping the
> Ubuntu version of the Mini 12 with a 900 chipset.  So basically I'm asking
> will the Mini 12 Ubuntu version support the Intel GMA 500 chipset or will I
> need to return my laptop and get one with a different chipset in order to
> properly support Linux?
> >
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> Based on this, what you are saying is not necessarily the case:
> How bad is it for you? Can you not get the graphics operational at
> all? What distros have you tried?
> Boris.
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