Install via source drivers


Once installed, You can watch hardware scaled video. Something I was unable to do using the previous via or vesa drivers with 8.10.
Running two+ videos simultaneously still does not work. But overall desktop performance is much better than previous drivers or the vesa drivers. I am not sure of the current status of 3d integration....

Note: vinstalls require root access (sudo)

Install required packages:

(Others would be better at determining exactly which packages are required)
sudo apt-get install subversion build-essential automake1.9 libtool pkg-config xserver-xorg-dev libxvmc-dev x11proto-gl-dev libglu1-mesa-dev autoconf libdrm2 libdrm-dev mesa-common-dev gettext libxinerama-dev x11proto-xf86dri-dev xutils-dev autoconf2.13 autoconf-archive gnu-standards autoconf-doc automake1.9-doc libtool-doc gcj automake

Get the source ready

Download via-xserver-86a-50283_src.tgz from
Unpack the archive

Ensure full directory path contains no spaces.

Compile the XServer drivers

Compile the DRM kernel module

Fix the vinst process

Copy the compiled files to "via-xserver-86a-50283_src/XServer/Misc/bin" for the vinstall script

Do the install

Run the vinstall script as sudo from the Misc folder.

add/modify entries in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "Device"



My seems to come from libgl1-mesa-glx, You may need to install this package. I had to add a link for to enable X11/Xv playback in mplayer.

Hold your breath and reboot! (or restart X)


Thanks to the people in this thread

LaptopTestingTeam/Old/HP2133/CompileSourceHowTo (last edited 2010-02-26 23:55:09 by primes2h)