Making openSUSE 11.4 Work on HP ProBook 5320m

If you have an ugly flickering screen when booting openSUSE 11.4 on a HP ProBook 5320m, then do this:

  1. You’ll need at least the package “xorg-x11-proto-devel” to build the driver (zypper install xorg-x11-proto-devel)
  2.  Download a working Intel graphics driver: xf86-video-intel-2.15.0.tar.bz2 (yes, there are other versions there as well and no, they don’t work)
  3. Unpack the archive
  4. cd xf86-video-intel-2.15.0
  5. Configure it: ./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64
  6. make
  7. as root: make install
  8. as root: Edit “/boot/grub/menu.lst” Add “nomodeset” to ever line which starts with “kernel”  and which doesn’t already have it
  9. Reboot.

Note: Do this remotely from a second PC – your eyes will be thankful. ssh and wget are your friends.

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