Intel Graphics Configuration for Fedora 19 (Et. Al.)

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Intel Sandybridge The Intel Sandybridge i7-2620M processor is capable of overheating Linux

I’ve been plagued for the last few months with problems with my Intel Graphics on my Lenovo T420. I originally bought this laptop specifically because of traditionally great Linux support for Thinkpad hardware. I had the option of Intel vs Nvidia graphics, and I chose Intel because Gnome3 was reputed to work better with the Intel graphics.

This laptop has pretty impressive specs An excerpt from /proc/cpuinfo on Linux

I’ve also got plenty of ram (excerpt from /proc/meminfo:

My problems were:

  • Overheating
  • Poor performance when overheating
  • Overheating

Frequently the temperature as reported by system monitor would register around 95C degrees, which is uncomfortably warm to both the lap and hands. I did a lot of probing around and eventually wrote a script to just detect when the graphics card was in a wierd state

After a lot of mailing list and Google research (months, not days or hours) I finally stumbled on this tidbit on the ArchWiki

Link: File to create: /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf