Bug#451791: xserver-xorg-video-intel: Fonts and many other items fail to render legibly
forcemerge 439210 451791
Andrew C. Dingman wrote:
> Subject: xserver-xorg-video-intel: Fonts and many other items fail to render legibly
> Package: xserver-xorg-video-intel
> Version: 2:2.2.0-1
> Severity: grave
> Justification: renders package unusable
> Reportbug has picked up data from the currently-running, perfectly
> functional 2:2.1.0-2 package. I could not run reportbug with 2.2.0-1
> installed. All fonts were completely illegible (black boxes) unless I
> set Gnome's font rendering preferences to 'monochrome'. At that point,
> *most* fonts showed up, but not all, including none in the gnome
> terminal. Xterm worked just fine. However, in addition to the font
> rendering problems, most icons were either rendered impropperly or
> surrounded by black rectangles. Text consoles failed to display at
> all, even with GDM stopped.
Sounds like #439210, which is discussed upstream at
Adding the following to the Device section in your xorg.conf could
Option "AccelMethod" "XAA"
But it could also degrade other things.