Bug#606340: This bug not completely fixed in 2:2.13.0-5
To follow up on my previous report, I have now had success with
xserver-xorg-video-intel/2:2.13.0-5 on the 32-bit 945GME system.
To recount the sequence of events, I originally encountered the error
with the 2:2.13.0-5 version when trying to use "apt-get install
xserver-xorg-video-intel" on a working Debian testing install without
a subsequent reboot. I then followed advice in this bug thread to
downgrade to 2:2.13.0-2. I couldn't get that to work, however, so as
a last resort I tried a reboot, and it worked. That required reboot
for 2:2.13.0-2 has been niggling at me ever since so today I tried
2:2.13.0-5 again, and it worked. I then tried a reboot, and
2:2.13.0-5 continued to work.
So my working hypothesis to explain what I encountered is rebooting is
sometimes necessary to get recent versions of xserver-xorg-video-intel
to work. Anyhow, if any Debian user encounters the "(EE) No devices
detected" error for xserver-xorg-video-intel, I would highly recommend
trying a reboot to see if that solves the issue.
To replicate the issue I encountered, I suggest following exactly the
same sequence of events that I did which is (1) to do an expert
minimal install of Debian without X (i.e., drop all tasks from
tasksel), and (2) for that working minimal install, try installing
xserver-xorg-video-intel without subsequent rebooting. If the "(EE)
No devices detected" error is encountered (like happened for me) and
further rebooting solves it, then that would confirm the hypothesis.
Assuming the hypothesis is correct, one solution to the issue which I
think would justify closing this bug report would be to warn users
about the reboot requirement with an install warning message for
Alan W. Irwin
Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (astrowww.phys.uvic.ca).
Programming affiliations with the FreeEOS equation-of-state implementation
for stellar interiors (freeeos.sf.net); PLplot scientific plotting software
package (plplot.org); the libLASi project (unifont.org/lasi); the Loads of
Linux Links project (loll.sf.net); and the Linux Brochure Project