Installed Ubuntu Server 13.04 64 bit on an Intel S1200BTL board. The official Intel cd came with a few Linux drivers, but the one for onboard video is missing. I am certain there is no hardware acceleration because Unity is slightly choppy and
/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p yields "no" under "Not software rendered" (why the confusing double negation?)
First, I looked through the 5 pages of available software for the S1200BT family in the Intel website. Closest match was a driver for S1200BTS which I was tempted to try but froze in my tracks when I read "Please DO NOT use this package on Intel® Server Board S1200BTL" in the description. Fair enough, though I can't help but wonder what's the deal with S1200BTL in particular.
Then I tried the web-based Intel driver update utility. I let it run for about 3 hours and it seemed quite determined to keep rendering that progress bar until the end of time.
Next stop was the Intel Linux Graphics Installer utility. After a few installation hurdles, I ran it and was told there was nothing to do because I had no Intel graphics card. What the...?
So then I ran
lspci | grep VGA and lo and behold, turns out my card was actually...
Matrox Electronics Systems Ltd. MGA G200e [Pilot] ServerEngines (SEP1) [rev07]
At this point, I went to the Matrox website and rummaged around the legacy drivers (looks like MGA G200e is no longer supported) circa 2005-2007. Problem is, those drivers, including some unofficial ones I found by some tuxx guy, are made for version 7.1 of the X server at most, and Ubuntu 13.04 uses 1.13 version. I read about some guys who managed to downgrade X to 7.1 to get the drivers working, but it looked SO PAINFUL.
Anyone ran into this sort of issue and found an easier solution?