The kernel compiled with Jesse's i915 kernel modesetting patches doesn't work quite correctly on my GM965 card. When running the kernel, trying to switch to a text-mode console results in just a flashing
vertical stripe motif screen, and every second boot fails with just jibberish colours flashing on the screen. So i'm unable to try out the modeset=1 flag. Although I do get a nice small-text text-mode modeswitch on bootup before gnome starts now.

I'm up for helping track this down and fixing it. First, are the patches meant to work on the GM965 does anybody know? And if not, what needs to be done to get them to work?

The card is "Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)".

I got Jesse's patches from here: