Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Latitude - What's the best graphics card for Linux
- tzaphod wrote:
> Hi!I had this laptop at my last job. Be sure to fine tune your order when
> I'm going to buy a Latitude D830 soon, but haven't decided yet, what
> graphics card to choose. For a T9300 I can select between a NVidia NVS
> 140M or an on-board Intel GMX X3100.
> Which of these graphics cards causes less trouble on Linux? Will the
> GMA X3100 have enough performance for Beryl / Compiz and 3D
> applications like Blender? I also need to run some more or less
> complex WPF applications in a VirtualBox VM with XP or Server 2008.
> What about support of external monitors? Am I restricted in the
> resolution of the external monitor somehow?
> Anything else I should be aware of, when intending to run Linux on the
you buy this. It will run Linux VERY well as long as you pick the right
components. Specifically make sure you get it with the Intel wireless
and not the Dell wireless controller.
As for graphics I always go with Nvidia. The few times I have been
stuck with anything else has been a disappointment to say the least.
All the purists be damned as I want something that works. I had mine
set to run 1600x1080 on both internal and external displays. It worked
VERY well. I think you can now run multiple resolutions now with twinview.
- --- Tobi <listaccount@...> wrote:
> Drew Eckhardt wrote:Some version of all the hardware are known to work
> >> I'm going to buy a Latitude D830 soon,
> > You don't want to buy a "linux" laptop except from
> > company like Linux Certified which has worked out
> > driver and configuration issues.
> I generally don't see a problem in running Linux on
> a Latitude D830. All
> components are known to work with Linux. I'm just
> not sure, which graphics
> card is better.
with some version of Linux.
You might install some solid version of Linux other
people know to work (say RHEL 5.1) and find that
version 2 of the wireless chip is being used instead
of version 1, that all of the binary drivers don't
work, and that the backport of the iwl driver won't
compile with the redhat kernel. So you build a stock
Linux 2.6.25 kernel with recent drivers that does work
but breaks suspend because some acpi controls have
moved from /proc to /sys unless you enable backwards
compatability options. hald won't tell you what it's
doing, so unless you strace it or read through the
source you're not going to get that working.
You might find that the BIOS has been upgraded from
version 4 to 7 which in turn causes vbe tool to hang
on suspends. Reading the Nvidia documentation you'll
find that vbetool shouldn't be used. Since no one
writes documentation any more you'll have to dig
around and find that the files controlling that live
Trying to get Linux on a laptop is a potential
headache even if other people have successfully used
that model+Linux version together, and (unfortunately)
paying Dell to deal with the problem does not work.
- --- Tobi <listaccount@...> wrote:
> > Dell claims to sell a Linux version of the 1420It's a personal example and caution that having Dell
> I'm not interested in an Inspiron - it hast to be
> notebook - that's the Latitude at the moment (I
> think Vostro and XPS only
> come with glossy WSXGA+ displays.).
install Linux won't avoid problems.
I've had three Linux laptops (Linux Certified, Dell
Latitude 630, Dell Inpiron 1420) in the last five
years. Only the Linux Certified box worked without a
lot of tinkering.
If your time is worth money you want to buy from a
vendor that will deal with the headaches even if you
get the Dell (at least one of the Linux laptop vendors
sells a couple Latitude models).
Lots of people who don't do that have all sorts of
problems. Just do a web search.
If Dell guaranteed a specific hardware configuration
went with a given SKU we wouldn't have these problems,
but they don't.