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doctorbighands
January 30th, 2010, 02:51 AM
I'm debating between purchasing two different laptops. They each have different, but comparable, video cards. I'd like to know which one will work more seamlessly with Ubuntu before I buy.

Laptop 1: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730

Laptop 2: nVidia GeForce GT 325M

I know which one I prefer based on pure specs, but it's more important to me not to have to fight with it or have it be buggy when I install Ubuntu.

Any insight you can shed will be very appreciated!

nhasian
January 30th, 2010, 02:54 AM
in the past ati has been a little problematic but recently a lot of work has gone into the linux kernel for ati GPUs and it is a lot better supported in 2.6.32+ Personally i've always used nVidia and i've never had a problem.

audiomick
January 30th, 2010, 02:58 AM
I have read here and there that ATI is improving, but as far as I know, nVidia has a better track record.
Mine haven't given me any trouble.

halitech
January 30th, 2010, 02:59 AM
Personally I've never had a problem with ati cards until 9.04 when xorg made changes. I'm still using an ati card (HD4350) with no problems.

Personally, I would check the card specs against the ati driver site and see if its supported.

Most will probably say Nvidia but its person opinion.

audiomick
January 30th, 2010, 03:02 AM
[QUOTE=halitech;8746390
Personally, I would check the card specs against the ati driver site and see if its supported. [/QUOTE]

Actually the best advice, and applies to the nVidia one as well.

drzoo2
January 30th, 2010, 03:08 AM
in the past ati has been a little problematic but recently a lot of work has gone into the linux kernel for ati GPUs and it is a lot better supported in 2.6.32+ Personally i've always used nVidia and i've never had a problem.

I second the Nvidia. Always just worked. That said this is a new card and it won't work out of the box (Enabling the restriced driver). You will have to get the Nvidia binary driver. Unfortunaly, I just looked at their released and beta driver and it doesn't support this yet either. In going with Nvidia you will have to wait a few months until NV binary supports this chip.

z

doctorbighands
January 30th, 2010, 03:26 AM
Personally, I would check the card specs against the ati driver site and see if its supported.

I found this on an Ubuntu docs page: "Radeon HD support is currently limited, but rapidly improving." I don't really know how to check more specifically than that.


You will have to get the Nvidia binary driver. Unfortunaly, I just looked at their released and beta driver and it doesn't support this yet either. In going with Nvidia you will have to wait a few months until NV binary supports this chip.

This tells me I should probably stick to the ATI card. It's the one I prefer anyway, so that works out fine.

halitech
January 30th, 2010, 03:34 AM
that is the opensource drivers. Check here for the ATI driver

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

doctorbighands
January 30th, 2010, 04:04 AM
that is the opensource drivers. Check here for the ATI driver

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

I went to that site, and I can't find a driver for this card for any OS at all! What does THAT mean??

drzoo2
January 30th, 2010, 04:12 AM
I went to that site, and I can't find a driver for this card for any OS at all! What does THAT mean??

The thing about Nvidia is it will be available. I would expect in the next beta release. I can't comment on the ATI as I have never used them and am not familiar with there support.

The nice thing about ATI is their driver is open. If you care about such things.

z

btw, here is a link to the linux NV forums were you can find out more info for yourself
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=14

And the driver releases...
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=122606

doctorbighands
January 30th, 2010, 04:29 AM
Ok, so, if I'm understanding everyone correctly, the bottom line is as follows:

It doesn't really matter.

I'm gathering that, although nVidia has a better track record, both cards are so new that neither one will work OOTB at the moment, and it's likely that (eventually) I wouldn't really have an issue with either one of them.

Is all that basically right, or am I really confused?

djdarrin91
January 30th, 2010, 05:00 AM
I would say nvidia,ive used nvidia card on Ubuntu for quite some time with no real issues. Good luck.

halitech
January 30th, 2010, 02:08 PM
I went to that site, and I can't find a driver for this card for any OS at all! What does THAT mean??

if you looked specifically for 5730, then no it isn't listed. it's under the Radeon 5700 Series

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx?type=2.4.1&product=2.4.1.3.43&lang=English

audiomick
January 31st, 2010, 01:55 AM
Ok, so, if I'm understanding everyone correctly, the bottom line is as follows:

It doesn't really matter.

I'm gathering that, although nVidia has a better track record, both cards are so new that neither one will work OOTB at the moment, and it's likely that (eventually) I wouldn't really have an issue with either one of them.

Is all that basically right, or am I really confused?

That's basically right.;)

sinbin
February 14th, 2010, 11:35 PM
I went to that site, and I can't find a driver for this card for any OS at all! What does THAT mean??

I don't believe that the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5730 is supported by AMD yet. Please see the following website:

http://www.amd.com/uk/products/notebook/graphics/ati-mobility-hd-5700/Pages/hd-5730-specs.aspx

See note 1 which states that driver support is scheduled for release in 2010.

The link on the page for Support and Drivers refers the user to the laptop vendor/manufacturer for drivers.

bgilbert
February 26th, 2010, 04:41 PM
doctorbighands, I'm looking at getting a laptop with the ati card. If you did end up getting one of the laptops, could you please give a quick post with your experience? I'm curious as to how the graphics card worked out for you, it'd also help anyone with searching for similar answers.

Thanks in advance!