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    Mobility Radeon x1800

    Hey,

    I'm considering buying a Dell XPS M2010....the only problem I see with it is that it has an ATI card. A Mobility Radeon x1800. I searched the forums a little but couldnt come up with any recent credible posts. So, does anyone use this card and can comment on its usability with linux?

    thanks.

    PS: No, I'm not very hopeful...but if it's not available, I'll have to drop down to the M1710 instead. Which is also pretty good, so

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    Re: Mobility Radeon x1800

    This card won't work very well with the ati drivers at all...

    You really should search harder for nvidia
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    Re: Mobility Radeon x1800

    I was just wondering like I said, I'll probably end up getting the M1710, which does have an Nvidia card, a "GeForce Go 7900 GTX Graphics Card".

    By the way, the M1710, by the time I've customized to what I want, comes out to around 5400 On the flipside, it is one hot notebook.

    oddly enough, the most expensive thing seems to be the RAM. Seems to be 600 US dollars for 1 GB? And I'm getting 4 GBs.
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    Re: Mobility Radeon x1800

    Personally i think you should split the money in half, then get yourself and me a still reasonably decent laptop
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    Re: Mobility Radeon x1800

    Quote Originally Posted by PriceChild View Post
    Personally i think you should split the money in half, then get yourself and me a still reasonably decent laptop
    Sounds like a reasonable idea

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    Re: Mobility Radeon x1800

    Believe me, you DON'T want to buy a laptop with an ATi card for Linux, especially a X1000 series.

    Some of the things I've had to put up with on my mobile X1400 include:

    -No FOSS driver, ATi seems to be holding back a developer who was working on one due to NDA issues.
    -No Linux support what so ever until 4 months after it was released.
    -No 3D until a month or two after that
    -No XVideo acceleration and then faulty XVideo acceleration for until the last 3 months
    -Last and month before this month driver release broke XVideo in X.org 7.1
    -FGLRX driver included in Edgy doesn't have working XVideo.
    -Still occasional problems with suspend/hibernation.
    -Still no AIGLX support.

    In short, ATi on Linux, DON'T DO IT! You'll be much happier with a NVidia or Intel graphics.
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    Re: Mobility Radeon x1800

    @darkninja; Thanks. I was just wondering about the x1000 series. I already know ATI on linux sucks, my current setup is frustrating me to no end!

    I'm going for the XPS M1710, I think. But I'm buying it next year, so no hurry.

    @PriceChild: It's actually a graduation president for me, so I couldn't split it even if I wanted to haha though I doubt I would anyways

    Honestly, I do hate to spend this much money on it, but I can't find anything reliable with same or better specs for less money . I reckon I'll start another "help me find a laptop" thread soon.

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    Re: Mobility Radeon x1800

    x1*00 is pretty bad... but x1800 particularly so on linux.

    That's what im hearign from friends using it.
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    Re: Mobility Radeon x1800

    Yup everyone here is right I wish ati would pull it together, mainly for the X1K cards. Im running a X1600pro, and I get less performance than my laptop with a 9200 radeon onboard :S There's practically no 2D/3D acceleration at all :S even with the newest fglrx drivers

    Nvidia/Intel is the way to go, unless AMD fixes ati's horrible driver support teams
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