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The Novice Guide To Buying A Linux Laptop

May 21, 2010, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vivek Gite)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Video Card and X Server

"This is the most important part in Laptop which is used by X Windows. However, selecting correct Video card is important; otherwise you will end up with 3D hardware accelerated card with 2D Linux driver or just basic display. So make sure your video card with 3D acceleration is supported under Linux. Nvidia has pretty good support with a proprietary driver which can deliver full 3D acceleration with 24 bit color. On other hand ATI drivers are open source. My advice is simple visit the following driver pages and make sure your video card is fully supported including 3D acceleration:

* ATI/AMD Linux drivers
* Nvidia Linux drivers
* Linux Graphics drivers from Intel

"Low End Video Cards

"The following list summaries low end fully supported Linux video cards:
* Intel GMA 4500MHD
* Intel GMA 500
* Intel 945GM
* Intel 950 GMA
* Intel X3100 GMA
* NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M (256MB)"

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