View Full Version : best laptop for OpenGL?

03-04-2002, 10:31 PM

I'm looking for recommendations on what might
be the best Linux Laptop running (hardware
accelerated) OpenGL?


03-05-2002, 12:06 AM
I do not know if you even have an alternative to NVidia but their hardware/driver is very good.

03-05-2002, 05:35 AM
I have been on this search for a few years. I started with a compaq with an ati 3d rage pro. That did work but was weak, and a little unstable. Laptops with these graphic chips should now be pretty inexpensive.

I am now using a dell 8000 with an NVidia "Gforce 2 go". It is very nice, and easily plays any game out there (Linux drivers are very complete and are now very stable). That said, it is noticably slower than my desktop with a Gforce 2 GTS.

Dell now makes laptops with the radeon 7500. This card should be far faster than the GForce 2 go, it can come with 64 Meg, and it has the new generation shaders, unlike the 2-go. I believe that there is 3d support for this card in xfree 4.1/4.2, and if it's not there yet, you can always opt to buy the xigraphics X server + accel opengl driver while you wait.

The GForce 4 go is also comming out on dells. My guess is that these are as fast or maybe faster than the ati 7500's. But they have the GForce 2 feature set -- no shaders.

I believe that Toshiba also uses the NVidea chips.


Julien Cayzac
03-05-2002, 05:49 AM
Toshiba Satellite 3000-xxx are very nice.
Mine has a GeForce2 Go.


03-14-2002, 03:11 AM
You might want to see the latest Thinkpad A31p from IBM . It has FireGL ATI 64 MBRAM with an Pentium 4.


03-16-2002, 07:12 PM
I put Linux on my Dell laptop. I put Mandrake on it, it worked fine exept I couldn't get the sound to work.

03-20-2002, 02:01 AM
I run on Dell Inspiron 8000 (rage mobility) on both win2k and mandrake.. everything works fine, 3d accel and sound etc...

that's my recommendation

03-25-2002, 01:05 PM
Has anybody tried the DRI drivers for the new radeon 7500 laptop chipsets?

I'm thinking of getting a new sony viao with the radeon7500 but they are so new I can't find any info on how well it works with linux.

Mr. T

04-10-2002, 03:52 AM
I just got a sony GRX with the radeon 7500 card. Installed the DRI drivers and all I can say is SWEEEEEEEEEEET! 200+ FPS in my app.

1600x120 LCD screen and OGL with KDE3 is just about anybody could want in their whole life http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif

04-10-2002, 09:02 AM
How much gfx memory did the sony come with?