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Old 08-03-2011, 04:41 PM   #16
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I like to blame intel at least in part for that- for 15 years they have wanted a 'bigger slice' of the GPU market (even though intel has never built a GPU worth even looking at).
Just a sidenote, Intel already had the biggest slice of the GPU market for many years, just not for discrete video cards.

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If you are wanting to use the proprietary drivers, ATI is NOT the way to go.
May be your experience. Since I have a notebook with ATI Radeon HD3200 integrated graphics (approximately 2 years) I had never an issue with that driver on different distros (mostly Ubuntu, Debian and Slackware, but also some distro-hopping).
 
Old 08-04-2011, 05:34 AM   #17
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Just a sidenote, Intel already had the biggest slice of the GPU market for many years, just not for discrete video cards.
Video chips, maybe, but GPU implies decent video performance. Intel didnt even get hardware T&L untill, what, 2007? (G965 IIRC) only 8 years after nVidia and ATI had T&L.....

Intel only has a big slice of the video chip market because of intergrated video. Most people who are after a 'GPU' dont use the intel video, they get an ATI/AMD or nVidia GPU. Since intel ships video with almost all motherboards, intel counts itself as a bigger 'player' in the market than it really is.

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Good news for me, I checked with pcspecialists today, apparently there is a button on the machines case that will bring me joy!! it is a hardware switch to force the gpu (ie, bypass optimus!!)

I will still be giving BumbleBee a whirl though, I'll post the outcome.

Hopefully won't be too long now, I had an email tonight to say the machine is built and going into testing tomorrow YEY!!
Hopefully the switch works.

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Sorry for the slight over-enthusiasm, every post on every forum I have seen that has Linux and Optimus in the same sentence have a seriously unhappy vibe, I was listening to The Smiths and contemplating self harm after only an hour's trolling last night!!
Playing the smiths, thats not far of self-harm already. At least it wasnt a Morrissey album.....though I do find somethign blacky amusing about the idea of suicide with 'your the one for me fatty' playing on repeat.
 
Old 08-09-2011, 05:55 PM   #18
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My new toy has arrived and all seems to be working, the switch on the case is a software switch so does not seem to respond, I have however installed Bumblebee and graphics appear to be working fine.

All in all I am a happy customer of 'PC Specialist'. One word of warning to anyone buying from them though, the courier they use (Yodel) are dreadful. Late delivery meant I had to wait the whole weekend for them to re-open then collect from the depot on Monday morning which was a nightmare. Stroppy unhelpful staff do seem to be very much the order of the day. Whilst waiting at the depot I was able to see how these guys literally throw goods around in there (I saw a guy chuck a 22" plasma screen 4 or 5 meters into a cage amoung the many other parcels he threw around!)
 
Old 08-09-2011, 08:18 PM   #19
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My new toy has arrived and all seems to be working, the switch on the case is a software switch so does not seem to respond, I have however installed Bumblebee and graphics appear to be working fine.

All in all I am a happy customer of 'PC Specialist'. One word of warning to anyone buying from them though, the courier they use (Yodel) are dreadful. Late delivery meant I had to wait the whole weekend for them to re-open then collect from the depot on Monday morning which was a nightmare. Stroppy unhelpful staff do seem to be very much the order of the day. Whilst waiting at the depot I was able to see how these guys literally throw goods around in there (I saw a guy chuck a 22" plasma screen 4 or 5 meters into a cage amoung the many other parcels he threw around!)
I'll also say that my laptop works just fine, even with an external monitor plugged into it. Everything works, even games, not that I play them at work.
 
  


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