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Old 04-12-2010, 10:35 PM   #1
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ATI Mobility Radeon 4670 compatibility with linux?

I am debating between a Sony Vaio F and a Dell Studio XPS 16. The Studio XPS 16 is mostly better but the graphics card is ATI while I assume I can trust the Sony's nVidia card.

AMD says this card is supported by Catalyst. What I want to know is what kind of linux performance can I get? I will dual boot with Windows for most gaming, but I want compiz/glx-dock to run smoothly and buglessly and I want Wine to recognize the card and 3d linux games to play. WoW under Wine would be nice but not essential as I'll have Windows for games.
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IMO avoid ATI if you want to use Linux. Nvidia support is much better. I have used very old ATI cards with Linux though, things may have improved in the meantime. Still, my experience is that Nvidia's drivers are much more regularly updated, and I've never had any problems with using Nvidia cards and drivers under Linux.

Alternatively, see if you can maybe strike a deal, I have an understanding with my local computer shop that I can try out a card and see if it works, if not I can return and exchange. But then, they are quite positive toward Linux and open source experimentation.
Old 04-13-2010, 08:08 AM   #3
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Frankly, I would avoid nvidia at all costs. I've used a few cards in the past, and always suffered from system lockups when doing anything 3D related with their proprietary drivers.

The HD4670 is supported by both catalyst and the open source drivers. compiz and the various docks will work quite well. Gaming with wine will, as always, depend on the game and on wine :-) You would probably have more luck with gaming with catalyst than with the open source drivers.



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