I wouldn't buy any new laptop with an ATI card in it!
At least, on the desktop, you have options... 'can experiment with an ATI card and if you're unsatisfied, you have options.
So this is where the trolls have all gone!
I would like to say, that my choice for next laptop four months ago was Intel + ATI! And this was due to nVidia not solving power management problems with my previous laptop. I had really hard time with them, especially powermizer not changing levels fast enough but mainly this was due to stupid beeps, long waits when resuming from hibernate. More then 2 minutes were spent just on nothing, laptop was dead not doing anything - black screen, no HDD leds blinking and it beeps 3 times in between for no reason, kernel logs were reporting some spinlocks or so... And that was happening for period of 2 years. I had written long posts on nvnews, tried countless workarounds and nothing helped till the day I just received this new laptop with ATI, the lucky day :)
And guess what, no problems with powermizer, no problems with power management at all, hibernates are fast, suspend works, opengl is good, multiple monitors works, everything I need JUST WORKS like a charm! I would never go back to nVidia for laptop unless they show me that there are no problems with PM and proove me that ATI sucks :)
One thing that doesn't work for me is fast user switching, it just dies when second session is logged out :(
So, please get patches and don't act like trolls...
Also, I'm kinda lucky using ArchLinux, as there is AUR which does build catalyst with patches for me, I don't have to do anything by hand :)
I wish ATI to continue improving things...
if you are such a noob that you can not follow the threads and postings everywhere that you have to patch something, you are too much of a noob to use anything but a distro kernel.
Grab and run http://kanotix.com/files/install-fglrx-debian.sh to avoid worrying about these issues, but you have to be running (preferably) Kanotix, or Debian, or Ubuntu. It might work on derivatives like Mint, too. AFAIK it's tested to some degree on Kanotix and the latest release of Ubuntu.
Note: the above script is by Phoronix member "Kano", who afaik is the lead developer of the Kanotix distro. Although he is vocal about many valid problems with fglrx, he also seems to have a great system in place for hacking the driver's open source bits to work with new kernels and userspaces. This is really a great thing, that we have someone making it easy for the rest of us. :)
Why is it the Nvidia installer never stuffs up and can cope with anything newer than a 2.6.28 kernel without having to screw around with patches, oh that's right, only noobs use installers that work, the elitists enjoy creating symlinks in the kernel source tree to make things backwards compatible with the fglrx source code and having to apply community developed patches to get a driver developed by a huge corporation to actually install properly.
i want to make one thing clear, the actual ati drivers *when* installed work well and the performance is great. thats not where my issue is with ati, it's with their installer+kernel module. They are really letting themselves down with the way things are at the moment.
AMD appears to be a strictly amateur hour operation, and they still don't get it that you can have great hw but if your drivers suck know will know or care excepting a few fanbois.
This is why I'll NEVER buy another AMD product, well maybe CPUs if they get their ---- together on per-core performance o.w. I'm perfectly willing to stick to nVidia and Intel.
Just for lulz, remember a few years ago when the AMD fanbois were laughing their ---es off at Intel for pushing core clock rates? Now who's pushing them? (I actually owned AMD CPUs at this time just because they had a superior per-core performance over then Pentium variations, i.e. pre-Core.)
Why? While most modern notebook you can use various MXM GPU card you will also likely need a new heatsink mfg/ODM MAY have them o.w. you'll need to fabricate one. Also MXM GPUs are incredibly expensive for what they are.
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