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    Default New laptop

    Getting a new laptop in the next few days and it will have the Ati mobility radeon 5470 in it. Do the open source drivers support that yet?

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    Only unaccelerated at the moment. Not even 2D is accelerated.

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    Default 5470

    My only real concerns at least until the closed source version starts working on xorg 1.7 is web surfing and some youtube type stuff. Will that work without acceleration? If so, i'm good.

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    regular desktop use is fine. It's only stuff like 3d and video that are slow without accel for the most part.

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    assume there is still no power management for evergreen, just the older cards? Noticed that while the open source driver can play flash videos just fine on the new 5470 card, the fan runs constantly on the laptop. Installed the fglrx driver and dead silent.

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    yeah, welcome to the world, bro. Getting a radeon laptop with newish graphics card means no 3d, no 2d accel, no xvideo, no power management. It means it will run dead slow and drain your battery like there is no tomorrow.

    Best way is to use Windows and put Linux under a VM, then prey Linux driver will be in good shape in a year or two. Trust me, that's the only way out.

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    Think of it that way: this is no reaons to buy a new radeon laptop because you can never use it. And when you finally can it is long gone obsolete piece of grandma gear. You should have bought an Intel integrated graphics at least it keeps your battery going, which is the number one reason for a laptop, then it has basic 3D and good x-Video support so at least it is USEFUL.

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    im pretty happy with my dell studio (hd4570) and i bought it last september.
    though I'm using fglrx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esheesle View Post
    Getting a new laptop in the next few days and it will have the Ati mobility radeon 5470 in it. Do the open source drivers support that yet?

    Thanks,
    Eric
    Unfortunately, no, but you can use fglrx until radeon matures a bit. It works fairly well, all things considered.

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    Fglrx works well for me too.

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