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    laptop with ATI card?

    the time has come for me to buy a laptop. It has to have descend graphics card because I will use it for 3d programming -- both for win and linux.
    Some time ago, I knew that ATI cards have problems with linux. I wanted to know, does the problems still apply?
    I ask because I find many nice laptop models with ATI cards like X1600.
    Will I have full 3d support if I get, say,
    ACER Aspire 5672 with ATI X1400 turbocash
    or an
    ASUS A6Ja with ATi PCI-E X1600 512MB HyperMemory?

    .... or should I avoid ATI and get NVidia instead?
    what about ONY VAIO VGN-FE21B? Has anyone tested it?

    Oh, and I am going to use Suse 10

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    ATI is not as bad as it used to be with Linux, but still not as good as Nvidia. You'll be able to get 3D with just a little bit of work. I'm not sure if TurboCache will be a problem, though. You'll want to check out the README and release notes for the drivers before making a decision.
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    first, thank you for your answer

    I read the release notes for the laptop card drivers and it does mention x1600 mobility (and others). Has anyone x1400 or x1600 card and successfuly used it in linux? (with full 3d support of course)

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