No idea at all about how it predicts NWN, but glxgears fullscreen for me on a 9600GT ($70-$90 these days) is a bit over 1000 fps across both 1680x1050 monitors, and 2100 running full screen on one. That's with the 195.30 driver on Fedora 11 x64.
I have tried to install the ATI Catalyst Drivers, but when i run aticonfig in the terminal it doesnt appear to recognize my hardware. I think i need to modify my xorg.conf, but i have NO idea how to do so.
tim@tim-laptop:~$ aticonfig aticonfig: No supported adapters detected
EDIT: reinstalling fglrx right now, but im also having issues with glxgears.... tim@tim-laptop:~$ glxgears X Error of failed request: BadRequest (invalid request code or no such operation) Major opcode of failed request: 135 (GLX) Minor opcode of failed request: 19 (X_GLXQueryServerString) Serial number of failed request: 16 Current serial number in output stream: 16
root@tim-laptop:~/Downloads# sh ./ati-driver-installer-8-12-x86.x86_64.run Created directory fglrx-install.ff59s2 Verifying archive integrity... All good. Uncompressing ATI Proprietary Linux Driver-8.561........[removedsome.'s]........................... ================================================== ATI Technologies Linux Driver Installer/Packager ==================================================
Error: ./default_policy.sh does not support version default:v2:i686:lib::none:2.6.31-14-generic; make sure that the version is being correctly set by --iscurrentdistro
That PDF doesnt list my card (Mobility Radeon X1600) as compatible. Last time I installed the fglrx drivers from Synaptic, glxgears stopped working (see one of the errors above) and i lost my GUI iirc. Had to use the command prompt to remove my xorg.... also, i dont seem to have an xorg right now. is that an issue?
Ok, I've got bad news. Your video chipset (X1600) is too old to be supported by the current ATI Linux drivers, and ATI will not update the legacy drivers to work on any distribution created after February 2009 (tho there are patches to make said drivers work with some newer kernels, but not with newer X Servers, or with the very latest kernels). Basically, ATI is saying "your laptop is too old for us to support it any longer, go buy a new one".
Now for some good news. There are some 3D-Accelerated drivers that may work with your chipset, called RadeonHD. Look here for instructions on how to install them. Hopefully, they get your 3D working. If not, then you're going to have to stick with playing on OSX, or reinstall windoze (or you could install Ubuntu 8.10, but that version may wind up being unsupported soon).
If you can get that laptop, you're golden. In the future, I'd say avoid ATI if you plan to use linux - their linux support is sucky at best. nVidia isn't much better for older cards, but at least they don't declare cards at EOL after just 2-3 years.
As for a VM, vmware player should do the trick, tho you'll need to have a way to make the VMs themselves (there's plenty out there). There's also VirtualBox, but I don't know if its 3D support is far enough along yet to handle NWN.
Yeah, i run VirtualBox in OS X, and it can only run 800x600gfx with no way in increase the size. And right now I have both laptops backed up with Time Machine, just need to go-ahead to wipe and reinstall. Thanks for your help.