[ltp] Recommendation on graphics drivers for the W500

Karsten König linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Sat, 17 Jul 2010 13:46:42 +0200

Using a T400 here:
Intel is best, but on dock has no digital out, vga is good for 1650x1050 but 
propably not more.

If you use ATI fglrx is the only one with proper power managment for now, no 
idea about stability and undock, it will also kill 3d for the intel card 
because it overwrite the intel libs.
vga_switcheroo will allow you to use both with the opensource drivers, all the 
cons for radeon (slim to no powermanagment, poor 3d performance) etc apply, 
but you can use dvi after docking. Radeon is propably the best forward, but 
isn't just there yet for me =/


Am Samstag, 17. Juli 2010, 13:20:29 schrieb Daniel Castro:
> Hi All,
> I have a Thinkpad W500 with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 and I just
> installed Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx). This laptop has switchable graphics
> so it also has an Intel graphics card.
> Reading the Unofficial ATI Linux Driver
> Wiki<http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Lucid_Installation_Guide>I
> see the 4 different driver options I have for the ATI card.
> What I need is:
> - good 3D support (can't live without compiz)
> - good battery life
> - stability as this is my work laptop
> - ability to dock and undock without issues (I use cloned desktops)
> What do people on this list recommend:
> 1. Should I use the ATI or the Intel card?
> 2. If I use the ATI card, should I use open source radeon
> or proprietary fglrx?
> Thanks in advance,