[Chimera-users] anyone using chimera on a an IBM T43p

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Thu Feb 1 11:22:49 PST 2007

On Thu, 1 Feb 2007, Jeff wrote:

> I have an IBM T43p (June '05 or so release) which has an ATI FireGL
> v3200 (Mobility). In XP, it isn't possible to try out drivers from the
> vendor, I am limited to drivers from IBM.
> In Linux, I have been able to install proprietary drivers from ATI, but
> there is no selection for the 'Mobility' version of the v3200 on ATI's
> website; the install has not complained though, and basic stuff appears
> to be fine (GUI is ok, glxgears, etc).
> In both XP and Linux, chimera will crash when attempting to use volume
> maps. It appears fine with pdb files, although I typically work with
> volume data so haven't rigorously tested that.
> I have been assuming that the FireGL v3200 (Mobility) is the same logic
> as the v3200, at least documentation I have been able to find seems to
> imply that.
> Does anyone know (or suggest) a chimera-stable driver version from ATI
> that I might test? I might at least be able to get it to work in Linux,
> as the driver suite downloaded from ATI appears to cover most
> late-generation cards.
> thanks for any suggestions,
> -Jeff

Except for some newer laptops, laptop driver support is practically 
non-existent, as you have found out.  There are unofficial programs that 
modify the current ATI/NVidia graphics drivers to make them work on 
laptops.  A major reason for using the laptop vendor's graphics driver is 
that it supports the external video connector correctly.  So you may need 
to downgrade to the vendor's driver to use your laptop for presentations.

For ATI, check out <http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=28636>
and the tool is at <http://www.driverheaven.net/modtool/>.

For NVidia, check out <http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/>.

For Linux, you should check out Xi Graphics, <http://www.xig.com/>, they 
have a laptop version of their X server for Linux that might work.  And 
they let you test a full-featured demo before you buy!  That said, your 
laptop is not listed as supported, nor is your graphics chipset, so 
in this case, there's a good chance it won't work.

 	Good luck,

 	Greg Couch
 	UCSF Computer Graphics Lab

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