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DEFCON on Netbook?

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:10 pm
by psyclog
I am thinking about buying a netbook, and would like to play DEFCON on it.

Will this be possible?

If the Netbook runs Windows 7: ... php?t=7104

Netbooks don't really have a dedicated graphics processor, right? So will I be able to get good open GL drivers for it, or would I be stuck?

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:59 pm
by bert_the_turtle
There are three main obstacles:
- the screen resolution. The UI isn't really made to work well with anything below 800x600, so you don't want to get one of the super-low-res ones.
- the graphics driver. This isn't a big one as long as you install a proper one, there just has been trouble with smoothed lines in the past on Intel chips, disabling them helped.
- no mouse. I personally find it impossible to play fast games on any form of laptop mouse surrogate. Not so much a problem against the AI, of course.

Just carry a DEFCON installation on an USB stick into the store. If they're interested in selling you something, they'll let you take it for a test run.

And no, netbooks do have a dedicated graphics processor. It's just not as powerful as others.

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:42 am
by psyclog
Allright I was thinking about something like HP MINI 5102

Current Netbooks are way beyond 800x600, so that shouldn't be a problem.

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 is the state of the art graphics chip.
If I googled correctly, OpenGL support should be back on track for these new chips.

Guess it should work, and thanks for the reply!

Now if I could only decide whether to go for the 400€ HP netbook or the 300€ no-name netbook.
The latter has only 1024 x 600 (compared to 1366 x 768) and only 1GB RAM (compared to 2GB), but a 3 year warranty (compared to only 1 year, which is kinda lame).