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John Bailo wrote:
<pre wrap="">On Sunday 16 May 2004 15:55, Peter Hoff wrote:
<pre wrap="">Not trolling, I'm totally serious. I haven't done a comparison on my own
system, as I only run Linux. As I said, it's playable, but the
performance isn't great. A friend of mine dual boots and performance is
significantly better on Windows. IIRC, he has:
either 512 or 1024M RAM
GeForce FX 5900
SuSE 8.2/Windows XP
Ok, so you have a faster machine with more memory.
But you have a different vid card and you are using an older version of Suse.
I guess I have to take the challenge and install UT2004 on my Windows
partition. I've been meaning to do it any way since the whole thing is half
for fun and half and experiment to see if Linux can handle gaming. My
personal experience obviously differs from yours.
As far as GeForce vs Radeon -- does GeForce supply it's own Linux drivers? Or
do you use drivers from the Suse distribution ?
Can you play the other OpenGL 3D games that require acceleration ( tuxracer
and neverball for instance ) which are part of the Suse distro ?
One configuration change that you might want to look at is your disk DMA
setttings. In Suse 9.0 you can see these in the control center under the
hardware settings. My hard drive is:
I know that when I was trying to play DVDs in my DVD/CD ROM, the DMA setting
made a huge difference !
nVidia provides propietary drivers for the GeForces, just like ATi does
(in fact they tend to be faster than ATi's in Linux). What I think is
the key in particular discussion is the kernel and system specific
optimizations. I know from first hand experience that a 2.6.x kernel
improves DRAMATICALLY the game experience in UT200x. And I say this
with this system:<br>
CPU AMD Athlon XP 2200+<br>
512 Mb RAM PC-2700<br>
ATi Radeon 9500 128 Mb NP<br>
Fedora Core 2 Test 3 (stock kernel is 2.6.5-1.327)<br>
custom built 2.6.6 kernel (with bootsplash).<br>
ATi drivers version 3.2.8 (3.7.6 are a LOT slower in UT200x, at least
with my config).<br>
ALSA drivers (instead of OSS) and OpenAL selfbuilt and symlinked to the
Stock UT2004 libSDL (for me did not provide much of an advantage to
link to my system's one, contrary of what happened with OAL)<br>
Only problem so far: I can't paly on-line, but *only* on-line games, SP
works great and with good frames.<br>