On Tuesday November 11 2008 16:49:54 Dave Phillips wrote:
> > I will say that I like the screen a lot. It's a 17" wide screen and
the NVIDIA thing could cause some trouble.
I own a Packard Bell notebook that has NVIDIA graphics adapter onboard. The
problem is the driver for it. You can choose from either an x-org driver (nv)
which does not support dual head (so one screen only) and does not support
3D. The latter might not be an issue for You, but You can get 3D only while
using a proprietary binary NVIDIA driver. And that is something that might
cause trouble with real time for audio, though I myself have not noticed any
issues related to that so far.
Other than that it would be interesting to see what kind of onboard sound the
HPs have (we all remember long intel-hda threads), even if You say You will
not need it.
You might want to give sidux a try. It is a debian sid type distro that comes
as a live-CD/DVD version and can be installed on harddisc really easily. It
is fast and there is a guy nicknamed makke who prepares RT kernels that can
be installed via apt-get, so no hassle with kernel finetuning. And another
guy has prepared dssi-vst packages ;-)
Sidux comes with everything You need, boots really fast and You can check the
HP notebook's hardware with it as well.
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