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I use it for a bit of gaming, school work, and of course browsing.

The work I'm referring to is C++ programming, HTML, Word/PowerPoint, etc...

As for gaming, I do use my laptop for it once in a while when I'm not at home. As far as I can remember, I usually play stuff like Minecraft, Counter-Strike 1.6/Source, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, etc...

Sometimes I also play singleplayer games on it, like Morrowind or Oblivion, Sims 3, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Mount and Blade, etc...

Specs are in my "My Systems". Also, if I have to use Wine, how much of a performance hit should I expect?
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I use it for a bit of gaming, school work, and of course browsing.

The work I'm referring to is C++ programming, HTML, Word/PowerPoint, etc...

As for gaming, I do use my laptop for it once in a while when I'm not at home. As far as I can remember, I usually play stuff like Minecraft, Counter-Strike 1.6/Source, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, etc...

Sometimes I also play singleplayer games on it, like Morrowind or Oblivion, Sims 3, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Mount and Blade, etc...

Specs are in my "My Systems". Also, if I have to use Wine, how much of a performance hit should I expect?
Don't even think about using Wine to run your games. Most of them won't work and the performance is absolutely horrible. I think you would benefit most from doing a dual boot with windows and linux, if your hdd space allows.
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Don't even think about using Wine to run your games. Most of them won't work and the performance is absolutely horrible. I think you would benefit most from doing a dual boot with windows and linux, if your hdd space allows.
That's not very helpful.

Wine has trouble with SOME games, though on others it actually performs better than Windows.
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Don't even think about using Wine to run your games. Most of them won't work and the performance is absolutely horrible. I think you would benefit most from doing a dual boot with windows and linux, if your hdd space allows.
WIne works well with most games. You should not see that huge of a performance hit. Also, I think you should run Linux on your laptop. Ubuntu is a good place to start if you just want it just to work with little learning involved, or Slackware if you want to learn about Linux and how it works and don't mind tinkering a little bit. Here are links to the OP games from the AppDB.

http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...rsion&iId=3383
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...rsion&iId=7506
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...sion&iId=16664
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...rsion&iId=7377
http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...sion&iId=21800
Edited by blue_k - 4/22/11 at 7:58pm
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Do it. It's always run trying to play around with things in Linux. Just leave the Windows partition right beside it, and you'll be able to access all your files from the NTFS partition from Linux (however it doesn't work the other way around).

However, your laptop isn't the most powerful thing on the block, and you can expect decreased performance from the games you run in WINE. However, all of the ones you did mention DO WORK (except mount and blade has a mouse glitch that makes it less pleasant to play). Expect a performance hit. Here's an idea of what my desktop system gets and you can compare it to yours

Morrowind- Runs like 30-45 FPS varying with location, view distance set low. Runs like crap for being an old game.
CS 1.6 - Perfect.
CS:S - 35-40 FPS on high(ish) settings, but is choppy in times of real action in comparison to Windows
Oblivion - 35 FPS on medium to high settings.
STALKER - 50 FPS with most settings set to max (STALKER SOC is really good)
Mount and Blade - Perfect except for mouse glitch where mouse input stops when it hits the edge of the screen (you'll understand if you try it)

Also this was a while back when WINE was in 1.2ish, so you might see a lot more improved performance in some games. Also graphics drivers have come a long way too.

Since Minecraft is java, that will run native

Word can be done on either Abiword or OpenOffice, and ppts can be done in OpenOffice. As for text editors for HTML or C++, there is a great variety to choose from.
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rothen - how do you measure the FPS in wine?? i haven't been able to figure it out. fraps does not work.

I think MW2 works perfectly at max settings 1920x1080 but i haven't been able to measure. The mouse is a bit 'different' though .. i'm working on tuning that.

Most games will work, some games will work perfect, some games will not work no matter how much time you spend.
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just say no
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Thanks guys, maybe I'll just dual boot for now and see how it games on Linux.
If it works fine, I guess I'll just delete Windows.
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Don't even think about using Wine to run your games. Most of them won't work and the performance is absolutely horrible. I think you would benefit most from doing a dual boot with windows and linux, if your hdd space allows.

I play crysis and metro
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^ he has an ati card


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