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    Default AMD Enduro and Fusion support

    Hi.

    I've been eyeing the MSI GX60 laptop for a while now. It seems like the perfect gaming laptop: a powerful GPU (7970) with a great battery life with a 1080p screen at a relatively cheap price. Anyways, the main thing that I'm worried about is whether Linux supports this kind of hardware or not.

    The laptop uses the AMD A10 APU, and switches graphics between that and a 7970 using Enduro. Maybe it's just me but that just sounds like it won't have proper support on Linux. I was wondering if anyone here has any more information about this before I decide to purchase it. I really wouldn't mind using proprietary drivers if I have to. If switchable graphics aren't supported, that's fine too as long as I can use the APU's graphics (because I probably won't be using high end graphical applications on Linux).

    I'd appreciate any info you guys have. Thanks!

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    Well, there is this, still waiting for an answer:
    http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...536#post298536

    This is about my tries with the open source driver:
    http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...a-Clevo-P170EM
    Apparently PRIME doesn't work with xorg 1.13 because it needs X acceleration, southern islands has only glamor acceleration and glamor is not on xorg 1.13 yet.

    There is a bumblebee branch for radeon cards but it doesn't seem to work well yet:
    https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project...ebee/issues/52

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisXY View Post
    Well, there is this, still waiting for an answer:
    http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...536#post298536

    This is about my tries with the open source driver:
    http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...a-Clevo-P170EM
    Apparently PRIME doesn't work with xorg 1.13 because it needs X acceleration, southern islands has only glamor acceleration and glamor is not on xorg 1.13 yet.

    There is a bumblebee branch for radeon cards but it doesn't seem to work well yet:
    https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project...ebee/issues/52
    Hrm.. So from what I can tell from those links, there's still a lot of issues. Though I also noticed that most of those links talk about an intel/AMD hybrid system, whereas the laptop I'm interested in uses amd/amd.. so maybe I'd have better luck.

    I guess I'll wait for more reviews before deciding.

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    Well for now disabling the discrete card works just fine.

    And in the Near Future™ it will work with PRIME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisXY View Post
    Well for now disabling the discrete card works just fine.

    And in the Near Future™ it will work with PRIME.
    In that case it's all good.. as long as you can use the APU card and take advantage of graphical hardware acceleration.

    Either way, it looks like I'm going to pick this one up now, thanks!

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