Review: Asus Eee PC 1215

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  1. I have one of these on the way. I’m replacing my 1000, and I’m expecting this’ll feel like a pretty big upgrade. Anyway:

    How are you dealing with the optimus intel / nvidia switching issue under ubuntu? The interwebs confuses me, some folks say the nvidia video doesn’t work at all under ubuntu, some say you can enable it permanently in the BIOS, some say you’re fine as long as you don’t install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers. . . confusing. How’s it working for you?

    • Jon says:

      From my understanding of Optimus, it’s completely software (Windows) side. I know, for a fact (looking at it right now), there is no BIOS option for Optimus. In fact, there is nothing at all in the BIOS even remotely related to graphics.

      I run on the intel only. I’ve got the option to enable the nVidia drivers but from what I’ve read, that will simply break my graphical capabilities. It’s no matter to me, the Intel works just fine for anything except games. Hell, I’ve even been watching (in VLC) 720p MKV’s on this machine w/ zero lag.

      • Yeah, so everything “just worked” with a kubuntu maverick install. Sweet. I am fine with intel graphics on the linux side for now – I’ll leave nvidia to windows for the occasional game of Starcraft 2 (though that works fine under wine on other linux boxes of mine).

        It’s a little annoying that the d525 doesn’t support speedstep. . . that was the only thing that didn’t work out of the box (for what are now obvious reasons).

        Really nice machine, though I could do without the piano finish and glossy screen. Also, LOL at the cheesy plug on the power adapter. That was the only thing that broke on my 1000, hopefully I’m luckier with this machine.

        Thanks again for the post.

        • Jon says:

          My Maverick was much the same, I think the only thing that didn’t work for me was HDMI. VGA might work, but I honestly never tested it.

          As for speed step, I don’t think it’s a huge loss. The machine still gives me a good 4 hours (of net & video playback) under Ubuntu.

          Glad you enjoyed.

  1. 2010-11-22

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