Hi all, just wanted to make a first post here, but wanted to make it about something rather than just spamming the board up!
I’m posting about Left 4 Dead 2, and the disappointing performance vs. Windows on my ATI HD4850. I know it’s an old card, and isn’t supported by AMD anymore, but even through a bodge of the X server allowing the use of the latest legacy driver (via a PPA), the performance is dismal (and was glitchy as hell) - barely better than the open-source radeon driver that comes with X. I can play it on maxed settings on Windows, so it’s a shame that I can’t in Linux. I’m pretty sure it’s down to the crappy drivers rather than Valve, as performance is better on my laptop (Nvidia GT630m). It’s a shame that I cannot afford to jump to Nvidia, and it’s more of a shame that AMD have dropped support for the card (as in, you can’t even use the drivers as the required kernel & X server versions aren’t compatible). It’s my old rig anyway, something for the missus to game on while I use my laptop
This post isn’t meant to be negative (oops), as I’ve been wishing for gaming to come to Linux ever since I started using it (Ubuntu 8.04). Steam coming native to Linux has changed everything, I find that I very rarely boot into Windows now, and actively look for games that are native to Linux in the store (and think twice about buying a game that isn’t Linux compatible). The future is very bright now
Anyway, sorry if this is a bit random, hoping this is the kind of forum that tolerates this kind of crap ;D
I wouldn’t claim to be an expert on Linux, but I’ve got a fair amount of experience (use to run Arch), so will try to help where I can