Hello! I’ve been using OpenSUSE for many years. My current laptop will be 7 years old soon and it’s asking me for a replacement. I remember that I bought a laptop with nVidia GeForce 820M graphics 7 years ago, I installed OpenSUSE 13.2 x64 with the proprietary drivers and it did strange things when scrolling the web. I had a trial period and I decided to return it. I purchased my current laptop, a Toshiba with an AMD Radeon R7 M260 Graphics GPU (2GB dedicated DDR3 VRAM) + Intel HD Graphics 4400. I first tried OpenSUSE, then I tried other distributions and it was impossible to get it working after compilation. Finally I got it with Ubuntu, but HDMI didn’t work and, with the updates, after a restart it broke and lost the graphical environment, so I had to format and reinstall everything. On the fourth or fifth time, seeing how unstable it was, I decided not to try again. Although my laptop has a dedicated graphics, I have never used it. That makes me angry, just as I have another laptop with integrated Intel graphics to which I had to uninstall OpenSUSE and install Windows 10 because I could no longer play YouTube videos (in Windows it takes advantage of hardware acceleration and it is appreciated).
Now, I’m going to buy another laptop, I don’t want to go through another hell, I want to buy something that works well, without having to do compilations, that takes advantage of all its functions and hardware acceleration. I have seen the market and, in terms of processors, the i5-1135G7, Ryzen 5 5500U and Ryzen 7 5700U fall into the budget. The GPUs are:
Intel UHD Graphics
Intel Iris Xe
AMD Radeon Graphics
AMD Radeon Vega 7-10
nVidia GeForce MX350
I use the computer mainly to surf, watch YouTube videos, program Arduino and occasionally run another machine in VirtualBox. I think that in Linux it is more important that the drivers are optimized to raw power.
Can you tell me about your experience with these models?
By the way, I am also going to buy a wireless laser multifunction printer. I have a Brother MFC-L2710DW sight. Do you know if it works correctly or do you recommend another brand?
Intel HD Graphics 4400 should work nowadays pretty well, the problem with new laptops is often related to new hardware that is not (yet) supported by Linux. On average Intel integrated graphics are pretty good supported.
I would check for a second-hand/refurbished labtop, you can get pretty good ones that seem to originate from companies that did refresh or went out of business. That will be somewhat older so better chance things are supported.
When setting for a laptop do a search for it on the Internet adding “Linux” and check the first 10 links.
I don’t know much about printers. I had a MFC Canon, which was a disaster that started with no driver for the first 6 months I had it. It probably cost me around US$2/page given how few pages it printed before dying right after warranty expired. All mine are now Brother:
HL-5470DW (IP plain mono laser; what I print with)
MFC-8910DW (IP multifunction mono laser; what I scan with)
*]MFC-J480DW (IP multifunction color inkjet; reserved for if I ever need to print in color)
My investment in the latter two is a combined total of US$40, 100% allocated to the laser. I buy Brother primarily because of DOS/Epson printer language support.
It seems that OpenSUSE is using the correct drivers. I gave up a long time ago and it seems that at some point the developers have included them out of the box. I don’t know if hardware acceleration will work now. Anyway, I’m going to replace it …
I think what I’m going to do is avoid nVidia, and to look that the rest of components are compatible. Finding a laptop for linux is being too difficult. I’ve seen a lenovo and I cross my fingers that it works in linux, I have not found information on internet.
So the xrandr output still shows the AMD gpu present?
You would be better off looking at a bug report for the amd gpu not working…
Can you confirm you started the switcherooctl service, did you also check the status of the service?
systemctl status switcheroo-control.service
● switcheroo-control.service - Switcheroo Control Proxy service
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/switcheroo-control.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
Active: active (running) since Sun 2021-10-31 09:08:47 CDT; 2 days ago
Main PID: 992 (switcheroo-cont)
Tasks: 3 (limit: 4915)
Oct 31 09:08:47 grover systemd: Starting Switcheroo Control Proxy service...
Oct 31 09:08:47 grover systemd: Started Switcheroo Control Proxy service.