Well Guys this certainly is an interesting topic.
I have an X1400 256mb 5672wlmi, and have recently started getting crashes in Source Games
this is due to me downloading the demo of Roboblitz, (managed to blue screen the laptop by ignoring its "It might be a good idea to update your graphics driver" messages
anyway I updated to a new version of Omega Driver (my last update was from around July last year can't remember the version because I deleted the files)
anyway up until now the laptop has been totally stable
I see lots of people on here saying there is an issue with source games so I reckon its down to the base ATI driver. which will no doubt get an update/fix,
in the mean time increase stability by installing an older version
and to those that are debating the merits of the x1600, the x1600 in my works 8204 laptop rocks.
its blasts through games, and allows HDR lighting without the framrate dropping thorugh the floor.
I get nice settings on HL2 as long as I dont enable HDR.
FEAR runs a little dodgy, I have to down that to 800x600 and reduce some effects, which is a shame.
strangely the FEAR demo runs better than the FULL Game
there is also a comment in previous posts about the x1600 only having a 64bit memory bus, this only applies to the acer laptops and very cheap x1600 cards. the memory bus is very important to performance, but looking around there are plenty of pc addin cards with 128mbit memory bus
256mbit being really the preferred bandwith, as actual ram of the graphics card is fine at 256mb these days.
I am surprised that the memory bus is limited on the acers, as its the biggest bottleneck ever
I remember buying Nvidia 5200 cards for my pc, the difference between a budget 5200 geforce with128mb ram and 128mbit bus and the same card with a 64bit bus is Phenominal
the Geforce MX440 with a 128mbit bus Beats the 5200 in EVERY benchmark.
I wonder if the onboard graphics processor can be modified like some of the graphics cards to enable more memory channels?
anyone have any ideas?
and a fix for source problems?