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Re: OT: laptop recomendations

Micha Feigin wrote:

> On Sat, 03 Jan 2009 15:43:19 -0500
> Kamaraju S Kusumanchi <raju.mailinglists@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> >> As for the video card, if I play a flash based movie in windows XP,
>> >> there will be a "blue screen memory map" error after some time. FWIW,
>> >> the movies work fine in Linux. I searched in google for this and found
>> >> that the video cards in Dell Inspiron E1505 are defective.
>> >>
>> > 
>> > Which video card do you have? The ATI x1400 in this card was a pain in
>> > the beginning, but now that ATI supports Linux it is great. I am very
>> > happy with the video performance.
>> > 
>> $lspci  | grep ATI
>> 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M52 [ATI Mobility
>> Radeon X1300]
>> I can't complain about video performance. My complaint was with the
>> memory parity errors when flash videos are played on Windows XP. The
>> error is
>> *** Hardware malfunction
>> Call your hardware vendor for support
>> NMI: Parity check/ memory parity error
>> *** The system has halted***
>> It occurs pretty randomly. Sometimes while watching a flash video it can
>> occur at 35th minute sometimes it can show up at 7th minute. Sometimes it
>> might not even show up after the full video (say 60 minutes). The videos
>> play fine in Linux.
> Perhapse you should run memtest (aptitude install memtest86+, then reboot,
> choose the memtest option and let it run for a couple of hours).
> Could be that you have some faulty memory that windows is hitting and
> linux not
> for some reason (x3100  is a shared memory card), possibly due to video
> mode, double buffering etc.
> (although I don't know if memtest can check the video memory, you should
> probably set it to the minimum in the bios for the test if possible)

FWIW, A little search in google tells that the fans of "world of warcraft"
also have the same issue. (See
for more info). They happened to encounter it while playing that game
(which, I assume, consumes a lot of RAM, CPU cycles). So it sounds like a
hardware issue.

Kamaraju S Kusumanchi

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