[SOLVED] Is it possible to run higher OpenGL version on my hardware?

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bennypr0fane
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[SOLVED] Is it possible to run higher OpenGL version on my hardware?

Postby bennypr0fane » 14 Jul 2019 15:05

I bought this game "Iron Marines" on Steam and now I realized my laptop doesn't meet the mimimum system requirements:
MINIMUM:
Processor: Dual Core CPU
Graphics: OpenGL 3.0 compliant with 512MB of video RAM. Mesa 14 or later.
Storage: 2 GB available space
My sytem is:

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~$ glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version"
OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 13.0.6

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~$ inxi -G
Graphics:  Card: Intel Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.2 drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@60.04hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ironlake Mobile
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 13.0.6
I hope this isn't really a hardware question:
Can I play this game without upgrading the hardware in some way, or is the OpenGL version that my system will support basically set in stone/silicone?

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ilu
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Re: Is it possible to run higher OpenGL version on my hardware?

Postby ilu » 15 Jul 2019 14:23

Without investigating the hardware I'd advice to upgrade to SolydX 10 based on buster - it has mesa v. 18 which has a lot of improvements for gaming. The game tells you it needs at least mesa 14 and you have only v. 13. Also newer kernels are better for gaming. And it doesn't hurt anyway. Take the nightly ISO https://downloads.solydxk.com/nightly/. It's already working very well.

I don't remember what system you are using now (hint hint: always tell!) but don't take SolydK for gaming. Always take SolydX.

And please give me the full inxi -Fxz output so I can see which cpu that "Intel Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller" is integrated in.

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Re: Is it possible to run higher OpenGL version on my hardware?

Postby bennypr0fane » 16 Jul 2019 08:06

Sorry I forgot to say I'm using SolydX!

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ben@louis-solydx:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: louis-solydx Kernel: 4.9.0-9-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 6.3.0)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.30) Distro: SolydX 9 64-bit
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP EliteBook 2540p
           Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 7008 v: KBC Version 38.2E
           BIOS: Hewlett-Packard v: 68CSU Ver. F.03 date: 05/25/2010
Battery    BAT0: charge: 24.0 Wh 81.0% condition: 29.6/56.0 Wh (53%)
           model: Hewlett-Packard Primary status: Discharging
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5 M 540 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10108
           clock speeds: max: 2534 MHz 1: 1333 MHz 2: 1333 MHz 3: 1999 MHz
           4: 1333 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.2 drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@60.04hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ironlake Mobile
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 13.0.6 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.9.0-9-amd64
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection
           driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 5020 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200
           driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 43:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 250.1GB (20.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS72502 size: 250.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 170G used: 45G (28%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 3.88GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda4
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 44.0C mobo: 0.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 205 Uptime: 6 min Memory: 1172.5/5763.0MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 6.3.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.121) inxi: 2.3.5 
Is there any way I could upgrade to 10 without reinstalling from scratch? It's always a lot work to set up everything the way I want it, get updated, configure all the things. Right now I'm just nicely settled in...

Btw are you saying that KDE is not good for gaming (why not)? Or do you mean specifically the SolydK distro (why)?

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Re: Is it possible to run higher OpenGL version on my hardware?

Postby ilu » 16 Jul 2019 13:14

Since I always keep two systems (stable and oldstable which gets changed to testing after some time) i always do a parallel install. I copy my config files after installing. Maybe somebody else has already tested upgrading?

And according to this source https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/intel/core_i5/i5-540m your processor doesn't support OpenGL 3. :(

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Re: Is it possible to run higher OpenGL version on my hardware?

Postby bennypr0fane » 16 Jul 2019 13:21

ilu wrote:
16 Jul 2019 13:14
And according to this source https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/intel/core_i5/i5-540m your processor doesn't support OpenGL 3.
That was mainly my question: if the CPU spec sheet says
Standards
DirectX 10.1
OpenGL 2.1
does that mean it's the recommended graphics library to run, or the simply the highest achievable version (in which case it would be a bad reason for upgrading my OS)?

Btw are you saying that KDE is generally not good for gaming (why not)? Or do you mean specifically the SolydK distro (why)?

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Re: Is it possible to run higher OpenGL version on my hardware?

Postby ilu » 16 Jul 2019 18:56

bennypr0fane wrote:
16 Jul 2019 13:21
That was mainly my question: if the CPU spec sheet says
Standards
DirectX 10.1
OpenGL 2.1
does that mean it's the recommended graphics library to run, or the simply the highest achievable version (in which case it would be a bad reason for upgrading my OS)?
I think that's the maximum supported. But you can check with "glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version" in terminal. Mine says "OpenGL version string: 3.0 Mesa 13.0.6".
bennypr0fane wrote:
16 Jul 2019 13:21
Btw are you saying that KDE is generally not good for gaming (why not)? Or do you mean specifically the SolydK distro (why)?
KDE in general. Especially on old hardware. And as far as gaming goes, every hardware older than 3 years is old. You want maximal graphical performance in your game. KDE wastes a lot of performance on desktop bling-bling.

But no matter the openGL support, if you do gaming at all, you should upgrade to buster. Mesa got so much better. Since your hardware is really old better free some space and do a parallel install to test first.


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