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I am looking for a new laptop with better graphics, I can't get shadows on this laptop. I WANT SHADOWS. 

Here are my specs.. I know their really bad. I also want the computer to be fast. I have a Dell Inspiron.. N4110. I want a better graphics card to take pictures for blogging. 

 

Firestorm 4.4.2 (34167) Jul 1 2013 23:33:25 (Firestorm-Release) with Havok support
Release Notes

You are at 131,634.0, 232,799.0, 2,499.5 in Masenko located at sim10131.agni.lindenlab.com (216.82.48.197:13016)
Second Life Server 13.11.22.284268
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CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz (2192.94 MHz)
Memory: 3991 MB
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)
Graphics Card Vendor: Intel
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family

Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.15.0010.2345
OpenGL Version: 3.1.0 - Build 8.15.10.2345

RestrainedLove API: RLV v2.7.0 / RLVa v1.4.8a
libcurl Version: libcurl/7.21.1 OpenSSL/1.0.0d zlib/1.2.5 c-ares/1.7.1
J2C Decoder Version: KDU v7.1
Audio Driver Version: FMOD version 3.750000
Qt Webkit Version: 4.7.1 (version number hard-coded)
Voice Server Version: Vivox 2.1.3010.6270

Settings mode: Firestorm
Viewer Skin: Firestorm (Grey)
Font Used: Deja Vu (96)
Draw distance: 64
Bandwidth: 1500
LOD factor: 1.5
Render quality: Low (1/7)
Built with MSVC version 1600
Packets Lost: 31/33,310 (0.1%)

 

 

 

Apple® - MacBook Air® - 11.6" Display - 4GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage

This laptop has Intel HD Graphics 5000
HP - 15.6" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive - Intel® Core™ i3-3120M Processor - Black Licorice

This laptop has Intel® HD Graphics 4000

HP - ENVY 15.6" Laptop - 8GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive - Natural Silver

This laptop has Intel® HD Graphics 4000

HP - Pavilion 17.3" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive - Anodized Silver    

This laptop has Intel® HD Graphics 4600

       

 

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I used to use integrated graphics...

But now I use graphics with their own RAM and have never looked back! SL now runs on high quality without a hitch [my wifi is a different issue however]! The quality is so much more noticable, not to mention your games will thank you!

I have an HP Envy DV6 customized laptop with the Nividia 630m 1GB video card. If you like the HP, you can have a customized laptop for roughly the same price.

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I am a big fan of the intel HDxxxx graphics as a temporary measure in a desktop--buy a nice GPU a couple months after buying the desktop when your wallet has a chance to recover.  

But in a laptop, you have to buy the graphics card when you buy the computer--and the HD series is not a true graphics card.  (I understand they are great for streaming video and such, but they are not for serious GPU use.)

Find something with an NVidia 550m graphics card, or better (650m is better) and shop for a sale.   It took me about a month to find the laptop I use....but it was worth the hunt.  (graphics in mine is GT 550M which runs SL comfortably on medium settings.  It will run High settings, but with soooo much heat I am afraid the whole system is going to burn up.)

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Here's one on sale today:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313582&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL122413&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL122413-_-EMC-122413-Index-_-na-_-34313582-L04C

I worried a bit about the GT 745M GPU, but it has better specs than my GT 550M so it should work fine.  

the 17" screen size does make it more of a desktop replacement than a laptop, so maybe that doesn't work for you. 

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Daisonia wrote:

I can't get shadows on this laptop. I WANT SHADOWS. 

 

Firestorm 4.4.2 (34167) Jul 1 2013 23:33:25 (Firestorm-Release) with Havok support

Release Notes

You are at 131,634.0, 232,799.0, 2,499.5 in Masenko located at sim10131.agni.lindenlab.com (216.82.48.197:13016)

Second Life Server 13.11.22.284268

Retrieving...

CPU: Intel® Core i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz (2192.94 MHz)

Memory: 3991 MB

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)

Graphics Card Vendor: Intel

Graphics Card: Intel® HD Graphics Family

Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.15.0010.2345

OpenGL Version: 3.1.0 - Build 8.15.10.2345

RestrainedLove API: RLV v2.7.0 / RLVa v1.4.8a

libcurl Version: libcurl/7.21.1 OpenSSL/1.0.0d zlib/1.2.5 c-ares/1.7.1

J2C Decoder Version: KDU v7.1

Audio Driver Version: FMOD version 3.750000

Qt Webkit Version: 4.7.1 (version number hard-coded)

Voice Server Version: Vivox 2.1.3010.6270

Settings mode: Firestorm

Viewer Skin: Firestorm (Grey)

Font Used: Deja Vu (96)

Draw distance: 64

Bandwidth: 1500

LOD factor: 1.5

Render quality: Low (1/7)

Built with MSVC version 1600

Packets Lost: 31/33,310 (0.1%)

 

When you say you want shadows do you mean you cant enable shadows with in the client? is the shadows option grayed out?

have you tried installing the driver for your graphics card?

Intel® HD Graphics Driver for Windows 7/8/8.1 64-bit

also with in the second life viewer the option will be grayed out until you turn the graphic's quality up to Mid and check Advanced Lighting Model

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