I have an old laptop which has some 3D graphics support, how do I know if this will be enough for Unity to run?

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    Just so you know, even if you can't use Unity, Unity 2d is an awesome alternative with pretty much the same features. It is a little behind the Compiz version when it comes to new features updates, but I run Unity-2d on a 10+ year old laptop perfectly.
    – bntser
    Apr 11, 2011 at 23:08

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This isn't a full answer but a good place to start including the link at the bottom. http://www.inalogic.com/component/content/article/34-general/63-demystifying-unitys-graphics-hardware-requirements

So you can run

 /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p  

which should give you some detailed output about Unity's requirements and if they are met, e.g.:

OpenGL vendor string:   NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 6600 GT/PCI/SSE2/3DNOW!
OpenGL version string:  2.1.2 NVIDIA 270.30

Not software rendered:    yes
Not blacklisted:          yes
GLX fbconfig:             yes
GLX texture from pixmap:  yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program:        yes
GL fragment program:      yes
GL vertex buffer object:  yes
GL framebuffer object:    yes
GL version is 1.4+:       yes

Unity supported:          yes

(Note, this graphics card is six years old and I'm having no performance problems running Unity.)

Though as an anecdote I have tried unity-2d on an old laptop with a substandard graphics card (Dell D600) and to be honest I still like it. I'm not saying everyone will love the switch to Unity, but I have decided to give it a go in whatever form I can and see if I grow to like it, so far I really do.

  • ...and the link gives a 404 Not Found. Jan 15, 2014 at 17:17
  • unity_support_test is in package “nux-tools” (at least in natty). Jan 15, 2014 at 17:33
  • You download a live CD and test it.
  • You visit linux on laptops and read for your model, if somebody tried and succeeded

Well you can go to unity.ubuntu.com and check the minimum requirements for unity. If you have an intel card, the minimum is the i945 and i965. Old ATi cards provide a much better performance than their Intel counterparts, Nvidia cards can pretty much handle unity 3d pretty well. Hope this works for you

  • Is the Intel GMA 4500MHD compatible?
    – bbonamin
    Apr 28, 2011 at 18:29
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    Yes it is very much compatible
    – Mysterio
    Apr 28, 2011 at 20:56

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