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Briefly my tale of woe is this.

I have a Dell Inspiron Laptop 8000 with Mandrake 9.1 installed and working fine.

The linrad install went well but the program does not produce a display.

After investigation I have concluded that svgalib is not compatible with the video chip and folks who are involved with svgalib development offer no hope that this problem will be solved.

Unless I hear from this group to the contrary it seems that if I want linrad (and I very much do) that I will have to buy a whole new computer, sound card(s) monitor and all. I would prefer a laptop but could go desktop and the machine would be dedicated to running linrad.

My question is what are the preferred combination of products or specifications that would ensure that I don't run into the same kind of incompatibility again.

For the moment let's assume an ideal and that the cost is not an issue (at least I can start from there HI )

Obviously if anyone has solved this problem I would appreciate hearing from them soon.