Hello everyone.

I set up this blog since I've come across countless posts from different forums about whether a certain game works on a laptop with an integrated graphics solution such as the Intel X3100.

While this blog will cover the X3100, which I have, you can also find a link to the blog about the GMA950 integrated solution (which is maintained by ElbertZai), and as such will prove that integrated graphics solutions are not to be brushed aside.

Welcome to the unique world of mobile gaming.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Reply from Intel Tech Support

RE: Proper info regarding the registry tweaks.

As earlier mentioned, I sent Intel an inquiry regarding the registry settings found all over the net with regard to hardware/software TnL. Here's the reply I got:

Thank you for contacting Intel Technical Support.

Intel does not provide any information or assistance on modifying the registry and its components. There are no "tweaks" that we can provide to improve or modify specific aspects of the graphics controller.

This onboard graphics controller may not have features supported by high-end graphics controllers. The purpose of our onboard graphics adapters is merely to provide a cost-effective graphics solution. We are not competing in the graphics market nor we comment or compare our products with those of third party manufacturers.


Carlos B.
Intel Technical Support
There we have it. Thanks to Carlos B. for taking the time to reply. I then replied that we DO understand that the X3100 is not a gaming solution, but while we're ABLE to use it for gaming, we might as well learn how to MAXIMIZE its potential, not that we're expecting NVIDIA or ATI levels of performance.

It's like in the old days. Here is a sample convo I had with an officemate way back in '98:

OfficeMate: Hey, I just bought the kids a PC of their own, pretty nifty piece of technology those boxes are.

Me: Good for the kids! So, how'd they like it so far?

OM: Well, they're kinda hyper about it, playing games and doing homework and stuff, but they keep on saying it won't play their mp3s, I told them to be thankful they've got a PC in the first place.

Me: Do you have WinAmp installed? (This was at the time when mediaplayer would only play .wav files and midi...)

OM: WinAmp? What's winamp?

Me: It's this little program you use which installs the necessary codecs to play mp3s on your PC, turning it into a jukebox of sorts.

OM: You mean the kids' PC CAN do that?

Me: Play mp3s? Of course, all you need to do is do this... blah... blah... and then click.... blah... blah... and then you're good to go. (pardon the blahs, it was a very lengthy instruction, he even had to write it down).

OM: Wow. I never knew it could do that...
So it's just like the days of yore all over again. We've got a piece of hardware. Some people take it for what it just does. Some of us can see what we can really do with it. And still some of us want to know what it can still do. We've probably just unearthed a part of it, but no matter how big we've already unearthed, fact is, there are still some parts buried.

And we'll continue to dig until we've dug up all there is.

Or so we think.


atb2_k_3 said...

All i can say is that they are some bastards...why then the card has 384mb of ram that can use ?...surely not for movies or applications. Well hope they get better drivers and more often...damn i even can play hl1 with no frame drops ocasionaly.

Mirza A said...

I want to say thanks for everything that you post, you're a true research guy :D

Those guys in Intel are really stupid, I bet that the guy who answered was some boring arseface who is bored with his job of being questioned things that he should know, but he doesn't.

Anyways, good work with the registry research, I hope that part 3 is coming soon :)