Make a live CD or USB of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. You only need to write the ISO to a CD. Get UNetbootin to make a live USB. Adjust the BIOS on next boot to make sure that the boot device first priority is either an optical device or USB.
Once you get to the desktop environment, the live Natty Narwhal run should be able to detect if your graphics card supports Unity or not. You’ll know it doesn’t if the classic desktop is loaded instead of Unity. There is also a list for Unity Hardware Requirements although it is only showing the minimum.
Alternatively you can run the following in a shell to know if the graphics hardware is supported – /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p.
You will get something like below.
$ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p OpenGL vendor string: Tungsten Graphics, Inc OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) Sandybridge Mobile OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 7.10.2 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
Please note that if you want to try Unity through VirtualBox, don’t expect too much. It will run slow even on a fairly decent machine. Wubi is better and it is as easy as installing any other application on Windows.
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