How To Know If Graphics Card Is Enough To Run Unity

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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Notice: This article was published on August 20, 2011 and the content above may be out of date.