Previously, Rishi Oswal wrote in comp.os.qnx:
That sounds great…but isn’t neomagic just basically a graphics card that a
lot of notebooks use?
Right. But at the time there was no QNX Photon support for it. Buying
such a computer would have been a big problem.
is this the main reason notebooks do not run qnx and
other alternative operating systems?
Actually an X86 computer that qnx does not run on at all is
a rarity. The problem is peripherals, and since you usually
can’t change them, it’s a permanent problem. I would stear
away from a lap top with a built in ethernet unless you know
that QNX supports the chip, for example. If you want the
QNX sound driver to work, you might want to insist on
hardware Sound Blaster compatibility.
I’ve always had problems with the keyboards as I insist on
using QNX’s qed editor. This editor uses some keys that
don’t exist under DOS, such as the numeric pad ‘5’ key
when in cursor mode. I’ve been able to get around this
by using the editors macro capability.
What are other potential setbacks with
I also try to avoid a lot of the brand names like
Sony and Toshiba as they tend to integrate the
power management at too low a level. In some cases
you can only turn off these computers in software
which QNX doesn’t have. You end up removing the
battery and waiting for the capacitors to drain
in suspend mode.
Probably not a problem.
custom sound system?
Well they usually use someone’s chip. If it has
hardware SB compatibility you are ok. You might
want to think about whether you care whether QNX
will provide sound on those dinky little speakers
custom hard drives,
Is there such a thing anymore? I’ve never seen a
lap top that didn’t have an EIDE drive.
Every touch pad I’ve seen provides a MicroSoft mouse
interface which QNX works with.
Basically I’m trying to figure out
what kinds of other (custom) things in general would prevent rtp from
running on notebooks?
Well your best bet is if you can test it out and return it.
2nd best would be to get someone to vouch for it running QNX
before you buy. I say 2nd best because sometimes things
will change without notice.
Mitchell Schoenbrun --------- email@example.com