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asked 2013-01-17 14:05:04 -0500

Dear community,

I am evaluating the purchase of a laptop to run ROS (fuerte or groovy) under Ubuntu 12.04. The most important requirement is that it should be able to handle data from at least 2 RGB-D sensors (Kinect and alike, I should be careful with USB 3.0 issues and all that).

Any recommendation? Thank you very much in advance.

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Openni driver seems work not fine with ubuntu 12.04. I met several problem with that. Especially USB 3.0 couldn't work. I can't find any way work with USB3.0 in my laptop. I only share my experience not the fact that every computer have the same error.

sam gravatar image sam  ( 2013-01-17 14:13:37 -0500 )edit

Hi sam! Thanks for sharing!! Yeah, I am also having trouble on the desktop PC with multiple openni devices with USB 3.0. Everything works fine if I plug them to USB 2.0. Apparently you need to patch kernels lower than 3.4.1.

Martin Peris gravatar image Martin Peris  ( 2013-01-17 14:19:37 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-01-17 14:08:22 -0500

Akin gravatar image

I use a SYSTEM 76 serval laptop with 2 RGB-D sensors. It works quite well.

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Hi Akin! Thanks for your quick reply! Did you had any issue with the RGB-D sensors and the USB 3.0 ports? As far as I know, you need to patch the kernel if your version is lower than 3.4.1. Thanks!

Martin Peris gravatar image Martin Peris  ( 2013-01-17 14:13:58 -0500 )edit
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The laptop that I mentioned has only USB 2.0 ports. But I had had unsuccessful attempts to make kinect work with USB 3.0. I would strongly recommend a laptop where you can select to use USB3's in USB2 mode in BIOS. I know that Lenovos has that option. I think Dell laptops too.

Akin gravatar image Akin  ( 2013-01-17 17:28:47 -0500 )edit

Uhhh I didn't know you could set USB2 mode, that is great news! I'll research about it! Thanks Akin :)

Martin Peris gravatar image Martin Peris  ( 2013-01-17 17:31:07 -0500 )edit
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answered 2013-01-17 23:00:01 -0500

KruseT gravatar image

Make sure it has an nvidia graphics card, but avoid nvidia optimus (graphics card + intel on-chip graphics), as the latter is not well-supported under linux. Unless there is a BIOS or hardware switch to turn it off.

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I have found the NVidia Optimus system works great, thanks to the Bumblebee Linux driver. I would say don't get ~any~ NVidia card, make sure it's a dedicated gaming card. Avoid workstation-level cards like the NVidia Quadro series, and avoid cards that get their memory by sharing the RAM.

dbworth gravatar image dbworth  ( 2013-02-08 08:10:18 -0500 )edit

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