I possess an ATI 9600 (mobility M10) and while I'm happy with how Mint 7 Gloria runs on this laptop, 3D games are out.
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~ $ inxi
CPU[-Single core AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (UP) clocked at 800.000 Mhz-] Kernel[-2.6.30-020630-generic x86_64-] Up[-2:05-] Mem[-386.7/487.3MB-] HDD[-40.0GB(15.4% used)-] Procs[-125-] Client[-Shell-] inxi[-1.0.6-]
~ $ inxi -G
Graphics: Card ATI RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10] X.Org 1.6.0 Res email@example.com
GLX Renderer Mesa DRI R300 20060815 AGP 8x TCL GLX Version 1.3 Mesa 7.4
[Edit:]This needs updating: with a little tweaking and investigation some 3D games are in, including Bloodfrontier which runs marvellously well, and Warzone 2100. Not all games needing acceleration will work well or at all, but some definitely will.