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I've just purchased a nVidia GeForce 6200 AGP8X graphics card to replace the on-board SIS graphics chip on my ageing Linux box. As this is the first time I will have attempted a graphics upgrade, I've been Googling for a How-to for Debian but have only been able to find quite old docs for XFree86 versions of Debian (even on LQ).
Can anyone point me in the right direction for this upgrade or tell me how to proceed?
Install the card, then install the nVidia driver. It will automagically pick up your videocard and start using it. Mind you, the installation of the nVidia driver requires the kernelsources installed and you'd have to do this from the cli.
I've installed the card and the nvidia driver using the instructions from rickh's link and the display is working.
I got a few bugs reported in apt-listbugs but proceeded anyway.
According to the new xorg.conf file, the nvidia driver is being used but the device identifier has not changed from SIS as shown below:
Identifier "SiS Video Card"
It won't affect performances, if the nvidia driver is working then the video card could be named "red pepperoni" without causing any problem. Just forget about it, or alternatively try something else after backing up the working xorg.conf.
To know if the nvidia drivers is working properly use in console :
Among the first lines of the output you should see something like :
direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation