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Old 03-08-2005, 09:13 AM   #1
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DVI AGP Video Card Recommendation


Hello

Can anyone recommend a DVI AGP video card that is _easily_ installed on linux?
I've got a monitor that can do 1600x1200 and I want to use its DVI port. I need to upgrade my dinky ATI Rage128 card for one that has a DVI port.

Most of the posts in the forums are about gaming cards. I really don't need that since the slack box is a workstation. My only requirement is that its easy to get installed and up and running.

ATI 9200 seems to have a lot of problems based upon the posts I've seen. How do the Nvidia cards stack up?

Thanks.
 
Old 03-09-2005, 05:01 AM   #2
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Problems come from installing the binary drivers.

If you're not using the 3D capabilities of the card, then you won't need the binary drivers, and could use the 'radeon' or 'nv' drivers provided with X.Org (or XFree86 if as you're profile says you're on Slack 9.1?)

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Perhaps a Matrox card might be more to your needs than a high end ATi or nVidia?

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Old 03-09-2005, 08:08 AM   #3
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So the Radeon or nv drivers that come with X.org will give me 1600x1200 resolution?
That simplifies things tremendously.

Thanks cathectic.
 
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I honestly can't say, since the man pages give very little information regarding resolutions. I *assume* they would, but I would recommend Googling to see if anyone has tried
 
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Buy any nVidia card. Then download the drivers from nVidia site. Making the DVI connector to work is easy. Just read the documentation. Though I'm not a fan of nVidia because they have poor graphics quality, but nVidia supports Linux better than ATI.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 11:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for your help everyone!

Got myself an MSI FX-5200 video card ($50).

Put that bad boy in the AGP slot.
Ran xorfconfig and used the generic 'nv' driver.
The display works beautifully.

I don't know if I'll get the genuine Nvidia drivers though.
I don't do anything on the system requiring 3D acceleration (it's a workstation for coding).

Is there a compelling reason (stability, 2D performance, etc.) to install the Nvidia drivers?
 
  


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