Originally Posted by lazlow
What video card?
It's an old 3dlabs oxygen gvx420. It was expensive back in its time, which is why it's not mainstream enough to have linux driver support. XiG produced a commercial driver for it at one point, but no longer. They're not selling their driver anymore, they would not give me whatever they had from years ago.
Anyway, the card is quite capable, but it's severely limited by the generic drivers. The VESA driver produces garbage, and the VGA driver appears to be limited to 8 bit color.
So I believe the only way to get half decent video is to install XP along with the OEM driver, and then run linux within virtual box. I just found out that I should be able to get 32 bit color if I install the virtual box guest additions within the linux machine. I hate to make the linux machine dependent on the windows machine (it should be the other way around), but it seems necessary for video.