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Old 02-05-2005, 08:43 PM   #1
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Most Linux friendly Video Card


I have a machine that I am using to test various distros on among other things. I have two different removable hard drives that I am using for this, so it makes it easier to work with, and I really cannot go wrong because it is not by any means a "mission critical" machine in my house.

The internal video is a Matrix Productivia G100, but, I am not certain of the RAM. Running Fedora, the highest resolution is 800 x 600, but, I can get more with some other distros, like Ubuntu and Mandrake 9.x, I get 1024 x 1268.

I think my solution is to put an internal PCI or AGP video card in. Is this a good solution? If so, since I am playing with so many distros, what is the most linux friendly video card I should use.

I also am looking for a linux friendly audio card. Now, this machine is not top of the line, it has a 400 MHz CPU and 224 Megs of RAM, so I really don't want to spend a mint on these cards either!

Thanks in advance for your advice.
 
Old 02-05-2005, 08:51 PM   #2
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Try and get an nvidia based agp card, thats guaranteed to work on Linux and nvidia provide their own drivers for Linux and they work quite well. As for sound card, try getting a creative sound blaster or audigy card, they work fine for me on quite a few Linux distributions.
 
Old 02-08-2005, 01:42 PM   #3
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Thank you!

This gives me a great starting point.
 
Old 02-08-2005, 02:14 PM   #4
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ya anything nVidia will work great
 
Old 02-08-2005, 02:47 PM   #5
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Just my 2 cent.

I have the Audigy LS and It has only every worked on 1 distro right off the bat and thats Slack 10.1

To install it on anything else is trial and error so I would suggest anything that doesn't use the emu101k driver.
 
Old 02-09-2005, 04:26 AM   #6
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Well, I have had differnet experiences from you, anything thats used an emu101k driver has worked fine for me aon all linux distributions I have tried and also on FreeBSD.
 
Old 02-09-2005, 04:54 AM   #7
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The Audigy LS was only supported from ALSA 1.0.6 onwards, originally using a new 'audigyls' driver, which has now been renamed to 'ca0106' in ALSA 1.0.8.

My Audigy (OEM) using the emu10k1 driver hasn't given me any problems (occasionally ALSA do decide to change which volumes you need to unmute though).

Last edited by cathectic; 02-09-2005 at 04:56 AM.
 
Old 02-09-2005, 07:50 AM   #8
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With that sort of hardware, I'd be looking at a GeForce 2 or 4 and a Soundblaster 4.1. Both are very cheaply available from second-hand outlets or Ebay, and should work with pretty much any distro you care to try.
 
Old 02-09-2005, 01:01 PM   #9
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I'd actually recommend a low end Ati Radeon, like an Ati Radeon 7000.

nVidia cards are great if you only have one or two Linux installs, but if you're going to be trying out lots of different distributions it's annoying to download/install the official nVidia driver every time.

In contrast, the open source drivers for a low end Radeon give you very good functionality without any extra effort at all. The open source Radeon drivers are included already!
 
Old 02-09-2005, 06:42 PM   #10
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You don't have to download the drivers everytime you try a new distro, you can save them on an fat/ntfs partition, a usb stick or on anothr distro. Mount that partition or device and install from there.
 
Old 02-10-2005, 08:45 AM   #11
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Unless you're playing video games, I recommend "anything Trident" as a good compatible video card. They're dirt cheap and compatible with *everything* Not exactly a top of the end performer, but unless you're playing video games you'll never see the difference.
 
Old 02-10-2005, 10:00 PM   #12
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WOW! What a response! Thank you all!


Now, all I have to do is make an excuse for spending the money for another video card........Hmmmmmm..............I can tell my wife it's for my "Certification Training"!

Well, it really is, but, I am not going for Linux certifications just yet........
 
  


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