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Old 08-07-2008, 07:11 AM   #1
subingeorge
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PCI Video Card for Mini ATX Intel D201GLY2A board


Hello All,

Can some one please recommend an average card with 3D features working for my Intel D201GLY2A board?

It just has a PCI slot. I primarily need this card to enable running linux desktop effects like Beryl or Compiz etc.... Below are the computer configuration.
CPU:- Celeron 1.2GHz
Ram :- 1 GB
Integrated SIS662 as video engine (North bridge ) south bridge is SIS664.
Only ONE PCI SLOT AVAILABLE, NO PCI Express or AGP Slot.

The only candidate I have in mind for the Video card is GeForce 6200LE, what are your suggestions? its only Direct X 9.0 and Open GL, is that enough for Beryl or Compiz to work?

What are the things I need to look for when I shop around for a video card compatible with my mother board.

Thanks for your help.

Regards
George
 
Old 08-10-2008, 07:21 PM   #2
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Hello All,

Can some one please recommend an average card with 3D features working for my Intel D201GLY2A board?

It just has a PCI slot. I primarily need this card to enable running linux desktop effects like Beryl or Compiz etc.... Below are the computer configuration.
CPU:- Celeron 1.2GHz
Ram :- 1 GB
Integrated SIS662 as video engine (North bridge ) south bridge is SIS664.
Only ONE PCI SLOT AVAILABLE, NO PCI Express or AGP Slot.

The only candidate I have in mind for the Video card is GeForce 6200LE, what are your suggestions? its only Direct X 9.0 and Open GL, is that enough for Beryl or Compiz to work?

What are the things I need to look for when I shop around for a video card compatible with my mother board.

Thanks for your help.

Regards
George
Unfortunately, if you're limited to a PCI slot, "an average card" is likely all you're going to find; AGP and PCI-Express were designed with hi-perf graphics in mind whereas PCI is a catch-all interface with not so much throughput. Perusing the usual suspects, Nvidia's 6200 is as good as it's likely to get. DirectX 9 is for Windows so no worries about that; OpenGL is what you'll be using. The good news is I've used 6200's for Beryl in the past and they do work; not flawlessly but they'll do. Keep in mind the ones with TurboCache use system RAM to augment whatever RAM they have onboard. I would say stick with a straight 6200 with as much RAM as you can find (usually 256MB but I've seen a couple with 512) to make up for the 400MHz core clock on those.
Your bigger issue would be how nice Linux plays with the PCI slot on that board; there have been ACPI issues (read about it here). Also, the slot is PCI v2.2; there may be compatibility issues so be sure to research the vid card itself as the wrong PCI revision can cause a ton of problems.
 
  


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