I am using an old pc as a jukebox hooked up to my stereo and I would like to add video capability to it as well. I already have it playing all the videos perfectly with VLC, but I would like to watch them on my tv, then I will have a true media center pc
I'm running slackware 12.1 on a dell dimension from about 2001 that has a pentium iii 700 or 800 mhz and 128 MB RAM, using onboard video. the expansion slot is regular PCI. like i said, everything is configured exactly how i want it to and its running great on the computer as it is, there are no speed, power or memory issues, i just need a video card so i can connect it to the tv because i have no tv outputs currently.
I would consider myself to be great with computers in general, a fast learner with them, and an intermediate linux user. However, I am not a gamer- i have never purchased a video card, or owned a computer with anything other than the integrated intel video or whatever it is.
I am just looking for suggestions on what to buy. I want something that is easy to set up (i'm not good with xorg.conf) and won't change my current configuration too much... after all, its all running perfectly. I guess its the consensus that GeForce is the way to go over ATI, or is it? also, is tv out in general easy to set up in linux once you have the card working??
I was looking on ebay and saw some older GeForce cards from around 2003 going for around $20 bucks (example http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Geforce-FX-5...QQcmdZViewItem
) and i was thinking of just getting one of them... i dont want to spend a lot of cash upgrading a 7 year old PC, especially because i dont know if it will work, so i think ebay is a good idea. Thoughts anyone?
(also, my tv only has composite (rca) inputs and i have read that s-video can be converted to composite using only an adapter, nothing fancy. has anyone ever done this? just want to make sure this is true.)