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i have a geforce2pro (gts 64MB ddr), and some months ago,
before i switched to linux, i ran windows xp. i am an avid gamer,
and have bought ut2003. i played it on windows xp, and was
forced to run in 800x600, with textures on low, world detail
on low, skin detail on low, blob shadows... i think you get the
picture; it was no pretty picture on windows xp. i was seriously
thinking of upgrading my graphics card back then. ut2003 was
not run often, and soon i uninstalled it because it did not run
well enough for me (15-25 fps). then, before i switched to linux,
gentoo produced the gentoo ut2003 live-cd. i grabbed that,
burnt it, booted with it and w00t; i was able to run ut2003 in
800x600 with 30-50-fps... this was the start of my re-try of
getting linux to work for me. i had bought suse 6.1 long ago..
but i started with getting redhat, then mandrake, i tried gentoo
but due to a malfunctioning mouse which gave problems i blamed
on software or my ignorance with linux at the time, i ended up
with mandrake 9.1. i installed ut2003, and got 30-50fps in 800x
600x32. after a few weeks i switched to slackware, on which i
get 50+ fps, sometimes up to 90 when in small maps or corridors;
open spaces often go down to 15-30 fps, but i can live with that.
in short: linux removed my need to upgrade my graphics card,
by giving me 15+fps more than windows xp gave me (i had
tweaked everything there was to tweak about windows xp; i
am not a newbie with windows, so it should be a quite fair
comparison between windows xp and linux).
as for nvidia drivers; get the latest version. the latest version comes
in the form of an easy installer; which is only one file (kernel + glx
libs). instructions are included at the download location at nvidia.com,
and if you still have trouble, use the search function of this fine
board, since others have gone before you and have been helped.