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Old 10-09-2002, 11:56 PM   #1
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compatible video cards for Slack 8.1


Hello everyone.

Well, just as the subject states, I need to find a compatible video card for my slack box. I was curious if anyone had any suggestions on what type of card they recommend for slack?

I've been looking at a ATI card. Does anyone have info on how well these cards work with slack?

I dont need a super fancy card, just a AGP card with 32mb RAM being more than enough to run my system.

So if anyone has some recommendations, please feel free to send it my way. Makes and models are fine as well.

As an extra bonus, if you know of a place that sells pretty cheaply priced cards, I can use that info as well.

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Old 10-09-2002, 11:58 PM   #2
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I've done just fine with my GeForce 3, but that's probably a little more than you're looking for.
 
Old 10-10-2002, 12:05 AM   #3
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Ya. Just looking for something to get my box up and running. Nothing particularly fancy. 32mb AGP card would be good indeed, for a good price.

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Old 10-10-2002, 12:07 AM   #4
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Erm, pretty much anything works. You should really be asking what cards are good with X... and the answer is most. It also depends on how you want to set things up... if you wanted to have your nice, shiny new Slack box running as a... ahem, games console, then you might want to consider getting one with a decent TV out.
 
Old 10-10-2002, 12:09 AM   #5
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Look up NVIDIA MX series cards (very light on price), the drivers (hardware accelerated) are available on http://www.nvidia.com the price is low. I have an old NVIDA GeForce256 based card, none of a problem.
 
Old 10-10-2002, 12:16 AM   #6
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Just happened to be looking at the geforce MX cards. Was also looking at the ATI 32mb cards...

anyone know issues with any AGP ATI cards, or should they run pretty well with slack?
 
Old 10-10-2002, 12:20 AM   #7
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The old ATI AIW Pro (non 128 version) works very well. Has TV tuner, but the software for it can be a bit of a bugger... the card itself works fine, though.
 
Old 10-10-2002, 04:22 AM   #8
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Matrox G450 DualHead will be excellent choice
They have superb 2D output, moderate 3D and, of course, DualHead capability under both plane console and X86Free.
It seems that they cost approximately $75-$90 (http://www.pricewatch.com)

You can see some screenshots from my (now 3 years old) G400 DualHead in action here.
 
Old 10-10-2002, 01:24 PM   #9
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I think im going to go with a ATI card. Reason being is that i've read some articles and the ATI card seems pretty easy to work with on Linux and *BSD.

This particular box is going to be running FreeBSD 4.6 and Slack 8.1 so I wanted a card that will work with both.

Anyone recommend a model? Also, anyone recommend a cheap dealer to get one of these cards?

Thanks.

Tarman
 
Old 10-10-2002, 05:07 PM   #10
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www.ebay.com
 
Old 10-10-2002, 07:29 PM   #11
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I've been using ATI cards for about the past 5 years. The next time I
upgrade, it will be to an nVidia card. ATI isn't being very helpful to the linux
community with their drivers (they have a great web page, but almost
nothing of substance), while nVidia is at least building drivers (yeah, I know
they're closed source). I've been able to get MOST of the ATI cards working
w/o too much trouble (Rage fury MAXX only uses one processor on linux).
One of the appliances at work came with a MB w/integrated nVidia video,
and it was terribly easy to just plug in the modules w/no troubles. I'm tired
of video card manufacturers not supporting linux; I believe that's the major
impediment to good support from the commercial sw community (catch
22). . .

If you are sticking to ATI, I would say just go with your basic Radeon 32 or
64 MB, you don't need any fancy dual headed or TV out card -- unless you
intend to use those, don't buy them.

You should check out:
www.xfree86.org

for information on which cards work, since it's not linux or FreeBSD per se,
but the X environment that determines whether you get support for your
card.
 
Old 10-11-2002, 01:25 AM   #12
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Think im narrowing it down here. Like I said, just want something that will run X with no cackles.

Here is what im looking at:

ATI Xpert 128 16MB AGP $29.00

ATI XPERT 2000 PRO 32MB 4X AGP NO TV-OUT - OEM $35.00

ATI Radeon 7000/VE 32MB SDRAM $30.00

Pretty close in price.

Anyone have any experience with these and X?

Thoughts? Suggestions?

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Old 10-11-2002, 02:38 AM   #13
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I had an ATI Radeaon DDR 32 MB AGP card and never could get it to work under linux so I went out and bought an NVIDIA geforce MX 32 MB and it worked flawlessly.
 
Old 10-11-2002, 02:50 AM   #14
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Ok, so not a lot of help, but....

I have been running the ATI Rage Fury Pro (Svideo out, Composite Out and Composite In), which uses the r128 driver in linux. Really basic as far as cards in linux go. When I switched from distro to distro testing them out, the hang up was always figuring out how to setup the video card. It wasn't the same across the board, mainly just because of the versions of xfree. I think I would have had better luck with nvidia...

I have to agree with Moses, you might wanna look towards Nvidia's lowend cards. Boris said the MX series might be decently priced.

Support for you card is probably something you'll wanna look for, and nvidia seems to be the one's providing most of their own support.

Cool
 
Old 10-11-2002, 03:35 AM   #15
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I'm using the Radeon DDR 32MB at home (on two computers), and they
work just fine. I'm using the Radeon 7500 (7000?, can't remember) VE at
work (dual headed version), and it worked (single head) just fine, but
getting the dual head was some trouble, though I did finally get it (mostly
it was configuration issues). I'm still unable to get OpenGL working with
the dual headed configuration -- I think it's a memory issue. . .
I have no experience with the Xperts.
I would say go with the 7000 if you are going to use ATI, it should use the
radeon driver in X.
 
  


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