This contraption has done some weird things -- like artifacts at the left edge of the screen, shifting-out into never-never-land weird character sets, no shift-in that works (and needing to remove the power to get it to reset) and just generally being a PITA. Could be the 8M video RAM, could be buffer overflow, could be who knows what.
Do not want to deal with this kind of crap; do not want telephone calls at odd hours.
So, I've got to heist my butt up to Staples and see if they've got a compatible card (probably not) or get on to Micro Center and see what they've got that will "plug replace" that card. I don't care what it costs, I just need something will plug-'n'-go. Now, the question is, what do I really want? Nvidea? AMD? What about drivers (or is there something that is well supported with what comes with Slackware?).
Nobody is going to give a hoot in hell about super-duper graphics. These servers are going to be used on a LAN, later on the Internet, for one application, DSpace, with a browser. It's all text. It will be some MPEG, it will be some JPEG, it will be some PDF but, basically, it's all text. It would be real nice if the console can be used without problems (even had a problem with just console, no X running).
I'll have to look back through the posts and check for availability of compatible cards but, brother and sisters, I give up -- got too much to do to get the data base up and going and clean (lots and lots of data to import). If somebody knows of a fully-compatible card for a PowerEdge T110 II that will plug-'n'-play with Slackware 64-bit 14.0, I'd love hear about it.
By the way, the reason that the systems I buy for myself are specified with stock Intel graphics is that Intel provides drivers for Linux, you install the OS, boot the thing and it works. Lessons learned from a wasted youth diddling with (among others) an ATI Radeon card that just had to have proprietary software installed to be useful -- nuts to that. I can plug in a DVD or Blue-ray and watch a movie just fine on an Acer LCD display a foot or two from my nose and I'm a happy camper. I went through the Heathkit phase, I built S-100 bus computers from boards, components and a soldering iron, had a lot fun doing that (and a lot late- or all nights, packs of cigarettes and gallons of black coffee too). But nowadays I'm happy with a appliance that I can plug in, install Slackware, twiddle (almost nothing) and I've got a working system.
Some of us just grow too soon old and too late schmart.
Thank you, to all, for you help and advice. It is appreciated.
Last edited by tronayne; 10-22-2013 at 08:56 AM.