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Old 03-16-2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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What are you using for a graphics card in Fedora?

I have Core 9 (kernel 2.6.25)on an Asus p4s533-atx motherboard, Pentium 4 (2.4gig) CPU machine (IDE hard drive). Basically, an older computer.

I've been noodling around the HCL list for a video card for dvd and video playback, and wanted to know what people are using for graphics cards that have been easy to install in Fedora. I don't mind working to get the software installed, but I don't want to spend beaucoup hours doing so either.

So I ask you, what cards have you had good luck with in installing in Fedora?


Old 03-16-2009, 02:20 PM   #2
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With VDPAU(graphics card does graphics decoding instead of the cpu) I would stick with the Nvida series eight or nine cards (older cards are not supported). Although Nvidia is still closed source, they have supported Linux (in this fashion) for a long time. ATI is getting better, but are not making as much progress on their VDPAU(it has a different name) project.
Old 03-16-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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My personal perception is to purchase the card you want. I have never used F9 (it had too many problems when it was released, so I took a "pass" on it), but I've used both a GeForce 8600 GT and Radeon HD 4850 with F10 and had no surprises with either. Both work fine with the proprietary drivers from RPMFusion (what used to be referred to as the Livna drivers).
Old 03-19-2009, 11:56 AM   #4
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Thank you both


I installed an eGeforce FX 5200 (inexpensive). Downloaded the drivers from NVIDIA and instructions and shifted into runlevel 3.

Install is a little clunky because you have to be in terminal with no video activated (runlevel 3) but the instructions are clear (a must for me) and the driver installation program is a snap.

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