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Old 06-15-2009, 06:39 AM   #1
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Gainward GeForce 8400GS 256MB

I'm getting tired of ATi crap on, well, any distro, would the
above model card serve as a replacement?

And how is the nVidia support these days?
Do you still have to install drivers or are those in the
distros already? Mainly speaking of Debian and Slack based
distros here.

EDIT: oh forgot to mention, this is not meant for much more
than movies and such, no gaming on this system.

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Old 06-15-2009, 08:40 AM   #2
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Anything over 6xxx for the best driver...

Nvidia is the standard. Installation is, in most cases, easier and more problem free, and performance is better than the alternatives. The 8400GS seems to come in two versions. It is though a question of what you can get for a good price.

I would google with the graphics card make and model or the nvidia chip and linux nvidia driver to see how the combination works for others. Make sure that they can run the new 185.18.14 driver version without trouble.

I have a reserve machine put togther from the scrap heap with a passively cooled 6200 chip card that works fine. You might try to get a used card, perhaps on-line from Blocket, Gule Tidningen, or a similar site, or on-line from a gamer or overclocker web site. Below is one from DK. Those people are always building and re-building, and sell the extras, both the newer and older.

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Old 06-15-2009, 08:40 AM   #3
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I use Slackware, And the Nvidia 8400GS, and the native support is fine. But I would recommend the driver from Nvidia, because that would take advantage of all the cards features (Seems to have smoother video playback, plus 3D. dri can never be

Look in my sig for a link with dri. The post will help you to install the module needed.
With Nvidia, it's REAL easy.
  • Make sure you have modules installed for your kernel
  • Make sure you do NOT have a x session running
  • Must be root or root privileges (i.e., sudo)
  • cd to the directory you saved the "" file
  • Type "sh NVIDIA*.run"
  • Follow the prompts, but DO NOT DOWNLOAD a module
  • startx
That should do it.

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Old 06-15-2009, 10:27 AM   #4
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Thanks to both of you!
I wouldn't even ask but search comes up with nothing but problems and out of date
stuff, so just wanted to make sure before I buy this, even tho it's cheap (329kr


debian, geforce, slackware

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