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k3lt01 06-30-2012 03:46 AM

linux and HDMI capable video cards.
Been away for a while busy with studies and life in general. Have just bought a new digital TV (Australia is shutting down its old analogue TV signal) and it doesn't have a regular screen port to attach a PC to but it does have a HDMI port. I know absolutely nothing about HDMI becaues I have never needed to use it so I was wondering what advice do people have regarding a good HDMI capable video card that will run with Linux. My PC is an older Dell Optilex 170L Pentium 4 2GhZ with 1GB RAM and a 1 TB HDD. I will oneday when more funds are available build a much better HTPC that the card can go into but for now the old P4 is the PC it will go into.

cascade9 06-30-2012 06:22 PM

Optiplex 170L, you might have no luck at all.

The Optiplex 170L only has PCI slots, no AGP or PCIe. PCI video cards have become very hard to find lately, and the vast majority of them have no HDMI output.

You might find a PCI AMD HD5450 or nVidia GT420/520 with a HDMI output. I had a look and didnt find one.

BTW, the Optiplex 170Ls have a PSU well under the size speced by AMD or nVidia for new cards.

k3lt01 06-30-2012 10:02 PM

Thanks Cascade, I thought the machine might be to old. I might piece together a HTPC sooner rather than later then. Do you have any recomendations for HDMI capable cards for new PCs.

cascade9 06-30-2012 10:48 PM

For media box/HTPC use, hadware video decoding (nVidia VDPAU, ATI/AMD XvBA) is a good thing to have. nVidia VDPAU is better than AMD/ATI XvBA.

The ATI/AMD cards will still work, but its more likely the decoding will have tobe done by the CPU. For AMD/ATI cards, HD5450/6450 is what I would get.

With VDPAU there are various 'feature sets', as you can see here-

nVidia G210 has the same feature set as all the other GT2XX cards (and GT4XX cards as well) and its cheaper/lower power use than the other GT2XX cards as well. So for the cheap nVidia cards, G210 is the way to go IMO.

GT520 is newer, uses a tiny bit less power than the G210, and is meant to have better support for H.264 and MPEG2. Might well be worth the extra $5-10 over a G210 (obviously prices will vary, thats just the current pricing at the store I use most).

k3lt01 07-01-2012 01:44 AM

Thanks Cascade, muchly appreciated.

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