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Old 11-19-2008, 07:27 AM   #1
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Looking for more Linux/UNIX friendly hardware

As the thread title implies, I am looking for hardware that is more compatible with Linux and UNIX. More specifically, my video card and possibly my motherboard.

Currently I have:
Video Card: NVIDIA 7900GS 512MB
Motherboard: MSI P6N-SLI; nForce 650i SLI Chipset

I have a dual monitor setup, and the drivers that come with most Linux distro's are incompatible with my graphics card.

Do any of yall have any suggestions? I do not play video games on my computer, my only criterion for a video card are for it to be quiet, compatible with Linux/UNIX, on the cheaper side, and is able to support a 1680x1050 and 1280x1024 monitors (preferably able to support 2x 1980x1080 monitors, my planned upgrade). As far as a MoBo goes, all I need is a chipset recommendation, I can figure it out the exact Mobo from there.

Thanks for reading,
Old 11-19-2008, 07:41 AM   #2
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For graphics card, nvidia cards are the best supported cards. It doesn't matter what drivers come with the distro, you can always install the proprietary nvidia drivers and get the exact same functionality you would get on Window$.

For mobo, check the HCL:

I use a P35 chipset and it works fine. What's somewhat more important is to stay way from chip manufacturers such as Marvell/Yukon, Silicon Image, and JMicron, these tend to either have poor driver support or hardware issues.
Old 11-19-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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Yea the nvidia drivers aren't normally included with most distro's. Normally you can start x by setting the video driver to vesa, installing the os then installing the nvidia drivers. But nvidia drivers are normally easy to install and work awesome.

For mb's the links below are what I would recommend as well.

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Old 11-20-2008, 06:32 AM   #4
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i have a very similar card and it workes fine with the propiatery drivers

ubuntu even detaects it corectly and asks if you wnat to use the drivers (most other distros i use the Nvidia download and recomepile everytime i upgrade the kernel)
Old 11-21-2008, 07:17 AM   #5
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Alright, I appreciate the input!



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