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Old 08-15-2006, 02:20 AM   #1
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Matrox G550 (DVI)

Is this video-card a good choice for Linux?
Old 08-15-2006, 11:47 AM   #2
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It depends what you want to do with it. I had one a while ago, personally I wasn't very impressed, so I sold it.
It's OK for general desktop use. 3D performance is non-existent, video playback was poor. Last time I used it (about 2 months ago), I had green dots all over the screen, so the driver is/was crap. Not surprisingly, using the binary mga-hal driver was worse than the open-source X driver (and it also bodged the console when X exited). But, then again, mplayer has a matrox video output module, so presumably it works for some people. YMMV. Given the choice, I'd avoid it.


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