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Old 10-14-2003, 12:46 PM   #1
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Recommendation for 'Working' and 'Stable' Wireless PCI and 3d graphics card

Can somebody please recommend me a 'stable' Wireless(802.11b) PCI card for my would be linux workstation? This card should be detected right out of the linux box without any issues and, of course, it should be commercially available at the stores like bestbuy, circuit city or any good online store.

Also a recommendation for a good 3d card which 'really' works under linux. Again straight out of the box support and should be available in the market. No framebuffer BS please.

I personnally feel If there is one showstopper for linux these days is the graphics with 3D support. I may be wrong
Old 10-14-2003, 01:20 PM   #2
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Just about any Lucent/Orinoco-based card, or a prism2/prism2_5-based 802.11b NIC will do just fine. However, wlan setups *do* require more configuring than a regular wired network, that goes for the NIC itself too.

Straight out of the box support for a new chipset or graphics card depends almost 100% on the hardware manufacturer, and since the Windows market is about a zillion times more profitable than the Linux market, drivers for Windows come first.

And why wouldn't you want framebuffer support? Isn't providing better performance nice?

Anyhow, the nVidia drivers work nice, and they provide ready-to-install packages on their website for the major corporate-style distributions.

Old 10-14-2003, 01:58 PM   #3
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check this thread about cardbus wavelan cards and linux.
Old 10-14-2003, 02:12 PM   #4
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hw-tph, I actually mentioned the vesa framebuffer modes which allow non-supported cards to work under linux. You are right. I checked the nvidia website. They have linux support for almost all of their cards. I wish all other h/w manufacturers follow their example.

And Col Panic,
I needed a Wireless PCI card and not a PCMCIA card. The link which you gave talks about wireless PCMCIA cards
Thanks anyway.


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