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Old 08-04-2006, 07:00 AM   #1
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TV/composite video out recommenedations

I have an oldish PC - 1GHz P3, 256MB ram - which I use exclusively for viewing videos, photos etc on the living room TV. The system is currently dual boot XP/PCLOS.

The Video card - ATI rage theatre chipset - has finally failed and I am looking for a replacement which will work with Linux.

The old card gave me TV out fine in XP and even Win98 but has never worked properly in Linuxs of any flavour. Now I have the chance to ditch MS completely if only I can find a suitable video card. It need not be 3D or super fast - it's just got to have composite video output for the television along with a standard VGA output for a normal monitor.

Having had little luck with ATI I am leaning towards nvidia but I would be very grateful for the group's recommendations about the best choice for this component.

Old 08-04-2006, 11:28 AM   #2
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You might have to buy a SVHS to composite adapter. The output standard is pretty much SVHS with the digital HD output getting ready to replace it. I would check the mythtv site (great pvr software) and see what they have to say. I am looking for a card for my little brother's computer and missed a 64mb asus 7700 deluxe for $22 with shipping on ebay. The deluxe variant of the 7700 was IMHO one of the best AGP cards of the era. I bought a 32mb 7700 deluxe when it first came out. It has run pretty much 24/7 since then and the only problem I have had was 6 months ago the chipset fan started growling. I put a blue heatsink on it from compusa ment for motherboard chipset cooling ($8)and it works great. It does prevent me from using the 1st pci slot.

Good luck


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