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Old 01-06-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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video card (gpu) listed as 64-bit -- compatible on my x86-32 system?

Hello. I have a system with only pci and not pcie slots. So I've been looking to upgrade my video card. Currently I have a Mach-64 ATI card, which, given security concerns, I can't get 3d acceleration going (glxinfo says no). Anyway, even when I was able to get it going, it didn't make a huge difference given this card (I was able to play Planet Penguin Racer, however, which I can't now -- but I digress). So, I found an inexpensive card on ebay, but it's listed as 64 bit (in case the link doesn't work, specifically it's listed as "Radeon 9250 ATI Graphic Card - PowerColor PCI 64Bit"). So my question is will this work on my x86-32 system, or do I need an x86-64 system for it? Further details about my system can be found in the distro listing under my name.

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Old 01-06-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
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It should be OK in your system. According to the part Spec I've dug up, it'll be the memory that's 64 bit and, as it's accessed within the card its self, it shouldn't be a problem.

Spec from Amazon:

* Device Type: Graphics adapter
* Enclosure Type: Plug-in card
* Interface Type: PCI

Expansion / Connectivity

* Compatible Slots: 1 x PCI
* Interfaces: 1 x DVI-I - 29 pin combined DVI 1 x S-video output 1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)

Processor / Memory

* Graphics Processor / Vendor: ATI Radeon 9250
* Memory Clock Speed: 400 MHz
* Technology: DDR SDRAM 64-bit
* Video Memory Installed: 128 MB
Note the video memory may be a different size in your case.

Play Bonny!

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Old 01-06-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, Soadyheid. Well, I guess I'll put in a bid then. It seems the "64 bit" description is used in many different contexts. For instance, my SDRAM memory sticks, which work, are listed as having "width: 64 bits" when I run lshw. So, perhaps memory is something else rather than cpu architecture, or something. I dunno. Anyway, you've given me confidence that it'll likely work. So, soon I'll be meeting up with Planet Penguin Racer again.


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