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Old 11-07-2004, 04:36 PM   #1
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Yet again I feel like an idiot...(about drivers)

OK, so I'm thinking of buying a new video card (a GeForce FX) and I was wondering which brands would be able to work with Linux. It seems that the only brand that will work is NVidia itself. But I go check the drivers on the system and I see drivers that are generic for the different kinds of GeForces. Does this mean that I can use another brand beside NVidia, or does it just mean drivers that apply to all the different models of the same card?
Old 11-07-2004, 05:13 PM   #2
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Hello there,

If the brand of video card you hope to use is fitted with a nVidia chipset then the nVidia drivers will work fine. In respect of the 'generic' driver, the way nVidia have designed their Linux driver means that it will cover most (95% I think) of their chipsets - this is a good thing! Basically, if you buy a video card with a nVidia chipset, it's practically guaranteed to work with the Linux driver. And the driver itself is relatively easy to install - just make sure you read the instructions and you'll be fine. It's certainly easier than ATI's offerings - from experience, I'd go with nVidia any day!!
Old 11-07-2004, 05:41 PM   #3
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nvidia themselves don't manufacture cards anyway, they just do the chipsets.


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