[ale] Looking for video board

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Wed Oct 2 08:12:03 EDT 2002

I'm assuming the new MB has an AGP slot and is too stupid to search the
PCI bus for a video card.

I use an older NVidia Riva TNT2 card. At the time, it was state of the
art blah, blah....  They can be picked up now for $30-$40 at most parts
shops. XFree has good support. The NVidia drivers, while not fully open
source (yet!) are really excellent. Tux racer is a blast at 1280x1024.

On Wed, 2002-10-02 at 07:44, Jim Lynch wrote:
> I recently upgraded my system by putting a 1.8 ghz AMD  cpu in a new MB
> with raid support.  (I don't yet have the resources to implement the
> raid)
> Anyway, it didn't want to work so I took it to the shop I purchased the
> mb and cpu from and he said "your video card is too old".  Sheesh.  He
> stuck another card in and it came up.  I couldn't even get it to boot. 
> It just sat there and beeped at me.  He configured the bios, plugged my
> card back in and it worked, however I guess it is time to upgrade.  I'm
> not very heavy into graphics and find this old S3 Virge 4mb does just
> fine, but it isn't very close to state of the art any longer.  Just so
> I've got something the mb is happier with, can someone recommend a newer
> video card?  I'd prefer something cheap, since I don't really care about
> graphics performance/capability, etc.  A cheap generic that works with
> XFree 86 would be fine.  I'm just afraid that something might happen and
> the card wouldn't work again.
> I'd just pick up most anything, except it's been my experience that
> XFree doesn't work with just anything.  So what's out there that works
> with Linux and won't break the bank?  Sure I can go look at the docs and
> find supported cards, but that isn't nearly as good as advice from
> experienced users.
> Thanks,
> Jim.
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