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Re: recommended PCI video cards

On Thu, 8 Jun 2006 14:10:39 -0500 (CDT)
rct@gherkin.frus.com (Bob Tracy) wrote:

> Searching back through approx. three years' worth of list
> suggests the following:
> ATI 7000, 7500, 9100: good choices, but the 7000 is slow compared to
>   the other two, and non-ATI-branded cards may have BIOS issues when
>   interacting with SRM at boot time.
> 3dfx Voodoo3 and later: likewise good choices.  No "true" DRI, but
>   the cards compare favorably speed-wise with cards that have DRI.

Still current :-)

> Any recommendations as far as cards with 32-bit vs. 64-bit interfaces?

Have you ever seen VGA cards with 64bit interfaces? I didn't. Apart
from that, depending on your Miata, the 64bit-slots might be broken (or
at least the chipset is, when it comes to DMA transfers on the 64bit

> Assuming TGA (not TGA2) hardware can be found at a reasonable price
> (probably not a good assumption), how does it compare to the above?

Do you expect an answer as in "slow"?

> Is there such a thing as VESA fb support on Alphas, or is that
> strictly an x86 kind of thing?

Don't know if VESA-fb is available. FB in general is available. At
least Matroxfb and pm2/pm3 work.


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