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Re: video card ?

On Mon, Sep 06, 2004 at 12:44:08PM +0200, LOMPREZ Olivier wrote:
> I don't know which video card i must choose.
> I would like to know if the following video cards :
> 1) "*Point of View GeForce FX 5900 XT 128 Mo DDR/DVI
> is compatible"  with Debian-amd64  ?.
> 2) " **ASUSTEK V9570/TD 256 Mo TV/DVI (NVIDIA GeForce FX5700)
> is compatible with Debian amd-64 ?.
> 3) is there any hardware data base for the compatibility ?.
> Thank you for your answers and your suggestions.
> Olivier.

Me too.  In fact, I ask myself a quite similar question all the time:

If I want to have a good card with fully non-proprietary drivers, what
should I go for?  I don't mind absence of 3D-accelleration, TV-out,
dual head, or the obligatory cardboard box with vicious aliens on it.
But I _do_ mind choosing a state of the art card that the XFree86
drivers only support 2D on, knowing that the jet engine mounted on the
card is only cooling things that I will never be able to use.
Especially since that same jet engine generally needs to be replaced
every 6 months.  Back in the old days, a safe choice used to be the
Matrox Millenium, but today even the lowly Matrox G550 requires a binary
IA32 HAL driver - and that at the price that DGA won't work.  And even
though I can live without 3D, I'd really like some 2D performance - at
least an order of magnitude better than the cheap built-in Intel
Extreme Sluggishness found in too many boxes today.
    Today, I'm using the Radeon 9800 that came with my Athlon 64 box.
No 3D, no TV-out, no TV-tuner support - but with one of those jet
engines.  So, is there anything out there running smoothly on AMD64
without power drain and without noise pollution?

Kåre Hviid                   ukh@id.cbs.dk                 +45 3815 3075
Sys Admin      Institut for Datalingvistik, Handelshøjskolen i København

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