View Full Version : Newbie here, video
11-01-01, 01:41 PM
I am planning on putting together a linux box. Here's what I have so far;
Western Digital 60gb
Red Hat 7.1
Now I need help with picking a video card, any opinions?
Will my Radeon 64 run Ok on linux?
The Radeon will definately work in 2D.... 3D is more questionable.
I know they work, but the question is how well and with how much reliability. I don't have one myself, but the place to start your research would be at the DRI Project (dri.sf.net).
Your best bet is to probably go for an nvidia GeForce 2 GTS, MX or a GeForce 3. They will work and they are good cards. Voodoo 3 and 4 cards will run well but Voodoo 5 cards use 2x32MB chips to get 64MB so you can actually only use 1. I think that most Matrox cards like the G400, G450 and G550.
Actually, you can use 2 chips on the Voodoo5 now. If you try to use anything Voodoo that is less than a Voodoo4, you have 2 choices of drivers.
You could use the old 3dfx drivers for X 3.3.6 and below, or the DRI drivers for X4.0 and above. The DRI drivers only let you do Glide3x and OpenGL, though, but the overall quality is supposed to be better than the old 3dfx ones. Plus, you get to use X4.0 and above.
The Radeon also uses DRI, but I don't know how far along it is. I'm pretty sure its good enough for Q3.
11-02-01, 09:26 AM
Actually I have 2 other video cards, a Creative Labs Annihilator 2 mx(nVidia) and a Viper 2
Right now, NVIDIA has the best 3D support under Linux. If you can stand do to it, you should slap that MX card in there.
Check out www.nvidia.com, they have the drivers there. i would reccommend picking out the .tar.gz packages in case you have recompiled your standard kernel.
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