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Re: nVidia vs. ATI graphics card for fedora



Thanks very much! I will try for an older graphics card. Do I have options other than ATI or nVidia that would not have these issues. I do not want to mess with kernel and driver re-configurations. I expect it to be a month before my machine actually shows up, btw.

Best wishes,
Trotter


--- On Tue, 4/28/09, James Kosin <jkosin beta intcomgrp com> wrote:

> From: James Kosin <jkosin beta intcomgrp com>
> Subject: Re: nVidia vs. ATI graphics card for fedora
> To: itsme_410 yahoo com, "Community assistance, encouragement, and advice for using Fedora." <fedora-list redhat com>
> Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 10:43 AM
> Globe Trotter wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I am ordering a souped-up workstation and I was
> wondering which graphics card is preferable for running
> fedora:
> > 
> > a 256 MB PCIe x16 nVidia NVS 290, Dual Monitor capable
> > 
> > or 
> > 
> > a 
> > ATI Fire GL V3600 256MB, Dual Monitor DVI Capable 	 
> 	ATI3600 	  	
> > 
> > What would you suggest? I do not need huge 3-d
> acceleration and stuff, but want it to work well. 
> > 
> > Please let me know if I should provide more
> information.
> > 
> > Best wishes,
> > Trotter
> > 
> 
> Trotter,
> 
> If you like re-configuring or re-installing drivers at ever
> kernel
> change then OK you can do either.  The bad news is ATI and
> nVidia are
> not fully natively supported in XWindows in most
> circumstances without
> the proprietary drivers.  There are repos that support
> these two and
> work is being done for native support... but, alas it is
> SLOW in coming.
> 
> Tips:
> If you choose either of these, only do so with the intent
> to CAREFULLY
> update kernels and drivers.  Don't try updating the
> kernel if there is
> no driver update available, you may regret this decision.
> Next, try getting an older model ATI or nVidia card,
> support is easier
> for the older models than the newer ones.  Linux is also a
> bit slow at
> getting newer cards supported natively, without going to
> proprietary
> drivers.
> 
> James
> 
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