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Re: AGP 4x Video Recommendation for FC10 w/ 1600x1080 LCDs

I've used Saphire branded ATi Radeon 9250's in several AthlonXP/P4 class
machines @ AGP 2x and 4x. I have run fine through the VGA output at
1920x1080 (HDTV) with them as well as dual monitor using 1680x1050 or
1440x900. These cards have two DACs so they can drive two analog outputs
or one analog and one digital (most sport a VGA + DVI-I connector).
Though output through a DVI-2-VGA converter with these cards can
sometimes lead to quality loss on cheap VGA only LCD's.

The 9250's are a little dated and I've since started using GeforceFX
5200's as replacements due to availability. I've found the 5200's to be
equal or better in quality, but have not installed as many. One pro for
LCD owners is that the 5200's can often be found in dual DVI-I
configurations. Neither card is performance oriented, so you can find
them in fanless configurations and they won't break the bank @ <  $50 each.

I think your problem with the Geforce4MX is that it is based on a very
old card design (Geforce2) where resolutions higher than 1280x1024 were
not commonly demanded from a budget card. I think that any DirectX 9 and
above card should be able to reliably run the requested resolution, even
if it is a budget model.


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Subject: AGP 4x Video Recommendation for FC10 w/ 1600x1080 LCDs
From: Adrian Kuepker <a kuepker gmail com>
To: fedora-list redhat com
Date: Monday, January 26, 2009 1:14:52 PM
> Hello All.
> I've recently upgraded my FC8 to FC10 and I'm not exactly happy with
> the video output from the old video card. Since I'm running other
> boxes also as a "dual boot" XP/LTSP workstations, I decided that I'd
> buy in volume and set up my various home workstations with identical
> video.
> Does anyone have a recommendation for a known-good AGP 4x (FC10 on an
> Asus TUV4X M/B) video adapter that will run LCD monitor resolutions?
> I'm going to buy several of these for my workstations for ease of
> compatibility with the LTSP install
> (Semi-Unrelated Note: My XP boxes have NVidia cards (GEForce4 MX) that
> don't reliably run 1600x1080 on my Optiquest monitors under XP. I can
> get it working -- sometimes -- but every time XP installs any updates
> the settings get blown away and I have to re-install drivers from
> scratch. Very annoying, and I'm tired of it, thus I'm looking to
> replace these video adapters too.)
> I ran a large LTSP network some years ago at an old job and I've got a
> soft spot for the ATI cards which served us so well, but if there's a
> better option I'm perfectly open to that too. I'm not looking to spend
> a big pile of cash, as these workstations are being used primarily for
> web browsing and spreadsheets.
> Suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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