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Re: [OCLUG-Tech] Recommendations for a Video Card

Thanks for the input. I have purchased an Nvidia GT210 and will install it shortly. All reports indicate it should be less problematic than the ATI Radeon based boards.

Rick wrote:
Nvidia works for me.  I have a GeForce 9400GT driving two 1920x1080
displays, one of them is a 47" Sharp Aquos HDTV.

The sound doesn't work on the Aquos, but I use the computers sound system,
so it isn't a problem.  I didn't have any issues at all setting it up,
basically it's the same two monitor setup that I use at work.

I don't use MythTV, no cable.

On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 8:59 PM, <dman [ at ] lanhouse [ dot ] ca> wrote:

I've also had good success with Nvidia in Linux.  I don't have a
recommendation regarding which Nvidia card but I've not had one that
didn't work.  I've also used the VDPAU acceleration.  It also works fine
with bluray playback smoothly.  I found this page useful:


I wish I had the time to play more with mythTV.

Good luck,


On Tue, 23 Mar 2010, Brett Delmage wrote:

On Tue, 23 Mar 2010, John Elliott wrote:

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive PCI-Express video card which is well
supported by X11 and does not require ATI drivers?

Resolution required is 1920x1080 or better.
Hmm. Not clear from your message if you are implying that you want a
ATI radeon type card with a FLOSS driver, or something else?

The nvidia-based cards work for me. I was not a fan of the nvidia closed
source drivers for years. But after reading an interview about them about
the shared code between their different platforms, I am more accepting.
Nvidia does at least keep the drivers updated with features for linux.

John, you mentioned 1920x1080. Are you planning to watch HD video / MPEG
streams? Nvidia drivers support VDPAU ( http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/VDPAU
). I installed an inexpensive nvidia card (GT210) on my mythtv box two
months ago and it _really_ works. Watching HDTV takes almost no CPU at
all with VDPAU and the GPU doing most of the work.

Pccyber has GT210s for (oh my - on sale now, for $36.77 with rebate) Does
that meet your 'inexpensive' requirement? It's a good price even without
the rebate.

There might be even better deals, but I would not hesitate to look at
card specifically, and pccyber's stock in nvidia cards.

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