amd64 platform newbie -- what video card for x11?

Yuri Pankov yuri.pankov at
Wed Mar 5 04:21:01 UTC 2008

On Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 10:52:12PM -0500, Isaac Mushinsky wrote:
> After using a FreeBSD/i386 for many years, I am getting new Intel x64 hardware 
> now (Core 2 Quad, Abit IP35-Pro, would like as much RAM as possible). I would 
> like to run amd64.
> Since nvidia drivers always worked for me, I ordered one of their later cards 
> (8500GT), only to find out now that nvidia drivers are not there for amd64.
> So my 2 questions are: 
> 1) does the open nv driver work? I do not play games or really need 3D 
> acceleration, just want basic 2D and things like mplayer to work properly.

xf86-video-nv works for me with 8600GT, but sad thing is that nv driver
doesn't support XVideo extension on all 8xxx cards. Please check for more details.

> 2) should I return nvidia card and get something else? Is there a better 
> reasonably working card?
> Thanks.


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