amd64 platform newbie -- what video card for x11?
yuri.pankov at gmail.com
Wed Mar 5 04:58:54 UTC 2008
On Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 11:47:22PM -0500, Isaac Mushinsky wrote:
> On Tuesday 04 March 2008 23:20:58 Yuri Pankov wrote:
> > 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
> > http://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=11586 for more details.
> > > 2) should I return nvidia card and get something else? Is there a better
> > > reasonably working card?
> > >
> > > Thanks.
> > HTH,
> > Yuri
> 1. So a GeForce 7xxx card will work well with xv and the open source driver?
It should, no 3d of course, but at least 6800GT worked well for me with nv
driver. As for 8500GT - missing xv extension may or may not be a
showstopper (but as you mentioned mplayer, it will :-().
> 2. What other cards work on amd64 with minimum caveats?
Never tried anything else, guess I've got too much patience waiting for
official amd64 NVIDIA drivers.
> 3. By the way, any problems with flash plugin (I mean flash7, not the infamous
> flash9 headache)?
Just install www/linux-flashplugin7 with nspluginwrapper option selected
and follow steps outlined in pkg-message. Works in native FF, at least.
> Perhaps this belongs to general freebsd-questions, sorry if I am bothering
> core amd64 developers with mundane desktop user questions.
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