amd64 platform newbie -- what video card for x11?

Peter Jeremy peterjeremy at
Wed Mar 5 07:46:18 UTC 2008

On Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 10:52:12PM -0500, Isaac Mushinsky wrote:
>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.

For basic purposes and mplayer, nv should do.  It might just soak up
more CPU than a better driver would.

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

I'll second the ATI suggestion.  Note that whilst AMD have indicated
they will open-source the ATI GPU specs, I believe they have only
released specs for a single GPU so far and it will take some time for
the open specs to reach the drivers.

Peter Jeremy
Please excuse any delays as the result of my ISP's inability to implement
an MTA that is either RFC2821-compliant or matches their claimed behaviour.
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