Which video adapter for dual-head 5.2-R/XF86 4.3?

Doug Poland doug at polands.org
Mon Feb 23 11:17:59 PST 2004


I've done a lot of reading and searching mailing lists in an attempt
to identify a graphics adapter that will run dual-head in FreeBSD
5.2/XFree 4.3

One of the problems with searching lists is what you see a lot of is
people's problems and it tends to skew your impressions.  There's
lot's of posts on Nvidia and Radeon problems but is that because
that's what everybody uses, the users are novices, or there are legit.

Let me describe what I do and what I'm looking for.  I'm a java/web
developer and I like a lot of screen real-estate.  I use WindowMaker
and make the most use of virtual screens as possible, and it's OK.
Certainly MUCH better than a windows interface.  But I've seen others
using dual-head and I like what I see.  I also need to buy a new
adapter so now's the chance.

I'm not a gamer so 3D performance is not the issue.  Once in awhile
I'll play 3D game so I'd like to have the ability to run accelerated
3D.  Also, I won't be using flat panels so DVI output isn't important.
I have two 19" Analog monitors with VGA connectors and that's what I
want on a card.  Finally, I'd like to keep the cost near $100US.  I'm
not sure if that's possible, but I'd like find out.

So, can someone recommend a graphics apapter that runs dual-head in
5.2/XFree86 4.3?


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