Don't buy AMD products (was Re: Xorg and ATI card query.)

Stephen Montgomery-Smith stephen at
Wed Mar 14 16:22:32 UTC 2007

Sean Bryant wrote:

> Andrew Reilly wrote:
>> On Tue, 13 Mar 2007 14:17:00 -0800 (PST)
>> Doug Ambrisko <ambrisko at> wrote:
>>> One thing that is a plus with nv is that X has some support for it,
>>> whereas, the newer ati cards have no support :-(  I was a fan of ati 
>>> since it was easier to get support.  Now I'm starting to lean 
>>> towards Nvidia :-(
>> Does anyone know if there are *any* contemporary graphics cards
>> that have 3D acceleration supported by some flavour of
>> open-source  Doesn't have to be a super-fast 'leet gamer
>> system to be better than a non-accelerated frame buffer.
>> Matrox used to have a reputation for goodness (I used to have a
>> G400 or the like), but it's been a long time...
>> (I'm currently using a lowish-end NVidia card under the nv
>> driver, but it has issues (of which no 3D accel is but one...)
>> Cheers,
> Try the 'vesa' xorg driver. It may not be fancy or all that 
> accelerated but it works quite well. I have an nvidia card and cannot 
> get it to work for the life of me. the drive attached, but nothing 
> happens after that. It might be the fact that I have a PCI express 
> card. But the vesa driver is working just fine for me.

I had a PCI-X nvidia card that I couldn't get to work, neither with the 
nvidia nor the nv driver.  But it turned out to be a flaw in the 
motherboard BIOS.  Updating the motherboard BIOS (which was an intel 
server board) fixed the problem for me.  Maybe you have a similar 
problem, or maybe not.


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