Graphics card recommendation

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Wed Oct 14 18:38:14 UTC 2009

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 10:55:05AM -0600, Warren Block wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Oct 2009, jgrosch at wrote:
> > nVidia support on i386 FreeBSD is not much better. One can use an nVidia
> > card with 7.1 but under 7.2 one hits the dreaded mtrr error. A Google
> > search finds many posts on how to fix this but none of them seem to work.
> > I could be wrong but nVidia does not seem to be very interested in working
> > with the FreeBSD project to address these problems. ATI also seems to have
> > a problem with mtrr under 7.2. I'm still trying to sort this out. I hope
> > 8.0 will address these problems.
> All of my cards are ATI and I don't know of the "mtrr" problem you're 
> talking about.  This X1650 works fine on i386 with both 7-STABLE and 

Try starting X with DRI, then quit X, and restart X again. If you
don't have DRI anymore, chances are you've hit the ominous MTRR

At least, that's what I think it is, from what I've gathered from
this list.

I seem to have this problem with an ATI HD 3200, using the radeonhd
driver under RELENG_7. It's pretty annoying, that if X crashes (or
you have to stop it for some reason), you only get DRI support again
after rebooting. :-(

Having said this, IMHO ATI will probably be better supported in the
long run on FreeBSD, because they have released the specs of rather
recent chipsets, while nVidia has not (AFAIK).

> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA


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