[linux-audio-user] I need a better video card for the AMD64 machine

Paul Winkler pw_lists at slinkp.com
Fri Dec 22 09:49:00 EST 2006

On Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 10:39:30AM -0500, Dave Phillips wrote:
> Greetings;
> I'm happy as a clam in mud with my new machine, but it's developed a 
> problem. I purchased an inexpensive nVidia-based card that's starting to 
> behave poorly. I think the hardware itself is buggy, the display will 
> sometimes shudder rapidly side-to-side, blurring the screen view. 
> Sometimes it stops and stays stopped, other times it goes on until I 
> have to reboot. The problem doesn't appear to be a heating problem, but 
> I've decided to go for a much better card anyway.
> So, I want an nVidia-based card with 256 MB video RAM and a decent 
> cooling fan, preferably under $200. Any recommendations ?
> Best,
> dp

I've been happy so far with a Gigabyte GV-NX66256DP2, based on the
GeForce 6600. It's PCI-Express. Not a high-end card at all, it cost
$95 in April 2006, but so far works flawlessly, and it's fanless.

A tip for people with cards that have both proprietary and Free
drivers: I have my xorg.conf set up with two ServerLayout sections,
each referencing a different Screen section which in turn use a
different Device, so I can switch on the command line between the nv
(kernel) and nvidia (binary) drivers. So far the binary's given me no
trouble so I've gotten in the habit of using it as the default. But if
I ever have xruns or crashes I can restart X with the nv driver, just
by doing:

startx -- -layout kernel

this is all explained pretty well in man startx and man xorg.conf.


Paul Winkler

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