[linux-audio-user] Re: which graphics card?

R Parker rtp405 at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 22 07:28:45 EDT 2006

--- Frank Barknecht <fbar at footils.org> wrote:

> Hallo,
> Kjetil S. Matheussen hat gesagt: // Kjetil S.
> Matheussen wrote:
> > Ron:
> > >The G400 requires mga_hal which is a binary and
> blah,
> > >freakin blah. 
> I don't think it requires any binary driver. I had a
> G400 before the
> G450, which I'm using for about two years now, and
> even with that I've
> never installed any binary-only module, just plain
> xfree86 (now xorg).

Were you running dual monitors with xinerama? 

You may be right about not needing the mga_hal. For
the moment I power off the second monitor while
starting X, power the monitor up and this causes the
entire visible area to be filled with a spanning
desktop. With the monitor left on during the start of
X the screen is sized smaller than the monitor, is
always a different size and what is there locates to
different coordinates upon each invocation of X.


> > Regarding matrox, heres my experiences with
> graphics cards
> > on linux for audio use, posted half year ago:
> > http://lalists.stanford.edu/lau/2005/12/0476.html
> > Theres a typo there though: "Matrox 400+500" is
> supposed to
> > be "Matrox 450+550". I'm afraid of those cards.
> They
> > made my machines behave strangely, hanging, lots
> of cpu use.
> > It might work for you though, but none of mine
> have been
> > very pleasant, neither in windows or linux. You
> can find similar 
> > experiences on the net, you should search a bit.
> Well, YMMV. ;) If you search a bit, you will also
> find opposite
> experiences. For example, if you search the old
> Sound on Sound forum
> for "matrox" you will find threads like this:
> http://tinyurl.com/ffatc
> or this: http://tinyurl.com/qwatg (Windows users)
> I think, as you get them for about 10 Euro or less,
> trying a Matrox
> card is worth it.
> Ciao
> -- 
>  Frank Barknecht                 _
> ______footils.org_ __goto10.org__

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