choosing replacement video card

Richard Barmann dick at
Sun Aug 16 18:08:05 UTC 2015

On 08/16/2015 02:08 AM, Felix Miata wrote:
> Richard Barmann composed on 2015-08-16 01:13 (UTC-0400):
>> Richard Barmann wrote:
>>> I have the card in a PCI slot at this time, The motherboard is P4M800
>>> Pro-M7. This is the card in there now. NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module
>>> 304.125. I went to sysinfo to find that. The G-Force went out and I
>>> ordered one on line
>>>   it would not work and the seller would not give me a refund so I
>>> bought the NVIDIA locally.
>> I said 6 weeks ago that I had the Gforce as the box was in the file
>> cabinet drawer. The Gforce is in the box so I must have replace it with
>> the NVIDIA. I have gotten confused. With the cancer check ups and the
>> teeth breaking off I get mixed up. I am going to Augusta, GA the 26th
>> and a dental surgeon is going to remove what is left. After the first of
>> the year I have to go back for 20 Mondays while the student fits me for
>> a plate. I do not have to pay them but driving to Augusta is 105 miles
>> one way and my old truck has 218,000 miles on it and the transmision
>> lost drive and 3rd. I have to drive in 2nd gear. So I rent a budget car
>> and my son drives me. He is afraid I might get sleepy. I am 83 and
>> haven't been able to work since September. I am just looking forward to
>> eating something good when I get my plate.
> GeForce is a name used for cards that use NVidia chips, so distinguishing
> between your two cards with the sketchy info above is little use.
> Kernel Module 304.125 tells us the driver installed, not the chip used on the
> video card. Output from lspci is what we need for that, but I think what you
> last gave us is what you are using now, 01:00.0 VGAcompatible controller:
> NVIDIA Corporation NV44A [GeForce 6200] (rev a1).
> That driver may be your problem. Proprietary kernel modules have to be
> correctly chosen for the chips they work with. They make video card swaps
> problematic for those unfamiliar with procedures required at upgrade and/or
> replacement time. Your upgrade may have mishandled having had a proprietary
> NVidia driver installed. Eradicating the proprietary software may allow you
> to get past your video trouble, and if not, another upgrade install may work
> once the proprietary software is gone.
> Something else to consider:
> I have one of these working nicely with openSUSE Linux and KDE5 multibooting
> with Win7 on a 750GB HD.
Could I need a different Driver? The CD that came with the driver I am 
using says Windows Vista/XP. If so How do I find and install the correct 
Thank all of you for trying to help me.
Dick Barmann

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