[ubuntu-uk] Time for a new graphics card?

Paul Sutton zleap at zleap.net
Thu Feb 19 15:26:33 GMT 2009


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Jacob Williams wrote:
> Hi there Dianne,
> 
> Does your computer have an integrated graphics port that you can use in the
> meantime?
> If that works alright (without desktop effects) then that could be a good
> short term solution.
> 
> As Simon has mentioned an nVidia 6xxx graphics card can be obtained quite
> cheaply nowadays.
> 
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 1:26 PM, Simon Wears <munkyjunky at googlemail.com>wrote:
> 
>> I run an Nvidia 6600LE which runs perfect on 8.10. I think you can
>> pick those up pretty cheap now too.
>>
>> Simon Wears
>> MunkyJunky at Gmail.com | http://MunkyJunky <http://munkyjunky/>@Gmail.com
>> MunkyJunky on irc.freenode.net
>>
>> On 19 Feb 2009, at 10:06, Dianne Reuby <pramclub at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
>>
>>> I'm running 8.10, and my graphics card is an Nvidia GeForce4 MX440,
>>> old
>>> but OK for my needs. I've also been given a Relisys Teo Teco TL766
>>> flat
>>> screen monitor to replace my old CRT.
>>>
>>> Up until 8.10 I had full special effects using Compiz. But since 8.10
>>> the driver that Nvidia finally released is just a pain.
>>>
>>> If I have special effects enabled, I don't have any status bars,
>>> min/max/close buttons. Even with effects disabled, I can only have
>>> 1024x768. I can change that to  a higher res, but I lose the settings
>>> when I reboot, even after saving the X.org config. Evolution layout
>>> changes every time I reboot. The icons on my panel change position
>>> every
>>> time I reboot. Word processing files don't display properly if they
>>> have
>>> a lot of formatting - I have to scroll off the screen and back to
>>> display them. There are bits of dialogue and menu boxes left showing
>>> after they're closed. All trivial I know, but it is irritating.
>>>
>>> My main PC use is internet, email, word processing, some very basic
>>> photo/graphics editing. So I don't really need a fancy card for games.
>>>
>>> But I'm really thinking about getting a new card, and I've been
>>> looking
>>> up the various Ubuntu hardware sites. I don't want to buy a card and
>>> then find that the manufacturer hasn't released a decent driver for
>>> Linux. So can I have any recommendations? Should I stick to Nvidia?
>>> Do I
>>> need to take the monitor into account?
>>>
>>> TIA
>>> Dianne
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>>
> 
I have a geforce 4,  I can run compiz but loose the text on the menus in
open office,  so turning off compiz I have a really nice, and fairly
smooth system,

I think i need a new card at somepoint though.

Paul

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