[Ubuntu PA] Cheap cards for 3D desktop

silvertip257 silvertip257 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 16:32:19 BST 2007

nice find Kevin.

I find the 3D desktop (Beryl and Compiz both) nice, but they can be a major
pain when typing stuff up for school and leaving the auto-focus thing on --
it makes my typing window transparent/off-focus when I'd rather it not.
BUT, that's my fault for being to lazy to modify the settings rather than
turning it off completely for that time.

I'd like to add, I installed Ubuntu 7.04 64-bit addition on a custom build
PC w/ an AMD 3000+ and an ATI card in it.  I added Beryl to auto launch on
startup and man does that thing run nice.  Unfortunately, it wasn't my comp
- it was my professor's lab machine, so I only get to enjoy it when I'm on

~~ Mike

On 8/5/07, Kevin Valentine <kevin.valentine at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just wanted to share my latest hardware find with you.  I've been
> looking for super cheap video cards that will support 3D desktop
> effects.  I suppose this is fully dependent upon support through AIGLX.
> From what I've read, Nvidia has very good support in the form of closed
> source binaries.  I put that to the test with this cheap card I bought
> at Micro Center:
> Price: $17.99
> Manufacturer: Mad Dog Multimedia
> Part No: MD-NV400BM
> Graphics Processor: nVidia GeForce2 MX400 graphics processor
> Minimum RAM Required: 64MB
> AGP Interface Type: AGP 2.0 Compliant (4x/2x) Interface
> Link:
> http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0218582
> That's not so bad for 18 clams!  It works great too.  Just have to
> install the "nvidia-glx" package.  Normally, I wouldn't be such a big
> fan of 3d desktop but I'm finding it's very valuable for Ubuntu demos.
> After the demo, people want to know if their video card will work beryl
> or compiz.  If it doesn't, at least now I know where to send them and
> what card they can get :-)
> Anyone else know of ~$20 video cards that support 3d desktop?
> -kevin
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