ATi graphics cards

Thomas Templin lists at
Thu Jun 2 02:02:44 UTC 2005

On Thursday 02 June 2005 02:42, Kreg Schlosser wrote:
> > > If all you want is 2d graphics
> >
> > Then I would be very happy to use the default 'nv' driver
> > supplied by Ubuntu, as the machine works an awful lot better
> > with it, than it does with the 3D driver ! :-)
> > Sadly, I like to play X-Plane every now and then... so I need
> > 3D.
> It's interesting to here you are having problems with the nvidia
> binary drivers. I have been using them in both warty anf hoary
> (and many other linux distros) with no problem what so ever. on a
> geforce 2 mx, geforce fx 5600, and now my 6600gt. I have never
> had a lock up or any problems at all, even during intense 3d
> games like doom3 and unreal tourny 2k4.
> It may be another part of your system that is causing the
> problems. Maybe faulty memory? (since the onboard card uses your
> system memory)

Due to my experience it is quite impossible to state one graphics 
chip, wether it's ATI or NVIDIA,  to be stable.

You will find a wide variety of components which in sum are 
responsible for quality of a graphics card. I had cards with the 
same chipset but with total different behaviour in stability and 
quality. ATI and NVIDIA.

And I had the chance to test a *very* wide variety of graphics card 
due my work in computer assembly. Nearly all produced and common  
used cards in that years.

I will bet this didn't change till today. 
It is more likely that this became more worse than before due to the 
fact that most vendors tend to produce as cheap as possible and for 
a shorter lifecycle of their products more and more. This is at 
least for all so called 'consumer cards'.

Another point is that there is a tendency to reduce the capabilities 
of the hardware which is used for a graphics board and is put into 
the software which comes along with this cards.

I only see a chance for a change if vendors start supporting 
GNU/Linux. What is just the oposite of what can be seen today, 


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