Silent inexpensive graphics cards

Rashkae ubuntu at
Mon Nov 29 20:11:19 UTC 2010

On 10-11-29 11:42 AM, Franz Waldmüller wrote:
> Hi Rashke,
> Am 2010-11-29 16:59, schrieb Rashkae:
>> On 10-11-29 09:34 AM, David Fletcher wrote:
> [snip - question on video cards]
>> On the other hand, if you want to experiment with gaming, either through
>> Wine or native linux games, and possibly high end 3D modeling (I've
>> never tested performance with Blender and open source drivers) then
>> Nividia is still the only good choice, with Binary drivers.  They
>> generally work and Nivdia supports them well, at least, for a while.
>> Older cards get the cold shoulder from Nvidia, and with no Open source
>> support, eventually become problematic.  (I have 2 notebooks, for
>> example, with 6100 mobile GPU's that I've had to retire since they just
>> don't work anymore with newer distros anymore)
> Did you check out the recent "nouveau" driver which ships with recent
> ubuntu versions. It supports quite a lot of nvidia cards. It is the
> standard open source nvidia driver of ubuntu since 10.04. I used them on
> another machine with a nvidia driver and the worked better than the
> proprietary ones (although no 3d acceleration).
> Maybe you can reactivate your notebooks.

All I get with newer Ubuntu installs is a screen of multi-colored 
snow.... I'm sure there are all kinds of troubleshooting techniques I 
could try to get to the bottom of it, but for a time/money solution, 
replacing them with $350 acers from Staples was the quick and efficient fix.

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