video card recommendation ?

Pastor JW pastor_jw at
Sat Jul 2 16:56:09 UTC 2011

On Friday, July 01, 2011 1:11:52 am Donald Talbert wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-06-28 at 23:01 -0400, Ric Moore wrote:
> > On Tue, 2011-06-28 at 16:28 +0100, David Fletcher wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2011-06-29 at 00:06 +1000, Stephen Kuhn wrote:

> > > > Get yerself a really nice nVidia card and be done with all the BS
> > > > mate.
> > > 
> > > It depends on the application. If all you're doing is email, browsing,
> > > word processing etc. there's no point spending a load of money. Plus
> > > the more expensive the board, the more electricity it's likely to
> > > consume. There's no point in paying for power you're not going to use.
> > > 
> > > The last one I bought, for my son's new PC, is an Asus manufactured,
> > > fanless, ATI chipped board, cost about 30 quid I think and it's
> > > absolutely perfect for the application.
> > 
> > I have had my best luck with nVidia cards. Even old crusty ones, like a
> > 5500 will do fine. They go for $20-30 online. More vram the better
> > though, get 256 meg or better. I crowd the heck out of my video cards,
> > running some pretty intensive 3D applications. Myself, I've seen way too
> > many people weeping at their ATI's performance in forums, especially
> > with Linux. My two cents, Ric
> I have a Nvidia card in this machine and a ATI on my other. I had to
> tinker with my ATI system's xorg but the Nvidia system always configures
> it's self properly.
> I can tell you from not only experience on my own PCs but working on
> other Ubuntu systems. ATI sometimes just doesn't work correctly even
> after you install the drivers, sometimes you have to change a few
> settings. Mostly in your xorg though. Every Nvidia card I installed for
> a Ubuntu user "just worked" fine before drivers (no HW acceleration) and
> better after (with HW acceleration). Like I said thats just my
> observations...
> Nvidia might cost a bit more cash than ATI but its worth it, the last
> thing you need to worry about IMO is your display working correctly.
> Plus you might even be able to help some of the Nvidia open source
> driver projects they are working on, they are making quite a bit of
> progress with Nvidia card support. :)

This is absolutely amazing!  For years I have seen nothing but daily Nvidia 
problems on this list so have gone out my way to stay away from them AND 
recommend my 50+ users to go ATI which of course always just works out of the 
box with no tinkering.  Now the whole group of you is touting Nvidia?  Does 
misery love company or what is the deal?  Ah! Wait, ...if you guys actually 
got it working you can be seen as an "expert"?!!  Ok, I get it!!  But no, I do 
not recommend Nvidia for anything serious.

73 de N7PSV aka Pastor JW <n><   PDGA# 35276  _Registered Kubuntu User: #27403

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