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Anything wrong/incompatible with these video, audio cards?
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Pizzasgood


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PostPosted: Mon 13 Mar 2006, 22:56    Post subject:  Anything wrong/incompatible with these video, audio cards?  

I'm just wondering if this stuff is Linux/Puppy compatible (I've heard bad things about a certain SB card, but I don't remember which it was) and if they are garbage with a big name or not.

256MB PCI Express™ x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon X600 SE HyperMemory

Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio

Thanks. Smile

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jmarsden


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PostPosted: Mon 13 Mar 2006, 23:34    Post subject: Re: Anything wrong/incompatible with these video, audio card  

Pizzasgood wrote:
I'm just wondering if this stuff is Linux/Puppy compatible...
256MB PCI Express™ x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon X600 SE HyperMemory
I have no personal experience with it, but will comment anyway: The newer Radeon cards, including this one, will not get you gaming levels of 3D support in Puppy, I think, without using a proprietary binary-only driver from ATI, which may be awkward to get into Puppy. If you don't need the 3D speed, the 2D Radeon driver in Xorg should (as far as I know) work fine with it.

You might want to check out low end GeForce 6600 cards instead?? No "Hypermemory" RAM-sharing nonsense, and nVidia cards are generally somewhat better supported in Linux (albeit still with proprietary drivers for 3D support). Note: I am not a 3D gamer at all... so take my advice on gaming 3D video cards with that in mind!

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Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy® ADVANCED HD Audio
I'm not up to speed on the various Audigy* models from Creative and which ones work with Linux drivers, hopefully someone else here has info on that. The support matrix at http://www.alsa-project.org/alsa-doc/index.php?vendor=vendor-Creative_Labs#matrix might also help you out? Or you could ask on #creative on irc.freenode.net Smile

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Pizzasgood


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PostPosted: Mon 13 Mar 2006, 23:54    Post subject:  

Well, the custom deal offered it cheap, so I was wondering whether I should go with that or just buy one separately. I'm inclined to go GeForce, but I want to see peoples' opinions first. Basically the same deal with the sound card.
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Mar 2006, 10:07    Post subject:  

Pizzasgood,
Xorg is playing catch-up with newer ATi models. They currently have stable accelerated support for models up to the Radeon 9250 with rv280 chip. Your X600 with rv380 chip is at the experimental stage of DRI support.

But the proprietary ATi driver should work well ... and since you wrote the book on nVidia proprietary drivers in Puppy, this should be no trouble!
And I think that ATi will grant permission for their driver to be repackaged, so it's feasible you could even make a DotPup.
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