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Solved - suggestion for older video card to run in MX-14.2

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:11 pm
by namida12
I have a MSI 648F Version 5 motherboard and need a PCI (not express) video card that is not expensive. I have a Geforce FX5500 that has apparently died. It was working well after the install and on reboot. Turned system on today does not provide any signal to monitor. I tested the monitor it is fine, but guess its time for a new video card.

JR

Re: Need a suggestion for older video card to run in MX-14.2

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:27 pm
by kmathern
If you're sticking with nvidia I would suggest at least a GeForce 6xxx or newer card if you want to use the proprietary nvidia driver. I say that because I'm looking to the future with Jessie based MX-15. The old nvidia cards that used to use the 96xx & 173xx series nvidia legacy drivers won't be able to use a proprietary nvidia in MX-15/Jessie because those drivers don't support Jessie's 1.16 Xorg version. Those cards will only be able to use the nouveau driver, or the vesa driver.

Re: Need a suggestion for older video card to run in MX-14.2

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:42 pm
by Earl57
Wel;l I am currently running a 9300GE card, which is about 5 years old, and it works perfectly using the nouveau driver. You can obtain these cards fairly cheap because they are a few years old. It does everything I want to do, plus dual monitors. I would have to check if I have pciE or what in this machine.

Re: Need a suggestion for older video card to run in MX-14.2

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:49 pm
by lucky9
Both of the major player's open source drivers are pretty good nowadays. radeon and nouveau will do the job.

Re: Need a suggestion for older video card to run in MX-14.2

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:01 pm
by kmathern
I've used the both the 173xx series proprietary nvidia driver and the nouveau driver on my old Athlon XP 3000 machine with a FX5200 card. IMO the nvidia driver performs better than the nouveau driver on that machine. They're both better than using the vesa driver.

I would say that current versions of the nouveau driver are much improved over what was available in M11/Squeeze a couple years ago. I never was able to get the nouveau driver to work in Mepis 11 on that machine. I haven't really had any problems getting the nouveau driver to work with M12, MX-14, Wheezy, or Sid.

Re: Need a suggestion for older video card to run in MX-14.2

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:24 pm
by lucky9
You do have to be careful if you really need a proprietary driver with AMD. Some of the older cards aren't supported as well as nvidia. And finding the older Catalyst drivers and what they work on can be 'fun'.
I'd aim at nvidia 8xxx if wanting nvidia. I'll let those who use AMD cards to suggest one to use. I still have an old Radeon 8500 LE AGP card that still gives a clean/smooth video output on an old machine I have laying around using the radeon driver.

Re: Need a suggestion for older video card to run in MX-14.2

Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:12 pm
by namida12
Thanks everyone for the quick replies.

Finding a PCI (not express) video card is a chore when the entire computer is not worth more than $25, well I found a 128 rage from a friend down the road and around the corner. Changed out the video card, and booted the system it booted up and display was fine. 2 minutes later the video died, Video card has a bad smell. Now I am questioning this motherboard, power supply, or was it a fluke and I managed use two bad/ready to video cards.

I took this Motherboard off the use again stack and mounted it in the case, power supply checks on the cheap checker.

Think before I use the last PCI (not express) video card, I will look to build again with another motherboard that has n-board video from the use again pile. This MSI MB had a 2001 Bios, but it also had a 1.8 single core SSE2 cpu with 1.5 gigs of 2700 DDR2 memory, that should have worked well for a MX-14 starter Linux system.

Again thanks for the rapid responses.

JR