[RndTbl] Recommendations for a video card

Mike Pfaiffer high.res.mike at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 09:03:05 CST 2008

John Lange wrote:
> Where you able to confirm anything official about ATI dropping Linux
> support for older cards? I don't believe this to be the case.

	Went to the site to look for drivers. It was there under M$ but not
under Linux. Newer versions of the Radeon were officially supported,
just not the 7000.

> I have a Mobility Radeon 9600 which broke on the (previous) most recent
> ATI version but I assumed it was a bug that would be fixed in the next
> release.

	This was the case for me with the Edgy to Feisty transition. I was
using a Gutsy beta until a couple of days ago. The full Gutsy (FC 8,
Gentoo, and a few others) wouldn't work on my machine and stopped at the
same point.

> Your email reminded me to have a look and sure enough there is a release
> on Feb 13 which I just installed and it works perfectly.

	Your card is newer than mine.

> Not only does it fix the problem of X hanging at boot but it also fixed
> a resolution problem. My laptop display is back to the super-sharp
> resolution it used to be a few versions back.


> However, there is still an annoying bug with the screen fade. When the
> screen saver kicks in it is supposed to slowly fade to black but it
> glitches instead. It causes no problems but it makes it look like the
> display is broken.


> John


> On Tue, 2008-02-19 at 19:14 -0600, Mike Pfaiffer wrote: 
>> 	Long story short. It looks like ATI is no longer supporting their
>> Radeon 7000 series under Linux. Recent updates result in the boot
>> process freezing while going into X. I'm able to operate in text mode
>> but get an error 104 (no valid modes) when I to start it manually. After
>> trying various things like restoring a previously functional xorg.conf
>> and searching Google for an entire afternoon for a solution, it looks
>> like my only option (assuming I want to stay current) is a new video card.
>> 	Does anybody have a recommendation for something around the $50.00
>> range? IOW, what have people had success with in the past? I'd like an
>> AGP card with TV out (yes I do the occasional video editing). From this
>> months meeting I gather sticking with ATI is not advised in the short
>> term. Itech suggests a GeForce5200 (AGP) card mainly for price.
>> 				Later
>> 				Mike
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