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Re: Support for ATI hardware

From: TIV <gtivey@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 03:03:57 +0000

justin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

Seeing that my primary box seems to have fried yesterday (giving me the
excuse to get something new in the process), I was wondering how the state
of support for ATI graphics cards is these days? I know Nvidia is
generally preferred on OS OSes but alas, I can't find a cheap, fanless
dual head nVidia card anywhere (I couldn't care less for 3d accelleration,
but I hate fan noise) but plenty of ATI ones that fit the bill, cheap too.

If you aren't interested in 3D but you want multimonitor support, look for older PCI cards. I bought a few Radeon 7000 models from newegg.com (Powercolor? I forget); they had dual outputs in the back, but I couldn't get them both to work. However, they were cheap and PCI, so I just used up a few slots and had 3 monitors working.

I remember reading about someone using FreeBSD and 3 ATI Radeon 7500s to
get 3D and multihead display; I haven't tried it myself.  I saw some
7000-series PCI cards on a shelf at my local CompUSA for ~$30, recently.

I would love it if there was a way to do both multimonitor and 3D, easily.
I like the ATI 9600 Pro that I'm using now, but if, say, the NVIDIA
driver supported multiple cards and output and 3D, I'd be investing in
multiple new cards.

Hi Y'all ---

For those of you interested in using "Dual Head", Xorg supports Matrox G450
and G550 and with binary from Matrox, the G400. For more information. take a
look here -------> http://www.x.org/X11R6.8.2/doc/mga.4.html

Best regards,

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