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    [SOLVED] Recommend PCI or PCIe 1x Video Card

    Hello, I have a IBM ThinkCenter PC which I use for my backend. I want to plug it to my TV in the living room - 50"Phillips plasma. The problem is the PC has only VGA port and the TV has HDMI or S-Video or component. I've seen VGA-component cables online but i'm not sure if that's a good solution. I have DVI-HDMI adapter which I use with my laptop and it works fine, but i need to get DVI output port on the PC.

    Can you recommend any cheap-O video card that's either PCI or PCIe 1x with DVI output?

    My biggest concern is compatibility and drivers.

    Thanks
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    Re: Recommend PCI or PCIe 1x Video Card

    My recommendation is GeForce 7200 GS. Its dirt cheap, available in PCI or PCIe (as well as low profile im pretty sure), and supported by Mythbuntu out of the box.

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    Re: Recommend PCI or PCIe 1x Video Card

    WOW, that's even cheaper that I thought I would have to spend!

    I'll definetly look into it. Is there any difference that it's 64bit and machine is 32 or I need to look for the 32bit version?

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    Re: Recommend PCI or PCIe 1x Video Card

    You don't want to get a PCI card because I don't the think the PCI bus supports enough throughput for high definition (you'll have a harder time finding a PCI vid card these days anyway). Stick with PCIe Newegg has some cheap 7 series vid cards for ~$20 last i checked.
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    Re: Recommend PCI or PCIe 1x Video Card

    I have one PCIe slot and i think it says 1X on it. Most of these cards are 16X. That's a problem, right?

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    Re: Recommend PCI or PCIe 1x Video Card

    yep. a x16 card wont fit in x1. the slot of x1 is physically smaller.

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    Re: Recommend PCI or PCIe 1x Video Card

    Sucks. I have to find something for PCI then. That PC is like 2 years old, it works for the purpose and i just need to find a way to make it work with my TV.

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    Re: Recommend PCI or PCIe 1x Video Card

    I just bought a VGA to Component RCA cable, but it doesn't show anything on the TV. Anybody knows if something needs to be enabled or installed in Mythbuntu? I've heard something like enable TV-out thru the VGA but i'm not sure if there is such a thing


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    Re: Recommend PCI or PCIe 1x Video Card

    The VGA to Component cable didn't work. I kinda knew that but wanted to give it a try. I returned the cable which was $35 and bought a 256MB GeForce 6200 PCI card. It seems to work for now and I'm happy. That was the only card for a regular PCI, not PCI 16x that I could find for around 50 bucks.

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I hope this is helpfull to others.
    Cheers.

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