View Full Version : [ubuntu] Video card Compatibility Question

August 4th, 2009, 07:09 PM
I'm running Jaunty on an old Dell tower I got from my grandmother, and I'm trying to get it's hardware up to a decent level. I am newish to Ubuntu, so I'm not terribly familiar with new hardware, and how smoothly it goes.

I'm looking at these two options for video cards at the moment:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10363699 (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10363699)


Assuming the rest of my hardware is compatible, will either of those work in Ubuntu without any real issues?

Follow up questions:
Do I need to worry about drivers in Ubuntu, or is that all available through packages?
Do network cards/wireless internet require anything special?

Idaho Dan
August 4th, 2009, 07:20 PM
Personally, I would go with the Nvidia.
I got mine at Walmart, works just great.


August 5th, 2009, 12:56 AM
Those are PCI-E(xpress) cards. If your system is old, you probably have an AGP slot.

August 6th, 2009, 12:18 AM
The system isn't that old, it has PCI. It is only about 1-2 years old, at most. I think I'm going to end up trying to buy a card off of eBay, as they have plenty of PCI video cards for 5 or 6 bucks. I think that's cheap enough to risk it.

August 6th, 2009, 02:04 AM
Open it up & make sure what slots are existing, that way you're not just taking a W.A.G. and end up with hardware you can't use.