View Full Version : [ubuntu] New system, Chrome video a mess, alternatives?

September 6th, 2009, 01:56 AM
Hi folks,

I just inherited a hand-me-down computer. The good news is that its fairly new. The bad news is that when I booted from the Ubuntu 8.04 LTS 32-bit x86 Live CD, the video went to pieces once the desktop appeared.

Diagonal stripes and hash were everywhere, there was ghosting, etc. If there is interest in the details, I will post a photo. Reading anything but the simplest text was impossible, and I could barely maneuver the mouse over the shut-down icon.

The motherboard in this system is a model P4M900T-M (V1.0) from ECS (http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?detailid=704&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Specification&MenuID=1&LanID=0). The on-board video, which I was trying to use, is described as "Integrated Chrome9 HC IGP".

Since Chrome9 video is apparently not widely used, it appears that support for it is limited. I found this discussion (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=485646&highlight=chrome9) of OpenChrome (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenChrome). Maybe I would be among the roughly 50% of people who reported that OpenChrome solved their problems. HOWEVER, installing and configuring it involves opening a terminal and doing a fair amount of typing. To do that, I would actually need to be able to read the screen!

In this recent discussion (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1257595&highlight=chrome9), a fellow Ubuntu user says to forget Chrome and just buy another video card. Since I was eventually planning to do this anyway, I was thinking that I might just do that now. I am considering some of the cheaper CUDA-equipped cards from NVidia, as I do a lot of computation. Are NVidia outboard video cards a good bet for working right out of the box, or can I expect more problems?

Thanks for your input!

September 6th, 2009, 05:53 AM
Following up to my own post...

It seems like a bit of a violation of the Linux spirit, which implies that any problem can be solved with a little ingenuity and patience. But I went ahead and purchased an NVidia 9400 GT video card, the cheapest one my local computer store had which included CUDA. It worked straight out of the box, and I don't have to fuss with Chrome.

So, I solved by problem by going around it. :?