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    Question Graphics Card Suggestions for Ubuntu 9.1+

    I have a machine that I triple-boot into Ubuntu, XP and Vista.

    My graphics card (Radeon X1550 with the RV516 chipset) worked fine with Ubuntu 8.x, but Ubuntu 9.x has caused me nothing but pain. I've decided to just get a better-supported more modern card.

    Fortunately, the work I do on the machine is not graphically intensive so the new card does not need to be cutting edge. The only real requirements are that it be affordable, fit into the PCI slot and be supported by Ubuntu 9.x and those other two OS's.

    Can anyone suggest a suitable graphics card?

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    Re: Graphics Card Suggestions for Ubuntu 9.1+

    nVidia 8400GS or 9400GT

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    +1

    I bought a Sparkle card from NewEgg for about $40. nVidia 9400GT with 1 GB memory. It works great with 9.10.

    Tim

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    Re: Graphics Card Suggestions for Ubuntu 9.1+

    Just to make sure --- these PCI Express cards will fit into my old-fashioned PCI slot?

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    Nope. PCI-E (express) needs a different slot.

    You will need a PCI version if you dont have a PCI-E (x8 or x16 slot).

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    Re: Graphics Card Suggestions for Ubuntu 9.1+

    What is the problem you are having? The X1550 should work well if you don't need a lot of 3D performance.

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    Re: Graphics Card Suggestions for Ubuntu 9.1+

    Quote Originally Posted by Temüjin View Post
    What is the problem you are having? The X1550 should work well if you don't need a lot of 3D performance.
    It works fine in Ubuntu 8.0.4 with the proprietary ATI driver.

    I don't need a lot of graphics performance -- GoogleEarth is the most intensive app I run probably. (That is a whole different problem.)

    In 9.0.4 it works fine IF I revert Xorg to an older version and use the ATI driver. If I use the open-source driver, I get artifacts.

    In 9.1, the card is not even seen. (no device detected).

    The chipset reported by my card (RV516) is not specifically listed on the open-source Radeon driver page.

    I have gotten contradictory advice about it. One person says it's working fine for them, another says it's just not supported by the version of Xorg included in Ubuntu 9.x.

    Last year, I wrestled with it for about a week and finally just gave up and reverted to Ubunu 8.x.

    I would love to get it working if possible.

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    Re: Graphics Card Suggestions for Ubuntu 9.1+

    Quote Originally Posted by cascade9 View Post
    Nope. PCI-E (express) needs a different slot.

    You will need a PCI version if you dont have a PCI-E (x8 or x16 slot).
    Ah, good.

    It looks like there are PCI versions available for both the 8400GS and the 9400GT.

    Glad I asked.

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    Re: Graphics Card Suggestions for Ubuntu 9.1+

    no problems here with an MSI branded Nvidia 8400 GS.

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    Re: Graphics Card Suggestions for Ubuntu 9.1+

    Quote Originally Posted by Hudson78 View Post
    In 9.1, the card is not even seen. (no device detected).
    Where do you see this message; in Xorg log or from lspci command?

    another says it's just not supported by the version of Xorg included in Ubuntu 9.x.
    That person is probably referring to using it with the proprietary fglrx/Catalyst. The X1550 is basically a rebadged X1300. I'm 99% sure the X1550 works with the open-source radeon driver, and if not, it definitely is supported by the open-source 'radeonhd' driver: http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/dri...d/plain/README

    Before spending money on a new card, I would try the following:
    1) Make sure proprietary driver is completely purged: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troublesho...thRadeonDriver
    2) Update to latest 2D driver and Mesa/3D driver using the xorg-edgers PPA: https://launchpad.net/~xorg-edgers/+archive/ppa
    3) Try starting GEarth in terminal like:
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    vblank_mode=0 googleearth
    GoogleEarth requires a bit of graphics horsepower.

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