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Linux, Nvidia and Matrox?

Postby ambertone on Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:09 am

Hi all,

I've been using Mint on a P4-3.0 / 1gig of RAM etc. I have an Nvidia FX5500 / 128mg 8 x AGP card in it connected to a Mitsubishi 17" TFT monitor.

I have the latest Nvidia drivers installed. Here's the problem.

I can't seem to get a nice sharp image. Fonts always either look "over sharp" (crappy) or slightly blurred. Playing with the clock and phase setting on the monitor help until you open another program and then it all turns to "you know what" again.

If I connect a Windows PC to this monitor it is fine. If I use this Nvidia VGA card in another machine on this monitor it is fine.

I just bought a 32mg Matrox G450 VGA card for this machine and was wondering three things:

1. Is Matrox and Mint a good thing?
2. Do other find these types of low quality font issues with Linux?
3. How do I download and install the Matrox G450 drivers?

Appreciate any help offered.

Cheers

Rod
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Postby Boo on Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:47 pm

I have used these with RH7.3 (and it still does).
I think it will just work with the mga driver from Xorg.

here is an info link:
ftp://ftp.matrox.com/pub/mga/archive/li ... readme.txt

happy dual screening.

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Postby Husse on Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:22 am

I remembered something about Matrox cards
http://www.linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopi ... rox&t=1773
Seems that there's a problem with some of the older ones and I think yours is in that category
This is not to say that the link Boo provided is useless - haven't llooked at it :)
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Postby ambertone on Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:57 am

Thanks Husse, good read. The card I'll have in a few days is a G450 so might try Synaptic and go from there.

Any ideas on improving font quality anyone?

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