Which video card should I buy for 3D support? UPDATE

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Which video card should I buy for 3D support? UPDATE

Post by bumperduck » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:49 pm

I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 which requires me to use a SFF AGP video card. The onboard video does not support 3D so I installed an NVIDIA GeForce 4MX LP DVI AGP G0771 64MB video card but it also does not support 3D. I have tried every driver but no go.

Here's the question, which video card should I try next? Does anyone know an SFF AGP video card that supports 3D that I could use in this Dell?

thanks - joe
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Re: Which video card should I buy for 3D support?

Post by hotweiss » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:17 pm

Just try to find an Nvidia AGP video card, 7000 series...

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Re: Which video card should I buy for 3D support?

Post by exploder » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:35 pm

I have a NVIDIA GeForce 4MX currently in an old machine I am trying to fix up, so I know what the problems are! Jockey will give you a working driver depending on the monitor you are using.... If I use Envy to install a driver I get a bunch of errors and the machine will just keeps rebooting itself, not good... For the moment I am using the open source driver with no 3D support because at least the screen resolution is good.

I have a Radeon 7200, (really old) but it seems to work fine out of the box. I have seen Radeon 7500 cards online for around $15.00. This looks promising for a cheap, easy solution. The 7200 and 7500 are pretty similar and the open source driver should do the job. The only problem I have encountered with the 7200 is slow scrolling in Firefox with Compiz enabled but it is manageable.

I do not know what your budget is. I look for bargains and used parts myself.

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Re: Which video card should I buy for 3D support?

Post by bumperduck » Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:39 am

thanks for the help - I just grabbed a Radeon 7500 AGP SFF for $6.59 on eBay! I'll let you know how it turns out . . .

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Re: Which video card should I buy for 3D support?

Post by exploder » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:06 am

thanks for the help - I just grabbed a Radeon 7500 AGP SFF for $6.59 on eBay! I'll let you know how it turns out . .
That is a great buy! I would be very interested in your results.

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Re: Which video card should I buy for 3D support?

Post by garda » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:21 am

I have a GeForce2 MX 400 with 64MB DDR on one of my test beds and I get 3D with all versions of Mint I throw at it (Daryna, Elyssa, Felicia). 3D works as smoothly as virtually any DirectX 7-class video cards can get under Daryna and Elyssa, albeit quite wonky under Felicia. Furthermore, all I have to do to get 3D working is install nVidia restricted driver from the Hardware Driver applet in Control Center, nothing fancy -- except in Felicia, where I have to install the legacy driver from nVidia's web site.

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Re: Which video card should I buy for 3D support? UPDATE

Post by bumperduck » Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:48 pm

Hey everybody - that Radeon 7500 AGP SFF I bought for $6.59 on eBay, is great! Installation was a little hard because I had no video after install. I tried deleting the existing drivers through the Live CD but nothing worked so I just reinstalled Mint and everything is great. I have 3D, animation and all. AWN installed and is running also.

Thanks everyone for the help, that was the best $6.59 I ever spent! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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