NVIDIA GT215 [GeForce GT 240]

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NVIDIA GT215 [GeForce GT 240]

Post by pcpunk » Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:19 pm

I was going to revive and old Vista Computer and wondered if I'll get some good video from this guy.?

I've not had good luck with video on Linux, but I know there may be some tricks to get er working well? I'll try my hardest this time around to make this one work good, but I know Linux is moving forward and these old computers are no longer well supported. I'm quite sure I can get er going and get the driver installed, but just wondering if there is anything in particular that can be done with this card to make it work at it's best, and maybe which distro is the best for it also. Thanks, pc

The rest of the specs, sorry have not booted Linux from it yet.

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CPU
			Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz	54 °C
			Kentsfield 65nm Technology
		RAM
			3.00GB DDR2
		Motherboard
			ASUSTek Computer INC. Basswood3G (Socket 775)	50 °C
		Graphics
			DELL U2412M (1920x1200@59Hz)
			1024MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 (Gigabyte)	47 °C
		Storage
			298GB Seagate ST3320820AS (SATA)	46 °C
			298GB Seagate ST3320820AS (SATA)	45 °C
			14GB Lexar USB Flash Drive USB Device (USB)
		Optical Drives
			TOSHIBA DVD/HD SD-H802A
			HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GSA-H30L
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HP Series HST NN-104C Bussiness Notebook nx7400, KDE 17.1-64BIT
Intel R Core™2CPU, T5500@1.66GHz, 4GB of RAM

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Re: GeForce GT 240

Post by Hoser Rob » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:54 am

First thing, that's an nvidia legacy card so I wouldn't install the Cinnamon version. Try the Mate or Xfce spins or both from booting the live CD and testing. Xfce is supposedly lighter but I don't really think that's true anymore, IMO it's a matter of taste.

When booted into the live CD, connect to the internet and open Driver Manager. If you don't see anything there (there should be a 340 series driver) you may have to try the graphics-drivers ppa, which is trusted by people whose opinion I trust, unlike many ppas, to get one. Copy/paste these lines to the terminal (if in live boot you can just hit enter for the password AFAIK):

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

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sudo apt-get update
And then re check Driver Manager.

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Re: NVIDIA GT215 [GeForce GT 240]

Post by pcpunk » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:28 am

Thanks Hoser Rob! :D

Also, I should have made the Title NVIDIA GT215 [GeForce GT 240] I think.

I love Mate, but it is broken, and has been since 18.xx, so won't use it anymore until they fix it. Once they do will install it more often. Don't like Xfce at all, good distro but not for me.

I ended up installing Kubuntu 18.04 if you can believe that! Installed the Nvidia driver and all seems good. :shock:

Thanks, I'll keep you informed if interested.
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Re: NVIDIA GT215 [GeForce GT 240]

Post by Hoser Rob » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:12 am

pcpunk wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:28 am
... I ended up installing Kubuntu 18.04 if you can believe that! Installed the Nvidia driver and all seems good. :shock: ...
No problem, I'm a KDE guy myself, it's actually not much heavier in terms of RAM use than Mate or Xfce.

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