[mythtv-users] alternative GPU - graphics cards with open source drivers question

Todd Ignasiak ignasiak at gmail.com
Thu Dec 8 02:59:43 EST 2005

I looked into these a while back, and I was unable to find any
standalone video cards available for purchase.  With the video
processing capabilities they have, the S3 products would make ideal
HTPC video cards.

  As you mentioned, the Unichrome is available integrated into many
motherboards.   S3 also announced a couple new models recently, the
S25 and S27.

If you can find one, there are still a few questions..  Does the
driver from the unichrom project support these chips?   Do the
standalone cards have the same MPEG decoder capabilities as the

I currently use an Nvidia FX5200 (it's fanless, and supports XvMC
MPEG2 acceleration).   But, I would like to replace it with a card
that has open source drivers.. if something is out there.

On 12/6/05, Bob <spam at homeurl.co.uk> wrote:
> Most people round here like Nvidia GPUs as the drivers (though closed)
> work and they support XvMC (as long as you're not 64 bit yet), I gather
> some of the older (R250) Radion chips work as well and have open source
> drivers, as does one of the old Matrox cards, but for people who which
> to vote with their wallet and support companies that release open source
> drivers, the only current options are S3 and Intel.
> I know some people use the UniChrome GPUs with VIA boards, and others
> have Intel chip-sets with on-board graphics, but I don't want to change
> my Motherboard, I can't find a source of S3s DeltaChrome S8 AGP graphics
> cards and I don't think the Intel GPUs come on separate cards.
> The s3s http://www.s3graphics.com/en/products/delta_chrome/ look
> perfect, they have HDTV output, moderate 3D performance (enough for SNES
> emulators?), can be passively cooled and have open source drivers.
> Has anyone used a DeltaChrome based graphics card with Myth, what's it
> like and where can I get one?
> Thanks
> PS. I'm not bashing Nvidia or ATI, I have a bunch of cards from both and
> don't want this to turn into a flame war, but I do like the idea of a
> pure system and I hate the current beta driver, benchmark massage,
> shenanigans which can't happen with an open source driver.
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> tveeprom: audio_processor = MSP3416 (type = 14)
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