[mythtv-users] alternative GPU - graphics cards with opensourcedrivers question

Bob spam at homeurl.co.uk
Thu Dec 8 20:33:19 EST 2005

Chad wrote:

8< snip want S3 graphics card with open source drivers but can't find 
them except on VIA motherboards but would rather not buy a new MB.

> As for 'not wanting to get a new motherboard' I wouldn't worry too
> much (depending on why you are concerned ;) ).  I have found a couple
> of outlets where you can grab motherboards with the chipsets that
> support unichrome on them for ~20-30 bucks (that's less than the cost
> of an Nvidia standalone) that also have a few other niceties
> integrated.  I know, most of us are probably anti-integrated, but it
> really isn't so bad for 25 bucks ;)
> Go hunting for a board to suite your needs before ruling it out, you
> may be happy with your find.

I appreciate the fact that a new motherboard would be inexpensive but I 
also know the VIA chip-sets have been plagued by DMA problems, have they 
fixed them?  Can you recommend a good VIA board for AMD k7s with 
Unichrome GPU, Gigabit LAN, P4 style heat-sync mounting holes in the MB 
and working DMA?

I also have an environmental problem with just discarding 3 ECS K7S5A 
boards that I love because I can't find a graphics card for them, the 
planet can't afford for us all to behave like that, we have to learn 
that financial isn't the only cost associated with a purchase. </eco-rant>

Thanks for the advice though, I'll look into it and if I see something 
perfect that'll do HDTV and a few other things so I'll hang onto it for 
a while then I'll go for it.

tveeprom: Hauppauge: model = 34132, rev = J158,
tveeprom: tuner = Philips FM1236 MK3 (idx = 58, type = 4)
tveeprom: audio_processor = MSP3416 (type = 14)
(new type Model 401)
model name      : mobile AMD Athlon(tm) XP Processor
cpu MHz         : 2277.214
cache size      : 512 KB
(Plenty o' grunt on an ECS k7s5a MB)
Knoppmyth R5A16 (unmodified)
MythTV 0.18.1

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