[mythtv-users] please sanity check my new hardware

gLaNDix (Jesse Kaufman) glandix at lloydnet.org
Fri Apr 7 05:01:46 UTC 2006

Kichigai Mentat wrote:
>>>>> Wise man say "don't buy a sodding radeon express board, they're
>>>>> fundementally broken under Linux". Or windows either, if one  
>>>>> believes
>>>>> http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=Nzgx

i had good success with a ati radeon 9600 in my HTPC ... wasn't "broken" 
by any means ... my new nVidia (GeForce 6600GT) does a much better job 
of scaling the video (ie: no more "stair stepping" on diagonal lines in 
the video), but other than that is at least comparable

>> I'll agree, 7 years ago when I started using linux I had a horrible
>> time with my Nvidia card...

i started using linux about 8 years ago with an STB Nitro 3D (talk about 
a piece! ... what was it, 2MB?  4MB? :p) ... a few years back, I got a 
Dell w/ an nVidia GeForce2 MX4 that I used for video (well before myth, 
since it was my only PC and I needed to do desktop work + video on the 
TV via s-video out) ... it worked well and was very stable (and 
obviously a lot better than the STB :P) ...

the jump from the GeForce2 to Radeon 9600 was huge ... also switched 
from svid to VGA->transcoder->component for video, so the picture was 
AMAZING compared to how it was w/ svid ...

i'm still using the vga->transcoder->component instead of the "dongle" 
that came w/ the 6600GT because i couldn't figure out how to get 540p 
working any other way (my tv's 1080i-native and does a crappy job of 
upscaling 480p and 720p), but i'm absolutely loving it ... i don't do 
gaming, so i couldn't begin to compare 3D capabilities of nVidia to ATI ...

oh, and i was using the closed-source drivers for both nVidia cards and 
ATI card ... personally, i could give a care less if it's closed source 
as long as it works :)


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