[mythtv-users] which NVIDIA video card do I need

Joe Ripley vitaminjoe at gmail.com
Wed Aug 16 15:56:28 UTC 2006

I'm running an ASUS Extreme N6200GE/TD/128M (specs
My card is PCI-Express and it works great.  Since you're running on older
hardware, you'll probably need an AGP card.  ASUS makes a version of the
N6200 in AGP (specs
These cards are usually in the area of $60 CAD - $90 CAD.  All of my video
output runs over an S-Video cable.

On my card, I'm running the NVIDIA binary drivers, version 1.0-8762.  OpenGL
works great, video playback is nice and smooth and the different video game
emulators run just fine.  DVD and Xvid/DivX playback works great as well.

For the the mythgame emulators, I'm using the following:

VisualBoyAdvance for Gameboy Advance

You can read about all of these on the wiki:

The only problem I ran into was when I tried to set up Snes9x.  The new
NVIDIA drivers no longer support the DGA extensions in X, and Snes9x uses
DGA to run full-screen.  ZSNES, on the other hand, uses SDL and works
great.  You might have a bit more of a performance issue with the game
emulators, since they do require a bit of CPU horsepower to run.  My machine
is a P4 2.66 GHz and runs at about 50% - 60% cpu load when playing some of
the SNES and Gameboy Advance games.

- Joe

On 8/16/06, sdkovacs <sdkovacs at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm running a combined frontend/backend On Fedora Core 3 with a P3-800
> 384MB RAM. I'm currently using a PVR350 for all output, but would like
> to switch to an Nvidia card to better support DVD, mythgame and
> mythvideo, along with the upcoming OpenGL changes.
> So here are my questions:
> 1) Which Nvidia card would be the minimum I would need to have smooth
> playback?
> 2) Does it make a difference which manufacturer's card I purchase? For
> example is eVGA ok?
> Thanks in advance.
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