[mythtv-users] time for a new graphics card

Raphael Pooser rpooser at gmail.com
Tue May 9 10:23:53 EDT 2006

Hi folks,
I've had some good advice from the list, so now I'm asking about 
graphics cards.
I know it's been discussed to death on the list, but I want the absolute 
latest up to date advice today in order to make the best decision.
The fan in my 9600pro is dying out, and so it seems to me a good excuse 
to replace the graphics card rather than the fan itself since I can 
probably get a low end fanless card for about the same price as a 
"silent" fan for the 9600pro (sadly it does need a fan, or a new bigger 
heatsink which probably would run me $10-$20 anyway).
A while back, it seemed like everyone was saying a geforce FX 5200 or 
5600 were the best cards you could get for TV out.  Basically, has that 
changed recently, what condition are the latest Nvidia drivers, as in 
does resizing the image and adjusting over/underscan actually work?
This post I guess is really about "Nvidia card to get", because 
essentially I don't plan on getting another ATI card until they fix 
their linux driver problems, end of story - the TV out problem is a 
ridiculous travesty.  They're great for gaming in windows; I've only 
used one nvidia card in windows, but that same card was the best display 
adaptor I've ever used in linux.

What I plan to do with it: use XV not XVMC because I think XV keeps the 
processor time low enough (on a 2400+), no HD content either, just 
straight forward SD.
It needs to be able to output 640x480 and 480x480 both on the TV screen 
properly sized so that the TV overscans it properly.  I will be using 
the svideo output port exclusively.
Thanks for all the help folks.

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