PCI bus and ATI Graphics Pro Turbo support?

PCI bus and ATI Graphics Pro Turbo support?

Post by Gerald Ad » Sun, 01 May 1994 08:29:47



I am in the process of purchasing a Micron 486/100 PCI bus system.  I would
like to run Linux with XFree86.  I'm also considering installing an ATI
Graphics Pro Turbo PCI video board.  My questions are as follows:

        Do Linux/XFree86 support PCI based systems?
        Is the ATI Graphics Pro Turbo PCI Video board supported?
        Are there any other recommended PCI bus video cards?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Gerald Aden
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PCI bus and ATI Graphics Pro Turbo support?

Post by Jay F Kusl » Wed, 04 May 1994 22:58:02


Please post responses here.  I think a great many people are
interested in the answers.  (I sure am!)

: I am in the process of purchasing a Micron 486/100 PCI bus system.  I would
: like to run Linux with XFree86.  I'm also considering installing an ATI
: Graphics Pro Turbo PCI video board.  My questions are as follows:

:       Do Linux/XFree86 support PCI based systems?
:       Is the ATI Graphics Pro Turbo PCI Video board supported?
:       Are there any other recommended PCI bus video cards?

: Any input would be greatly appreciated.

: Thanks in advance,
: Gerald Aden
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PCI bus and ATI Graphics Pro Turbo support?

Post by Drew Eckhar » Thu, 05 May 1994 03:08:49




>I am in the process of purchasing a Micron 486/100 PCI bus system.  I would
>like to run Linux with XFree86.  I'm also considering installing an ATI
>Graphics Pro Turbo PCI video board.  My questions are as follows:

>    Do Linux/XFree86 support PCI based systems?

Yes.

Quote:>    Is the ATI Graphics Pro Turbo PCI Video board supported?

Unknown.

Quote:>    Are there any other recommended PCI bus video cards?

The #9 XGE Level 12 PCI board from DELL. S3928, 2M VRAM, 1M DRAM,
$350.
 
 
 

PCI bus and ATI Graphics Pro Turbo support?

Post by Jonathan Roz » Thu, 05 May 1994 05:43:51





>> Is the ATI Graphics Pro Turbo PCI Video board supported?
> Unknown.

If you're referring to the new one, the answer is no. It uses a mach64
chip, which is different from the mach32 chip (how different, I don't
know). The same goes for the new #9GXE64 and #9GXE64-Pro. If you can't
guess from the numbers, these are 64-bit PCI cards.

jonathan

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PCI bus and ATI Graphics Pro Turbo support?

Post by Michael Wi » Fri, 06 May 1994 16:13:39



Quote:>>        Are there any other recommended PCI bus video cards?
>The #9 XGE Level 12 PCI board from DELL. S3928, 2M VRAM, 1M DRAM,
>$350.

Are you shure this one works? I have heard of some people having problems
with it in the higher resoltions.

I know that the ATI-GUP is very good, and it has not got the problem
the saturn chipset revision 2 have with S3-928-videocards at bursts.
(No problem with the mercury-chipset as far as I know.)

Cheers, Michael Will

 
 
 

PCI bus and ATI Graphics Pro Turbo support?

Post by Tom Culliton x22 » Sun, 08 May 1994 02:04:57


(Note that I trimmed the newsgroup list, PLEASE don't cross post stuff.)

The general answer to this question is "PCI bus systems work just fine
with Linux".  Gateway 2000 uses an Intel PCI motherboard and I had no
real problems getting Linux to run on it.  Any video card that works
with Linux on the VL, EISA, or ISA bus versions should work on the PCI
bus.

When I ordered my machine, the default video card was something from
Diamond, (and thus unsupported on ANY bus), they weren't carrying the
ATI's, but there was an ET4000-W32 based option (not the fastest, but
supported) available.  That was the only concern, the fact that the card
is on the PCI bus is basically transparent to Linux.

Where people run into incompatibility problems with these systems are
things like, new video cards with unsupported chip sets (i.e. - most
(all?) of the new 64 bit cards), (currently) unsupported scsi chips, and
the like.

If you want a recommendation, my Gateway 2000 P5-66, with STB Lightning
Video Accelerator, Mitsumi double speed CD-ROM drive, and 540Mb Western
Digital Caviar IDE drive works.  Since they took quite a while to
deliver, I almost canceled the order and called Dell.  That might be an
even better choice, since the #9 video card which they use is faster.

Good Luck.

Tom

 
 
 

PCI bus and ATI Graphics Pro Turbo support?

Post by Michael Wi » Sun, 08 May 1994 22:22:29


secondly, boards with the saturn-chipset (486) are not working properly
with S3-cards using the 928-chipset because of some burst-problems. They
seem to work fine but crash the system at bursts, for example when using
ghostview or something alike displaying a lot of graphics at the same time.

Cheers, Michael Will
PS: The ATI-GUP seems to be the best choice for me at the moment.