ATI 3D Xpression or S3 VIRGE 3D

ATI 3D Xpression or S3 VIRGE 3D

Post by Scott MacDonal » Fri, 29 Nov 1996 04:00:00



I am looking to buy a new video card, right now the two contenders
are the ATI 3D Xpression and a card based on the S3 VIRGE 3D chip.
Can either or both of these be used under Linux for 2D video.  Is
there any support in Linux to take advantage of the 3D or MPEG
extensions.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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ATI 3D Xpression or S3 VIRGE 3D

Post by John W. Schwegl » Tue, 10 Dec 1996 04:00:00


: I am looking to buy a new video card, right now the two contenders
: are the ATI 3D Xpression and a card based on the S3 VIRGE 3D chip.
: Can either or both of these be used under Linux for 2D video.  Is
: there any support in Linux to take advantage of the 3D or MPEG
: extensions.

: Thanks in advance for any help.

If this is the ATI Card with the 3D Rage II chipset (and I believe it
is, since I just got one with a new Pentium Pro from GW2000), then
it is not supported by XFree86 yet (as of 3.2).  XFree86 only supports
the original 3D Rage chipset.  The Virge and the Virge/VX chips _are_
supported by a new XFree86 3.2 driver, which many people seem to be
able to use now.  I called GW2000 and am replacing my ATI card with
the 4MB STB S3D Virge/VX card they sell.

-john
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1. ATI 3D PRO TURBO PC2TV & 3D XPRESSION+ PC2TV

Hi.

I'd like to hear of what kind of expieriences people have had with
these cards using XF86 or other X servers.

I'm planning to run RH Linux 4.0, and I'd like to run truecolor or
hicolor at 1280x1024. Does anyone have any comment on screen refresh
rates? Anything less than 76Hz is unusable IMO. According to ATI, the
3D XPRESSION+ PC2TV can do 90Hz, and I assume the PRO TURBO card can
do the same.

The questions are:

1) Can XF86 (or others) do 76Hz or better in 1280x1024 true/hicolor?
2) Can XF86 (or others) take advantage of 4/8MB of ram for larger
   virtual desktops, pixmap/font buffers, or whatever?

Thanks in advance.

        Haakon Rydland

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