>Subject: Recommend ATI mach64 VRAM or Stealth64 Video VRAM?
>Date: 22 Jun 1995 16:43:43 GMT
>Subject says it all. I'm looking at buying a new PCI video board
>for my Pentium 75. It must be compatible with everything from Windows
>to OS/2 Warp to Linux. I plan on running 1024x768x65535 on a consistent
>basis so speed is a must.
>I hear that the Diamond Stealth 64 Video VRAM (S3-968) is actually
>Linux-friendly and is a very nice video card. Other than the limited
>motion video playback acceleration, what other advantages, if any,
>does this card (or any other Linux compatible S3-968 card) offer
>over an AT mach64 based card? There is a computer show nearby
>this weekend so I'm planning to buy soon. I know that 2MB VRAM
>mach64 cards sell there for around $225 but I have yet to find
>an S3-968 based board.
>Thanks for your help,
>Andrew Krenz KE6BIP
If your primary operating system is OS2 warp, then get the ATI. There is
direct support for the Mach64 chipset within the OS itself. Diamond is
notoriously known for not being OS/2 friendly. For Linux, get the Diamond.
Most versions of Linux do not have support for the Mach64 chipset. I couldn'
t get X-windows installed because there were no drivers for my ATI Graphics
Pro Turbo. It was a little while ago when Diamond reversed its position
agains Linux, and now most versions of Linux will support Diamond cards.
For DOS/Windows, it's a toss-up. For Solaris X86 or Nextstep for Intel, I
would recommend the ATI. For NT, I am clueless.
If anyone knows of a version of Linux/X-windows that DOES support
the Mach64 chipset, PLEASE let me know.