[MPlayer-users] Re: best graphical card for mplayer

D Richard Felker III dalias at aerifal.cx
Tue Sep 9 17:30:44 CEST 2003

On Tue, Sep 09, 2003 at 09:05:17AM +0200, Stefan Seyfried wrote:
> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> Sergei Klink <sklink at yandex.ru> writes:
> > Good news-I just did and found out that it DOES work! Yay, in other words :).
> > That's ATI's proprietary :( X 4.3.0 drivers from schneider-digital.de
> > I'll fiddle with it on the weekend and can share the experience later if
> > anyone wants :) I'll probably have some mplayer-related questions at that
> > time, too.
> ok, so this leaves us with usable but proprietary drivers for
>   - ATI
>   - NVIDIA
>   - Matrox
> (when i last checked the matrox website, G550 and higher were only usable
> with the _binary only_ HAL module, or/and you could not use half of the
> features.)

G450 and higher are just crippled versions of the G400, so there's no
reason to buy them except to waste money!

ATI works great with the GATOS (free!!) drivers.

Some nvidia cards now work fine with the free drivers too. The crappy
binary drivers are only needed for certain (mostly older) cards or for

> I always was an anti-Nvidia-binary-driver advocate, but since there seems
> to be NO hardware with open specs and open drivers, i probably would use
> the one which is best and continuously supported.

This is G400, which *does* have free drivers. ATI would also be a good
choice, as long as you get a card supported by GATOS.


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