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

Stefan Seyfried seife at gmane0305.slipkontur.de
Wed Sep 10 08:54:29 CEST 2003

D Richard Felker III <dalias at aerifal.cx> writes:

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

except that you don't get g400s anymore.
> ATI works great with the GATOS (free!!) drivers.

except for TV out, which is extremely cumbersome to setup on the cards
i have (reboot with tv plugged in etc. I dont want to reboot to activate
TVout), ok, this is no sample of current ATI cards, Mach64 DVD+ and
Rage Mobility 2 P/M. 
> 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
> opengl.

Well, there are people who pay for a 3d engine and want to use it ;-)
For me and my kids, the matrox is enough, but there are people, who use
opengl - and not only for playing games. One of them told me, that the
nvidia driver has the most featureful 3d driver. I cant judge this. And
the drivers seem to be constantly evolving, maybe they are no longer as
crappy as we may remember them (2 years ago was the last time i had to
use a nvidia card at work).

>> 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.

but why buy ATI, who don't give out useable drivers and specs and not buy
nvidia who at least provide a driver?. btw, afaict GATOS doesnt provide
more funcitonality than the opensource nv driver. Or does it provide
3d acceleration (can't check now, since i'm offline)? 

maybe i'm a bit "devils advocate" here, but the world isnt always black
and white.


 Stefan Seyfried, seife at s3e.de, seife at gmx.li

"If you want to travel around the world and be invited to speak at a lot of
 different places, just write a Unix operating system." -- [Linus Torvalds]

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