PCI video card recommendations for XBMC
#1
Just got an old system in a nice msi small for factor case, p4 2.6 and 1gb of ram. Not the best system I know, but I should suffice for streaming media from my twonkyserver to a non HD tv.

I require a PCI (no agp or pci-e) video card for this, what is a known decent/recommended card for use with ubuntu/xbmc.

What's best on ubuntu ati/nvidia? Im looking at something along the lines of a geforce FX5500?

Any advice helps! cheers
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#2
I have my doubts there are many PCI gfx cards that support opengl1.4+, that should limit your selection quite a bit.
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#3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_6_S...TurboCache
Quote:GeForce 6200 PCI (NV44) without TurboCache

BFG Technologies introduced a unique PCI version of the GeForce 6200 in both its main and 3D Fuzion lines. Later, PNY (GEFORCE 6200 256MB PCI) and most recently EVGA (e-GeForce 6200 256MB PCI) released their PCI versions of the Geforce 6200 with higher memory clock and memory bandwidth.

Until the release of the ATI X1300 PCI, these were the only two DirectX 9 PCI cards not based on the previous generation GeForce FX family or the discontinued Volari V3XT chip from XGI Technology.

Currently the 256 MB Geforce 6200 PCI [4] is one of the most powerful cards for the PCI interface, making it popular among gamers without a PCI Express or AGP motherboard.
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#4
I think you will be better off selling that system for 50 bucks and picking up a used xbox. They are selling in shops for 25 bucks right now.
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#5
sorry but it s works with my nvidia FX5200 AGP (nvidia drivers) and ubuntu 8.04
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#6
For the sake of future proofness, you should go for the 6200, if you can find one.

Rob
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#7
cheers, i'll pick one up off ebay Smile
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#8
Actually, this looks a bit better, probably going for one of these: DX10 hd etc etc

256MB nVidia 8500GT DDR2 PCI Graphics Card

Supported DirectX 10 (also DirectX 9.0)

Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
Interface Type: PCI
Chipset: nVidia 8500GT
Memory Clock Speed: 800Mhz
Core Clock Speed: 450Mhz
Memory: 256MB

Memory Type DDR2
Monitor Connectivity: 1 x DVI-I

Monitor Connectivity: 1 x VGA

Monitor Connectivity: (15 pin D-Sub)
TV/HD Output: 1 x S-Video HDTV
Cooling: Non-Fan Technology ((Fanless)

Supports Windows: VISTA, XP, 2000, ME

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/C-R-256MB-nVidia-G...286.c0.m14
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#9
I have a plan if i get a cheap nvidia card NOT Ati will xbmc work probaly. What i mean is i suffer at the moment from many ssues which are linked to the ati radeon 9700 which i have. I have seen some very cheap AGP nvidia cards out there which i am hoping could solve my problem. I want to be able to use the live xbmc but at the moment i get the dreaded black screen. I am right in thinking with a nvidia card this black screen will go away and XBMC live will load as it should? If this is correct can someone suggest a cheap agp nvidia card
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#10
onesojourner Wrote:I think you will be better off selling that system for 50 bucks and picking up a used xbox. They are selling in shops for 25 bucks right now.

Are you talking about XBOX 360? Don't think so? So which version of XBox will work for XBMC? I thought it only worked for XBox 360. I guess (hope), I'm mistaken.

Instead of worrying too much about how to get my computer working with it, I don't have problem spending $50 to get a used XBox. Can you please tell me what exactly I need to be looking for in my XBox?

Thanks.
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#11
@rashid420, you are currently in the "XBMC for Linux" sub-forum (meaning Linux operating-system running on a computer, not on an Xbox), please direct all "Xbox" questions to the Xbox forum, thanks.

FYI; XBMC does not run on Xbox 360. XBMC only runs on the first generation Xbox (all revisions, from 1.0 to 1.6, as long as they are modded).

PS! Back on-topic to the PCI graphics cards for computers; Albatron and Sparkle has recently released and still sell NVIDIA GeForce 8 and 9 Series PCI graphics cards for computers:
http://www.albatron.com.tw
http://www.albatron.com.tw/English/news/...ews_id=268
http://www.sparkle.com.tw/
http://www.sparkle.com.tw/News/SP85_73_G...I_EN1.html
http://www.sparkle.com.tw/News/8400GSPCI...CI_EN.html
http://www.sparkle.com.tw/News/SP9495_LP...LP_EN.html
as you can see come even have HDMI out Cool
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#12
rashid420 Wrote:Are you talking about XBOX 360? Don't think so? So which version of XBox will work for XBMC? I thought it only worked for XBox 360. I guess (hope), I'm mistaken.

Instead of worrying too much about how to get my computer working with it, I don't have problem spending $50 to get a used XBox. Can you please tell me what exactly I need to be looking for in my XBox?

Thanks.

You have it backasswards. XBMC only runs on Xbox not Xbox360. He was refering to selling the dilapidated PC hardware as the Xbox would perform as well if not better.
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