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Date:      Sat, 21 Nov 2009 11:56:14 +0000
From:      Chris Rees <utisoft@googlemail.com>
To:        Gary Kline <kline@thought.org>
Cc:        Anton Shterenlikht <mexas@bristol.ac.uk>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: GPUs on FBSD?
Message-ID:  <b79ecaef0911210356o4af0a641tdf37db92247fd504@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <20091120203511.GA32416@thought.org>
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2009/11/20 Gary Kline <kline@thought.org>:
> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 02:56:03PM +0000, Chris Rees wrote:
>> 2009/11/20 Anton Shterenlikht <mexas@bristol.ac.uk>:
>> > Anybody knows of working GPUs under FBSD on any arch?
>> > Any advice?
>> >
>>
>> Your question could have been phrased better.... but that's the teacher =
in me!
>>
>> Nvidia GPUs work on IA-32 machines, but AFAIK there's still no amd64 dri=
ver.
>>
>> Food for thought: http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=3D398
>>
>> My advice: Get an Nvidia card, and install FreeBSD/i386.
>>
>> Chris
>>
>
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0hi chris,
>
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0i'm taking this offlist so i don't show my totsl ignorance=
 about
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0running X11 and my new intel duo with i386 and 7.2.
>
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0do i need a nvidia card to run X? =A0the graphics show the=
 dell
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0circle just before the boot sequence but that may be built=
 into the
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0bios.
>
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0(another reason for keeping this offlist is that my networ=
k pal says
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0to NOT run X on my server ... simply for the sake of simpl=
icity. =A0i
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0will not use the computer for anything except CTWM =A0for =
root, which
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0will make doing sysadmin tasks vastly easier. =A0nutshell:=
 if i do need
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0a video card for my dell inspiron 530, what kind?
>
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0tia,
>
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0gary
>

Nah, X will run on more or less anything; it's not particularly heavy.
If you just want to do the odd thing, you might be better off with
/u/p/net/vnc and display it on another machine.

Chris

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