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Getting a new card ...

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Joined: 2006-11-19

Well, I don't have much money. I have 150 bucks, atm. I was thinking of doing a ATI trade @ AMD's site.

The Graphics Card I am looking at getting is this one : ... ATI Radeon X1600Pro 512MB ... I currently have a ATI Radeon Mobility 9000. I have a few questions first though ...

I) Does my laptop support its requirements. I have a 1-2yr old Dell Latitude (model is maybe/close-to a D620).
II) Is it a good choice ? or is there something better for my $150 ?



System Requirements

* AGP 8X or 4X graphics slot available on the motherboard
* Connection to the system power supply is required (Adapter Included)
* 350-Watt power supply or greater recommended (assumes fully loaded system)
* 512MB of system memory
* Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
* DVD playback requires DVD drive and decoder software (not included)

Graphics Technology

* Radeon® X1600 PRO Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

Memory Configuration

* 512MB DDR2 memory
* 128-bit memory interface

Operating Systems Support

* Windows® XP
* Windows® XP x64 Edition
* Windows® Media Center Edition 2005
* Windows Vistaâ„¢ compatible


* 1-year limited

Display Support

* DVI-I connector for digital CRTs or flat panels
* VGA connector for analog display
* Drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates
* Dual Link DVI-I for high-resolution digital displays

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
That's quite a high end

That's quite a high end card actually. Specs are certainly impressive enough. However, I would advise you to look into cards that have good free drivers support under GNU/Linux, if you intend to or run GNU/Linux on that computer at all.

I have recently bought a new ATI card and have been talking about it in this thread. I first thought about getting an older 9250 card, but in the end still went for one of the better and newer cards that still have rather good free drivers support on GNU/Linux: Radeon 9600XT. Nexuiz works pretty good on it. Eye

What people are saying about bad ATI drivers support for GNU/Linux might be true about their proprietary drivers, but guys at are without a doubt doing a better job and on Ubuntu ati drivers work with 3D out of the box.

Joined: 2006-11-19
Alright ill look into that

Alright ill look into that Smiling Thanks.

free-zombie's picture
Joined: 2006-03-08
I would NOT attempt to buy

I would NOT attempt to buy a desktop graphics card for a laptop. If you want to upgrade a laptop, you should probably take it apart and see how much space there is for what etc.

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
Oh I missed the part where

Oh I missed the part where he said it was for a laptop. My bad. I think there is a mobile version of that card though but I'm not sure.

I don't actually have any experience with changing a graphics card in a laptop. I always thought it is all integrated there.

AndrewB's picture
Joined: 2005-12-18
Sometimes they are

Sometimes they are libervisco, I have even seen a pcmia graphics card once. IIRC it was at a LUG or GNU/Linux meeting, and was because he could not use his current one while doing presentations..

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