I need about 20 video cards for a remote-boot linux network. Nothing more than 8megs PCIs are needed, and I'm looking to buy them all at once. Does anyone have any good sites that sell in bulk (perferrably with a discount)?
Budget is a concern!
We used a few S3s on our test setup, as well as the ATI Xpert 98 and Rage cards. Any other recommended cheap cards?
ATI XPERT@PLAY98 cards work with Linux, and they have 8mb of SGRAM. Pretty good performers. I used to have one until I upgraded. Shouldn't be more than $35 a piece or so... lol $700 I couldn't imagine spending that much
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If you are just running a DC client on them you may not need a video card at all. If you need cards go to pricewatch and look at the all items in category for video cards. They start at $6 each. Start at the cheapest and look for the first one you can locate drivers for...I saw some S3 cards, and some ATI cards that look promising for under $15 each. Since you wnat lots of them pay close attention to shipping costs.
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ATI Mach64 baby! We have a ton of these lying around my office for some reason!? I guess we pulled them out of old machines that we trashed. But these work with every version of linux I have tried and if you can find them they should only cost a couple of $. Maybe some old computer parts store, where they have boxes of old video cards.
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Thanks much for the link. The price is much better, however the Savage4s they had are AGP cards. Ironicly, AGP seems to be a bit cheaper than the PCI versions now .
FYI, I'm running the lab in Gnome using the LTSP method. Do yout think I could get by with 2meg cards? We've set up a demo network at work using 8meg Xperts, and it ran fine. I'm not so sure about 2meg cards though. I do remember coming across S3 2megs for something like $6. They were pulls, however, and I think I'd like to go new. I'll go used as a last resort.
What do you think about going for less than 8meg? My goal is to spend no more than $20 per card at the end....
Hmm, 2mb cards will be limited in resolution and most certainly limited in refresh rate. If you plan on going no higher than 800 x 600 @ 75hz, then you should be ok. If it's just gnome you are using then I imagine you will be ok.
Bummer about the AGP thing. I didn't know it was a requirement. Voodoo3 2000 PCIs are selling for $30/unit. That may be too high.
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Originally posted by ThreeOnTheTree: Hmm, 2mb cards will be limited in resolution and most certainly limited in refresh rate. If you plan on going no higher than 800 x 600 @ 75hz, then you should be ok. If it's just gnome you are using then I imagine you will be ok.
These are on Pentium 90mhz-166mhz machines. The monitors are from the same era; I highly doubt they'll go over 800x600. The systems were built a year ago, and are out of town at the time. As I remember, a vast majority had no AGP. We might as well go all PCI then, that way we have all the same type. Then if one goes out, we have another of its kind to replace.
Are you familiar with the LTSP? It's basically using a Linux Kernel remotely over the network. I'd hate to get them and find out the 2megs wont' be enough for the graphical gnome. They'd be used for Gnumeric (spreadsheet), word processing, and some light work in Gimp. What do you think?
Trident Blade 3d cards are what we use. They're perfect for Linux use if you don't need OGL. 8MB AGP cards. Never had a problem w/them, and they only cost us $18 apeice when we bought them last year.
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