[GLLUG] Re: New Video Card Advice

Marr marr at flex.com
Sat Nov 1 13:46:46 EST 2003

On Friday 31 October 2003 05:11pm, Chick Tower wrote:
> Is that an nForce or nForce2 mobo, Brian?  If either, it should have the
> capabilities of the nVidia GeForce2 MX built-in.

I don't know much about the original nForce chipset, but the nForce2 chipset 
on my Shuttle SN41G2 XPC (SFF -- small form factor) provides GeForce4-MX 
capability, not GeForce2-MX.

Under Linux, I've played 'Return To Castle Wolfenstein' (RTCW) (and the free 
'Enemy Territory' variant of that game) and 'America's Army' just fine with 
the nForce2 chipset and an AMD 'XP 2200+' CPU. My RTCW framerates with the 
proprietary nVidia binary driver run up to 90+ FPS. I see no reason to put a 
video card in this box's AGP slot. :^)

It's native dual-head VGA too -- very nice.  It also has 'TV-out' (in S-video 
or composite format), which I only recently (successfully) tested.

Aside (as a follow-up to my 25 July 2003 post about using Linux with this 
system): I previously stated that the Firewire (IEEE-1394) on the Shuttle 
SN41G2 XPC did not work (at least with Slackware 9.0's 2.4.20 
kernel). I have since upgraded to Slackware 9.1 (2.4.22 kernel) and, as 
expected, the Firewire capability is now working perfectly (as tested with an 
external Maxtor Firewire hard disk drive and a Sony camcorder) and it didn't 
require any additional drivers. Very nice!

Bill Marr

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