Re: New PC
From: Richard Corden (richards_corden_at_hotmail.com)
Date: 17 Dec 2003 12:35:25 +0000
email@example.com (Måns Rullgård) writes:
> john <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > Hi everyone
> > I need to buy a PC fast. That, for me, means buying from PC World
> > because that's the only place to get a machine round here. Anyway, I
> > need to make sure the new machine will run Linux OK, particularly SuSE
> > Linux 9. I'm looking in the £400-£500 price range. Actually I'm
> > looking at the PACKARD BELL 5004 but is its gfx hardware - SIS 651GX -
> > supported? (The SIS SiS650* is in the SuSE hardware list - does that
> > mean the 651 will work or not?)
> The SiS650 series is supported, but only for 2D. There will be no 3D
> support unless SiS releases specs for the chips. So far, they have
> denied to do so. Look for something with an ATI graphics board.
Unless you'll want TV out. ATI do not seem as proactive as some of
the other vendors with regard to tv-out support. At least for me
whats available did not work, and cards which do work have limited
support, e.g. AFAIK you cannot play DVDs with tv-out on ATI cards.
NVIDIA actually supply linux drivers, and from what I've read they
also support the tv-out funcationlity pretty much fully.
People have different requirements for their machines, and once the
hardware that your most concerned about is working then you can play
around with the other stuff.
IMPORTANT, if you'll need the modem do a search first, or be prepared
to by an alternative. Some softmodems are supported quite well,
others quite badly, and for some you'll even need to pay money to get
I've always found modems to be the most annoying to get working as
normally its a catch 22 getting drivers. No modem -> No internet ->
No modem drivers -> No modem....
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