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« on: October 04, 2007, 11:47:56 AM »

As much as I love the command line, there are just some things I'm more comfortable doing from a GUI, especially messing with hardware and network settings.  (I know ... "wuss" - I can hear everyone now)

I've just updated my Linux box with a bigger hdd and installed Debina GNU 4.01 (Etch) and my xserver will not get offa' the babysitter 640x480 setting, no matter what I do.  So I've done a little hardware snooping and apparently my ATI Radeon video card is not supported in the newer versions of xserver.  So my question to everyone/anyone would be ...

what type of video card should I install?

I don't play games so it doesn't have to be anything snazzy, I just need the UI to appear 1024x768-ish and I'll go away happy?

Thoughts?   Need Help

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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007, 12:31:48 PM »

have you played with your /etc/X11/xorg.conf
try adding the resolution there in the "Screen" section.
i think most would recomend anything nvidia over ati for linux.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007, 01:00:50 PM »

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have you played with your /etc/X11/xorg.conf
I tugged on that thing like I was a teen.  No results.  I've removed every resolution from it that was less than what I'm after, but it still just defaults to 640x480.


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i think most would recomend anything nvidia over ati for linux.
I totally agree here.  Do you have anything in mind?  The reason I ask is because I believe I read last night where the GeForce 7300 (I believe that's it) suffered from the same issues as the ATI.  So if you've got a model in mind, I'd be very much appreciative.

Thanks much, Arms ... I appreciate the help.

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2007, 12:42:59 AM »

The last word ... thank you for your recommendation, arms.  For $45 USD, the nVidia e-GeForce 7200 GS was just what the doctor ordered.

TTFN


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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2007, 06:36:08 AM »

Man I hate all that stuff. That side of things is one of the few that Windoz does OK. Yuck tho.
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007, 04:38:44 PM »

np.
mine's integrated and i'm running ubuntu 7.04 which handles the drivers pretty well. i still had to edit the xorg.conf to add my resolution.
there suposed to be a bullet proof xorg configuration gui coming. i forget if it's a gnome or ubuntu project.

Man I hate all that stuff. That side of things is one of the few that Windoz does OK. Yuck tho.
along with photoshop it's one of the few things i miss about windows.
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007, 04:59:56 PM »

along with photoshop it's one of the few things i miss about windows.

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You must not be a Mac guy.

Have you considered running a Windows instance on a Linux box? Parallels does a REALLY good job of this... I run a few different versions of Windows on my Mac so that I can empathize with my clients  ROFLMAO it runs at nearly full speed (I am told I lose about 10% performance, but I don't notice it at all) and I run Visio on it, since that is the one app that I have never seen in the Mac world that I like. I am also just putting the finishing touches on a Mac box, running an ancient version of RH with some custom Apache Shared Objects on it as a server in my cluster to replace some aging stuff... it's pretty cool to see it all go.
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007, 06:07:10 PM »

re <hijack /> ... not even a thing.

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You know, I never bothered with PhotoShop and instead went straight to the Gimp on all platforms.  So far, it does a hell of a lot more than I can --- but I guess that's not really saying much; I can scale the Table of Contents with the best of them  Devilish
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2007, 06:35:02 PM »

unfortunately at a professional level, adobe is required which means mac or windows.
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2007, 07:56:34 PM »

I've heard and read a lot of arguments that the Gimp is every bit as good... but it just seems to me that knowing PS is the way to go. That being said, if you can get done what you need to get done, then a JPG is a JPG, no?
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2007, 08:07:18 PM »

yes if JPG, or another unlayered file format is all that is needed, and you are never going to deliver the working files to anyone.

If you gotta send it to a print shop, its gotta be InDesign,Quark, or illustrator. though many now take PDF as well.

but yea, for the most part, photoshop doesnt matter I guess, since you rarely send your PS files to anyone, but it does happen.
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2007, 08:11:33 PM »

If you gotta send it to a print shop, its gotta be InDesign,Quark, or illustrator. though many now take PDF as well.

Oh totally agree... I was thinking more from a 72 DPI web graphic perspective... you jump to print, or you have to integrate with a clients art team and it's a whole different story.
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2007, 08:04:31 PM »

haven't used a mac since early high school.
i have vmware player put i find the performance sucks so i just dual boot if i need photoshop which is not very often.
im not crazy about the gimp. i use it some times but i much prefer photoshop's ui. gimp is good considering it's free but it's not the same.
lacking some really simple features if you ask me - for example making shapes.
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