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Gateway 2000 video card

I'm in the process of ordering a Gateway 2000 Pentium 133 with Windows NT. I
also want to put Linux on it, so I'm checking out all the hardware to make
sure things will work.

One video card they offer is an ATI CT Mach 64 w/ 2MB DRAM. The problem is
that ATI doesn't market such a card with that name to the public. I called
Gateway and asked if this was an ATI card with another name, and nobody knew
the answer.

ATI _does_ have a Mach 64 series of cards, just none with this name.

I also emailed to ATI and have gotten no response yet.

I have fears about getting drivers for this supposedly mongrel card. Are
these fears unfounded? For example, since this card uses the same 64-bit
graphics accelerator chip as the other Mach 64 cards, do they use the same
driver? It looks like it from the .zip file I downloaded.

Also, another video card choice for an additional $50 is a Matrox that is a
standard card (and a fast one) that Matrox sells to the public. Matrox cards
aren't supported for Linux, so I would need to go third party, like
Accel-x(?) and pay for an X-server - I think it's $50. Anybody gone this route?


Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy                 murph at
Vmark Software             74260.3322 at
Westboro, MA

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