My aging GeForce MX 400 is dying and I want to replace it with something a bit more modern. My desktop is running FreeBSD 6.2 on a Asus A7V (Via chipset) motherboard with a 1.4GHz Athlon. This is more of a hardward question than software, although pointers to any FreeBSD-specific driver gotchas would be appreciated.
Basically, I want to run a few OpenGL apps (particular the "Second Life" client, which works perfectly under Linux emulation), so I pretty much have to use the "nvidia" driver and not the open "NV" driver. The old card's performance was fine for my purposes, so almost much anything at all newer should be OK. Therefore, I don't want to spend a lot of money on this. However, I don't want to buy a card so old that NVidia will drop support for it in the next driver upgrade, as they did with this current card. My motherboard has an AGP 4x slot that the "nvidia" driver wants to run in 2x mode because it doesn't like the Via chipset. Now, it seems like there are precious few AGP 4x cards available these days; most look like 8x. Are those backward compatible all the way to 2x? Google returns plenty of authoritative-sounding hits on both sides. Is there anything else I should be looking for? Any specific models you might recommend? -- Kirk Strauser
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