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    New Video Card for a HP machine

    My mother-in-law asked me to install Linux on her HP machine
    with an integrated Video processor, and I installed F29
    with the Cinnamon desktop.

    What happens though, is that after being logged on with
    for 15 or 20 minutes, the display then gets distorted and become
    unusable. My speculation is that the onboard graphics
    processor is not well supported by Linux.

    My mother-in-law would still like to use this computer,
    and this computer does have a PCIe slot, and so
    I am thinking of installing a card like this:

    EVGA GeForce 210 Passive 1024 MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0

    and this card s also backward compatible with PCI Express 1.x.


    Will this work ? I imagine after installing this card,
    I would have to re-install F29. Will the OS correctly
    ignore the onboard integrated video processor and
    know to use the processor on the PCIe card?

    What problems might I run into?

    Is there a better card that someone might
    recommend?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: New Video Card for a HP machine

    It should run just fine, but remember that that one needs the nvidia 340.xx driver. I run the Geforce GT 710 which uses the current driver nvidia 418.xx.
    Some of the old legacy cards I have in a junk drawer are no longer supported except by nouveau. EVGA is a great builder, have used them for decades, no complaints.
    Nvidia cards are great, even if sometimes they offer challenges with the proper driver. Look through the catalogs and see what's going to work on your motherboard,
    then check to see which driver you need. I run that card in my media server to feed a big flatscreen, works flawlessly.
    (It's a hobby, but I like it)

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    Re: New Video Card for a HP machine

    it should be supported by nouveau drivers most likely already on the system and as long as the PC prioritises output to the NVIDIA card, the OS should follow suit.

    PCI Express 2.0 Support
    Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.
    The slot is pin identical so it should work fine but how much RAM is installed and is the PSU at least 300W? If it has a 1st generation PCI-E slot it must be decades old.

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    Re: New Video Card for a HP machine

    Thank you both for getting back to me.

    antikythera wrote:
    The slot is pin identical so it should work fine but how much RAM is installed and is the PSU at least 300W?
    If it has a 1st generation PCI-E slot it must be decades old.
    The machine is 10 years old. I don't know if the PCI-E slot is therefore
    1st generation or not.

    There is 1 GB of Ram.

    I am not on-site (at my mother-in-laws) and so I cannot post
    the inxi output.

    You mention the Geforce GT 710: maybe I should get this card
    for my personal machine and then give my current GeForce 210 to
    my mother-in-law.

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    Re: New Video Card for a HP machine

    Quote Originally Posted by chicagocoyote
    Thank you both for getting back to me.

    antikythera wrote:


    The machine is 10 years old. I don't know if the PCI-E slot is therefore
    1st generation or not.

    There is 1 GB of Ram.

    I am not on-site (at my mother-in-laws) and so I cannot post
    the inxi output.

    You mention the Geforce GT 710: maybe I should get this card
    for my personal machine and then give my current GeForce 210 to
    my mother-in-law.
    Well onboard graphics and only 1GiB of RAM explains the freezing as it will share that 1GiB of RAM. It's simply not enough to run Cinnamon with properly.

    Even if you install a GT 710 or GT 210 the situation isn't going to improve that much as the card also needs access to some RAM for cache. 1GiB of RAM is barely enough as Cinnamon's footprint is around half that straight after booting without anything else loaded. A largish swap partition (4GiB) would be needed to compensate, especially if the mother-in-law has multiple browser tabs open. Modern browsers are resource hogs.

    If it were me, I wouldn't bother buying a GPU or adding more RAM. For the cost of doing that you could replace the entire system with something along these lines and put linux on it

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    Re: New Video Card for a HP machine

    Oh, I made a typo. There is 4GB of RAM, not 1.

    Is your recommendation of not buying another GPU ($40 USD) still stand with
    4GB of RAM ?

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    Re: New Video Card for a HP machine

    Quote Originally Posted by chicagocoyote
    Oh, I made a typo. There is 4GB of RAM, not 1.

    Is your recommendation of not buying another GPU ($40 USD) still stand with
    4GB of RAM ?
    no, in that case it is worth getting one

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