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It was my understanding this card can only support one video output connection, meaning it can't display on two monitors in clone mode. The main distro I have tried with this Card is Ubuntu 5. As I have said, the VGA connector works fine, the S-video connector displays fine up to the gdm log in screen. Just before the log in screen, the Aopen PG80 turns off. I understand this card is so old, you can't even play Quake on on it. However it can play back a DVD fine.

Review: AOpen Artist PA50 video card

I felt like trying this card because I was interested in the TV output feature it had. I honestly thought it was a 32mb card, but was disappointed it was more realistically a 4mb Aopen PG80. The accompanying driver CD is one of those all-in-one jobbies with drivers on it for several different cards. Linux support It's tricky to find budget video cards that work with Linux, but the SiS is a reasonable candidate. Xfree86 3. There are some significant caveats attached to the Aopen PG80 support, though; see here for the details. Performance For regular desktop applications, the PA50V's 8Mb of RAM gives it the ability to run up to by resolution in 24 bit colour at a perfectly acceptable 75Hz refresh rate.


For plain business stuff, it's therefore quite adequate. And it works for DVD.


Unlike many cards with a TV out, the PA50 can display an image on the computer monitor and on whatever you've connected to its TV out at the same time. The trade-off is that in order to use the TV out, you have to be in by or by mode. Other modes still work normally - with no image on the TV - but the two lower resolutions are in flickervision, for TV compatibility. If you disconnect the video output, the PA50 driver seems to re-allow higher refresh rates for the lower resolution modes, but doesn't seem to know that it's doing it - the possible refresh rates in Display Properties still only say 50 or 60Hz.

To straighten this out, reboot. The simplicity of DVD playback depends on the software you choose; software DVD players commonly need to "profile" different resolutions and colour depths before they can play back properly, which can be confusing, and some old low-budget software players have a hard time doing a proper full-screen mode; having a window border around your movies is less than thrilling. With current software, though, it's Aopen PG80 simple to set up, and the playback quality is excellent. The down side What if you want to play games, though" and lists the usual collection of hardware accelerated features you'll find on any 3D-capable card these days.

What it fails to mention is that the PA50 can't do any of these things very quickly. If the same guys that make video card box copy also advertised cars, three cylinder cc Daihatsu things would, at Aopen PG80 glance, have the same feature list as Porsches. I gave Aopen PG80 SiS card a workout with my favourite quick and dirty video benchmarker, WinTune Running benchmarks on this card was something of a blast from the past. I remember when benchmarks used to look like this - when 2D drawing tests were fast, but you could see discrete shapes and lines and letters being drawn, instead of everything just being a screaming amphetamine-laced blur.

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That's the hot board's results. Now visualise a housebrick standing next to each stone.


There you go. I'm prone to saying that every card on the shelves these days has more than adequate 2D speed, and you can't Aopen PG80 the difference.

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Well, this is the card that proves me wrong; I could tell the difference between this card and one of the much faster ones in normal Windows operations. But only now and then; when dragging out a crop box in Photoshop, for instance, the SiS is quite sluggish as it struggles to draw all of those "ants" crawling Aopen PG80 the edge of the selection area. It's still not horrible to use, but the difference is marked. In the Simple test, for which a plain TNT2 card can be expected to score better than 7 frames per second, and a GeForce board for which TreeMark was created, Aopen PG80 towards which its demands are slanted about 45fps, the SiS card clocked in with a big 0.

Life's too short for me to try the Complex TreeMark test. Model, PG GPU: SiS 2D/3D. Video Memory: SDR 8 MB.

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Bus Type: AGP. Connectors: VGA Out(15 Pin D-Sub). Highest Resolution/Colors/Refresh Rate.

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