Video card selection and configuration under Linux can be quite tricky. Information on XFree86 compatibility with various video cards and chipsets is available, but can be difficult to track down. Even identifying what chipset a board uses can be difficult, because manufacturers sometimes try to hide this information from their customers. Because the video card market changes so rapidly, XFree86 lags behind the latest developments in high-end video gear. When you have a video card, configuration can be tedious if your Linux installation doesn't handle the card properly.

Fortunately, although the video card market is a tedious one for the Linux user to navigate, most video cards are supported under Linux. The main trick is in tracking down the necessary information, and a few key Web sites are extremely useful in doing so.

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