I installed sigma's old GeForce card in my Linux box (replacing the TNT2), and it works very nicely. I had to upgrade the NVidia driver to the latest one (the previous one crashed with it and Linux 2.6). I haven't noticed any performance improvements (I don't play first-person shooters on the machine, or do anything more demanding of video processing than watching DVDs/DivX files, which the TNT2 could do reasonably), but I've noticed that the picture is much cleaner; dark regions on the screen no longer leave dark smudges over light regions to their right (as the TNT2 did when pushed beyond 1024x768). It's good to have a video card whose analogue electronics were actually designed to work at 1280x1024.
Ta muchly, bfd.
I'm much the same way. It was almost painful throwing out all the old ISA cards I had lying around, which had worked properly the last time I used them.
At least the TNT2 is fairly small, and thus contains less toxins to leach into the groundwater. Though I may hold onto it in case I ever need a video card for something that has an AGP slot and doesn't need to do high resolution graphics.
The entertaining thing to do with spare video cards is to put 'em in the machine anyway and tell X to do Xinerama. (I believe WinXP happily deals with multiple monitors as well.) You can have a goddamn VIDEO WALL, and only the main gaming screen needs the serious card with more memory and computing power than the PC it lives on.
Ah, but that requires having a motherboard with more than one AGP slot, doesn't it? I've only got the one and a bunch of PCI slots. I imagine there's no way of shoehorning an AGP card into a PCI slot (and having it do anything useful, anyway).
Besides which, I'm not yet making enough money to rent a place in London big enough to hold a desk with a decadent number of monitors on it.
Yeah, I was thinking of old PCI cards. arkady also used her XP laptop with a monitor plugged into it as a second screen. The XP control panel lets you do what a Mac II could do with video in ... 1988!
I still don't have my FreeBSD PC set up at home, precisely because there's literally nowhere to set up the screen!
You could always get a KVM switch box. Back in my one-monitor, pre-PowerBook days, I had one of those with my Linux box and my G3 Mac connected to the video parts of it. I used those cheap mechanical video switch boxes which would last a year or two before the switch started wearing out and your display started going toilet-cleaner blue; I think I went through two of them.