Recommended Graphics cards for Fedors 31 and after

I run an old Dell Optiplex machine with a small intell graphics card in built and so, years ago, I bought an NVidia GX240 PCI card to run…and it has worked well till now
Now, with Fedora 31 NVidia are no longer updating the drivers and so, currently, I have to run a legacy Kernal just to get into Fedora 31…( the Nouveau driver hangs periodically on my machine)

So…please…What is a recommendation for a Good Graphics card replacement… I do not need a Mega gaming card…Just something to be able to run TV and films and internet graphics based stuff on a Large moniter
Is NVidia still the card of choice ?

Thanks for your help in advance…

I would be nice to know what typ of buildin graphics card it is:

cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep “model name”

and search the internet with it (intel page:… ).

Since years I’m running intel cpu buildin graphic card and I’m satisfied with it.
My requirements are like yours.

It is an integrated Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 950 but I need to run my svreen at 1920 x 1080 and that card strugggles to do that

Also…the coommand ou listed didn’t work…maybe as the inbuilt card is disabled on board ??

amd… Simple. I don’t recommend Nvidia. The Constantly changes in kernel in Fedora are a panic in the as… Sorry but is the reality.

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In some Bios’es you’re able to pre-allocate more mem for the GC. maybe it might help.

the GMA 950 should do 2048x1536:

yup, if I copy&paste it from this side it didn’t work, but when I rewrite the ’ " ’ signs it works.

@sixpack13, it’s better to use code blocks for commands, not quotes.

@orriginal, please try the command @sixpack13 provided this way:

cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep 'model name'

Using ```
cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep ‘model name’

This returns the processors

Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.40GHz
 Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.40GHz

I was under the impression that the GC is buildin in the CPU, but your machine is somewhat elder, where the GC seems to be another extra chip.

Try playing with the Bios option if this is available, cause I guess with PCI (not PCIe) G-cards it’s somewhat difficult to find a card with newer/current driver support, but maybe you’ll find one.

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I second that – although I haven’t tried myself to search for such a card. But without PCI-Express slot on a motherboard you can be out of luck.

As ever , thanks to you both for all this info and help…and YEs… I do have a PCI express slot…it is where my NVidia GT240 sits now…So… Guess I’m off shopping for an AMD card very soon
thanks guys

keep an eye on how the GC-RAM is connected 64bit, 128, … and maybe an addional power connector from your power supply

examples for nvidia’s:
4GB GDDR5, 1750MHz, 128bit, 112GB/​s
2GB DDR3, 800MHz, 64bit, 12.8GB/​s

but your requirements wasn’t that high IIRC

So,following your advice I have just ordered a ASUS AMD R5 230 2 GB 64-Bit DDR3 Dual-Link DVI-D HDMI Passive Low Profile PCI-E Graphics Card - so no cooling wire to a fan required…

BUT I do have one last question
When it comes to install…Given I use the Legacy Kernel for the NVidia card, I assume, once I have physically installed the card, I boot up through a Newer Kernel option on boot up and install the RPM driver through that ? I assume Nouveau will allow the card to fuction to some degree
And do I need to uninstall the NVidia drivers first ? Or will the RPM install of the AMD RS230 driver just clean that all up ?

I have done this years ago, so I maybe overlook something, but:

  1. I would uninstall the nvidia drivers first and see if the box cleanly boots with default GC’s ( don’t know: intel or Nouveau).
  2. Then I next would remove the nvidia card and again see if the box cleanly boots with intel card.
    - just to have a working fallback if the AMD GC makes trouble in the future -
  3. install the new GC and boot without driver install to see if it is recognized by the box (lspci) and/or a look into the bios
  4. next: driver install for the new card

I assume I am doing all that uninstalling under the Legacy boot up and then, when installing the New Card
( which arrives on Monday) I would boot up through the newer Kernel ?

I understand th eidea of booting up through the INTEL card to get a baseline…But to disable it… I had to remove a Jumper from the motherboard…and I have NO Idea where it is…So I may have to bypass that bit…

Thank you for your sound advice :wink:

If it was my case (and i am talking only if it was me) I should do a backup of my files ($home) to a external disk and do a fresh install, after the new GC was in the PCIe slot.


Because It looks like than you did install a lot of usual things: kernels from another repo, old nvidia driver not supported in fedora31, and maybe you can do it works but the waste of time and hitting down the performance can be a problem than an normal user (like me) should avoid.


To many extents, you are right YES…But this IS a fresh install ( about 3 weeks ago ) and, if I am honest, the 3rd in as many weeks for this Version 31
I think I will try it the way suggested above but if I experience nay problems., it will be right into a new install…again lol…

Thanks for your ideas

It really shouldn’t matter that much. Linux handles multiple video cards just fine. You don’t have to remove the NVidia drivers just to test the new card, but I definitely wouldn’t leave them installed in the long term.

My understanding is that since AMD open sourced their drivers it’s “batteries included” for AMD/ATI video cards. I’ve been running Nvidia for a long time without too many major issues for MythTV (VDPAU playback) but I may get an AMD when it’s time to buy a new card.