[Note to self this is where remote login setup correctly would have helped - I could seen the machine on the network and diagnosed that problem quicker by being able to login and confirm everything else working.]
Back to using the onboard graphics - not sure whether it is running thru the dvi-i or hdmi cable got them both plugged in. But screw it it is working.
So suggestions please.
One PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot available for a video card.
The OS - debian only (except if I ever spin up some vm's but the host will be debian).
ian@tqft:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Debian
Description: Debian GNU/Linux unstable (sid)
Preferred supplier - TigerDirect (more to do with payment methods).
Cost at TigerDirect isn't really an issue (payment method :) ).
There are potential suppliers.
I am more interested in working, stable and future supported drivers. Prefer open source driver.
The monitor takes - hdmi, dvi-i or vga input.
Do I really need a new card? Not sure but think so from memory something beefy will help when running a lot of tabs, windows, etc and will allow me to try my hand at some graphics card supported computation projects I want to try. [edit just started choking with 5 extra tabs open on top of what I started with]
So AMD or NVDIA?
I also thing the tv tuner may have died. Will need to do some more checks but not looking good.