This week a ten or so year old NVidia FX5500 died on me (looking at it it looks like things I take to be capacitors (they look like water towers) on the board blew up – the metal casings on all of them are cracked and one seems to have leaked something.
Second NVidia card to die on me this year, but the first was after some dodgy software settings were applied by yours truly and, well, ten years is not a bad innings.
Trying desperately to replace it I found an even older PCI card to use:
00:0a.0 VGA compatible controller: 3Dfx Interactive, Inc. Voodoo Banshee (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Creative Labs 3D Blaster Banshee PCI (CT6760)
Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 5
Region 0: Memory at e0000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=32M]
Region 1: Memory at e2000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
Region 2: I/O ports at 9000 [size=256]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at 60000000 [disabled] [size=64K]
Capabilities:  Power Management version 1
Flags: PMEClk- DSI+ D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot-,D3cold-)
Status: D0 NoSoftRst- PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
Kernel modules: tdfxfb
But as this is a server and I don’t need sophisticated graphics this card, which is 1998’s technology, is likely to do just fine.