With an old HP Compaq PC, Pentium III 800 MHz with 512 MB RAM and a Technisat 'AirStar 2 PCI' TV card, my wife records/watches TV in Windows XP by the DVBviewer program. The picture is very good and smooth even if it quickly changes as by viewing sport. This holds also now after I had to remove the graphics card to be able to install Ubuntu 12.04. But with Linux programs Me-TV or VLC, video is shown jerkily. According to Check if my 12.04 has graphics card drivers and find the right ones I get:
user@CPU:~$ lspci | grep VGA 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82815 Chipset Graphics Controller (CGC) (rev 02)
Now the Intel driver for the same chip of the PC board is shown in Windows Hardware Manager. I do not see why the graphics does not work in Ubuntu so well as in Windows. In the Me-TV, I have tried all the the video drivers there; a difference is hardly observable, the 'xshm' maybe is the best.
I intend to try it with different graphic cards. For the Matrox G450-32 that I have used in the PC until recently I cannot find a driver for Linux. I intend to try my VGA Gainward BLISS 9757 - FX5200 that I have successfully used in a similar Pentium IV PC with Windows. I hope I may use the driver for Nvidia from here (files nvidia-173-updates-dev_173.14.35-0ubuntu1_i386.deb and nvidia-173-updates-dev_173.14.35-0ubuntu1_i386.deb). The question is:
If I may use them for my Ubuntu 12.04 (Pangolin) while the page title is about drivers for more recent Quantal? Is *.deb for 'debian' sufficient?