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Support => Hardware => Topic started by: alynur on November 01, 2015, 11:38:35 pm

Title: Google Earth(SOLVED)
Post by: alynur on November 01, 2015, 11:38:35 pm
Hello Peppermint people. I want to use Google Earth but I don't have a 3d graphics card. Is there any way of viewing Google Earth without a 3d card?

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System:    Host: albert-desktop Kernel: 3.16.0-51-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Six
Machine:   Mobo: ASRock model: G31M-VS2 Bios: American Megatrends version: P1.10 date: 06/23/2010
CPU:       Dual core Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2180 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1203.00 MHz 2: 1203.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 82G33/G31 Express Integrated Graphics Controller
           X.Org: 1.16.0 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1280x1024@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel G33 x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 10.3.2
Audio:     Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-51-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller driver: r8169
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:25:22:e1:d0:95
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 250.1GB (14.2% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD2500AAKX size: 250.1GB
Partition: ID: / size: 222G used: 34G (16%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 8.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 54.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 158 Uptime: 6:46 Memory: 871.5/4042.1MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17

Also, if I absolutely have to have a 3d video card, which card would work in my system? I don't do gaming and I don't plan on it. So I'm basically just looking to view Google Earth. Thanks guys, I appreciate your help tremendously.
Title: Re: Google Earth
Post by: PCNetSpec on November 02, 2015, 06:19:52 am
Haven't used Google Earth for ages, so I can't really comment on it .. but what graphics slot do you have on your PC ? (AGP or PCIe)
Title: Re: Google Earth
Post by: alynur on November 02, 2015, 09:16:03 am
Hi PCNetSpec, thanks for responding. According to the ASRock specs, it has; expansion slots
1 x CPU
2 x DIMM 240-pin
1 x PCIe x16
1 x PCI                                   
Title: Re: Google Earth
Post by: scifidude79 on November 02, 2015, 09:27:42 am
Too bad your computer came with Intel graphics, which suck, especially with 3D in Linux.  I don't even think there's a driver or anything you can add, because Intel's drivers are all open source.

You can buy about any modern graphics card and put it in that PCIe x16 slot.  Even if it's one for a newer PCIe slot, they're reverse compatible.  Though, one thing to be mindful of is how much power one takes VS how much power the computer has.  Often, computers you buy in the store have just enough power to run the system and don't have enough to add something like a graphics card.  Though, a basic low end AMD or Nvidia card shouldn't draw a lot of power.  After all, I'm sure you don't need gaming performance.
Title: Re: Google Earth
Post by: alynur on November 02, 2015, 03:17:03 pm
Hi scifidude79, so would a Nvidia Geforce 210 work for this? It's not listed as 3d but it sounds like Linux has a way of working around that?  Since I'm only looking for the ability to use google earth, I'm not real interested in spending much money. Living on social security can be challenging.
Title: Re: Google Earth
Post by: PCNetSpec on November 02, 2015, 04:46:55 pm
I would guess so .. the Geforce 210 is listed on the nvidia website as included in the 340 drivers, and I'd assume it'd be good enough for Google earth.
Title: Re: Google Earth
Post by: alynur on November 02, 2015, 10:09:13 pm
Okay, great. Thanks PCNetSpec, now I know where I'm going. I'll come back here once I have the graphic card to set up 3d. Thanks again, til the next time.