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    Phoronix: NVIDIA 180.35 Driver Update Brings Changes

    It was just two weeks ago that the NVIDIA 180.29 driver was released for Linux and we talked about how NVIDIA had kept pushing out many updates in a short period of time. Well, they didn't stop with the 180.29 release...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzA5MQ

  • #2
    I like when NVIDIA just reminds everyone: "Hey, we are the number one on Linux!".

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    • #3
      Thanks for getting my hopes up =(

      The main addition in the NVIDIA 180.35 driver when it comes to VDPAU support is that VC-1/WMV can now be accelerated on all GeForce 8 GPUs and later.
      That is of course not correct, only VDPAU supported gpus now have VC-1/WMV support. The 8800 GTS 320MB is still not supported at all.

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      • #4
        I'm SO SO SO glad I ditched my POS ati 4870 a couple of weeks ago.

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        • #5
          you might be glad - but that will subside when you hit some of the enormous stability problems there is with nvidias driver

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          • #6
            Cool, I'm getting 200~500fps in UT2004 , and that's on luser platform, sick!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Redeeman View Post
              you might be glad - but that will subside when you hit some of the enormous stability problems there is with nvidias driver
              Been using nvidia's proprietary driver now for... well, at least a year and a half on Kubuntu (maybe longer before that) and haven't run into any yet. Then again, I have been running a non-compositing desktop and mostly care about accelerated 3D for WINE games so YMMV.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bulletxt View Post
                I like when NVIDIA just reminds everyone: "Hey, we are the number one on Linux!".
                This "stable" driver release breaks for a lot of people in strange ways (notably, many KDE users seem to have troubles). In my case, gnome-screensaver stops functioning correctly (accepts no input) and downgrading to 180.29 makes the problem disappear. Same problem on entirely differents types of hardware. AMD with their fglrx beast is not the only one breaking stuff.

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                • #9
                  You might get some bad ass breakage with 180.35!
                  I didn't at first.
                  The bug is pretty scary, it breaks random apps trying to signal each other not even related to graphics.
                  ..took me some time to figure out it was the graphics driver
                  For example my start.sh script that launches my daemons and stuff after the UI is up, it runs among other things imwheel -k and that command sometimes locked up and i couldn't figure out why..
                  Shutdowns failed as well on/off.
                  I also had the CTRL-c thing as described on nvnews - which I also couldn't make sense of, I thought maybe my keyboard mappings had gone bad.. But then when ssh'ed to other systems the CTRL-c worked in the very same terminal on the remote machine and that reduced the possibilities quite a bit.

                  Steer clear of this one!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kjella View Post
                    Been using nvidia's proprietary driver now for... well, at least a year and a half on Kubuntu (maybe longer before that) and haven't run into any yet. Then again, I have been running a non-compositing desktop and mostly care about accelerated 3D for WINE games so YMMV.
                    yeah well - tell that to the people having the 180.x instability - just look at the nvnews forum, nvidia linux section...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Redeeman View Post
                      yeah well - tell that to the people having the 180.x instability - just look at the nvnews forum, nvidia linux section...
                      Ya well tell that to the vast majority that are not having issues and don't post because they have no reason to b**ch.

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                      • #12
                        http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=123912

                        i suppose we are just making these posts to annoy nvidia? we are all making it up? right? or is it that these issues are certainly not enough of a reason to "bitch" ?

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                        • #13
                          @ Redeeman : As we all know, its better to be constructive at first place and try to describe the problem or give links (as you did in previous post). Atleast it tells about the gravity of the problem - sometimes they are non-issues for others. And hopefully, we can some upto a solution and/or conclusion.
                          It is true though that when we have a *problem*, we seem to take it for granted that it is obvious for everyone to see that there is a problem.

                          Meanwhile, back to the topic, this is the first time (or should I say second time) I am having an issue with the 180.xx drivers. Its kind of peculiar. On my Gentoo box, I have this ctrl-c problem, and gnome-bluetooth segfaults and cites libGL.so.180.35 in dmesg (and possibly other gtk malfunctions, for example, gv, i.e., ghostview not quitting and blah). While on my Ubuntu box, everything is flawless and they are no such issues. Well, clearly there is something wrong with the driver, as 180.29 works fine in Gentoo too. Hopefully it gets resolved quickly as it always has been .

                          On a side note, it has been a sort of harsh week for me. I was doing a comprehensive Gentoo installation (I have about 1700 packages in my system, and it takes about 1 day to emerge -e world, including packages like openoffice that take 2hrs ). And imagine my frustration when after so much work, I see such peculiar crashes because of a non-issue like Nvidia driver. Meanwhile, there are more nasty issues like Qt-4.5 which leaves some kde4 apps (especially many games) in mess. I wish I had done some research before installing kde 4.2 (my first kde4 in gentoo) rather than taking things for granted as I do in Ubuntu.

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                          • #14
                            just use 4.4 - kde 4.2 works excellent in gentoo, but you are gonna have some troubles with the nvidia driver.. it just isnt properly stable for much hardware, plus it isnt really fast enough for some 2d.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Redeeman View Post
                              just use 4.4 - kde 4.2 works excellent in gentoo, but you are gonna have some troubles with the nvidia driver.. it just isnt properly stable for much hardware, plus it isnt really fast enough for some 2d.
                              Did you mean Kde-4.4 or Qt-4.4 ? If you meant Qt-4.4, thats what I indicated in my last post - I didn't do my homework before installing kde - all my kde-meta has been tainted by this Qt-4.5-rc thing. At this moment, I will just wait till kde 4.2.1 or 4.2.2 hits portage along with hopefully Qt-4.5 release, and do a 'emerge -e world' sometime in April. Future also seems bright with xorg-server 1.6 (not sure whats new) and kernel 2.6.29 (again, me very happy with 2.6.28). Also, native NetworkManager support in kde4 will be good, along with networkmanager 0.7.1. (Given such a long list, it makes me laugh at my plan a year ago to shift to kde4 in last year January.) For now, I am a happy camper in Ubuntu with gnome 2.24 along with lots of kde4 apps . Thanks to all the FHS compilance. Meanwhile, should say that Ubuntu makes Linux desktop look good .)

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