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    Phoronix: NVIDIA Releases 180.37 Linux Display Driver

    It was not even two weeks ago that the NVIDIA 180.35 display driver was released for Linux, but yesterday NVIDIA decided to push out yet another update (they have been on a driver updating rampage this year). The NVIDIA 180.37 display driver as it's called brings a few fixes, improved recovery for certain types of GPU errors, and a few more VDPAU updates. The NVIDIA 180.37 driver change-log and download links for Linux x86 and x86_64 can be found in the Phoronix Forums...

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

  • #2
    I guess they are still trying to get the bugs out (still no succes here).

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    • #3
      Annoying broken signals bug in 180.35 FIXED, this release was a win for me, works like a charm.

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      • #4
        Still has a SLI bug (one has to specify the sli type for it to work. The "SLI" "auto" doesn't work) but it looks like vdpau is rock solid now with pretty much any HD content thrown at it.
        As far a the number of releases go, the nvidia guys have taken a release often, release early approach to maximize feedback on the official releases resulting in better bug reports being submitted and regressions being handled in a more timely fashion. The vdpau supporting projects have also been invaluable to them reporting issues with concise detailed bug reports and as a result we now have a stable HD acceleration after about 3 1/2 months of feverish development.

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        • #5
          Yeah, good point deanjo.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Vadi View Post
            Yeah, good point deanjo.
            It's amazing what can be accomplished when anal retentive politics are left out of development of features that people want.

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            • #7
              Waiting for Catalyst 9.3 .....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                It's amazing what can be accomplished when anal retentive politics are left out of development of features that people want.
                You mean corporate C-Y-A antics motivated by one's paranoia about losing some perceived chance for advancement within an organization?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jimmy View Post
                  You mean corporate C-Y-A antics motivated by one's paranoia about losing some perceived chance for advancement within an organization?

                  No, that is not what I mean at all. If there is anything that foss lives off of, it's paranoia and FUD. There is absolutely no real reason at all that open and closed can't live a harmonious existence when politics are put aside and communication is used instead of a constant pissing match of trying to force one party to change. When politics are dropped and a goal is set that is desirable for both parties and it's users, development can happen fast and quick without sacrificing quality. In a game of backstabbing, name calling and politic pushing their are no winners and the biggest loser is always the end user. Vdpau is a testament to that fact.

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                  • #10
                    Just because ATi doesnt know how to write drivers or release on time, it doesnt mean Nvidia is on a rampage.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cruiseoveride View Post
                      Just because ATi doesnt know how to write drivers or release on time, it doesnt mean Nvidia is on a rampage.
                      Even compared to previous nvidia development their present action plan is indeed a rampage.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        It's amazing what can be accomplished when anal retentive politics are left out of development of features that people want.
                        Exactly....unlike with AMD at this point. NVidia is taking the bug reports seriously and they fix what can be quickly fixed for another release...

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                        • #13
                          Sadly ATi still think they're fixing glxgears every release

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                          • #14
                            This 180.37 driver addresses the "blocked signals" regression or whatever to some extent. On my Gentoo installation, gnome-bluetooth (bluetooth applet) still segfaults, though 180.29 works fine. Still, some of the regressions like ctrl-c in gnome-terminal etc have been fixed. Importantly, after a long time, firefox-trunk 3.2a1 (minefield) binary works after a loong time. It has been an issue in all of 180.xx and was fine in 177 series. Although it could be worked out by setting USE=-glitz for cairo package. Anyway, I am sticking to 180.29 and using the emerged firefox 3.0 which works fine.

                            Strangely, no problems on Ubuntu 8.10. Why?

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                            • #15
                              I have tried mplayer with VDPAU extension. The power consumption is about 10% on my Quadro FX570M in lowest power mode (33W-35W/38W peak), than on the Core2 Duo T7700 2.4 (30w-33W/35W peak).

                              Both cores are mostly at 800MHz while playing a fullhd trailer. One core is jumping mostly to 1.2GHz and to 2.4GHz every two seconds.

                              Where are the benefits in GPU based decryption (besides netbook usage)? I only see disadvantages.
                              1. higher power consumption
                              2. stops instead of interruption while streaming
                              3. higher temperature of cpu and gpu (one cooler)

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