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    Phoronix: NVIDIA Pre-Releases A New Linux Driver

    The NVIDIA crew working on their proprietary Linux driver have just pre-released a new build, NVIDIA 270.41.03. This Linux driver update mainly adds support for a number of new GeForce / Quadro GPUs...

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

  • #2
    Awesome, I hope my XPS 15 will be able to run Linux now

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    • #3
      says that WebM may soon be coming to VDPAU as part of this new feature-set.
      Nothing confirmed yet, just a gut feeling. Still waiting to get some official word back.

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      • #4
        The only other change in this 270.41.03 build compared to the last 270.30 Linux driver is fixing a bug that would cause the X.Org Server to hang every 49.7 days on 32-bit systems.
        Sounds suspiciously like a 32bit int overflowing..

        49.7 days = 4,294,080 seconds.. 32bit ints (unsigned) overflow at 4,294,967,296 .. right? Maybe it's a nanosecond counter that overflowed.. though that might be 14 hours out *shrug* Still interesting..

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lem79 View Post
          Sounds suspiciously like a 32bit int overflowing..

          49.7 days = 4,294,080 seconds.. 32bit ints (unsigned) overflow at 4,294,967,296 .. right? Maybe it's a nanosecond counter that overflowed.. though that might be 14 hours out *shrug* Still interesting..
          Make that a millisecond counter and you got it

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          • #6
            49.7 day resets and/or problems are surprisingly common, particularly with older game servers (used to see it crop up in game changelogs from time to time).
            Clock counter overflows - just when you think you have them handled, one more issue pops up!

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            • #7
              haha, thanks ldesnogu .. yes, milliseconds indeed. I confused milliseconds with centiseconds so my brain defaulted to the next in line, nanoseconds :P without any data integrity checks..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
                Awesome, I hope my XPS 15 will be able to run Linux now
                lolno. x, mesa, intel, etc all need to overhauled before that happens. an nvidia binary can't do that.

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                • #9
                  XPS 15 has NVIDIA hardware in it, at least the newer ones.

                  It was one of the machines I was considering before I went with an ASUS G73jW-XR1. Friendly advice: don't ever, ever buy the ASUS. Complete nightmare with barely functional hardware (in Windows; stable Linux support is still a distant dream), and during RMA repairs ASUS failed to fix a single one out of 7 distinct problems it was sent in for, stole the network card I had installed by the reseller, and then didn't bother to package the machine up properly in the slightest for return shipping so it got damaged. ASUS is just horrible.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LLStarks View Post
                    lolno. x, mesa, intel, etc all need to overhauled before that happens. an nvidia binary can't do that.
                    I have no knowledge of the technical parts but this Nvidia driver should make it possible to use my GT 525M under Linux, or not? Or is support for Optimus essential?

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                    • #11
                      no, it shouldn't.

                      supporting optimus' on-the-fly GPU switching is not the problem nor the immediate goal.

                      the problem is that the nvidia GPU can't be used at all unless developers find a way to reliably feed nvidia GPU output through the intel GPU framebuffer.

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                      • #12
                        i'm a little annoyed about the driver update because now i have to edit my nvidia gpu graphing program AGAIN. every single time nvidia releases a driver they decided to change how nvidia-smi displays its results. i wish they'd just stick with 1 layout.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                          i'm a little annoyed about the driver update because now i have to edit my nvidia gpu graphing program AGAIN. every single time nvidia releases a driver they decided to change how nvidia-smi displays its results. i wish they'd just stick with 1 layout.
                          actually as another problem, nvidia-smi now doesn't tell me my gpu usage anymore. why am i LOSING features?

                          also, i'm not sure if this is xorg 1.10 or the new nvidia drivers but now whenever i shade a window my whole computer locks up for about 2 full seconds. i am not happy with these new updates.

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                          • #14
                            There is also at least one change that isn't in the changelog. They fixed the problem that prevented the driver from compiling against the 2.6.39 kernel.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                              also, i'm not sure if this is xorg 1.10 or the new nvidia drivers but now whenever i shade a window my whole computer locks up for about 2 full seconds. i am not happy with these new updates.
                              Oh great, fglrx used to have this bug a couple of years ago. It will probably get sorted out sooner or later.

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