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  • Did The NVIDIA 295.40 Linux Driver Fall Off A Cliff?

    Phoronix: Did The NVIDIA 295.40 Linux Driver Fall Off A Cliff?

    While the NVIDIA 295.40 Linux graphics driver closes a high-risk security vulnerability, there's many reports coming in that the proprietary driver's performance has effectively fallen off a cliff and also caused stability issues...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA4ODQ

  • #2
    8800GTS is dead

    Seems me, along with a bunch of other users can't use their 8800GTS anymore with 295.40

    I'm gonna try updating the bios on the video card to see if that's the issue

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    • #3
      The old 320/640 variant? Did you ask in nvnews.net?

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      • #4
        What Utter Nonsense

        There is no regression that I can spot, either on G210 or 7600GT.

        So where exactly is the justification for the original "article" ?

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        • #5
          I'm still happily running 290.10, as all newer drivers make it impossible to use text virtual consoles.

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          • #6
            More AMD-Sponsored Claptrap

            Originally posted by birdie View Post
            I'm still happily running 290.10, as all newer drivers make it impossible to use text virtual consoles.
            All the machines I maintain work fine on 295.40, 295.33 so this is beginning to look a bit like more AMD clownery.

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            • #7
              Same issue with 295.40 and an 8800GTS 320. 9500GT works fine. Downgrading to 295.33 resolved issue with the 8800GTS 320.

              Arch Linux amd64 on C2D E6750.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gordboy View Post
                So where exactly is the justification for the original "article" ?
                Oh I don't know, maybe the numerous reports the article links to?

                I don't have issues on my two Nvidia cards, but I've seen enough reports to conclude there is a real issue somewhere. The first goal is trying to figure out what is common with all people who have issues. Which means everyone with issues should post their nvidia-bug-report.sh output in a thread at nvnews. For example, when I was suddenly without display on my laptop a few drivers back, I opened such a thread and the commonality was clear very soon - it affected laptops with Geforce 6/7 cards. And soon enough, the issue was fixed. Something like that has to happen here.

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                • #9
                  No problems with the nVidia Quadro 2000m on my Lenovo W520 and an nVidia 6150SE.

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                  • #10
                    8800 GTS 320/640, GTX, Ultra share the same G80 gpu. So maybe some more ppl will get this error. Hopefully there will be a fixed driver soon, maybe with kernel 3.4 support.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kano View Post
                      maybe with kernel 3.4 support.
                      Kernel 3.4 support is easy, all it requires is a small patch: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...77&postcount=4. Out of the box support would be cool of course, but needing to apply a patch is not that big of a deal.

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                      • #12
                        I know that the patch is small, but i did not get why 295.40 still required this hack.

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                        • #13
                          8600m GT here. I have no performance or stability issues. Seems about the same as the 295.33 driver.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gordboy View Post
                            All the machines I maintain work fine on 295.40, 295.33 so this is beginning to look a bit like more AMD clownery.
                            At first I wanted to say f*ck you, but then I decided to give you several links:

                            http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=173214
                            http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=171282
                            http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=177310

                            Now, will you please shut the f*ck up (in light that NVIDIA confirmed it's a regression in their drivers)?

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                            • #15
                              The 610M/635M cards mentioned in the article are not Kepler. They are rebranded Fermi chips introduced back in December along with the 630M which has been supported since 295.33.

                              I haven't tried 295.40 yet on my hardware.

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