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  • NVIDIA Updates Legacy Driver For Decade-Old GPUs

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Updates Legacy Driver For Decade-Old GPUs

    NVIDIA released yesterday the 331.20 Linux graphics driver update that stabilizes the R331 Linux driver with new features like EGL, modern Linux kernel support, a new frame-buffer capture library, and plenty of other features. Following that, NVIDIA has now released an updated legacy driver for the GeForce 6/7 series graphics cards that are the better part of a decade old...

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

  • #2
    OK you can call me a NVIDIA fanboy now. Still getting support for my 6150Go in my old laptop.

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    • #3
      Huh 6 and 7 are legacy? Okay, but what is NV11 and NV20 (Geforce 2 MX and Geforce 3) then? God bless free driver stacks. Once they are there they last for really long times. No enterprise comes and says oh no, throw it away it's not supported anymore. Okay, I admit that after 20 or more years Linus comes and says we don't support i386. Still, this is much longer support for hardware that might actually still be in use.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Adarion View Post
        NV11 and NV20 (Geforce 2 MX and Geforce 3) then?
        Is this in a machine that you use for everyday work?

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        • #5
          Your move, AMD.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by varikonniemi View Post
            Your move, AMD.
            Agreed.

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            • #7
              With this pace of support I will never blame Nvidia for not supporting open-source drivers.

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              • #8
                And here's me stuck on Debian Squeeze because i can't get fglrx to work well enough on Wheezy due to my Radeon 4650 AGP being relegated to a legacy driver that doesn't work, grrr!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mr_marmalade View Post
                  And here's me stuck on Debian Squeeze because i can't get fglrx to work well enough on Wheezy due to my Radeon 4650 AGP being relegated to a legacy driver that doesn't work, grrr!
                  Or me that I am stuck to Ubuntu 12.04, because fglrx is not available in 12.10, 13.04 or 13.10 and the same time the open driver is always missing something (not only performance-wise). In 12.10 and 13.04 after suspend HDMI audio stop working (launchpad bug #1237105) and in 13.10 except that HDMI audio needs xrandr to be enabled, when you finally enable it video playback speed is x4 the real speed (launchpad bug #1239233).

                  If I had Nvidia 8600 (same age) for example I could use the latest Nvidia drivers and my card would work the same way it does in Windows.

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                  • #10
                    I had a GeForce 6800 AGP before the Radeon 4650 & these new drivers from nVidia would even have make it work with the latest kernels & Xorg servers! I hope that AMD will bring out better legacy fglrx drivers but I'm not holding my breath.

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                    • #11
                      and to think that you can't even use radeon igp 350/345/340 anymore in linux (ok you can as vesa but its just shit)

                      fuck you amd and fuck you xorg


                      that retarded finn flipped off the wrong cmpany, between NO drivers and bin divers guess what I would prefer????

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Adarion View Post
                        Huh 6 and 7 are legacy? Okay, but what is NV11 and NV20 (Geforce 2 MX and Geforce 3) then?
                        Archaic.



                        Being the owner of a 7900, I'm happy to know I'm still being supported, on the other hand, I don't even use that GPU in linux at the moment.


                        As for people bashing AMD - their open source drivers support pretty old devices, and their open source drivers on legacy devices are pretty much on-par with catalyst. I personally consider anything older than the HD series to be legacy.

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                        • #13
                          That's why I have been a Nvidia customer for years now. I do not even own such old cards anymore, switched to newer models a long time ago. However, this kind of support confirms me in every purchase I make. Well done Nvidia. I don't need open drivers, I want a working system which gives me access to all of the hardware's capabilities.

                          Tried some AMD cards from time to time, but they were all replaced pretty quickly by Nvidia cards. I either sent them back or just bought a new Nvidia card out of frustration. AMD might be an option in a few years when their Open Source driver is finally ready and supports all hardware features with decent performance. For now, I'll stick with Nvidia.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                            Archaic.
                            ... their open source drivers on legacy devices are pretty much on-par with catalyst.
                            Hmm, as per this phoronix article http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...310r600g&num=1, also from today, Michael's findings seem to reach a different conclusion.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                              As for people bashing AMD - their open source drivers support pretty old devices, and their open source drivers on legacy devices are pretty much on-par with catalyst.
                              lololol a wild amd troll appears...

                              really?? which ones? I have here lots of old laptops with shit like rs200 r3 sum shit and they don't even load the driver... hey it's ok coz when they did the performance was even worse than vesa or fb ololol

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