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    Phoronix: NVIDIA 177.67 Display Driver

    It has been a few weeks since NVIDIA last pushed out a Linux display driver update, but this morning already they have pushed out a new update. The just-released NVIDIA 177.67 display driver doesn't introduce OpenGL 3.0 support or any other major features, but it does look to resolve a number of bugs, provide improvements to the Render extension, add official support to the GeForce GTX 260/280 graphics cards, and a number of other improvements.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12758

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    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: NVIDIA 177.67 Display Driver

    It has been a few weeks since NVIDIA last pushed out a Linux display driver update, but this morning already they have pushed out a new update. The just-released NVIDIA 177.67 display driver doesn't introduce OpenGL 3.0 support or any other major features, but it does look to resolve a number of bugs, provide improvements to the Render extension, add official support to the GeForce GTX 260/280 graphics cards, and a number of other improvements.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12758
    Seems that it's only a betarelease?

    From http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us
    Linux 32-bit Display Driver Version 177.67 BETA 177.67 August 19, 2008

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    • #3
      It shows beta, but it works

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      • #4
        Does it finally solve the numerous problems it had with KDE 4? This is long overdue.

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        • #5
          @Phoronix
          For please repeat your benchmarks with InitialPixmapPlacement set to 2 (its needed for this changed to be in effect) enabling GlyphCache might also be worth a try.

          I cannot test because on my G70 based cards there are no perfomance problems.

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          • #6
            The article really gives the impression that this isn't a beta-release, but it looks like that to me ..
            Last edited by oyvind; 08-19-2008, 10:41 AM. Reason: typo

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Med_ View Post
              Does it finally solve the numerous problems it had with KDE 4? This is long overdue.
              I have tried and it unfortunately does not solve anything. I would even say it is worse than before. NVidia is brillantly convincing me never to buy one of their products again, ever.

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              • #8
                There is no real improvements on my 7600GT.
                Some webpages were slow as hell in FF3 and opera, this seems to be fixed, but nothing else. KDE4 is still dog slow in some cases.
                Setting IPP to 2 improves some things, but other gets worse - like minimizing last visible windows takes up to 10! seconds, also kwin seems to be hanging.

                Sigh

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                • #9
                  As a gnome user, I want to see better KDE4 support so I have more choice.

                  Hopefully it's coming soon.

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                  • #10
                    Nice 2D performance improvements

                    I've got a GF8600GT, and 2D has so far been OK, but not great. I'm using standard Gnome/Ubuntu Hardy.

                    By following this guide:
                    http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=118088
                    and installing the latest nvidia BETA driver, I'm seeing some amazing 2D performance improvements and haven't noticed any problems yet. Cool !

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                    • #11
                      Indeed, by following posted guide performance in KDE4 does improve. Try it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by oyvind View Post
                        I've got a GF8600GT, and 2D has so far been OK, but not great. I'm using standard Gnome/Ubuntu Hardy.

                        By following this guide:
                        http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=118088
                        and installing the latest nvidia BETA driver, I'm seeing some amazing 2D performance improvements and haven't noticed any problems yet. Cool !
                        Ya, the feedback has been looking very good so far.

                        http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=118073

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                        • #13
                          Excellent performance with both GTK (redrawing windows is finally instantaneous) and Firefox 3 (no more slowdowns with images getting displayed or resized, digg.com bug gone, scrolling and animated scripts are smooth). That's with my 8600GT. Looks like they did their job well.

                          The only remaining issue I'm witnessing concerns urxvt with a background image. It still takes a couple seconds to appear or to be resized.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by apaige View Post
                            Excellent performance with both GTK (redrawing windows is finally instantaneous) and Firefox 3 (no more slowdowns with images getting displayed or resized, digg.com bug gone, scrolling and animated scripts are smooth). That's with my 8600GT. Looks like they did their job well.

                            The only remaining issue I'm witnessing concerns urxvt with a background image. It still takes a couple seconds to appear or to be resized.
                            Please check whether this only happens with IPP=2. If so: submit a bug report at the nvnews forums. nVidia devs asked for as much feedback as possible, so they can fix bugs in IPP=2 so they can make this the new default.

                            You might be interested in using real transparency in urxvt as well, which performs good here. An example configuration would be

                            urxvt --geometry 165x55 -ut -sr -ls +st -fg white -tint darkblue -sl 1000000 --scrollColor darkblue --troughColor darkblue --depth 32 -bg rgba:0000/0000/3900/cccc

                            which starts an urxvt with a blue tinted transparent background, so you get your desktop image as background.

                            hth

                            Fuchs

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Fuchs View Post
                              which starts an urxvt with a blue tinted transparent background, so you get your desktop image as background.
                              That's what I'm doing already, actually. And that's not "real" transparency, since it doesn't show windows behind it, which is exactly the effect I want. Real transparency with xcompmgr and transset works very well, but then the focused terminal becomes unreadable whenever there a second terminal behind it (compositing also poses the issue of vertical synching when playing videos with XVideo).

                              The problem occurs with InitialPixmapPlacement=2 only indeed.

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