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    Phoronix: NVIDIA 177.78 Beta Linux Driver

    The NVIDIA 177.76 Linux driver was released a week ago with a few changes from the earlier betas that made it out of NVIDIA's Santa Clara campus roughly a month ago. Now today NVIDIA has issued another Linux beta driver, which is at version 177.78. The only changes since the NVIDIA 177.76 release is fixing a performance regression within the GtkPerf GTK benchmark, using /sys/class/power_supply for determining the power-state within the driver, and fixing corruption when using SLI in SFR mode with OpenGL-based composite managers. The change-log and download links can be found within the NvNews forums...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Njc0OQ

  • #2
    Compiz and GTK fixes. Awesome

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Vadi View Post
      Compiz and GTK fixes. Awesome
      Does it finally fix poor 2D performance on KDE4 with GeForce 8xxx/9xxx ?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by eL_vErDe View Post
        Does it finally fix poor 2D performance on KDE4 with GeForce 8xxx/9xxx ?
        I doubt it and don't expect any major improvements before 180.xx series.

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        • #5
          It may, because last driver release (177.76) they mentioned Xrender improvements, but they were not noticeable because of a regression on that driver, which is now gone.

          I will test KDE 4 now (currently on Gnome)

          EDIT: Doesn't seem much faster on KDE4. Not slow at all, but not 100% smooth. But I've never had too many problems with KDE4, and I don't use it much anyway, so I probably wouldn't notice the problems so much. But I can say that gnome is 100% smooth and KDE4 isn't.
          Last edited by Xanikseo; 09-27-2008, 08:18 AM.

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          • #6
            No idea, I don't use kde4 at all.

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            • #7
              Some of the new KDE4 performance fixes in 177.67-177.78 are off by default. An nVidia dev posted at nvnews to explain how to enable them for better KDE4 performance:
              http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=118088

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              • #8
                177.78 doesn't fix much, it does seem rather smooth as it was before... but with the 177 series of patches it seems like it's just not smooth enough.

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