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Thread: NVIDIA Updates Legacy Driver For Decade-Old GPUs

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    Default 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

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

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    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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    Quote 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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    Your move, AMD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varikonniemi View Post
    Your move, AMD.
    Agreed.

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

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    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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    Quote 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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    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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