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NVIDIA 169.09 Linux Display Driver

Michael Larabel

Published on 22 January 2008
Written by Michael Larabel
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One month and one day after the NVIDIA 169.07 display driver was released, the Santa Clara folks have released a minor driver update for Linux and Solaris. No new features have been introduced, but just a couple of bug fixes.

The NVIDIA 169.09 display driver addresses the notorious 100% fan speed bug for the GeForce 8 series that was introduced in the previous driver release. In addition, the 169.09 release fixes a bug where the driver would crash if the X.Org GLX extension module was loaded. Furthermore, a core transfer type bug was fixed in the Linux/i2c algorithm driver.

In recent NVIDIA binary driver releases, we have seen changes pertaining to mobile/notebook customers, and the 169.09 release continues with two notebook-related fixes. This release improves the driver's awareness of the current notebook docking status and fixes the brightness control for HP Compaq notebooks.

For the Solaris 169.09 release, there are only two changes and that is for the fan-speed bug and the GLX extension module crashing. As of yet there is no 169.09 update available for FreeBSD customers. The Linux driver updates can be downloaded from NVIDIA's website for x86 and x86_64 customers.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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