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Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 16 March 2006 at 01:00 AM EST. Add A Comment

Yet some more NVIDIA 1.0-8751 result discussions... Shall we? One of the key concerns for NVIDIA Linux users has been to the support of the GeForce 6100/6150 + 410 MCP. On paper, and perhaps under Windows, the integrated video component may be an excellent choice for HTPC and video enthusiasts, but under Linux (1.0-8178) there has been numerous reports of user problems. We are in the process of examining the NVIDIA GeForce 6100 using a ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 in conjunction with these 1.0-8751 drivers. We hope to have some performance (and stability) tests completed within a few days and will deliver some of these notes. We will also be looking at the possibility of the XvMC support.

Receiving a great deal of user feedback in regards to what they hope to see in NVIDIA's upcoming display drivers, we are running a few other examinations right now in preparation. One of the items we can confirm still exists (which may partially be due to KDE developers) is 2D slowness when using KDE (Qt) applications. With the 1.0-8751 drivers, we used a GeForce 6600GT and KDE v3.4 and when enabling sub-pixel rendering we still encounter a noticeable slowdown when dealing with such KDE applications as KWrite. On a different topic, so far we have not experienced much in the way of any visual artifacts or stability issues when it comes to testing a handful of different Linux systems and various GeForce FX, 6, and 7 graphics cards. Fedora Core 4 with the various updates continues to fair well with these drivers but when it comes to Fedora Core 5 we have noticed a few issues when building the kernel module as well as related problems when running the NVIDIA installer. These issues, however, may be fixed upon the March 20 launch of Fedora Core 5 and we will be sure to check back on its progress at that time. The Fedora Rendering Project has stated NVIDIA will add the GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap OpenGL extension in their next binary release, however, in this 1.0-8751 version this doesn't appear to exist, which will append support for AIGLX or Accelerated Indirect GL X.

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