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NVIDIA 180.35 Driver Update Brings Changes

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Published on 25 February 2009 08:12 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA
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It was just two weeks ago that the NVIDIA 180.29 driver was released for Linux and we talked about how NVIDIA had kept pushing out many updates in a short period of time. Well, they didn't stop with the 180.29 release. Available since last night is now the NVIDIA 180.35 display driver. Unlike some of their earlier driver releases that carried few changes visible to the end-user, the 180.35 release does have a few items worth talking about.

Starting off with the new GPU support, the 180.35 release is now compatible with the GeForce GT 120, GeForce G100, and Quadro FX 3700M graphics cards. There are a few improved OpenGL 3.0 bits in this release and that includes support for RG render-buffers and floating-point depth buffers.

Perhaps the most significant improvement in this release deals with VDPAU once again. The Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix was introduced late last year and is an excellent video API for Linux that can accelerate more operations on the GPU than XvMC. With VDPAU, we were able to play HD videos using a $20 CPU and $30 GPU.

The main addition in the NVIDIA 180.35 driver when it comes to VDPAU support is that VC-1/WMV can now be accelerated on all GeForce 8 GPUs and later. Previously with VDPAU these formats could only be accelerated on a few select GeForce GPUs. Beyond that, VDPAU has picked up a a "skip chroma deinterlace" option, allow VDPAU to handle correctly some forms of corrupt/invalid MPEG streams, and a few more VDPAU fixes.

The full change-log for the NVIDIA 180.35 display driver along with x86 and x86_64 download links can be found in this Phoronix Forums thread.

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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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