NVIDIA's Release Happiness Continues Into April
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 6 April 2009 at 05:17 PM EDT. 55 Comments
NVIDIA had ended out March with five Linux display driver releases with it ranging from a day to a week between updated Linux drivers were pushed out from this Santa Clara company. It's been just over a week since their last display driver release, but it looks like April will be another month of fierce Linux/Solaris/BSD driver updates from NVIDIA.

This afternoon NVIDIA has pushed out the 185.19 Beta driver. The 185.19 build adds support for the Quadro FX 380, Quadro FX 580, Quadro FX 1800, and Quadro FX 3800. When it comes to consumer ASICs, this new beta driver adds in support for the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GT 140, and GeForce GTS 250.

The actual fixes in the NVIDIA 185.19 beta driver vary. Among the fixes are for SDI presentation times, enabling AllowDFPStereo by default, fix crashes when using an extremely large number of textures, supporting pixmaps smaller than 32x32 pixels to be pushed into the video memory, and a DisplayPort fix. There's also a few other small fixes.

Most of the recent updates have also touched VDPAU and this release is no different. When it comes to the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix, there is a fix for some GPUs when playing back H.264 video, the presentation queue now syncs to vBlank in the blit path, and systems with NVIDIA integrated graphics can now use system RAM for VDPAU handling.

The forum post announcing this updated Linux driver along with Linux x86/x86_64 download links can be found at NvNews.net.
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