1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

NVIDIA Issues 185.xx Stable Linux Driver Update

NVIDIA

Published on 28 July 2009 11:50 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA
5 Comments

While NVIDIA's driver engineers are hard at work on the 190.xx driver series, which among other features does bring OpenGL 3.2 support, for those living by the stable releases there is a new driver that's out today. The NVIDIA 185.18.29 Linux driver was uploaded to NVIDIA's FTP server this morning and does bring a number of changes as listed in their official release highlights.

There are a few general bug-fixes in this release like addressing a graphics corruption problem caused by an enabled Unified Back Buffer and an X Server crash, but most of the changes come down to fixes for CUDA, VDPAU, and Quadro GPUs. When it comes to NVIDIA Linux workstation users, there is a fix for a memory corruption problem and segmentation faults when running some OpenGL programs with Quadro GPUs and a deadlock in the OpenGL library in some Quadro instances. For those that use NVIDIA's Compute Unified Device Architecture, if there is a long-running CUDA kernel that you wish to stop, pressing Ctrl-C will forcibly terminate that kernel. There is also an interaction fix between PowerMizer and CUDA that should cause the proper performance level to be used when running a CUDA kernel and the CUDA compute-exclusive mode is now persistent across GPU resets.

For the normal Linux user playing back videos using VDPAU there is the usual assortment of fixes in this driver update. With the NVIDIA 185.18.29 driver update there should no longer be visible corruption when decoding some H.264 clips along with VC-1 advanced profile clips. This proprietary driver update also better handles corrupt and invalid H.264 bit-streams with the G84, G86, G92, G94, G96, and GT200 GPUs. Additionally, VDPAU now has better detection of the GPU's video decode capabilities, a bug fix for some ghosting/flashing issues with some H.264 clips, and enhanced error handling and resource management in presentation queue creation and operation.

NVIDIA's official change-log for this newest Linux driver update can be found at their web-site for Linux x86 and Linux x86_64. The Solaris and FreeBSD drivers have been updated to version 185.18.29 too.

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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Acer B286HK: A 28-inch UHD LED 4K Monitor For As Low As $350
  2. Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 & E5-2687W v3 Compared To The Core i7 5960X On Linux
  3. Intel 120GB 530 Series SSD Linux Performance
  4. Btrfs/EXT4/XFS/F2FS RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Linux Benchmarks On Four SSDs
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Mesa Git Yields Performance Improvements For Newer AMD GPUs
  2. Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance
  3. Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3
  4. NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel
Latest Linux News
  1. KWayland Server Component Coming For KDE Plasma 5.2
  2. NVIDIA Posts Tegra Gallium3D Patch For K1+ Support
  3. Ubuntu 14.10 MacBook Air Tests With Linux 3.18, Mesa 10.5
  4. AMD Richland APU Support Added To Coreboot
  5. 2014 Holiday Shopping Reminder, Happy Thanksgiving
  6. Python 3 Support Added To The GNOME Shell
  7. ReactOS Lands Its New Explorer Shell
  8. Weston's IVI Shell Sees New Version
  9. IMP Launches As Another Open-Source Computer Attempt
  10. Git 2.2.0 Released With 550+ Changes
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. Hurrican SDL Port
  3. Roadmap to Catalyst 14.10 ?
  4. how to configure module phoromatic ?
  5. PulseAudio 6.0 Is Coming & Other Linux Audio Plans For The Future
  6. Debian Developer Resigns From The Systemd Maintainership Team
  7. Cant get working Kaveri APU - A10-7850k
  8. Script for Fan Speed Control