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This week we received a note from Matthias Dahl, a Phoronix reader, who wanted to remind us about current problems plaguing the NVIDIA 180.xx driver series. Using any of the newer NVIDIA Linux drivers can cause graphics corruption followed by the system locking up. These problems are certainly known by NVIDIA and are experienced by many users as can be seen from this NvNews Forum thread. Below is what Matthias had to share about the situation.
28 February 2009 - Voice Your Frustration - 98 Comments
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.
25 February 2009 - OpenGL 3.0, VDPAU Improvements! - 15 Comments
While NVIDIA doesn't stick to a defined release cycle like AMD where they will issue Catalyst driver updates for Linux and Windows on a predictable monthly basis, as of late they have been pushing out a lot of drivers. Two weeks ago NVIDIA released four new Linux drivers and then just a day later they released another driver. Well, NVIDIA has now pushed out yet another proprietary driver update.
11 February 2009 - NVIDIA 180.29 This Time - 31 Comments
It was just yesterday that NVIDIA released four new Linux drivers, but today they have pushed out a fifth proprietary Linux driver update. Yesterday one of their drivers released was version 180.25, which brought a host of VDPAU fixes and new GPU support, but replacing that is now 180.27.
28 January 2009 - This One Officially Brings OpenGL 3.0 - 18 Comments
Up to this point NVIDIA had released several betas in the 180.xx driver series that introduced VDPAU acceleration support, OpenGL 3.0, CUDA 2.1, and other Linux work. This afternoon all of these new features are finally supported by NVIDIA with the release of the first stable Linux driver in this latest series.
8 January 2009 - A Stable Release In The 180.xx Series! - 29 Comments
It has been nearly a year to the day since the release of NVClock 0.8 Beta 3, but a fourth beta has finally been released. Last month we shared that the NVClock developer was in need of GeForce 8/9 help and the Phoronix community then came together and provided more than 70 posts of debugging information and related.
4 January 2009 - Will NVClock 0.8 Final Be Released? - 5 Comments
Back when NVIDIA introduced VDPAU they had provided a set of patches that implemented this video API within the MPlayer and FFmpeg projects.
23 December 2008 - What Will AMD Do? - 17 Comments
In roughly the past month NVIDIA has released five beta display drivers for the Linux operating system. NVIDIA began by releasing the 180.06 driver that brought PureVideo-like features to Linux in the middle of November. This driver was succeeded quickly thereafter by a 180.08 release that brought OpenGL 3.0 support. In early December, NVIDIA was quick to push out the 180.11 driver that brought a couple of changes, but that was replaced by the NVIDIA 180.16 driver that brought an updated VDPAU implementation. This afternoon NVIDIA has now released the 180.18 beta driver with additional VDPAU work.
22 December 2008 - When Will 180.xx Be Stabilized? - 58 Comments
Just in time before many of NVIDIA's engineers leave for the holidays, the first beta of CUDA 2.1 has been released. The beta for version 2.1 of the Compute Unified Device Architecture brings a few changes to both the SDK and Toolkit.
19 December 2008 - No OpenCL Support Yet - 12 Comments
It was just a month ago that NVIDIA had introduced the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix that brought PureVideo-like features to Linux and as our early benchmarks showed this video API did an effective job at offloading video-related tasks to the graphics card that otherwise would be handled by the CPU. Last week we then took a $20 processor and $30 graphics card and managed to play HD videos on Linux quite well when using VDPAU.
17 December 2008 - How Many More Until XvBA Is Out? - 6 Comments
NVClock, the open-source utility created by Roderick Colenbrander that allowed overclocking NVIDIA graphics cards under Linux long before NVIDIA had introduced CoolBits has been through some tough times. NVClock could mistakenly be considered dead. NVClock 0.8 has been in development for several years now and it has yet to see a stable release. The last beta release of NVClock occurred in January. Roderick has since moved on to helping out the WINE project, but he still has interest in continuing work on NVClock though he lacks testers for those with the newer GeForce graphics cards.
7 December 2008 - Call For Testers
Up to this point if you've fully wanted to configure and manage your displays when using the binary NVIDIA graphics driver on Linux, you've had to use nvidia-settings from the command-line or the GUI version for full support. We have learned, however, that NVIDIA is quickly working to enable RandR 1.2 support within their binary driver.
4 December 2008 - It's About Time... - 8 Comments
Back on November 14, NVIDIA had unveiled their 180.06 Linux driver as a major update that brought forth VDPAU, an advanced video acceleration API, and a horde of other features. Four days after that, NVIDIA then pushed out the 180.08 Linux driver that delivered OpenGL 3.0 support. Now this afternoon, NVIDIA has pushed out another driver. The 180.11 Beta brings in a couple of fixes and improvements.
2 December 2008 - Another Fix Up Release - 7 Comments
Less than a week after releasing the NVIDIA 180.06 Linux display driver, NVIDIA has released a new set of beta drivers for their supported alternative operating systems. NVIDIA has released the 180.08 driver, which adds in OpenGL 3.0 support and contains fixes for their new video acceleration API.
18 November 2008 - Also Has VDPAU Fixes - 30 Comments
NVIDIA had released their 177.80 display driver more than a month ago, but arriving today is a point release update to this binary Linux driver. The NVIDIA 177.82 driver adds support for several new GPUs, a mobile power management fix, a mobile hot-key switching fix, and a Firefox 3.0 image corruption issue. The new ASICs supported in the NVIDIA 177.82 driver include the Quadro NVS 450, Quadro FX 370 LP, Quadro FX 5800, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX 470, and Quadro CX.
12 November 2008 - New Point Update From NVIDIA - 15 Comments
As many of you have likely heard, Apple's new MacBook notebooks launched last week and are using NVIDIA graphics instead of the Intel integrated graphics they had been using. With NVIDIA GPUs now appearing on more Apple products with Mac OS X, this graphics company is now encouraging game developers to bring their titles to Mac OS X. At NVIDIA's launch of their new GeForce 9 motherboard IGPs, they had shared their plans to encourage more game developers to release their games for Mac OS X and to bring their release dates closer to when they ship the title for Windows.
21 October 2008 - NVIDIA Expands Their Gaming Program - 20 Comments
The NVIDIA 177.76 Linux driver was released a week ago with a few changes from the earlier betas that made it out of NVIDIA's Santa Clara campus roughly a month ago. Now today NVIDIA has issued another Linux beta driver, which is at version 177.78.
26 September 2008 - NVIDIA Releases Another Driver - 7 Comments
In the past week we've seen the NVIDIA 177.67 binary driver for Linux which was outdone by the NVIDIA 177.68 driver just two days later. The 177.70 Beta driver was then released this morning with fixes and other enhancements since the 177.68 driver. Yesterday we had also seen the release of the xf86-video-nv 2.1.11 driver that added support for a few more chips and fixed a couple of bugs. the xf86-video-nv driver is NVIDIA's open-source X.Org driver thats limited to 2D support and its code-base is obfuscated, which renders this code mostly useless. However, today they have issued a new xf86-video-nv release.
28 August 2008 - Open-Source Driver Had Bad Bug - 18 Comments
Last week NVIDIA had released the NVIDIA 177.67 driver and then immediately following that was the NVIDIA 177.68 driver and now today marks the release of the NVIDIA 177.70 driver. Like the two former releases, the 177.70 release is another beta driver.
28 August 2008 - Yet Another NVIDIA Driver Release - 7 Comments
While NVIDIA's NVISION 3D conference is taking place this week, we have yet to hear anything in regards to Linux announcements. However, NVIDIA has updated its open-source driver. Sadly though, their open-source driver is still the xf86-video-nv driver with its 2D limitations and obfuscated code. The xf86-video-nv 2.1.11 release has its hardware cursor initialization code rearranged, ROP bug-fixes for the G80 series, logging the i2c G80 port number, fix some warnings, a pixel clock setting fix, and adding in more and missing chip names. The release announcement for xf86-video-nv 2.1.11 can be read on the X.Org mailing list.
27 August 2008 - xf86-video-nv Crud Continues - 4 Comments
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