For those impacted by the 100% fan speed bug present in the NVIDIA 169.07 Linux driver, there is now a community fix for this problem. NVClock 0.8 Beta 3 has been released, which (among other changes) addresses this driver bug. The major changes in NVClock 0.8 Beta 3, since it's Beta 2 release in July 2006 is GeForce 8 support, rewritten low-level GeForce 6/7 overclocking back-end, added BIOS PLL table parsing for the GeForce 6/7/8 generations, GeForce 7 AGP support, NV-CONTROL OpenGL settings, and GeForce 6 bug-fixes for pipeline modding and faking the Quadro. NVClock 0.8 Beta 3 can be downloaded from its project web-page.
Prior to NVIDIA porting CoolBits over to Linux back in 2005, the only way to overclock your NVIDIA graphics card was using NVClock. NVClock has been developed as a third-party open-source utility by Roderick Colenbrander and hosted at SourceForge and LinuxHardware.org. NVClock is accessible via the command-line as well as Qt and GTK interfaces. In addition to just overclocking the core and memory frequencies on NVIDIA graphics cards, NVClock also allows for some graphics cards to do pipeline soft-modding, enabling temperature sensors that have been disabled, OpenGL tweaks, and fan-speed adjustment. However, it looks like this project has faded away and that we may never see the final release of NVClock v0.8.
In addition to sharing that we are approaching a point in the Nouveau development where a stable 2D release with EXA and X-Video support is in sight, the Nouveau Companion 30 also mentioned that the NV50 work is "seriously understaffed." Fortunately though, today there were nine git commits for the xf86-video-nouveau driver that improve the state of open-source NV50 support. These commits include code cleanups for the NV50, a new wrapper, and a few renamed functions. You can checkout the latest Nouveau source-code from the git repository at FreeDesktop.org.
Yesterday NVIDIA had introduced their Enthusiast System Architecture, or ESA for short, which is designed to be an "open" technology geared for computer enthusiasts to monitor and control in real-time various PC components. NVIDIA hopes that ESA will become an industry standard for real-time monitoring and controlling of such devices as PC power supplies, motherboards, and even water cooling systems (along with many more PC peripherals). A number of companies, such as Dell and ASUS, have already pledged to adopt this standard. Among the many variables that you'll be able to keep track of through the "Enthusiast System Architecture" are internal air-flow dynamics, voltage/current fluctuations for power supplies, and adjusting the pump speed for a water cooling system. This royalty-free standard is built closely around the USB HID class specification, but will NVIDIA be supporting the Enthusiast System Architecture on Linux?
We reported last week after the launch of the GeForce 8800GT graphics card that a new NVIDIA Linux driver is imminent. This new 8800GT-supportive driver didn't make it onto the Internet last week, so it looks like the new Linux (and likely Solaris and FreeBSD) driver will be released this week. This graphics driver is considered a high priority item by NVIDIA. Once this driver is released, we hope to deliver GeForce 8800GT benchmarks shortly after the software launch.
Yesterday the Santa Clara folks released the GeForce 8800GT graphics card. This PCI Express 2.0 compliant graphics card supports 112 stream processors, has a core clock of 600MHz, shader clock of 1500MHz, and a reference memory clock of 900MHz. The NVIDIA 8800GT also packs 512MB of video memory. NVIDIA has designed the GeForce 8800GT to deliver "awesome power" at a price of under $300 USD.
NVIDIA's Aaron Plattner has pushed out a new update for their open-source 2D "nv" driver. This driver, not to be confused with Nouveau or their binary blob, removes unused headers and fixes two GeForce 8 series (G80) bugs. The first G80 bug corrected is for un-wedging hardware if the BIOS left it stuck and the second one fixes LVDS detection on certain laptops. This new version is xf86-video-nv and is at version 2.1.6. The release announcement for this 2D driver is available on the X.Org mailing list.
It was just yesterday that we at Phoronix told you to be on the lookout for a new NVIDIA Linux driver. Well, a new Linux driver is now available. The NVIDIA 100.14.23 display driver features improved hotkey switching support for some Lenovo notebooks, improved modesetting for Quadro GPUs, fixed a problem with Compiz after VT-switching, and improved interaction with Barco and Chi Mei 56" DFPs. The improved mode-setting affects the Quadro FX 370, FX 570, FX 1700, NVS 320M, FX 570M, FX 1600M, NVS 290, NVS 140M, NVS 130M, NVS 135M, and FX 360M. We do not yet know if the NVIDIA 100.14.23 display driver fixes any of the issues that were brought up in the 100.14.19 display driver. Once we know more information or have benchmarks to share, we will pass them along. If you need technical assistance, stop by the Phoronix Forums. The NVIDIA driver can be downloaded from the NVIDIA website.
It was exactly a month ago that NVIDIA had released the 100.14.19 binary display driver for Linux and Solaris. While this release had corrected the GeForce 8 performance problems, this release wasn't entire positive as some bugs were left unfixed and some new issues had appeared. However, if NVIDIA sticks to their release cycle, we should have a new NVIDIA Linux display driver out very soon. This week is almost over, but next week is a likely target for NVIDIA's next Linux display driver release. NVIDIA has yet to cooperate and tell us anymore details, but once learning any we will pass them along. Meanwhile, AMD's October Linux driver -- the much anticipated fglrx 8.42.x -- should be out within a couple of days.
Last week NVIDIA presented the new 100.14.19 Linux display driver, but NVIDIA had also quietly released two new legacy drivers. The NVIDIA 71.86.01 and 96.43.01 releases basically offer X.Org 7.3 compatibility and support for the latest Linux 2.6 kernels. A few other fixes also made their way into these two legacy Linux driver releases. The NVIDIA 96.43.01 driver corrected a TV-Out corruption problem on some GeForce 4 GPUs, notebook problems with incorrect EDIDs, and power management support on some GeForce 4 notebooks. Both the 71.86.01 and 96.43.01 releases do also fix a nvidia-installer bug. These software releases are designed for their older generations of graphics processors that are not supported by the new mainstream Linux binary graphics driver. The FreeBSD and Solaris legacy drivers have also been updated as well. However, the mainstream FreeBSD driver remains at 100.14.11 instead of 100.14.19. As always, grab these latest drivers for your hardware out of your distribution's package repository or from NVIDIA's website.
It has been 80 days since the last NVIDIA Linux display driver was released. The NVIDIA 100.14.11 display driver was released back on June 21 and now we are in the middle of September... This is a very long time without a new driver release considering that there are a number of serious bugs and regressions in this release. Last year the average time between NVIDIA releases was calculated and the number was 70 days. This year we have had even more driver releases than in the past and we've went basically the summer without a new binary release from NVIDIA. We were told that there would be a new NVIDIA binary release this past Thursday, but obviously that didn't happen. Perhaps this week? A new NVIDIA display driver is imminent and will hold X.Org 7.3 support and is expected to correct a number of the GeForce 8 problems. With this extended time between releases, NVIDIA could have a surprise or two in the driver too. We'd also expect that new NVIDIA legacy releases will come about for X.Org 7.3 support and fixing some of the bugs on the older NVIDIA hardware. This week is already very busy with the X Developer Summit going on where AMD will be releasing their new ATI R500/600 open-source driver as well as the specifications and it's very likely that the new NVIDIA 100.xx.xx series driver will meet the world in the coming days. What do you hope NVIDIA's new driver adds or fixes? Tell us in our NVIDIA forum.
X.Org 7.3 is being released today and with that said there will be issues for those of you who immediately jump on the X.Org 7.3 bandwagon and depend upon the proprietary display drivers. For NVIDIA users, there will be a compatibility issue with the ABI for X.Org 7.3. The latest mainline drivers (i.e. 100.14.11) will not run unless you pass the -ignoreABI argument. The NVIDIA legacy drivers will run without the ABI option.
Another security problem has crept up with NVIDIA's binary blob display driver for their GeForce and Quadro graphics cards. When the NVIDIA Linux display driver is installed with Gentoo Linux, poor file permissions are used with /dev/nvidia*, which could result in compromised software or even damage to your NVIDIA hardware. The latest NVIDIA Linux display driver (100.14.11) is not affected but v100.14.09 does contain the potential problem. You may recall last year that the NVIDIA Linux driver had another security exploit that could allow attackers to execute code locally or remotely with root access. That problem was around since 2004 but was fixed in the 1.0-9XXX driver series.
It's going on two months since NVIDIA last released a new driver for Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD (v100.14.11). However, be on the lookout for a new NVIDIA driver for their alternative operating systems in the near future. A talkative penguin says the new driver could be out as soon as this week but with X.Org 7.3 coming out later this month, it's safe to assume the driver for sure will be released within the next four weeks. As far as the changes go you can expect to see a number of GeForce 8 fixes, including the performance problems that have recently plagued this flagship series. This may also mark the end of the NVIDIA 100.14.xx series. Find out more on the Phoronix Forums.
For those of you using the NVIDIA 100.14.11 display driver with the Linux 2.6.23-rc2 kernel, a community written patch is available so that the driver can install and function properly. NVIDIA's next driver to come out later this month or in September will integrate the Linux 2.6.23 kernel fixes. There is also another patch available to use a Xen 3.0 Linux kernel with the NVIDIA 100.14.11 driver.
In addition to the Linux 100.14.06 graphics driver, NVIDIA has also made available an updated 100.14.06 Solaris driver for x86 and x64. The changes for the Solaris driver are the same as the Linux and FreeBSD versions: improved notebook support and fixed assorted minor bugs. The Solaris 100.14.06 driver can be downloaded directly from NVIDIA. Discuss this driver in the Phoronix Forums.
If you've been planning on using a NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT or another GeForce 8 family GPU for a HTPC/media center, think again. NVIDIA has no definite plans on supporting XvMC with their Linux display drivers for the GeForce 8 series. The lack of XvMC, or X-Video Motion Compensation, support in the GeForce 8 series is not a bug but NVIDIA's Ken Spencer has stated: "There are no definite plans at this time to provide XVMC support for the 8000 series graphics cards". You can see more information at NvNews and discuss this lack of support in the Phoronix Forums.
This morning NVIDIA has rolled out the latest GPU in the GeForce 8 series, the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra. The new Ultra GPU is slated to be 10 to 15% faster over the current flagship GeForce 8800GTX. The GeForce 8800 Ultra is equipped with 768MB of video memory, 128 stream processors, 612MHz core clock, and 2160MHz effective memory clock. Product availability is scheduled for May 15 with a price tag of approximately $829 USD. The current NVIDIA Linux and Solaris display drivers do not support the GeForce 8800 Ultra, but you can expect new display drivers surfacing later this month. Head on over to NVIDIA's Press Room for the G80 Ultra press release.
Hitting the web moments ago was a new NVIDIA Linux display driver. However, this happens to be the legacy driver and not the mainstream driver that everyone has been on the look out for. This new legacy driver at version 1.0-7185 supports interaction with newer Linux kernels, improved compatibility with newer versions of X.Org, and new NVIDIA artwork. The new NVIDIA mainstream Linux/FreeBSD/Solaris driver should be available through nZone shortly (perhaps tomorrow). For more information on the 1.0-7185 driver see the 32-bit and 64-bit pages.
This morning NVIDIA introduced the GeForce 8500 and 8600 series graphics cards. These cards are the budget DirectX 10 components to the higher-end GeForce 8800 GTX / GTS. The NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS is coming in at about the $200~229 USD price point while the 8600GT will be selling in the $150 range and the low-end 8500GT coming in at $89. These new cards support PureVideo HD technology, Scalable Link Interface (SLI) on the 8600 series, Shader Model 4.0, and much more. All of these products should be on sale at your favorite online retailers starting May 1. Phoronix will be covering the NVIDIA GeForce 8500 / 8600 series shortly under GNU/Linux and Solaris. There is no new NVIDIA Linux driver out today, but you can expect a new release shortly. The press release for these new graphics cards is available from NVIDIA Corporation.
NVIDIA has stated over on NvNews that the next Linux display driver will introduce a new naming convention. With the 1.0-9XXX series coming to an end we once believed that NVIDIA would continue the series with the 2.0-XXXX driver. However, NVIDIA's Andy Ritger has stated that the series will continue with 100.XX.XX. With periods being the delimiter, the 100 signifies the major release series followed by the remaining digits being used for NVIDIA tracking. This version format will apply to the release number, filenames, and libraries. After the introduction of the Linux 100.XX.XX series, this version format will be back-ported to the existing NVIDIA 1.0-9XXX and 1.0-7XXX series. Expect a new driver out soon! Discuss this in the Phoronix Forums.
Moments ago NVIDIA had released the 1.0-9746 display driver for Linux users. New in this display driver is simply support for the GeForce 8800GTS and 8800GTX. These cards were previously only supported by the 1.0-9742 Beta display driver available at nZone. A 1.0-9746 NVIDIA display driver is also available for Solaris and FreeBSD, which also have the GeForce 8800 series support. The NVIDIA 1.0-9846 display driver is available for x86 and x86_64. You may also be interested in the Phoronix NVIDIA AYiR 2006 article or our 8800GTS / 8800GTX Linux Preview. If you've tried out these new 1.0-9746 display drivers, be sure to share your thoughts on the Phoronix Forums.
Coming out of the NVIDIA camp this afternoon is a new display driver. The release highlights for version 1.0-9631 include fixing an OpenGL crash on some GeForce 3 and GeForce 4 GPUs, fixing an X server crash on some full screen OpenGL applications, and improved interaction with newer kernels. The Solaris and FreeBSD NVIDIA drivers have also been updated to 1.0-9631 (with the same changes except for the kernel alterations). The latest NVIDIA Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD drivers can be downloaded here. The drivers can be discussed on the Phoronix Forums.
NVIDIA is today announcing the GeForce 8 family by launching the 8800GTX and the 8800GTS. We have a Linux preview covered here, and feel free to discuss the NVIDIA G80 GPU over at the Phoronix Forums. NVIDIA will be releasing new 1.0-9XXX Linux display drivers over at nZone today, so be sure to grab them! We'll have more NVIDIA coverage coming up as the day progresses.
As promised, NVIDIA is today releasing a new Linux display driver. The changes aren't too extensive from what we had mentioned in the beta candidates and other articles. The change-log and download links can be found over at the forums.
As promised in this article, NVIDIA has provided launch-day support for the new GeForce 8800GTX and 8800GTS in the GNU/Linux display drivers. These drivers are beta and at version 1.0-9742. The Solaris and FreeBSD drivers have also been updated to add preliminary support for the GeForce 8 series. These NVIDIA Beta display drivers can be found for x86 and x86_64.
NVIDIA has now updated their website with the product pages for the GeForce 8 Series and the nForce 600 Series For Intel (600i). Additional Phoronix coverage of the GeForce 8800 products and nForce 600i Chipsets will be available soon.
NVIDIA Corporation has today released NVPerfKit, which is a set of tools for debug and profile OpenGL and Direct3D applications. This program does allow access low-level performance counters on NVIDIA GPUs. NVPerfKit has been around for a while, but today's version 2.1 release now supports 32-bit and 64-bit Linux. More on NVIDIA's NVPerfKit can be found on its project page.
While this security vulnerability has been known since 2004, Rapid7 had issued a report yesterday on the buffer overflow problem in NVIDIA's binary Linux display drivers -- the issue also likely lies in the FreeBSD and Solaris drivers. This issue allows attackers to run code as root either locally or remotely. A working proof of concept is also available from Rapid7. The solution presented in this report is to remove the closed-source NVIDIA module and use the 2D NV module. NVIDIA has, however, stated that this problem has been fixed with the 1.0-9XXX series drivers. Disabling RenderAccel will also resolve this problem on the vulnerable drivers. There is also news on this NVIDIA Linux driver issue at KernelTrap. A thread has been setup on the Phoronix Forums to discuss this problem.
Yesterday afternoon NVIDIA finally pushed out the first official 1.0-9XXX series Linux display driver. This driver contains no significant enhancements beyond what was found in the 1.0-9625 Beta display driver last month. Our coverage of the 1.0-9625 display driver can be found here. A thread to discuss these new drivers can be found over at the Phoronix Forums. The download page is over at NVIDIA.
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