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  • phoronix
    started a topic NVIDIA 173.08 Linux Display Driver

    NVIDIA 173.08 Linux Display Driver

    Phoronix: NVIDIA 173.08 Linux Display Driver

    Last week it was exclusively reported by Phoronix that a new NVIDIA binary Linux display driver should be out in the next week, and sure enough we were right, again. The NVIDIA 173.08 Linux driver was released last night and features support for several new NVIDIA GPUs, including the GeForce 9800 series, experimental support for X Server 1.5, and a number of fixes with Linux 2.6.25 kernel compatibility.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12188

  • jkxathome
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    Originally posted by Moustacha View Post
    yep, nvidia driver kills 2d big time. the only good thing about it is that it quietens the fan on the gpu. the rest of it is shite. nv driver has better 2d :@:@

    and it doesn't load on boot with hardy
    Yeah, Nvidia 2D sux clearly. We need to do some serious bench (nvidia / vs nv) and post them on the Phoronix main page. I'm sure nvidia will that.

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  • Moustacha
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    yep, nvidia driver kills 2d big time. the only good thing about it is that it quietens the fan on the gpu. the rest of it is shite. nv driver has better 2d :@:@

    and it doesn't load on boot with hardy
    Last edited by Moustacha; 04-27-2008, 09:28 AM.

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  • Redeeman
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    Originally posted by Forge View Post
    So now we see.

    Kernel developers rip out init_mm(), claiming it's just plain old, bad and no one in-kernel uses it.

    Nvidia pitches a hissy fit.

    VMware breaks, fix ETA who knows.

    Kernel developers trample on.

    Nvidia releases updated, fixed driver, with init_mm() stuff all removed. 2D gets noticably slower.

    Wonder what was using init_mm(), eh?
    you can not expect the kernel people to simply waste their time maintaining old code which they have no benefit from maintaining. nvidia and vmware can simply release their driver and do stuff to have it merged, and the problems for them will disappear, as nothing thats used intree will be removed like that, without suitable modifications to the driver, to use the newer api.

    it would be like expecting cars to ALWAYS be compatible to older parts, so that third party manufacturers of wheels, brakes, engine parts etc, would not need to update their shit.. Well tough luck, its nvidia and vmware thats not a team player, so dont try to put the kernel developers in a bad light.

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  • Redeeman
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    3d seems to be fast for 8800 on the stable driver, but 2d is really an entirely different story..

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  • Kano
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    Well Zero Ballistics runs extra fast with my 8800 GTS - no problem with that driver at all...

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  • Vadi
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    Very strange. I've got friends who're on an 8800gt and it works out of the box for them. My 8600gt worked out of the box too, compiz and opengl. :/

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  • man_bash
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    Originally posted by hdas View Post
    And god bless xorg. Let them come up with gallium, dri2, exa and may be platinum and dri10 and exxxa, and hopefully there is at least one vintage graphics card (matrox/3dfx?) old that functions reasonably .

    You are goddamn right! My 3dfx Voodoo 5500 PCI runs around in circles around my 8800 GT, despite bus that is 30 times slower, one-eighth of onboard memory that is 11 times slower, one-fifty-fourth pixel fillrate, tech process that is four times the current manufacturing standard, and so on. Why? - It can actually run Compiz... The 8800 GT will not work with any drivers I have tried so far

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  • hdas
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    @ Forge : I think you have made a point that is quite true and frustrating to me and possibly others. Its pretty discomforting that linux kernel and xorg, which form the crux, are so volatile. Things just keep breaking and everyone is tired of fixing. Situation is so bad that straight forward upgrades that should be blind, are to be looked with suspicion, especially of regressions! The linux kernel has become notorious of making such one liner changes (syntax, # of arguments ...) that break every third party driver. (And I know that the maintainer of at least one kernel patchset - beyond / nitro sources had discontinued for this very reason.)

    Nvidia fixes things reasonably quickly. VMWare is perennially broken. They release a major beta - vmware 6.5, that supports directx9, and it doesn't run on 2.6.24 . Wonder how are people supposed to beta use it .

    And god bless xorg. Let them come up with gallium, dri2, exa and may be platinum and dri10 and exxxa, and hopefully there is at least one vintage graphics card (matrox/3dfx?) old that functions reasonably .

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  • hdas
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    I have a 8400m gs on my notebook and 7300gs on my desktop. Both seem to be running fine on 173.08 drivers. In fact, I didn't know there are 2D issues until I read it in Phoronix forums. Perhaps there are issues as window moving seems to leave a trail. But frankly, scrolling is acceptable (even n gmail), though it could be faster.Pretty usable overall. I don't play UT2004 where most people complain about. But I do play Doom3 and it seems to be all fine.

    All said, I must add that I am a more or less a pretty satisfied Nvidia user. And correct me if I am wrong, at the moment, Nvidia cards are the only ones which support compiz fully.

    And I was surprised about Intel. A lot is said about their working drivers, but to my shock, it was nowhere near perfect when I used it. I had xorg 7.3 (xorg-server 1.3.0.) and xf86-video-i810-2.1.1, which are not too old on a friend's dell notebook with intel 945. The shadows were white. Serious problems with video. Most notably if I move the movie window, the movie stays in the original position until moving is complete.

    About ATI - I tried the fglrx 8.471.3 on my sister's intel imac with radeon x1600, and seems to be all good without composite. With compiz-fusion, there is terrible frame-tearing. The only way around was changing video-out from xv to x11 (which is presumably software-rendered and looks pixelated). Hopefully, they solve this and also help the AGP card owners .

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