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    Default NVIDIA 173.14.05 Display Driver

    Phoronix: NVIDIA 173.14.05 Display Driver

    NVIDIA's last Linux display driver release was just shy of two months ago when they had unveiled the 173.08 Beta driver with compatibility for the GeForce 9800 series and other new GeForce 9 parts. Prior to the 173.08 release was version 171.06, which was another beta release, and the last official release being NVIDIA 169.12 from February. NVIDIA this morning has released the 173.14.05 driver, which marks the return to their old naming convention, but it doesn't bring many changes compared to the recent beta releases and just a regurgitated release announcement.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12408

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    Does anyone know if the 2D performance problems from earlier releases were fixed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [Knuckles] View Post
    Does anyone know if the 2D performance problems from earlier releases were fixed?
    Nope, they weren't. Default settings are usable, but that's it. It's basically the same as with the last beta release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [Knuckles] View Post
    Does anyone know if the 2D performance problems from earlier releases were fixed?
    Somehow. It's behind intel and ati but kde4 is now usable.
    Try this:
    Put this in your xorg.conf:
    Section "Screen"
    ........
    Option "PixmapCacheSize" "200000"
    ........
    EndSection

    if you have a laptop

    put this in /etc/modprobe.conf (or create a file in /etc/modprobe.d/)

    options nvidia NVreg_RegistryDwords="PerfLevelSrc=0x2222"
    options nvidia NVreg_Mobile=1

    reboot (or from console (without X started): rmmod nvidia;modprobe nvidia)


    run: nvidia-settings -a InitialPixmapPlacement=2 -a GlyphCache=1

    I have NVIDIA 8600M GT. Kde now works pretty good.

    If you don't have an laptop I suggest you to buy ATI !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taipan View Post
    Somehow. It's behind intel and ati but kde4 is now usable.
    Try this:
    Put this in your xorg.conf:
    Section "Screen"
    ........
    Option "PixmapCacheSize" "200000"
    ........
    EndSection

    if you have a laptop

    put this in /etc/modprobe.conf (or create a file in /etc/modprobe.d/)

    options nvidia NVreg_RegistryDwords="PerfLevelSrc=0x2222"
    options nvidia NVreg_Mobile=1

    reboot (or from console (without X started): rmmod nvidia;modprobe nvidia)


    run: nvidia-settings -a InitialPixmapPlacement=2 -a GlyphCache=1

    I have NVIDIA 8600M GT. Kde now works pretty good.

    If you don't have an laptop I suggest you to buy ATI !!!
    does it make konqueror work? with ipp @ 2 konq in kde4 rendered "paint drying" slow and opening large images was an exercise in patience

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    Quote Originally Posted by _txf_ View Post
    does it make konqueror work? with ipp @ 2 konq in kde4 rendered "paint drying" slow and opening large images was an exercise in patience
    Yes, is not like intel or ati but is working !!!

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    Since I left the 100.14.19 driver I had problems with window icons corruption (minimize, maximize, close) and the related bar.
    I also had problems with amsn when I try to change my personal picture (X crashes in that moment). Does this driver resolve them?

    My card is a 7300 GT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    The NVIDIA 173.14.05 does ship with "out of the box" support for the Linux 2.6.25 kernel and preliminary support for X.Org 7.4 / X Server 1.5. For those using a Linux 2.6.26-rc kernel, the NVIDIA 173.14.05 driver needs to be patched manually.
    Ok, so now it's current kernel ready but next kernel broken? AGAIN???

    Now it's starting to look like the Linux kernel devs are actively working to break it, and that would be Very Uncool. Also, when Nvidia breaks, VMware follows. I don't like having those two broken, they are *very* important to the way things get done here. If I have to choose between an older kernel or broken Nvidia/VMware, it's going to be older kernel 10 times out of 10.

    Not Cool.

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    Well the patch can be found in the release thread, not really hard...

    http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=113919

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    Looks like it broke my EDID detection or somethings on my Ubuntu 8.04 installation.

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