Dell Inspiron 8600: Use 4363, don't upgrade to 5328
This has been said before, but Dell Insp 8600 works just fine (and best) with 4363. I tried to upgrade to 5328, but the performance is reduced. The 2D performance is much worse, 3D performance is approx 10% lower. These test were done on an attached CRT screen, I've not tried the newest driver on the built-in LCD screen.
Also a problem I saw with 4496 shows up with the latest driver. Flickering of the display once in a while (every 2. minute or so). There is no such problem with 4363. Anybody else had this problem?
I had no luck with the 4363 driver (ugly flirring patterns, no readable screen output), but the 5328 works fine for me (see my website for details, I have a full report there). I do reply however as I have the same flickering issue. That was not the case with the opensource nv driver but is unique to the nvidia: every few minutes the screen flashes once, in different time intervals. Seems a bit better when forcing nvAGP instead of agpgart, but I'm not sure about that yet.
My hardware is a Dell Inspiron 8600 with Pentium-M 1700, GeForce FX Go5650, 128 MB.
I have a Gateway M500 laptop that has FC1, SuSE 9.0 and Mandrake 9.2 installed. (Talk about enjoying pain!) But the M500 only likes the 4363 version of the nVidia driver, no matter the linux distro!!! With every new driver release, after giving each and every one a try, I always go back to the 4363 version.
While the 5328 version does work in X, in the consoles the text is displayed at least 2 lines low. In other words the text runs off the bottom of the screen at least 2 lines worth. This may have something to do with the wide screen of the M500, and I'm not saying this is the cause of it, the 4363 has no problems displaying the text in any of the consoles. All versions of the driver between 4363 and 5328 cannot display the consoles at all.
And as for X, the 4363 driver is consistantly 120 to 130 frames per second FASTER than any other driver version! The 4363 will run glxgears @ 1775 FPS, the 5328 @ 1650 FPS. I know glxgears doesn't mean much... "Does one diver version run consistantly faster than another driver version?" is all I want to know...
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