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Old 07-08-08, 07:19 AM   #2
adamk75
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Default Re: Big Problems Down The Road?

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Originally Posted by NeHe View Post
I've posted to this thread a few times in the past. Almost a year ago now that I think about it. At the time I had noticed that it had been almost 2 years since this thread was started and still there were no Nvidia drivers for FreeBSD/AMD64. Like many of you, this completely blew me away. I never once thought there wouldn't be AMD64 support. I was so sure my card would just work, that I wiped my disk and installed BSD AMD64 without doing the research before hand.

A few days of using AMD64 BSD and I was in love, but 3D is important to me... I had to go back to i386

Recently I've been playing with ZFS on FreeBSD. I haven't had any issues, and know that in the future all my systems will use ZFS.

So here's is my latest thought.

What happens when ZFS shows up as an option in the BSD installer? Right now my only option is to waste half my ram, and run the very memory hungry ZFS in 2 gigs (i386)...

Why?

Because I'd rather not give up compiz, accelerated 3d, and all the other nice things that I get from the current Nvidia driver.

I see 21 pages of posts... and not a single response from anyone at Nvidia.
Errr... Actually, there have been a lot of responses from nvidia.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...11&postcount=3
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...1&postcount=81
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=172
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=188
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=221
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=252
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=283
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=285
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=287
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=290
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=314
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=325
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postcount=328

You should really read through them before starting up yet another thread about the same old subject. AMD64 drivers are still being held up by a lack of necessary features in the FreeBSD AMD64 kernel.

Adam

EDIT: By the way... If people still continue to use nvidia, and just decide to use the i386 version of FreeBSD, there is absolutely no incentive for nvidia to so anything further (even if they could). The only way you'd be able to get nvidia to release amd64 drivers for FreeBSD (again, even if they could work around the current limitations in the kernel) is to switch to another vendor. Companies don't listen to a few minor complaints... They do listen to lost sales, though.
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