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Old 03-15-10, 11:32 PM   #1
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Arrow 195.36.15 (beta) for FreeBSD x86/x86_64 (7.3/8.0) released

I am pleased to announce the release of updated NVIDIA FreeBSD beta graphics drivers that take advantage of kernel features (see added in FreeBSD 7.3 and 8.0 that enable improved NVIDIA graphics driver support for FreeBSD/i386 and initial support for FreeBSD/amd64.

FreeBSD-specific changes since 195.22:
  • fixed a bug that could result in crashes, such as kernel panics, after shutting down X on recent NVIDIA GPUs.
  • updated state tracking in the kernel-interface files (improves e.g. event delivery, see the NVIDIA feature requests link above).
  • made miscellaneous improvements (dropped GIANT dependency, etc.).

The binary components of this release are functionally identical to those included with the 195.36.15 NVIDIA FreeBSD beta graphics driver release announced earlier (see However, the kernel interface layer updated for FreeBSD 7.3 and 8.0 provides improved compatibility, especially on systems with 4GB or more of RAM, improved performance (mileage will vary between systems) and support for features like SLI. It also introduces support for FreeBSD/amd64.

In order to use this driver release, your system will need to have either FreeBSD 7.3 or FreeBSD 8.0 (or later) installed. Until FreeBSD 7.3 has been released, you can use FreeBSD 7.2 with a current RELENG_7 kernel (__FreeBSD_version__ >= 702106; use of a top-of-tree RELENG_7 kernel is recommended to ensure recent Linux ABI compatibility fixes are picked up). For general installation instructions, please see the README.

Both the FreeBSD/x86 and FreeBSD/x86-64 driver packages include 32-bit Linux ABI compatibility libraries; 64-bit Linux libraries may be included with a future release (when support for Linux/x86-64 compatibility is added to FreeBSD/amd64). The FreeBSD/x86-64 package does not include the FreeBSD/x86 OpenGL libraries; however, the libraries shipped with the FreeBSD/x86 driver package have been tested on FreeBSD/x86-64.

The 195.36.15 NVIDIA Accelerated FreeBSD Graphics Driver Set for FreeBSD/x86 (7.3/8.0) is available for download via FTP.
The 195.36.15 NVIDIA Accelerated FreeBSD Graphics Driver Set for FreeBSD/x86_64 (7.3/8.0) is available for download via FTP.

Please see the README (x86, x86_64) for more information about this release.

Please note: This NVIDIA FreeBSD graphics driver release supports GeForce 6xxx and newer NVIDIA GPUs.

Please also note: If you encounter any problems with the 195.36.15 NVIDIA FreeBSD graphics driver release, please start a new thread and include a detailed description of the problem, reproduction steps and generate/attach an nvidia-bug-report.log file (please see for details).
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