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Old 01-08-07, 03:15 AM   #1
puterguy
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Default Is the GeForce4 Ti 4600 now a "legacy" card?

I just tried updating to the latest 9746 driver and X no longer loads.

According to Xorg.log, it would appear that the GeForce4 Ti 4600 GPU is no longer supported by the latest driver. Specifically,

(II) NVIDIA dlloader X Driver 1.0-9746 Fri Dec 15 09:56:41 PST 2006
(II) NVIDIA Unified Driver for all Supported NVIDIA GPUs
(II) Primary Device is: PCI 01:00:0
(WW) NVIDIA(0): The NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600 GPU installed in this system is
(WW) NVIDIA(0): supported through the NVIDIA 1.0-96xx Legacy drivers.
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Please visit http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html for(WW) NVIDIA(0): more information. The 1.0-9746 NVIDIA driver will ignore
(WW) NVIDIA(0): this GPU. Continuing probe...
(EE) No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

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However, according to the legacy information page referenced in the log
file (http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_32667.html), the GeForce4 is NOT listed as a legacy GPU (only the GeForce2 and earlier versions seem to be legacy).

So, I am wondering is my 4600 card really now a "legacy" card meaning that the nvidia legacy page is out of date or is there a bug with the driver
that makes my non-legacy card look like a legacy card...

My Card is a Leadtek Ultra A250 GF4 4600 128MB with VIVO/TVO.
I am running Fedora Core6 with Kernel 2.6.18-1.2869.fc6.

Thanks!

Thanks,
Jeff
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Old 01-08-07, 11:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: Is the GeForce4 Ti 4600 now a "legacy" card?

All GPUs older than NV3x are considered to be legacy with respect to 1.0-9746 (per the driver README). There are now two legacy driver branches, 1.0-71xx and 1.0-96xx. Your GPU is supported in 1.0-96xx, where 1.0-9631 is the latest driver.
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Old 01-09-07, 12:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: Is the GeForce4 Ti 4600 now a "legacy" card?

This change (and the fact that there are now 2 different levels of legacy cards) should be documented better than just being buried in the driver release README.

In fact, one could easily understand my confusion given that nVidia's very own legacy description page, titled "What's a legacy driver? What's a Legacy GPU" (http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_32667.html) only talks about the older GPUs and makes no mention that there is now a new tier of 96xx legacy drivers and that there is now a new class of legacy GPUS, including the GeForce4.

To avoid further customer confusion, I would recommend documenting this better.
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