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Old 05-30-07, 02:58 PM   #1
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Question GeForce 8 Series support in Debian etch

I am in the process of upgrading my home machine, and am currently considering GeForce 8 — specifically, 8600GT — as the video card. However, I have concerns about its compatibility with Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 “etch”, which I will be using as my primary system.

I understand that I can build the native NVIDIA driver on etch and have all the necessary support for the newest cards. However, for certain reasons, this is something I would like to avoid. Instead, I would like to use the standard “nv” X video driver that comes with Debian’s X.Org Server 7.1 packages; or the NVIDIA driver from Debian’s repository, which for “etch” has version 1.0.8776.

I do not need 3D functionality, but I do need a fast and smooth working 2D desktop, therefore using the always-compatible “vesa” driver is probably not an option (it is just too slow).

So, the question is: will any of the drivers included with Debian “etch” provide good 2D capabilities with GeForce 8 series, especially 8600GT?
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Old 05-30-07, 03:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: GeForce 8 Series support in Debian etch

1.0-8776 has no support for G8x GPUs. I honestly don't know what version of the 'nv' X driver ships with Debian etch, however if its not something fairly recent (past ~3 months), its not going to have G8x support either.
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netllama, thank you.
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