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Old 03-18-09, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default Please... I Need Help To Determine if this is an NVidia Bug

If somebody has had a similar problem with some other app and was able to resolve this please post.

I'm currently trying to determine definitively where a problem lies. I'm trying to run a lovely mmorpg under wine called PerfectWorld International. For the most part, the game renders fine. However there a couple of problems and those problems have indeed been reported over at

http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12560.

The problem is that on the normal playing area a lot of icons are corrupted and when I try to look at the map the map is also corrupted (screenshot attached). The work over at winehq indicates that the problem is very specific to this game and also, very specific to NVidia and support for S3TC. A patch has been posted on the site that works around the problem by switching off S3TC support in wine all together.

Currently running driver version
NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.29-pkg2.run

OK. normally I would guess, because this is specific to one game running under wine, that the problem was either in the game itself (no hope getting it fixed there - we don't support Linux mantra) or under wine. But, with the more popular stuff taking priority I can also wait forever for a fix to be provided.

However, I did try to run the game under
NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.37-pkg2.run

and things got worse, with the normal playing area displaying some kind of weird kaleidoscope effect (screenshot attached - which includes corrupt icons as indicated above). Because of that, instead of being 80% sure that this is something exclusive to wine, I'm now more like 60% sure.

Could someone please help to exclude NVidia from the equation? Please?

Bug report log files will also be attached.

Thank you for your assistance.

Eli
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Old 03-22-09, 03:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Please... I Need Help To Determine if this is an NVidia Bug

It would seem the problem persists with 180.41. Bug report and screenshot have been attached to this thread.

Once again. Thank you for your attention.
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Old 03-22-09, 04:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: Please... I Need Help To Determine if this is an NVidia Bug

To see if it due to Nvidia,
try the vesa driver in xorg.conf.
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Old 03-22-09, 06:11 PM   #4
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Default Re: Please... I Need Help To Determine if this is an NVidia Bug

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To see if it due to Nvidia,
try the vesa driver in xorg.conf.
This clearly won't work, vesa driver doesn't support 3d accel at ALL.

The wine devs will know if it's a problem their end or not, why not ask on the mailing list or irc?

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Old 03-23-09, 12:53 AM   #5
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If you refer to the first post, you would see that that there is currently a bug report at winehq. With a summary of the work that has been done and a currently available work around which is reported to work with older Nvidia drivers. The game itself works fairly well with the "official" 180.29 x86_64 driver. However, the workaround kills NVidia support for S3TC in wine alltogether rather than selectively.

However, with the newer serires of drivers including 180.41 the corruption that I'm reporting is worse. This makes this a very clear indication that regardless of how well or not well the game was working before there does seem to be a problem with the newer drivers that should be resolved. That being said, if there is one problem, maybe there are more than one problem.

This is not a promo believe me. I do not engage in that kind of activity. However, the game is free to play forever (with some limitations - may or may not be trivial depending on your perspective). The free stuff is free forever. And if your into mmorpg then this one is worth looking into. And the more people looking into this the sooner the problem gets resolved because the more votes can registered at the various bug sites .

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Old 04-01-09, 02:54 AM   #6
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OK... Some success. A patch to improve S3TC support under wine 1.1.18 has been developed and it works to fix the icon and map corruption. I will be testing shortly with 180.44 drivers.
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Old 04-01-09, 03:52 AM   #7
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No Joy. The same kaleidoscoping effect with 180.44 driver.
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Old 04-13-09, 04:29 AM   #8
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I just tested with 185.19 and things work OK with this driver.
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Old 04-18-09, 12:24 AM   #9
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And it works with 180.50

Thanks Everyone.
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