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Old 09-16-09, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default Quadro FX3000 (NV35) slowness (trash from eBay?)

I have 2 NVIDIA Quadro FX3000 workstation cards (which have the NV35 chip, I believe), and 2 computers with AGP slots. I bought these cards from eBay a long time ago, so they might be faulty. Well, what I'm realizing now, is that I get very poor frames per second when I run 3D accelerated applications using these cards. Here are some facts:

1. I tried both of my cards in both computers, for a total of 4 permutations. I get the same low performance in each combination.
2. I tried using the newer and older series drivers that are compatible with this card; I tried them by installing deb packages AND by installing them directly from NVIDIA. Same results, although the older series drivers seemed to perform a tad better.
3. I tried Debian Lenny (5.0) and Ubuntu Hardy (8.04). Same results.
4. It seems that things ran faster when I was using Ubuntu Dapper (6.06) with pretty outdated NVIDIA drivers.
5. I am comparing the performance to a substantially older card, the NVIDIA Quadro4 750XGL. The 750XGL runs my 3D apps faster in both computers. The 750XGL has better frames per second by about a factor of 2 or 3 (40fps vs. 100fps).

Can I blame the poor performance on faulty hardware that I bought from eBay? Seems a little unlikely considering I have 2 identical cards. Any thoughts? I'd like to get these working properly if possible.
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