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Old 10-23-03, 06:18 PM   #1
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Question linux driver for GeForce Go5650 (device 031b rev a1)?

Does anyone know what the timeline is for releasing a driver that supports this chipset?

Thanks.
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Old 10-23-03, 08:12 PM   #2
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The latest driver is at nvidia.com, it will drive whatever nVidia
chipset is on your card.

The best thing is to figure out what nVidia chipset you have.
For example ASUS V9560 card has nVidia FX5600 chipset.

There is a rather long README posted with the driver at
nVidia.com, but it is very worth reading.
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Old 10-24-03, 03:26 AM   #3
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In fact, reading the README will tell you what I believe you already suspected - that the current version of the driver does NOT support Go5650 among others.

AFAIK, the best solution is to use the bundled (non-accellerated) driver. However, make sure you get the latest version since the Go5650 support was added not long ago.

There has been much silence on driver development lately. Some rumours say there is a new version on the way, but haven't seen it from more reliable sources (like Mr Mecham).

Read more at

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postid=215303

and

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...&postid=196363
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Old 10-24-03, 03:29 AM   #4
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Yes Andy Mecham last posted in August, which sometime ago as I'm sure we're all aware. Time flies by, but that's awhile. It would be nice to hear something from nVidia about what is going on.
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Old 10-24-03, 12:36 PM   #5
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hrmmm.... I've been using NVidia drivers now for over a year. I got a new laptop with this chipset. I used the same process to install and upgrade drivers on my other (three now) computers that have various NVidia cards. I also looked at the following: Inspiron 8500 and Linux and followed its recommendations. X Windows starts and I get a blank screen. I can use CTRL-ALT-Backspace to kill the server, but I never see the NVidia splash screen and I never get a desktop. Also, the README that comes with the NVIDIA binary version doesn't list GeForce Go as supported (devotional mentioned this above). I've also tried setting it up with the XFree86 nv driver, but that doesn't work. I haven't upgrade to XFree86 4.3.0 because the driver status page doesn't list the GeForce Go chipset. Right now I don't think this is pilot error. I think it's a driver issue. Ed-u-ma-cate me if I'm wrong. I'll also look at those links devotional posted above and see if I can get things to work with the recommendations in those posts.
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Old 10-27-03, 12:25 PM   #6
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So FX5650-Go is just a hot-clocked flip-cooled FX5600 GPU by nVidia, got it.

From what I could read, there is no difference (5650 Vs 5600) other than the
speed. That said, the nVidia driver does support the FX5600, and so should
run the FX5650-Go as well.

On my Redhat 2.4.20-6 kernel the nVidia driver installed by-the-book does
run the FX5600, with a GUI desktop, and glxgears runs at 3200fps.

The only problem so far is that OpenOffice Seg faults (does not run), using
Driver "nvidia" in /etc/X11/X86Config. Changing to Driver "nv" lets OpenOffice
run, but the glxgears fails due to missing glx.

If this level of support works for you, try the nVidia driver - it does work, mostly,
and will hopefully be updated soon.
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Old 10-29-03, 09:55 PM   #7
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Default nVidia 1.0-4496 driver works fine on Redhat 9.0

nVidia FX5600 is now running well under Redhat 9.0 with OpenGL hardware
acceleration, 3D. OpenOffice works fine, xmms works fine, glxgears runs at
about 3200fps. This is how:

Download install the following RPMs from Redhat:

Check dependencies, ignore the conflict warnings (rpm -i --test).
Install 1st: glibc-common-2.3.2-27.9.i386.rpm
Install 2nd: glibc-2.3.2-27.9.i686.rpm
(rpm -i -v --replacefiles).

Download the nVidia driver and install it
(sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4496.pkg2.run).

Edit /etc/X11/XF86Config:
Remove: Load "dri" and Load "GLcore"
Add: Load "glx"
Change: Driver "nv"
To: Driver "nvidia"

Thanks to all, especially for pointing out that glibc less than 2.3.2-11.9,
is broken (thread-local-storage Vs dlopen() and shared lib access).

Thanks to Mark for the best clues!
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Old 10-30-03, 05:04 AM   #8
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But Go5650 does not work with the latest driver on 16:10 LCD screen on a Dell Inspiron 8600. It works with an attached CRT screen, but with some flickering every other minute or so. BUT if you downgrade to the previous driver (4363) it will also work on the LCD (without anyflickering). Thnx for the help from some other user here. Attached XF86Config.

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