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Old 12-26-04, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default nforce4SLI+AMD3500+64bit Debian?

nForce4 is here! Where are the reviews? For that matter where are all the other posts like this one?

It's a bit early for my annual upgrade but I'm HUNGRY! I'm looking hard at this first batch of socket 939 nforce4 boards and it seems like the "SLI" version coupled with a pair of PCI-e 6600GTs is a no-brainer!

I've never ran a 64bit linux but figure it could make an awesome OpenGL machine.. IF the support is here to work with the hardware?

So...

Is the nforce4 chipset supported under linux yet? If not, how long?

Is SLI PCI-e supported under linux yet? Of course that should assume 64 bit drivers, not 32! If not, how long?

Is this the path to smokin' nix gaming or is the support likely to be so far off that I should scrap my 64 bit plans until next year? If so, what IS the working solution for the fastest linux opengl gaming box right now/in the next 30 days? REAL WORLD experience preferred! Not "this should work" but rather "this is what works for ME"!

I'm sure there are other questions I should have asked too but have forgotten... Feel free to add!
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Old 12-26-04, 02:47 PM   #2
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I've got some serious graphic errors with my nforce4 system ...
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=42597

Rest works fine ...
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Old 12-26-04, 03:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

Yes, I read your thread before I started mine but thought maybe it was dead.

Have any benchmarks yet? How about glxgears @ ? resolution?

I'll probably start with one card too but hope to add a second (in SLI) in a month or two, definately depending on what I find out in threads like this one and any new improved driver releases...

Pretty challenging for any company, I guess, but if anyone can pull it off it will be nvidia

LINUX nforce4 drivers + nvidia 3D drivers supporting SLI PCIe and all preferably with native 64 bit support.

Challenging, yes. Would beat the heck out of my current 32 bit 4xAGP system? You bet
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Old 12-29-04, 10:45 AM   #4
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I've one ( AMD Winchester 3000+, 6600GT w 128MB , nforce4-4x, ...)

glxgears gives me: @ 24 Bpp, normal window
35027 frames in 5.0 seconds = 7005.400 FPS
35147 frames in 5.0 seconds = 7029.400 FPS
35027 frames in 5.0 seconds = 7005.400 FPS

not that bad, when I think of my old setup (rest in peace),
a dual PIII w. GF4 4200
was always about
~20000 frames in 5 secs => 5000 fps

so far, but It would be nice if someone fix the bugs in the current driver, but at least it seems to be stable...
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Old 01-03-05, 04:25 PM   #5
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Default Re: nforce4SLI+AMD3500+64bit Debian?

Same exact problem here on the following:

PCIe nforce4 motherboard (Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9), XFX 6600 card,
AMD64 3500+ (winchester core). I tried another different brand/make
6600 card as well with the same results, so I know it's the 6629 driver.

BTW, I'm running Gentoo and it's latest e-build appears to apply all
of the latest patches:

--- (build excerpt):

amd64
* Applying nv-amd64-shutup-warnings.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-6629-1155389.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-6629-1162524.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-6629-1165235.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-6629-1171869.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-6629-1175225.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-6629-1182399.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying 2.6 kernel patches
* Applying conftest_koutput_includes.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying nv-disable-preempt-on-smp_processor_id.patch ... [ ok ]
* Applying NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-6629-1161283.patch ... [ ok ]
* Converting NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-6629-pkg2/usr/src/nv/Makefile.kbuild to use M= instead of SUBDIRS=... [ ok ]

---

Everything builds correctly, it's stable, and as far as I can
tell the GL stuff works well and FAST. But X-Windows (Xorg 6.8.0-r3)
is still unusable until this problem is fixed.

It seems like a memory management problem in the driver. Basically
none of the images render correctly, and when they do, they have a
tendency to disappear. This includes icons, (anti-aliased) fonts,
and (probably) the nvidia splash screen (since I don't see it - just
garbage before X starts). I also get the same exact block/garbage
mouse pointer, however I've discovered that when running at 1800x1440
resolution I actually do get a normal mouse pointer.

Also, when I exit X and go back to my 80x25 console, all of my text is
black (on black) so the only thing I see is a blinking cursor. I can
only seem to fix this by rebooting.

Unfortunately I'm gonna NEED this system to work soon, so my options
at this point are to either wait for a driver fix or buy a new card...

Anyone have any update on where we are on this problem?


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