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Old 08-28-08, 12:08 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

if you haven't noticed: 177.70 just got released and should solve several of the elder problems:

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Changes since 177.68:

* Added support for the following new GPUs:
o GeForce 9800 GTX+
o GeForce 9800 GT
o GeForce 8100P
o nForce 780a SLI
o nForce 750a SLI
o Quadro FX 770M
o Quadro NVS 160M
o Quadro NVS 150M
* Improved support for RENDER operations with the same source
and destination; this should enhance performance in
some situations, e.g. when dragging Plasma applets in KDE4.
* Fixed a text rendering performance regression that affected
GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs.
* Fixed a regression that caused text to be missing or
corrupt on GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs.
* Fixed a regression responsible for false negatives during
SLI video bridge detection attempts after X server
restarts.
* Fixed a bug that resulted in AGP FW/SBA settings and overrides
being applied incorrectly when using the Linux kernel's
AGP GART driver.
* Fixed a bug that caused initialization of the builtin AGP
GART driver (NvAGP) to fail.

Changes between 177.67 and 177.68:

* Added support for the GeForce 9700M GTS.
* Improved GPU video memory management coordination between the
NVIDIA X driver and OpenGL implementation; this should
improve performance with e.g. the KDE4 OpenGL compositing
manager.
* Fixed a RENDER corruption bug on GeForce 6 and 7 GPUs.
* Fixed a bug that caused GLXBadDrawable errors to be generated
when running more than one OpenGL application with
anti-aliasing enabled on GeForce 6 and 7 GPUs, e.g. wine.
* Fixed a bug that caused GPU errors when killing the X server
while an OpenGL application is running.
* Fixed a bug on GeForce 8, 9 and GTX GPUs that caused dynamic
display configuration to fail on GPUs not currently
driving an X screen.
this topic is intended to address the problems encountered with exact that version & simplify BUG-tracking

all problems go in here

thanks in advance
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Old 08-28-08, 12:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: 177.70 (BETA) for Linux discussion & problems thread

I did just hit another issue with text artifacts, this is with kde3 and gtk applications under kde4 after running for a while, desktop effects enabled.

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Old 08-28-08, 01:16 PM   #3
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While I'm happy that NVidia's putting out betas with more frequency, .70 for me has the same issues as .67 and .68- namely, I still can't resume when TuxOnIce is used for hibernation, and there's still text-corruption in ncurses-based programs like "less", "make menuconfig" and "vi" (at least) in gnome-terminal windows.

173.14.12 has none of these issues, BTW. Bug-report attached.
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Old 08-28-08, 01:18 PM   #4
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(BTW, I shouldn't say "text corruption"; it's more like "missing" or "not written out" blocks of text. What's on-screen is actually rendered correctly, it's just inaccurate.)
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Old 08-28-08, 01:30 PM   #5
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I get a segfault with this driver while starting KDM. Falling back to driver 177.68.
I attached a bug-report.
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Old 08-28-08, 01:48 PM   #6
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I want to thank all NVIDIA Linux driver devs. KDE4 is really usable now.
The only thing that is left is the sluggish Compositing with my 7600GT, I don't know if I am the only one with this "problem". (Just a little lag, nothing critical.)

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Old 08-28-08, 01:58 PM   #7
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I have still a problem, that of the windows buttons (minimize, maximize and close) showing strange colors when using compiz and going on them with the pointer.
My card is a 7400GT.
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Old 08-28-08, 02:32 PM   #8
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I wonder if it fixes occasional slowdowns in KDE4 with IPP2... downloading.
And thank you devs - I really like to see often beta releases, which increases feedback.
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The installer refuses to work on ubuntu 2.6.27_1 complaining about a xen kernel. We saw a patch that fixed this in the 177.13 driver. How about a patch for this driver?
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Old 08-28-08, 03:57 PM   #10
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plasma is finally kind of usable. However scrolling in konqueror and especially dolphin (kde4 versions of course) is still not as smooth as it should be.
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I'm impressed too, also slow scrolling on certain sites (7600GT) is gone.
Overall performance is good in KDE4.
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I want to thank all NVIDIA Linux driver devs. KDE4 is really usable now.
The only thing that is left is the sluggish Compositing with my 7600GT, I don't know if I am the only one with this "problem". (Just a little lag, nothing critical.)

My nvidia-bug-report.log is attached.
Not really, compared to composited window managers such as compiz, kwin seems quite slow and sluggish on my board.
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