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View Poll Results: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?
Yes 60 68.97%
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Old 03-27-09, 09:00 AM   #25
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Rock solid

ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe Series
nForce 780a SLI chipset
integrated nVidia 8200 GPU ( switched off in BIOS )
BIOS v 1701 2008/12/12
AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor
CORSAIR TWIN2X4096-6400C5
4GB DDR2 memory @ 800 MHz
configured as dual channel w BIOS flag
1 x PNY GEFORCE 9600 GSO 768MB
2 x WD 320GB HD w SATA-II, 7200RPM, 16MB buffer

Linux 2.6.27.19-170.2.35.fc10.x86_64

xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-180.29-1.fc10(x86_64) (Fusion rpm package )

X.Org X Server 1.5.3 ( fc10 package )
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Old 03-27-09, 09:40 AM   #26
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UNSTABLE, graphical corruptions, freezing X-Server and Powermizer-bug.

System: Zepto Mythos A15
CPU: Core2 Duo P8400
RAM: 2GB
Kernel: 64-bit 2.6.29 SMP
Distro:OpenSUSE 11.1
Graphics card: GeFore 9600M GT 512MB GDDR3
Resolution: 1680x1050
X.Org 1.5.2
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Old 03-27-09, 11:29 AM   #27
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Default Re: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

I will vote in the poll in a week or so, because I just loaded 180.29 on a fresh OS install last night... so far so good.

I was getting kernel panics from the 170 series, on cold starts (as in the machine had been turned off and unplugged for at least a few hours) and would also get periodic freezes. I would come back to my computer to find the OpenGL screensaver motionless and the machine totally non-responsive.

Kubuntu Hardy Heron KDE3 32 Bit - All updates applied
Kernel: 2.6.24-23
MoBo: MSI P7N Diamond MS-7510 (v1.X) NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI chipset based
BIOS: AMI v02.61
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Freq. 3GHz E8400
RAM: 4GB G.Skill DDR2-1066
GPU: 9600 GT PCIe 2.0 (XXX Alpha Dog Edition)
Resolution: 1440x900 (LCD)
X.Org X Server 1.4.0.90


Cheers!

EDIT: One week later and I have not had a single freeze. I had the first kernel panic upon startup today, but since it coincided with an fsck of my home partition, and I have had that trouble before, I am not inclined to blame the video driver for it. 180.29 seems to be working fabulously for my set up.

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Old 03-27-09, 11:52 AM   #28
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Stable!
8600M GT
Core G84M
185.13
64-bit intrepid
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Old 03-27-09, 02:07 PM   #29
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Default Re: Are the 180 series drivers stable for you?

I vote stable!

Fedora 10 x86_64
KDE 4.2.1 (with DE enabled)
xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-180.41-1.fc10.x86_64
mplayer-1.0-0.104.20090323svn.fc10.x86_64 (with vdpau enabled)
CUDA Toolkit v2.1 (running fah on the GPU via wine)

Intel Core i7 920 (HT enabled, OC to 3.8GHz)
Asus P6T Deluxe
XFX GTX 260 Black Edition

My only grumble is the speed of scrolling in Firefox and resizing of windows with >= 8800 hardware. I'm running other machines with 7900GTO and 8800GTX. 7900GTO probably wins for the fastest desktop experience under Linux. Unified architecture.... Bah, who needs it! ;-)
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Old 03-27-09, 02:15 PM   #30
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I vote stable for the 180.37 driver. I tried the 180.41 driver and X did not come up. However, that was before I upgraded the xorg server to 1.5.3-15 (previous release had several problems).

Hardware:
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Dell Dimension 8200
Intel 2.0 GHz P4
Intel 850 chipset
1.5 GB memory

GeForce 7600 GS
VBIOS 05.73.22.51.51
512 MB memory
AGP 4x
Bus ID 1:0:0
IRQ 16

System Software:
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xorg-x11-server-Xorg-1.5.3-15.fc10.i386
kernel 2.6.27.19-170.2.35.fc10.i686

NVidia Configuration:
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driver:
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NVidia driver 180.37

xorg.conf:
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PixmapCache True
PixmapCacheRoundSizeKB 4096
AllowSHMPixmaps False
BackingStore False
Coolbits 1
Composite enable

~/.xinitrc:
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GPU OverclockingState=1
GPU2DClockFreqs=432,345
GPU3DClockFreqs=432,345
InitialPixmapPlacement=2
GlyphCache=1

AGP info:
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AGP Fast writes enabled
AGP SBA enabled

Results:
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Gnome Version: 2.24.3 (stable)
Default desktop effects on
KDE Version: 4.2.1 (stable)
Default desktop effects on
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Old 03-27-09, 03:34 PM   #31
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Works fine for me on:
7800 GTX
7600 GO
285 GTX
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Old 03-27-09, 03:58 PM   #32
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GeForce 8600M GT here, Core2Duo, Ubuntu 8.10.

Unstable (freezes with corruption every 4-8 hours) when using drivers between 180.18 and 180.41.
180.41 and 185.13 work completely stable again.
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Old 03-27-09, 07:54 PM   #33
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Stable
(I use every driver release because I'm voluntary binary Nvidia & ATI driver packager/maintainer in distro I use and contribute to)
cpu: AMD Phenom(tm) 9550 Quad-Core Processor (family: 16, model: 2, stepping: 3)
mainboard: ASRock K10N78FullHD-hSLI R3.0 bios P1.70 (nForce MCP78S [GeForce 8200])
(due to bios bug noapic kernel parameter have to be used to workaround usb hang)
I also use Geforce 7900GS PCI-E (G71 rev a1)
mem: 2GiB (2x1024)
xorg: 1.5.3
kernel: 2.6.28.8

If you want to see pattern better ask us for nvidia-bug-report.log file - you will have more data to analyze. Nvidia developers will not pick up topic without it - everyone should know bug reporting rules: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=130669

Most hanging/freezing happens because of buggy mainboard bios. 99% of mainboard makers ignores acpi standard/specification. This is because of fact Windows is so dumb it is unable to use advanced capabilities of present hardware. That is why if you look at dmesg output you will see spurious interrupts, acpi table checksum errors or just hanging machine during desktop use.
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Old 03-28-09, 02:07 AM   #34
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180.29 stable for me. 180.35+ - compleatly unusable (anything linked to libGL uses 100% of CPU).
cpu: Core 2 Quad Q6600
MB: Asus P5K
RAM: 4GiB (2x2048)
Video: ECS GeForce 8800GT 512MB PCI-E
Xorg: 1.5.3 (tried 1.6.0 - nothing changed)
Kernel: Tried 2.6.28 vanilla, 2.6.28-gentoo, 2.6.29-rc7 and rc8 zen-sources, 2.6.29-gentoo.
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Old 03-28-09, 02:45 AM   #35
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NO... I find that the X server with the nvidia driver intermittently but frequently bombs, especially when running vmware player (version 2). You can use it successfully for hours but then suddenly it all falls over and you lose whatever you're working on. This doesn't seem to occur at all when using the open source nvidia driver.

Maybe there's some memory corruption happening in the X server due to the nvidia driver, because as you can see below, it is bombing in calls to free memory, as below.

My hardware: Dell Vostro 1710 with nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600M GS (rev a1)
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T8300 @ 2.40GHz stepping 06
Driver 180.29
Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10) right up to date with patches
Kernel 2.6.27
X.Org X Server 1.5.2

I have caught the bombout with symbols in GDB under Ubuntu 8.10 as follows:

root@vostro:~# gdb -s /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/Xorg /usr/X11R6/bin/Xorg
GNU gdb 6.8-debian
Copyright (C) 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law. Type "show copying"
and "show warranty" for details.
This GDB was configured as "i486-linux-gnu"...
(gdb) handle SIGPIPE nostop noprint pass
Signal Stop Print Pass to program Description
SIGPIPE No No Yes Broken pipe
(gdb) attach 7265
...
(gdb) cont
Continuing.

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
[Switching to Thread 0xb7b686b0 (LWP 7265)]
0xb7c66ec8 in ?? () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
(gdb) where
#0 0xb7c66ec8 in ?? () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
#1 0xb7c674b6 in free () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
#2 0x08135231 in Xfree (ptr=0xa11f1) at ../../os/utils.c:1459
#3 0x0818a191 in XkbSendMap (client=0x9fa2310, xkb=0x9f45890, rep=0xbfc0a6c4)
at ../../xkb/xkb.c:1409
#4 0x08190eba in ProcXkbGetKbdByName (client=0x9fa2310)
at ../../xkb/xkb.c:5807
#5 0x08195668 in ProcXkbDispatch (client=0x50d11f0) at ../../xkb/xkb.c:6690
#6 0x0808c89f in Dispatch () at ../../dix/dispatch.c:454
#7 0x08071d1d in main (argc=10, argv=0xbfc0b924, envp=0x50d11f0)
at ../../dix/main.c:441
(gdb)
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Old 03-28-09, 02:49 AM   #36
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Most hanging/freezing happens because of buggy mainboard bios. 99% of mainboard makers ignores acpi standard/specification. This is because of fact Windows is so dumb it is unable to use advanced capabilities of present hardware. That is why if you look at dmesg output you will see spurious interrupts, acpi table checksum errors or just hanging machine during desktop use.
Please? ..same hardware ..same bios ..180.18 work ok ..other (up ) no!

If you not have idea what write ..don't write thx ..this situation is very frustrant not have necessity new man write already same concept (bios blah blah) ..is required new good driver ..IT'S ALL ...STOP !!!
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