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Old 02-03-04, 03:25 AM   #1
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Thumbs down not impressed with nvidia linux support

I just downloaded the latest nvidia driver for my linux machine (2.4.22 kernel, 1.3 GHz chip, AGP Riva THT2 M64 card.) There are a few problems with it that are going to make me think twice before buying nvidia cards in the future:
- the driver installs a kernel module that is 2.2M on the disk, and 1.9M when loaded, and an XF86 driver that is over 500Kbytes. This is bloatware to the extreme.
- the new driver will not do multiple X sessions on the same card - it exits saying 'failed to allocate external decoder object'. This is a sometimes useful feature of X which a well written driver should support.
- as far as i know, nvidia don't release proper specifications for their cards to the free software community so that open source drivers can be written.
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Old 02-03-04, 04:41 AM   #2
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Why are you using the latest driver release with a tnt card, there has been nothing in release notes regarding a tnt card for awhile that I've seen.

Your second point may be correct with a tnt, but the driver does support multiples X screens and multiple X servers on the same card with geforce chipsets, on the 2 ultra, 4, and fx (these are the only cards I've tested).
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Why would you want to use the nvidia driver with your TNT M64 anyway?, if you were to upgrade I think you'll find that the driver supports newer cards better.

How you can call the nvidia driver is beyond me.
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i'm using the nvidia driver because
- it's an nvidia card, and i thought it might help.
- the (much smaller) one that comes with XFree86 seemed to be causing system lockups associated with X. (e.g. total lockup when i ctrl-alt-backspace).

i might be able to get it working better by using an older driver. it's just annoying that they only release one driver for all the cards, which i'm assuming is why the driver is so big - because it has to cope with all the different models, including ones that have more features than mine. I would have thought there were better ways of protecting their code and simplifying distribution than releasing a single binary driver, like maybe have the installer contain images of a set of libraries which are only linked in for cards that need them?
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