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Old 07-21-05, 03:59 PM   #73
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i must ensist also on this (again)

i used nvidia card since my most erly pc, i could always trust nvidia drivers for
making my 3d expiriance as bug free and as optimal as posible,

for as long as i can remebernvidia drivers has always been an golden sample in the indestry...

the shift in the pc area to amd64 (x64, x86-64,emt64) platform is inavetable, and for as much as i can see it if nvidia is dedicated to sepport freebsd then its
is neccesery to make an amd64 driver sooner or later (sooner then later ).
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Old 08-28-05, 04:09 PM   #74
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Another FreeBSD user. I own a pc and a laptop (this one bought few days ago) with nvidia cards because their drivers for open source systems are far better than Ati
Just registered because my laptop has an amd64 64 bits processor and despite of having GNU/Linux installed I'm a FreeBSD user. I can't imagine my system without the driver, guys.
I'm sure it's going to happen, a port from the GNU/Linux 64 bits driver should be pretty easy and 64 bits proccesors are a reality you can't ignore
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Old 08-28-05, 04:16 PM   #75
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Another FreeBSD user. I own a pc and a laptop (this one bought few days ago) with nvidia cards because their drivers for open source systems are far better than Ati
Just registered because my laptop has an amd64 64 bits processor and despite of having GNU/Linux installed I'm a FreeBSD user. I can't imagine my system without the driver, guys.
I'm sure it's going to happen, a port from the GNU/Linux 64 bits driver should be pretty easy and 64 bits proccesors are a reality you can't ignore
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Old 08-29-05, 10:01 PM   #76
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I would like to see a amd 64 freebsd driver as well. I was actually quite shocked that one didn't show up yet considering the perfect 32-bit one. Nvidia should follow through with its freebsd support and release a 64-bit driver as well. Freebsd is just as advanced an OS as any other and its developers work really hard at their releases. The freebsd OS design is a very advanced and sophisticated design. Often, thier security team is quicker to discover new security vulnerabilities in hardware and software than anybody else. When they find something important the first think they do is talk to microsoft and intel and linux development communities. Freebsd is very much a part of a larger community, it's called the planet earth. We have what is called a global economy these days where one country depends upon another country.

I run freebsd on multiple machines with several nvidia graphics cards. One of those machines happens to be a duel monitor machine with 2 nvidia graphics cards. I've ran just about every 3d app you can think of with the 32-bit nvidia driver, should I have to either give up freebsd or nvidia? I think nvidia is counting on the fact that if they don't make a driver, I will be forced to give up freebsd. It makes me wonder in the end if they are doing this to hurt freebsd or because its not worth the small effort.
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Old 08-31-05, 06:59 AM   #77
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I am also looking for a FreeBSD/amd64 port of the GPU driver.

I have a Sun Blade W1100Z with a Quadro card, and it refuses to properly boot in 32-bit mode. 3D performance without the nVidia driver is just awful.

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Old 08-31-05, 07:24 AM   #78
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I wonder if anyone can get the *BSD devs to talk to nVidia driver team.
Maybe they can nudge nVidia in the right direction...
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Old 08-31-05, 03:31 PM   #79
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A big company like nvidia should be able to pull these drivers off.
I guess the linux emulation thing is because there's some low level code in the drivers so they need to translate the linux asm to freebsd asm, the rest of the software should be something like 90% the same.
The drivers really should be native, the linux binary emulation doesn't help to have working drivers allways
*BSD asm is not that different, I'd say that is pretty easy if you know the linux side

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Old 09-01-05, 04:33 AM   #80
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Huh?
The asm code (if they have any) will be the same. (as they are using the same compiler [GCC] on both platforms.)
The PCI/AGP code and the OS abstraction (locks, in/out, tasks, workqueues, etc) is radically different.
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Old 09-01-05, 04:44 AM   #81
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There are technical problems with the FreeBSD/amd64 kernel that gate NVIDIA graphics driver support for this platform. NVIDIA has brought these problems up with FreeBSD developers and has been working with one of them to make reliable support for FreeBSD/amd64 technically possible, but unfortunately we can't provide a schedule for when this will be complete.

Please note that the FreeBSD/i386 driver is a native driver. It does not rely on Linux ABI compatibility features for its core functionality, but Linux ABI compatibility is optionally supported and Linux/x86 OpenGL libraries are provided to enable the use of Linux/x86 OpenGL applications on FreeBSD/i386.
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Old 09-01-05, 04:51 AM   #82
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Zander,

Thanks for the update.
Keep us posted.

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Old 09-01-05, 10:29 PM   #83
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Zander, thanks for the update. Glad to hear that


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Huh?
The asm code (if they have any) will be the same. (as they are using the same compiler [GCC] on both platforms.)
The PCI/AGP code and the OS abstraction (locks, in/out, tasks, workqueues, etc) is radically different.
yep, I don't know what I was thinking. There are some differences when you are using syscalls but anyway I'm not an asm guy and I was speaking from very few things I've read and I don't want to be flamed so I won't speak about this
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Old 09-02-05, 08:36 AM   #84
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Thanks Zander for the informative reply and letting us know that it's beeing worked on :-) ...allways fun when you get confimation that you choose the right brand after you bought a product :-) :-)
Hope it doesn't take too long...
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