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Old 06-22-05, 09:16 AM   #1
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Default 1.0-7667 for FreeBSD i386 released


* Added support for the latest NVIDIA GPUs, including GeForce 7800 GTX and GeForce 6200 AGP.

* Added OpenGL 2.0 Support.

* Added initial support for Xinerama + OpenGL; see APPENDIX V in the Linux text README.

* Added support for the EXT_framebuffer_object OpenGL extension.

* Added NV-CONTROL support for manipulating DDC/CI settings; see the AllowDDCCI X config option in the Linux text README.

* Added support for GPU clock manipulation; see the "Coolbits" X config option documented in Appendix D.

* Improved support for Quadro FX 4000 SDI.

* Added support for NVIDIA Quadro G-Sync.

* Improved DPMS behavior on flatpanels.
Please see the 1.0-7664 and 1.0-7667 NVIDIA Accelerated Linux Graphics Driver Set release changelogs for a list of additional changes made since the 1.0-7174 NVIDIA Accelerated FreeBSD Graphics Driver Set release.

The 1.0-7667 NVIDIA Accelerated FreeBSD Graphics Driver Set for FreeBSD/i386 is available for download via HTTP and FTP.


Please note: the `nvidia-settings` utility can be built from source (available from ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/nvidia-settings/) if the binary included in the 1.0-7667 .tar.gz package doesn't work (e.g. due to a ports/ library version conflict).
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Old 06-23-05, 11:14 AM   #2
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Thank you for the driver update.

I created a patch for the port and submitted a PR. If anyone wants to try it out, here is the PR.
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Old 06-26-05, 03:09 PM   #3
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Still no 64bit support?
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Old 07-02-05, 07:28 PM   #4
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FreeBSD 5.4 i386; 6600 GT; AMD64 939 pin on Asus A8V Deluxe.

No matter what I do, cannot use NVidia AGP driver. Have followed instructions for disabling AGP device in kernel, but kernel module agp.ko is loaded as soon as nvidia.ko is loaded.

When starting X I get:

NVRM: AGP cannot be enabled on this combination of the AMD CPU and OS kernel
NVRM: kernel upgrade recommended.

Am I doing something stupid or is something not supported by the driver?

Thanks.
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Old 07-09-05, 04:55 AM   #5
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You are using a driver for 32 bit machine on a 64 bit machine. This will not work. Let us hope that Nvidia develops a driver for AMD64
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Old 07-09-05, 06:19 AM   #6
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@Alienzoo: this is a known problem with newer Athlon64 processors and the FreeBSD kernel; we're investigating a workaround for future NVIDIA FreeBSD graphics driver releases.
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Old 07-09-05, 03:28 PM   #7
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@zander. Thanks for the information. I look forward to NVidia finding a resolution.

@raul_assis. Yes, let's hope for real AMD64 support, however I am running in 386 mode so I think chip "pretends" to be 32-bit.
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Old 07-11-05, 11:45 AM   #8
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Still no 64bit support?
And this was surprise for you? Perhaps you should not buy nVidia cards before you have free and open drivers for them.
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Old 07-13-05, 02:55 PM   #9
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Still no 64bit support?
Some people say that an amd64-port will never be released. Is it true?
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Old 07-15-05, 07:01 AM   #10
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Default Re: 1.0-7667 for FreeBSD i386 released

On Wednesday 13 July 2005 22:43, BW wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 04:18 am, owner-freebsd-stable@freebsd.org wrote:
> > On Wednesday 13 July 2005 10:26 am, KC wrote:
> > > Quoting BW <xxx@xxx.xx>:
> > > > To all my fellow FreeBSD users,
> > > >
> > > > I assume I am not the only one who is in this predicament. I
> > > > have just bought seven AMD 64s with NVIDIA PCI-X graphics. With
> > > > 5.4 I can get everything bar the network and X to work, with
> > > > 6.0 I can get the network to work also. However no matter what
> > > > I do I can't get X to work.
> > > >
> > > > Why doesn't NVIDIA make a graphics driver for FreeBSD AMD64.
> > > > They make one for
> > > > Linux x86-64 and one for FreeBSD-x86.
> > > >
> > > > Perhaps would could all post a message on nvforum. I see some
> > > > people already have.....
> > > >
> > > > Perhaps NVIDIA think FreeBSD is just a hobby OS......
> > >
> > > Last I heard, nvidia had no plans to make a FreeBSD amd64 driver.
> > > Just post that
> > > you're pissed about it like the rest of us are... maybe they'll
> > > reconsider.
> >
> > Not true. FreeBSD's kernel doesn't provide some things needed for
> > an amd64 driver to be feasible.
>
> Like what???? what are these features? and if they are really
> important why aren't they on the cards to be included into
> FreeBSD......

There are a few missing VM features that any high-performance graphics
card driver would require for decent performance with PCI Express. John
is working on adding those features - have patience.

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There are a few missing VM features that any high-performance graphics
card driver would require for decent performance with PCI Express. John
is working on adding those features - have patience.
1) I don't have PCI Express. I have a "server" motherboard with AGP and PCI-X. What's the excuse for there not being a driver for these?

2) Which John?
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Old 07-17-05, 12:17 PM   #12
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First let me qualify this post by saying that I'm merely trying to pass on relevant information and I am by no means the final authority on any of this stuff. FFS, I don't even have an AMD64 - nor am I particularly familiar w/ the architecture. That being said...

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1) I don't have PCI Express. I have a "server" motherboard with AGP and PCI-X. What's the excuse for there not being a driver for these?
C'mon bro, no one is making excuses here... we're looking for reasons. In any case, I'm under the impression that the cause is the same. That is... "FreeBSD's kernel doesn't provide some things needed for an amd64 driver to be feasible."

This statement doesn't mention AGP, PCI-X, PCI express, or any other bus for that matter - it simply says the FreeBSD kernel needs enhancements to make an AMD64 driver feasible. Thus, I would have to assume that all Nvidia cards (and quite possibly all high-performance graphics cards) on FreeBSD for AMD64 are adversely affected.

Quote:
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2) Which John?
I think the John you are looking for is here: http://www.baldwin.cx/~john/
But I'm not 100% sure.

It's my opinion that the most important thing mentioned in the communication is to "have patience". Nvidia clearly likes freebsd users (after all, we do have an i386 driver) and the FreeBSD project certainly has quite a number of capable developers. It should just be a matter of time.

Remember, the AMD64 platform isn't exactly "mainstream". A conservative guess is that x86 machines outnumber AMD64 machines by 100:1

Can we really expect the FreeBSD folks (or the Nvidia folks for that matter) to make this their top priority? If you really really want to use spankin' new hardware you're almost certainly better off running Windows or Linux. Of course, being an early adopter of any new technology has it's drawbacks. So, even though the Windows and Linux communities are much more zealous about supporting the "latest and greatest", I wouldn't be surprised if there were hic-ups in those environments too. I believe this to be caused by the [relative] infancy of the [AMD64] platform more than anything else.

I prefer giving credit to placing blame. As such, I have to take my hat off to Nvidia as well as FreeBSD because the i386 driver is pretty darn good IMHO. If this is any indicator, the AMD64 driver should be pretty darn good too (when it's released).

It's easy to point the finger at Nvidia and at the FreeBSD folks for the missing functionality. Unfortunately, it is also very easy to point the finger at the user who prematurely purchases a piece of hardware without investigating whether or not that hardware is supported in their operating system of choice.

Good things come to those who wait and I'm sure when/if AMD64 becomes more popular and moves further along the lifecycle it will be more broadly supported. Then again, AMD64 may lose the 64-bit battle to ia64 or sparc64 or who knows... alpha may make a resurgence. It's my belief that the jury is still out on this one, so putting your eggs in the AMD64 basket might not be such a good idea at this stage of the game.

Then again, I can be awefully pessemistic sometimes, and we just might see the precious AMD64 nvidia driver sooner than we think - cross your fingers!!
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