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Old 10-19-06, 05:00 PM   #1
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Question Let's clear this finally :(

Excuse me, but nVidia is something hard for me to understand... I am a software fan, a php programmer and I really can't understand the nVidia version number policy

So...
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Unix Drivers

Graphics Drivers

Linux IA32
Latest Version: 1.0-8776
Latest Legacy GPU version: 1.0-7184
Archive
What means legacy?

Second...
I downloaded 9626 a few days ago... Thinking that it is latest.
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Linux Display Driver - IA32
Version: 1.0-8776
Operating System: Linux IA32
Release Date: October 19, 2006



NVIDIA Quadro Plex Driver
Linux x86
Version: 1.0-9626
Operating System: Linux x86
Release Date: October 13, 2006



Linux Display Driver - IA32
Version: 1.0-8774
Operating System: Linux IA32
Release Date: August 24, 2006



Linux Display Driver - IA32
Version: 1.0-7184
Operating System: Linux IA32
Release Date: August 24, 2006
But now after 9626, we have 8776
For 8776:
Linux Display Driver - IA32
Operating System: Linux IA32

For 9626:
NVIDIA Quadro Plex Driver
Operating System: Linux x86


Hey, people, make it simple please... I use Slackware 11.0
I have Pentium 4 on Asus i875P chipset, with a simple GeForce FX 5500 /128 MB/

So... Is it IA32 or x86 ?
And... Is 9626 newer than 8776 ?
According to the number... It should be... According to your download page... It is not :/
If 8776 just fix a security hole... Why you don't name it 9627 ?!
I don't have this "Quadro Plex whatever" thing...
And I want driver version 96xx, just because it has a new feature for configuring a second monitor...
Does 8776 have this feature too?

Ah... How can you make is so so complicated... I have to take a vacation to understand the sick logics here...
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Old 10-19-06, 05:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Let's clear this finally :(

Legacy = for old cards which are unsupported by newest drivers
9xxx = beta drivers (for now)

IA32 = x86
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Old 10-19-06, 05:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Let's clear this finally :(

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Legacy = for old cards which are unsupported by newest drivers
9xxx = beta drivers (for now)

IA32 = x86
Thanks!
9xxxx = beta?
If you're talking about 9625 on nzone.com - Yes, it is Beta...
9626 - On the main download page... - It is not announced as Beta

So which one is the last one? My main question still stays...
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Old 10-19-06, 06:07 PM   #4
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Default Re: Let's clear this finally :(

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Thanks!
9xxxx = beta?
If you're talking about 9625 on nzone.com - Yes, it is Beta...
9626 - On the main download page... - It is not announced as Beta

So which one is the last one? My main question still stays...
Both are beta. Newest stable versions are always here.
9xxx versions are beta *for now* - there'll be a stable 9xxx driver one day.

You can use this driver, but you should prefer nvidia driver packages provided by your distribution (if there are any).
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Old 10-19-06, 06:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: Let's clear this finally :(

It's not really all that hard to follow...

The "legacy" cards are listed in http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_32667.html. They are old cards and can't be used with the newest drivers. If you have one of those cards, use the driver version 1.0.7184.

The current stable release series is 1.0.8xxx, with 1.0.8776 being the most recent version.

The 1.0.9xxx series is beta, even though 1.0.9626 is listed as "stable" for Quadro Plex users, I guess that's because none of the other drivers work with Quadro Plex.

With Windows drivers, the beta page is updated only when a new beta is released. The beta page may not be updated when a new stable driver is released, so the latest beta may in fact be older than the latest stable release.

The short story is, use 1.0.8776 unless you like life on the bleeding edge, or you have a Quadro Plex, in which case you could use 1.0.9626.

I don't have much of a feel for how many people are using 1.0.9626 in "real life"... I tried it, it was a bit rough around the edges, so I went back to the stable series.
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Old 10-19-06, 06:22 PM   #6
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Default Re: Let's clear this finally :(

I was using 1.0.8774 until the beta drivers came out on my Ubuntu system, with a Geforce FX 5700LE. It ran pretty well.

I decided to give the beta driver a try when it was released, and other than having to disable the loading of the eeprom module, it has improved my system! I _was_ getting occasional crashes of Cedega when running Oblivion/Oldblivion, but that has vastly improved now - can usually go for more than an hour without a crash now ;-)

The reason that the 1.0.8776 driver is newer than the beta drivers is because Nvidia needed to release a stable driver with the recently talked-about potential security vulnerability patched. They have also said that the beta driver has this fixed already, so they did not need to update that.



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Old 10-20-06, 01:46 PM   #7
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Default Re: Let's clear this finally :(

I don't have much of a feel for how many people are using 1.0.9626 in "real life"...
well, 9xxx drivers fix some turbocache issues which makes texturing behaving really bad in wine, cedega and google earth, but in others also. for me, opengl is unusable without 9xxx beta driver.
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