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Old 04-05-07, 09:03 AM   #1
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Question Is the GeForce4 MX 440 a legacy GPU?

Hello,

I own (a now admittedly old) GeForce4 MX 440 that should still be supported by the latest drivers as it's showing up on this page http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_18897.html, unfortunately trying to install the drivers via the official installer complains my GPU isn't supported and that I should be looking for the legacy drivers. And BTW my GPU doesn't appear in the list of supported cards for the legacy drivers at http://www.nvidia.com/object/1.0-718..._products.html.
Here's the lspci scan output for my graphics card:

:~$ lspci -nn | grep nV
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 MX 440] [10de:0171] (rev a3)

As you can see it has a 0x171 PCI ID which should be supported. I am trying to set it up under Ubuntu Feisty. I tried Ubuntu's latest glx packages and setup scripts but got the same error log the nVidia installer gave me. The legacy glx packages work though... I am confused. Hopefully this problem is distro related.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-05-07, 09:13 AM   #2
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have you tried using the legacy drivers?
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have you tried using the legacy drivers?
Yes, and they do work, however they do not support the GLX texture extension required by AIXGL for instance.
I'd like to run my card under the newest drivers since it should be supported.
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Default Re: Is the GeForce4 MX 440 a legacy GPU?

Lots of people are confused with the legacy drivers and for which cards they are.

The last driver release to support the riva tnt and early geforce (sdr, ddr, 2ti, 2gts, 2pro, 2ultra) was the 1.0-71xx version. Nvidia is updating this branch so now and then to keep it compatible with newer kernels and xorg versions. They have called this version the 'legacy' driver.

Starting from 1.0-97xx Nvidia removed support for the geforce2mx, the geforce3 and all geforce4 cards (and ofcourse all quadro equivalents). The last version which supports this card is the 1.0-96xx series. This version is maintained in a similar way as 1.0-7xxx.

So these days there are two sets of legacy drivers and in order to have most features you should use the latest version which supports your card.
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