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Old 03-31-03, 12:14 PM   #1
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Default 1.0-4349 released

NVIDIA Linux driver 1.0-4349 has been released. Go grab it at http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=li...ia32_1.0-4349.

It features the new NVIDIA Linux installer, so please try it out!

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Old 03-31-03, 12:29 PM   #2
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Something that worries me, from the README for this new version:

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For the 1.0-4349 release, NVIDIA_kernel and NVIDIA_GLX
src.rpms and tarballs are still provided. However, these will not
be provided for future releases.
Does this imply that you will no longer be distributing the equivalent of the old .tar.gz drivers at all in a while? Or just that it won't be distributed separately from the .run script? Because if you won't be distributing them at all, ... it's time for me to get a different vendor's card. My distro will not work with anything other than source...
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Old 03-31-03, 12:31 PM   #3
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Originally posted by bwkaz
Something that worries me, from the README for this new version:

Does this imply that you will no longer be distributing the equivalent of the old .tar.gz drivers at all in a while? Or just that it won't be distributed separately from the .run script? Because if you won't be distributing them at all, ... it's time for me to get a different vendor's card. My distro will not work with anything other than source...
Indeed, that is weird. Andy?
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[size=1]The politics are invading the technology. We don't really like to mess with politics because that kind of adversarial relationship has nothing to do with pure technical operations and the technical specifications of what we like to play with, the hardware![/size]
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Old 03-31-03, 12:33 PM   #4
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bwkaz: Your system will work with the installer. If it doesn't for some very strange reason (and i'd like to hear about it...), you can do an --extract-only and get the source wrapper with Makefile that way.

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Old 03-31-03, 12:34 PM   #5
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If people find that the installer doesn't provide what they need, hen please let us know. Feedback is always useful in helping decide future plans.

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Old 03-31-03, 12:41 PM   #6
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I'm giving it a try on my Slackware system.
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[size=1]The politics are invading the technology. We don't really like to mess with politics because that kind of adversarial relationship has nothing to do with pure technical operations and the technical specifications of what we like to play with, the hardware![/size]
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Old 03-31-03, 12:46 PM   #7
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bwkaz: Your system will work with the installer. If it doesn't for some very strange reason (and i'd like to hear about it...), you can do an --extract-only and get the source wrapper with Makefile that way.
OK, this alleviates my fears, thank you. When I still had an nvidia card in my system, I always used the .tgz's to good effect, whereas the RPMs never seemed to work very well. Since I'm hopefully moving back to nvidia in a couple months, I'm looking forward to continuing the tradiiton.

Andy: it's quite nice to have an nVidia employee helping us all out here. That's good customer service, and it's part of why I'm ditching ATI. Keep it up!

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Old 03-31-03, 12:46 PM   #8
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I really do HOPE that video-out problems have been fixed, else I have to stay on RH 8 and 3123 drivers

This generic setup looks very cool, so now even linux n00bs can install it
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Old 03-31-03, 12:48 PM   #9
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I works like a charm on Slack 8.1
The installer is simply a wrapper around the old tar.gz/rpms and it may (at your option) compile the kernel-specific part.

Hope this version is more stable than the previous (more or less unusable) one.... time will tell I guess
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Old 03-31-03, 12:48 PM   #10
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g.krist - if they haven't, please let me know.

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Old 03-31-03, 12:52 PM   #11
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Default YAY

After about 5 minutes of testing it would appear that the two biggest problems I experienced with the 4191 drivers have been fixed.
The 2D slowdown is gone as far as i can tell.
I was able to remotely display an OpenGL app running on the SGI down the hall !!!!!

Has anyone tried this w/ RH9? ... the readme says it should work, but I would like to hear some first hand experiences b4 I upgrade.

Thank You NV.
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Old 03-31-03, 12:56 PM   #12
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Here is a log (no go so far)
System info:

Slackware 9.0 kernel 2.4.20
GeForce 4 Ti4600

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Mon Mar 31 12:49:43 2003

option status:
license pre-accepted : false
update : false
force update : false
expert : false
uninstall : false
driver info : false
no precompiled interface: false
no ncurses color : false
query latest driver ver : false
no OpenGL header files : false
no questions : false
silent : false
XFree86 install prefix : /usr/X11R6
OpenGL install prefix : /usr
Installer install prefix: /usr
kernel include path : (not specified)
kernel install path : (not specified)
proc mount point : /proc
ui : (not specified)
tmpdir : /tmp
ftp site : ftp://download.nvidia.com

Using: nvidia-installer ncurses user interface
-> License accepted.
-> No precompiled kernel interface was found to match your kernel; would you li
ke the installer to attempt to download a kernel interface for your kernel f
rom the NVIDIA ftp site (ftp://download.nvidia.com)? (Answer: Yes)
-> No matching precompiled kernel interface was found on the NVIDIA ftp site;
this means that the installer will need to compile a kernel interface for
your kernel.
ERROR: Unable to find the kernel header files for the currently running kernel.
Please make sure you have installed the kernel header files for your
kernel; on Red Hat Linux systems, for example, be sure you have the
'kernel-source' rpm installed. If you know the correct kernel header
files are installed, you may specify the kernel include path with the
'--kernel-include-path' commandline option.
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file
'/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details. You may find suggestions
on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux
driver download page at www.nvidia.com.
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Old 03-31-03, 12:58 PM   #13
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ERROR: Unable to find the kernel header files for the currently running kernel.
Please make sure you have installed the kernel header files for your
kernel; on Red Hat Linux systems, for example, be sure you have the
'kernel-source' rpm installed. If you know the correct kernel header
files are installed, you may specify the kernel include path with the
'--kernel-include-path' commandline option.
Do you have your kernel sources installed? If so, can you try pointing the installer to them with --kernel-include-path?

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Old 03-31-03, 01:17 PM   #14
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Yes I do have the source. Will try with the path.
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Old 03-31-03, 01:33 PM   #15
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Default Changelog?

Is there a changelog? Haven't tried installing yet.
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Old 03-31-03, 01:45 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Works fine on my Mandrake 9.1 system

So far...

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Old 03-31-03, 02:14 PM   #17
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Default system hard lock

The new drivers are causing my system to hard lock when X is started.

The kernel module will load without any warnings, but when I start X, the machine locks *hard* - can't ssh in, keyboard is dead and the cpu is spinning at 100% (I can tell because my system fan cranks up).
The XFree86 log doesn't show any errors.

I have not had any problems with previous releases.
I tried using the installer first, then tried extracting the files and doing a make install - both install methods had the same results.

I'm running RedHat 7.2 with kernel 2.4.7 and XFree 4.1.0 on a dual 2GHz Xeon.

Any ideas?
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Old 03-31-03, 02:16 PM   #18
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Please send a detailed mail to linux-bugs@nvidia.com, and we'll look into it.

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Old 03-31-03, 02:32 PM   #19
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Holy smokes.

Nice job guys, really. I was using 3123 because of the 2D slowdown crap with 4191, but these seem great with the 2D and monsterously better with 3D even... I got a 30% speedup over 3123 with glxgears!

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Old 03-31-03, 02:43 PM   #20
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Is there any specific reason the version number is different from the Windows driver ?
Just curious
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Old 03-31-03, 03:13 PM   #21
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How's the 2D-performance? What's the situation with the NV-created 2D-acceleration scheme that was introduced with the previous drivers (and that were the cause of the 2D-slowdowns)?
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Old 03-31-03, 03:17 PM   #22
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Quote:
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bwkaz: Your system will work with the installer. If it doesn't for some very strange reason (and i'd like to hear about it...), you can do an --extract-only and get the source wrapper with Makefile that way.
All right. That was actually how I had installed the driver this time anyway, since (in the past) I had edited os-registry.c rather than passing options with modprobe. This did work well.

I also ran through the expert mode of the installer, telling it to use a bogus prefix for all the files; this worked pretty well also.

I was wondering about the source, though. That README paragraph makes it sound like there won't be source in the future; is this the case?

All in all, the installer appears to be a good thing so far, though.
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Old 03-31-03, 03:30 PM   #23
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bwkaz: I expect that there will be source tarballs in the future. As always, letting us know what you want helps influence future decisions.

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Old 03-31-03, 03:36 PM   #24
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Any news on AGP 3.0 support for chipsets such as the VIA kt400 (with kernel 2.4.x)?
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Old 03-31-03, 03:44 PM   #25
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Angry Problems with GF2 Go and Mandrake 9.1

Just installed the new drivers on my Dell Inspiron 8100 w/ Geforce2 go and Mandrake 9.1. The news isn't good, I have a hoard of flickering lines down the left side of my display. The installer is sweet, but I guess I'll get to use the uninstall feature

Time to go compile some .4191's
(strangely they worked great for me...)
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