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Re: [opensuse] glxgears fails under installed 11.3
  • From: "C. Brouerius van Nidek" <constant@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:17:27 +0700
  • Message-id: <201009161217.28869.constant@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thursday, September 16, 2010 02:47:17 am David C. Rankin wrote:
On 09/13/2010 01:52 AM, C. Brouerius van Nidek wrote:
Will keep this explanation handy ;)

But what are the advantages of the nividia driver towards the nouveau
driver. Would I see improvements apart from the Nvidia splash screen
halfway booting?

Bottom line is the nvidia driver contains the closed-source optimizations,
gpu downclocking, and performance benefits that the nv driver is working
to achieve. The nv driver is good, but it doesn't have the benefit of the
chipset level optimizations that the nvidia driver has. I have used the
nvidia driver on everything from opensuse (I think 9.0 with my old MX440)
to 11.2 and my 8800GT and I always get better performance/stability out of
the nvidia driver. If the nvidia driver gets broken by an update, then
I'll drop back to the nv driver until the nvidia driver gets fixed.

The easiest thing to do if you still run an xorg.conf is just keep and
xorg.conf.nvidia and an xorg.conf.nv. The only/main difference is the
Driver line. For the nvidia driver, do something like this:

Section "Device"
BoardName "GeForce 8800 GT"
BusID "2:0:0"
Driver "nvidia"
Identifier "Device[0]"
VendorName "NVIDIA"
Option "Coolbits" "1"

for the nv driver, do this:

Section "Device"
BoardName "GeForce 8800 GT"
BusID "2:0:0"
Driver "nv"
Identifier "Device[0]"
VendorName "NVIDIA"

Then just 'cp xorg.conf.nvidia xorg.conf' to load the nvidia driver or 'cp
xorg.conf.nv xorg.conf' to load the nv driver and restart X.

and.. yes you can edit the xorg.conf file by hand despite all the nonsense
at the top of the file. It is just a standard text config file. As a
matter of fact, if you want to optimize your graphics performance, you can
add/remove/change options for your card and setup that can really help your
graphics system perform. You can google something like 'xorg.conf tweaks
nvidia' and probably find a wealth of info that will help.

Enjoy! (and always backup your original xorg.conf before you start hacking

Thanks David.
That was the last and important info I was hoping for as to why hunt the nvidia
driver. Due to the inability to automatically to recognize my monitor setting
since the dead of sax2 I have to use a "xorg.conf". Did not find another way to
save my monitor refresh rate. And now I am up to change back to nvidia.

Linux User 183145 using LXDE on a Pentium IV ,
powered by openSUSE 11.3 (i586) Kernel: 2.6.36-rc3-16-desktop
LXDE WM & KDE Development Platform: 4.5.1 (KDE 4.5.1)
12:00pm up 1 day 14:00, 3 users, load average: 1.68, 1.25, 1.22

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