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Old 08-20-2009, 07:53 AM   #1
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OpenBSD: nvidia drivers, screen resolution and FreeBSD binaries on OpenBSD


i've heard that there are no OpenBSD drivers for nvidia graphic cards because nvidia does not release the specs and OpenBSD is all about non proprietary software. that's good . what's not so good is that i've got a nvidia graphic card (GeForce FX 5200) plus a LCD display from Belinea (o.display 22"). the display has exactly one resolution at which the image is sharp and this is 1680x1050.

there's a driver included in OpenBSD called "nv" which Xorg automatically uses since it detected my nvidia card. problem is it doesn't work on a resolution bigger than 1024x768. i've edited xorg.conf but the mode i need is not supported it seems. i've tried it with 1280x960; no luck either. the logs list many modes but not the one i need. i wouldn't mind a smaller resolution but LCD displays look crapy with the wrong one . what else can i try?

i've also noticed that there is a nvidia driver for FreeBSD. can i use the FreeBSD driver or are FreeBSD and OpenBSD not compatible in this respect (what about binaries like "opera")?

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Old 08-20-2009, 07:30 PM   #2
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i've also noticed that there is a nvidia driver for FreeBSD. can i use the FreeBSD driver or are FreeBSD and OpenBSD not compatible in this respect (what about binaries like "opera")?
Binaries of Opera are Linux applications running under emulation in the userland. There is a large difference between the userland & integrating foreign drivers into the kernel.

OpenBSD only allows drivers created by the project. FreeBSD drivers will not be able to be used.

As for alternatives, you can look into whether you can run generically in VGA mode, but it is common knowledge within the community that nVidia is to be avoided for exactly the reasons you are posing.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 04:18 AM   #3
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well, i thought so. i therefore had to give up my little OpenBSD adventure for now. reinstalled slackware. i liked the straight forward approach of OpenBSD very much. it was a bit diffrent from GNU/Linux of course but although i, for example, didn't configure my network card during install it was a matter of editing one file to get it working. very nice. i'll try it again in the hopefully not so distant future . thanks for all the help :::
 
  


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