Originally Posted by meetscott
cs-cam, I've enjoyed reading your feedback. Great work! I had a couple of questions though.
I dumped nvidia a couple of years ago when a couple of different cards I had started to go bad on me. Never had that with other graphics cards even though they were inferior in performance. I'm mostly a coder so I've never pushed my cards to more than playing an occasional dvd movie. Have you had any similar problems with nvidia literally burning out?
I also became irritated with using their proprietary drivers. Everytime I did an X upgrade, I would have to deal the usual reinstall of nvidia. I finally started to use the "nv" open source driver just because it was simpler and required no extra configuration. What are the advantages/differences in running the proprietary drivers verses the open source? I may return to nvidia someday simply because I'm so greatful that a company produces drivers for Linux.
Any thoughts on some of this are much appreciated.
I've got 4 PCs all running Nvidia cards ranging from a TNT2 32MB to a new Geforce 7900GT and I've only ever had one hardware problem, the fan seized up on a FX5200 which was causing it to overheat obviously. I've got a mate who runs a local LAN that's pretty big, they usually get around 200 people and he is a Nvidia man because he's sees that many computers and noone ever has any problems with their Nvidia card.
On the driver side of things, the nv driver isn't accelerated at all. That means when you're watching DVDs, playing the odd game etc all the rendering is being done by your CPU which kind of makes the graphics card a very expensive VGA port. Nvidia has very good proprietary drivers which enable full 3D acceleration and you can use your video card to decode videos as well with libXvMCNVIDIA which a little mucking around.
I've never had to reinstall the nvidia driver for an Xorg upgrade, kernel updates yes because it just needs to rebuild the kernel module but this shouldn't apply to Xorg unless paths change or something.