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Old 08-30-2010, 11:00 AM   #1
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Call for Testing: Xorg Updates (20100830)


For anyone interested in testing new xorg stuff, here it is:

http://slackware.com/~rworkman/xorg/

The good news is that this package set should work fine in either 13.1 or -current. The build box is 13.1, so I know they're compatible there; however, I'm running them on both 13.1 and -current systems, so I'm pretty sure they'll work on either :-)

Be sure to read the NOTES file before you go digging around in PACKAGES/ :-)
 
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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Oh, I should probably note that the latest 2.6.35.x kernel is recommended, but you'll have to compile that yourself. Here are generic configs if you'd like:
http://connie.slackware.com/~rworkma...-i486-2.6.35.x
http://connie.slackware.com/~rworkma...86_64-2.6.35.x
 
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Old 08-30-2010, 03:27 PM   #3
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thanks also for this Robby

tried it now: made also some updated compat32 libs for 64-current with this to play Enemy Territory and it's working very fine (latest nvidia drivers also support it \o/ )

Last edited by ponce; 09-17-2010 at 02:21 AM. Reason: fixed link to nvidia drivers
 
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:18 PM   #4
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I just downloaded the new x-org packages and upgraded. I'm not much of a tester, but if I have any problems I will give a shout. I'm just a bit too adventurous at times.

I also compiled the 2.6.35.4 kernel. Been meaning to do that anyway.

@ponce - Thanks for the link to the beta release of Nvidia's driver, without which this would not be possible. I would have given up quickly.
 
Old 08-30-2010, 08:32 PM   #5
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I notice that there is a package for a git version of nouveau. Will this mess with the xf86-video-nouveau-blacklist-noarch-1 package and prevent the proprietary nvidia driver from functioning?
 
Old 08-30-2010, 09:09 PM   #6
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The nouveau driver being installed (just the fact that it's installed) shouldn't have any impact on anything. It probably won't work unless you un-blacklist the nouveau kernel module though.

I understand that you nvidia guys like your binary drivers, but some testing with nouveau would be appreciated too :-)
 
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:57 PM   #7
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The nouveau driver being installed (just the fact that it's installed) shouldn't have any impact on anything. It probably won't work unless you un-blacklist the nouveau kernel module though.

I understand that you nvidia guys like your binary drivers, but some testing with nouveau would be appreciated too :-)
LOL, well so far I can't boot. I was able to get into X by renaming xorg.conf, but I was unable to reinstall my Nvidia driver or upgrade it, getting a message about a module already being loaded so I went runlevel 1 to 3 a few times, but no joy so I went ahead and rebooted.....It starts to reboot then horizontal lines then everything goes black, including the virtual terminals. The system isn't hung though because I can control+alt+del and reboot. Once I get this machine running again I'll put another testing install on my other machine and give nouveau a go.
 
Old 08-30-2010, 10:11 PM   #8
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The nouveau driver being installed (just the fact that it's installed) shouldn't have any impact on anything. It probably won't work unless you un-blacklist the nouveau kernel module though.

I understand that you nvidia guys like your binary drivers, but some testing with nouveau would be appreciated too :-)
rworkman,

Thank you for providing these updates.

I just finished downloading and installing your packages. Installed the latest nvidia binary (256.52).

Everything seems to be working fine [see screenie], there is no sign of any performance improvement though.

I used the xorg.conf i had before, do i still need it?

Note:
I will test the nouveau driver after a couple of days, after upgrading my primary gaming rig.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:51 PM   #9
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@ slackd could you post a link to your slackware kicker for kde?
 
Old 08-30-2010, 11:04 PM   #10
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@ slackd could you post a link to your slackware kicker for kde?
am uploading it..
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:05 PM   #11
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Thanks.
 
Old 08-31-2010, 03:36 AM   #12
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I am updating my previous post with some benchmarks.

Am not really satisfied with the performance of my graphics card, don't know if its the driver or the new Xorg.

Here are the results anyway,

GLXGEARS: (256.52)

Code:
sam@slackd ~> glxgears
45482 frames in 5.0 seconds = 9096.385 FPS
45065 frames in 5.0 seconds = 9012.961 FPS
45939 frames in 5.0 seconds = 9187.271 FPS
45667 frames in 5.0 seconds = 9133.305 FPS
45529 frames in 5.0 seconds = 9105.659 FPS
44870 frames in 5.0 seconds = 8973.846 FPS
VDPAU Benchmark: (256.52)

Code:
qvdpautest 0.5.1
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU          6300  @ 1.86GHz
NVIDIA GPU GeForce 9600 GT (G94) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)

VDPAU API version : 1
VDPAU implementation : NVIDIA VDPAU Driver Shared Library  256.52  Wed Aug 25 14:39:25 PDT 2010

SURFACE GET BITS: 363.794 M/s
SURFACE PUT BITS: 305.027 M/s

MPEG DECODING (1920x1080): 73 frames/s
MPEG DECODING (1280x720): 156 frames/s
H264 DECODING (1920x1080): 45 frames/s
H264 DECODING (1280x720): 99 frames/s
VC1 DECODING (1440x1080): 115 frames/s

MIXER WEAVE (1920x1080): 2471 frames/s
MIXER BOB (1920x1080): 3760 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL (1920x1080): 876 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL + IVTC (1920x1080): 510 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL + SKIP_CHROMA (1920x1080): 1191 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL_SPATIAL (1920x1080): 269 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL_SPATIAL + IVTC (1920x1080): 219 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL_SPATIAL + SKIP_CHROMA (1920x1080): 296 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL_SPATIAL (720x576 video to 1920x1080 display): 1003 fields/s

MULTITHREADED MPEG DECODING (1920x1080): 70 frames/s
MULTITHREADED MIXER TEMPORAL (1920x1080): 784 fields/s

Before, with Xorg 1.7.7 & Nv (256.25/35/44)

GLXGEARS:

Average of 19000 FPS

VDPAU Benchmark:

Code:
qvdpautest 0.5.1
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU          6300  @ 1.86GHz
NVIDIA GPU GeForce 9600 GT (G94) at PCI:1:0:0 (GPU-0)

VDPAU API version : 1
VDPAU implementation : NVIDIA VDPAU Driver Shared Library  256.25  Tue May 18 21:02:21 PDT 2010

SURFACE GET BITS: 1045.3 M/s
SURFACE PUT BITS: 1113.08 M/s

MPEG DECODING (1920x1080): 76 frames/s
MPEG DECODING (1280x720): 158 frames/s
H264 DECODING (1920x1080): 45 frames/s
H264 DECODING (1280x720): 99 frames/s
VC1 DECODING (1440x1080): 127 frames/s

MIXER WEAVE (1920x1080): 2619 frames/s
MIXER BOB (1920x1080): 3983 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL (1920x1080): 929 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL + IVTC (1920x1080): 563 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL + SKIP_CHROMA (1920x1080): 1247 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL_SPATIAL (1920x1080): 284 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL_SPATIAL + IVTC (1920x1080): 235 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL_SPATIAL + SKIP_CHROMA (1920x1080): 309 fields/s
MIXER TEMPORAL_SPATIAL (720x576 video to 1920x1080 display): 1050 fields/s

MULTITHREADED MPEG DECODING (1920x1080): 76 frames/s
MULTITHREADED MIXER TEMPORAL (1920x1080): 831 fields/s
Note*
1. Coz of my faulty Mainboard, i had to underclock my processor to its default Core Clock of 1.86GHZ instead of my Overclocked setting of 2.80 GHZ.
2. Ram also set to default at 800MHZ instead of 960MHZ

**Cant wait for my new mobo, processor, ram to arrive..**
 
Old 08-31-2010, 04:29 AM   #13
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Thanks Robby! I'm running it for a couple of hours and everything seems fine (Intel 82G33/G31 GPU).
 
Old 08-31-2010, 05:32 AM   #14
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Oh, I should probably note that the latest 2.6.35.x kernel is recommended, but you'll have to compile that yourself. Here are generic configs if you'd like:
http://connie.slackware.com/~rworkma...-i486-2.6.35.x
http://connie.slackware.com/~rworkma...86_64-2.6.35.x

Thanks Robby.

I've been thinking about uprading my kernel in 64-current, but what stopped me was the question whether doing any customisation like that on my part would defeat the purpose of -current.
As far as I know, -current is for testing purposes to provide you guys with feedback. If I start upgrading individual packages/kernel (ie. modify the environment you provide us with) my feedback will be useless.

I understand that the new Xorg will get into -current soon and you just need some preeliminary feedback.

I'm still going to upgrade my kernel and xorg as I like the thrill of the unknown, LOL
 
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@slackd Those glxgears frame rates look suspiciously similar to the difference I get when running glxgears with/without compositing enabled. I'm not saying that's what's happening here but it might be something to check into.
 
  


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