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Old 08-27-2008, 12:39 AM   #1
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Old nvidia card: nv vs legacy driver


I picked up a very cheap and elderly low-profile nvidia AGP card for my cheap amd elderly Dell GX270:

root@ilium/home/andrew# lspci | grep nVidia
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 4000] (rev c1)
I picked up immediate 2D benefits from the nv driver so I also picked up the legacy driver and tested it on my 'testing' partition. I was pleasantly surprised to see very little difference in 2d performance and not exactly mind-blowing 3D, but I guess this is the nature of this fairly pedestrian card.

Am I alone in finding the nv driver perfectly acceptable for 2D performance? BTW the computer cost about $280 second hand and the card was $25 both from eBay: great what you can scavenge from people's discards :-).


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Old 08-27-2008, 01:21 AM   #2
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lol i guess that is the good thing with running linux :P no top end video games but pretty much anything else u want to do and no sry i can't help i just installed the newest nvidia driver, thought i could help :P
Old 08-27-2008, 01:56 AM   #3
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The nv driver is excellent for 2D stuff. The legacy driver is good if you want 3D as well; just remember that in the GF4 era there really wasn't that much 3D capability in the graphics card and even some routines which many graphics people would consider "essential" simply aren't implemented. "glxgears" should show a decent framerate (it only renders very basic objects) but if you make use of features like various shaders and particle effects, expect them not to be available at all or else to be a software implementation (painfully slow).
Old 08-27-2008, 03:09 PM   #4
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If you read my post on "Enabling DRI", you would see my main card is a GeForce MX4 also.
While framerates for 2D are fine using either driver, I found the best results for 3D are by using the older Nvidia drivers.


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