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Old 07-29-2003, 04:51 AM   #1
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new nvidia driver released today! (4496)

click here to go to the download page on

Release Highlights

* GeForce FX 5900 support
* Support for Active Stereo + TwinView
* Initial support for APM power management
* Improved OpenGL performance when rendering to multiple
buffers (such as when using a stereo visual and rendering to

Old 07-29-2003, 04:57 AM   #2
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Should I need to upgrade my old driver?
Old 07-29-2003, 05:03 AM   #3
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If it's doin something funny or not performing up to par, yes. If it's working great, it's not like it's a security fix So probably not.

Old 07-29-2003, 06:09 AM   #4
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just checked the bug-fix list, nothing remarkable if you don't own one of the FX no updating for me, esp not on this crappy dialup that I am on.
Old 07-29-2003, 07:45 AM   #5
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I've heard somewhere in this forum, or was it a clever signature? . Well, it stands "If it's not broken, don't fix it..."

That's so true
Old 07-29-2003, 03:09 PM   #6
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I dont know, I have a Geforece4MX440, and Unreal Tournament 2003 gave me 5-7 FPS more from the earlier Nvidia drivers. And I got 150FPS more in glxgears.
Old 07-29-2003, 03:41 PM   #7
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I've a GeForce2 MX and I was using release 4191 when it used to freeze my display just trying to open any KDE app. KWord, Konqueror.. anything. None of the virtual terminals work either. SSH-ing into it from my laptop would be only way to safely power it down, if you dont want to pull the plug on it. Upgrading to 4363 fixed it.

If you have an nvidia card and you're using a really old nvidia driver, I would recommend upgrading.
Old 07-29-2003, 03:55 PM   #8
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I juist upgraded my geforce 3 ti 200 and look at the difference from glxgears

on 4363 version
9189 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1837.800 FPS
11005 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2201.000 FPS
11034 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2206.800 FPS
11075 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2215.000 FPS
11053 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2210.600 FPS
11012 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2202.400 FPS
11028 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2205.600 FPS
11072 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2214.400 FPS
11076 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2215.200 FPS
11045 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2209.000 FPS
11013 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2202.600 FPS
11018 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2203.600 FPS
11051 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2210.200 FPS
11060 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2212.000 FPS
11035 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2207.000 FPS
10984 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2196.800 FPS
11039 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2207.800 FPS

on new 4496
11235 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2247.000 FPS
12579 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2515.800 FPS
12583 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2516.600 FPS
12607 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2521.400 FPS
12589 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2517.800 FPS
12552 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2510.400 FPS
12605 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2521.000 FPS

that is good enough for me, installation was painless, just sh NVIDIA.. --uninstall
then on new one
sh NVIDIA...
Old 07-29-2003, 06:34 PM   #9
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my 4363 got some issues with glut.h. I've to unistall nvidia driver inorder for me to compile openGL programs... these are the errors:

/usr/lib/ undefined reference to `glXBindChannelToWindowSGIX'
/usr/lib/ undefined reference to `glXQueryChannelDeltasSGIX'
/usr/lib/ undefined reference to `glXChannelRectSyncSGIX'
/usr/lib/ undefined reference to `glXChannelRectSGIX'
/usr/lib/ undefined reference to `glXQueryChannelRectSGIX'

I hope the new one have to the fix for this... Is kinda pain to uninstall nvidia diriver every time I want to compile stuffs and reinstall it again to play the stuffs...
Old 07-29-2003, 06:52 PM   #10
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Yupe... the new driver fix this...!!! The method I used to install new dirver is to use the old driver like this..
./ --update
and the magic begins........
Old 07-30-2003, 02:01 PM   #11
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I have not been able to get my GeForce 4mx 440 working with ANY of the new or older nvidia drivers, (mdk9.1). Can I see sample xf86 config files please? & any other file entries...

Also, what's needed in the mouse device section to make a ps2 wheel mouse work?
Old 07-30-2003, 02:24 PM   #12
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1 - I have the exact same card and it works perfectly for me using both drivers, although i don't use mdk, I used rh and now I have jamd.

2 - make sure it says imps/2 in the file. You should be able to pick a generic wheel mouse and it should work though.

*maybe mdk doesn't like you, it sure didn't like me, lol.
Old 07-30-2003, 06:41 PM   #13
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I'm using the same card too. For graphics card and mouse config you need to edit the XF86Config... RH9 puts it at /etc/X11/XF86Config

For nvidia this is what I have done to my XF86Config...

PHP Code:
Section "Module"
Load  "dbe"
Load  "extmod"
Load  "fbdevhw"
Load  "glx"
Load  "record"
Load  "freetype"
Load  "type1"
#       Load  "dri"      <------comment this out
PHP Code:
Section "Device"
Identifier  "Videocard0"
Driver      "nvidia"    #<---- change this form whatever (mine was nv) to nvidia
VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
BoardName   "NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX (generic)"
VideoRam    65536
PHP Code:
#Section "DRI"         <-----comment all of these
#       Group        0
#       Mode         0666

This is my setup for my scroll mouse..

PHP Code:
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier  "Mouse0"
Driver      "mouse"
Option      "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option      "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option      "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Last edited by linuxlah; 07-30-2003 at 06:43 PM.
Old 07-31-2003, 01:10 PM   #14
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My scroll mouse is working fine now, I use Buttons 5 and the zx thingy, it's great.
As for XF86Config-4, I've tried all that more than 6 months ago and I've never had working 3d graphics on this card (with Linux).


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