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Old 12-26-2003, 08:50 PM   #1
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nvidia glxgears slow....

I just loaded the latest Nvidia driver on this Red Hat 8 machine.

My slow FPS rate persists.
[bsl1@bsl1 bsl1]$ glxgears
4298 frames in 5.0 seconds = 859.600 FPS
4681 frames in 5.0 seconds = 936.200 FPS
4682 frames in 5.0 seconds = 936.400 FPS
4690 frames in 5.0 seconds = 938.000 FPS

It has never been good on this machine, although it's a Pentium III 866Mhz with a 64MB Geforce4 MX 420.
My Slackware machine is a Pentium II 400Mhz with a 64MB GeForce2 Ti and it gets over 1800 FPS. Half the power, but twice the performance.

Here's my XF86Config.

Maybe the GeForce4 MX 420 just sucks.
Does anybody know specifically what other file I need to edit on this Red Hat 8 machine to get the FPS up?
Maybe I should swap the GeForce4 with that GeForce2 and see if that makes a difference.
Old 12-26-2003, 08:57 PM   #2
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geforce 2 *ti* will beat out geforce 4 *mx* for sure

it is like comparing the celeron processors to the pentiums; a 1.1 ghz celeron cannot size up to the 800 mhz p3

geforce 4 mx may have more memory, but it can't handle as well as the ti
Old 12-26-2003, 09:12 PM   #3
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Try some different versions of the nvidia driver.

the latest version is horribly slow for me, an older one from the archinve works much better.

Im using a gf4 ti4200 on slackware.
Old 12-27-2003, 09:08 AM   #4
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Same card and platform as Kahless - newest nvidia driver make games and gnome screensaver practically useless - reverting back to the previous driver before sorted it out again.
Old 12-27-2003, 09:41 AM   #5
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i dont know the driver version that im using, but ill look it up if you need it/want it.
here is my output of glxgears with my geforce 4 mx:
9462 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1892.400 FPS
9548 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1909.600 FPS
9716 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1943.200 FPS
see if you can get it somewhere around that
Old 12-27-2003, 11:20 AM   #6
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Well, I reverted back to the 4496 'package' and I stll get:

[bsl1@bsl1 bsl1]$ glxgears
3834 frames in 5.0 seconds = 766.800 FPS
4766 frames in 5.0 seconds = 953.200 FPS
4764 frames in 5.0 seconds = 952.800 FPS
4767 frames in 5.0 seconds = 953.400 FPS
Looks like it's almost 20 FPS better!! woo hoo!!

So, I reckon it's just the 'ti' vs. 'mx' thing as TheOneAndOnlySM mentioned.

Also, I must be losing my mind, or LQ lost my post, because I posted a reply to this thread right after Kahless last night and it isn't there today! Maybe I just forgot to push the submit button.
Old 12-27-2003, 09:39 PM   #7
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try switching the cards and see what you get for performance. I also have a gf 4 mx 420 and I hate it overall.

also try:

glxinfo |grep direct

to see if Direct Rendering is on.
Old 12-28-2003, 01:42 AM   #8
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glxinfo eh? Here's the first several lines.
[root@bsl1 root]# glxinfo
name of display: :0.0
display: :0  screen: 0
direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
server glx version string: 1.3
server glx extensions:
    GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig,
client glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
client glx version string: 1.3
client glx extensions:
    GLX_ARB_get_proc_address, GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_visual_info,
    GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_EXT_import_context, GLX_SGI_video_sync,
    GLX_SGIX_swap_group, GLX_SGIX_swap_barrier, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig,
    GLX_SGIX_pbuffer, GLX_NV_float_buffer
GLX extensions:
    GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig,
    GLX_SGIX_pbuffer, GLX_ARB_get_proc_address
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce4 MX 420/AGP/SSE
OpenGL version string: 1.4.0 NVIDIA 44.96
Well, I think I'll stop thinking about this FPS thing on this Red Hat 8 box. Too many other issues on my table right now and I doubt if I'll be playing any games on it any time soon. As I said before, it was just the principle of thing. A seemingly more powerful graphics card should outperform an older card.
Besides, I currently like the performance of that Pentium II 400MHz with Slackware 9.1 on it with the peppier graphics card.

Thanks for the input.


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