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Old 05-01-2006, 11:36 PM   #1
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nvidia's nforce 2 drivers - are they worth it?


I'm wondering if anyone has tried these drivers from nvidia at:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_nforce_1.0-0310.html

I'm using slackware 10.2. The pc runs fine or so it appears, but a performance boost would be nice.

Thank you.

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Old 05-02-2006, 01:36 AM   #2
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I used the drivers that are built into the kernel and they seem to work fine for me. I don't use the onboard ethernet though. It was flakey no matter what software I used, though forcedeath was much better.

I'm not real familiar with Slack but if you can compile your own kernel, you can check for those options for the nvidia drivers.

Hope that helps.

 
Old 05-02-2006, 04:55 AM   #3
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As far as I can remember, the nforce driver only provides drivers for sound and network (everything else is standard stuff). But forcedeth and snd-intel8x0 work OK for me. Unless you're having trouble with these, I wouldn't bother with the nforce stuff. It works, but I didn't see any noticeable improvement over the kernel drivers. Then again, YMMV.

edit: Mobos: Abit NF7 and Asus A7N8X-VM.

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Old 05-02-2006, 07:09 AM   #4
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There are seperte drivers, one for sound, one for the network and I guess another for the IDE chip based on the link. I always used the ones in the kernel except for the network one which I just didn't like because it knocked the others off a notch. The forcedeath driver worked fine though. The others are built into the kernel and they should be just fine.

You can test your hard drive using hdparm though. Something like this:

Code:
hdparm -Tt /dev/hd*
Mine is like this:

Code:
root@smoker / # hdparm -Tt /dev/hda

/dev/hda:
 Timing cached reads:   1704 MB in  2.00 seconds = 851.95 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads:  170 MB in  3.00 seconds =  56.66 MB/sec
root@smoker / #
That is a IDE with 8MBs of cache and I think it is 7200 RPMs.

Hope that helps some.

 
Old 05-03-2006, 12:06 AM   #5
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Thanks all.

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Old 06-03-2006, 03:19 AM   #6
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I'm trying my onboard audio. suse works for 5.1 speakers, but my slackware doesnt. I dont get it. I'm running 2.6.16.19 kernel with the modules compiled by the kernel and not alsa. anybody here have this issue?

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