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Old 02-18-2004, 12:16 PM   #1
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any point in installing nivida drivers???

Well my question is now i have my system working relatively OK i don't want to mess it up my question is is it worth installing the Nivida drivers for it bearing in mind i can't get a resolution higher than 1024X764 TFT

the graphics card that i have is Geforce FX 5200 128MB /TV-Out /DVI

i want to know what installing the drivers can do for me?
Old 02-18-2004, 12:20 PM   #2
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well the main advantage of installing them is to get
3d acceleratoin .. so if you wanna play games and the such
then you will need the drivers ... if your not a gamer
then you can get away with the generic drivers ..

i can't really think of anything else besides gaming
that would make you benefit from these drivers ...
Old 02-18-2004, 12:21 PM   #3
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First of all, if you want any kind of 3d acceleration, you're going to need to pick up the nvidia driver. Secondly, if you want to use the tv out, I think you have to use the nvidia driver (I'm not sure on this, I think you need the driver to use tv out with ATI, I would think it's the same with nvidia).
Old 02-18-2004, 12:42 PM   #4
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Also if you want to use any programs that require open GL they are needed. Besides games you need this for some screensavers, and themes. Some programs might require but not sure. And of course it is the learning experience of editing the XF86Config file.
Old 02-18-2004, 05:05 PM   #5
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Yeah. Install them. What's life without tuxracer!
Old 02-19-2004, 02:12 PM   #6
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Well i am runing Maya 5.0 on here so i guest i should install them an see what happen just that i am weary now i have my system working nicely (apart from the strange cases of applications closing on their own accord) anyhow i wouldn't mide see how it can improve my 3d vision while using alias wave maya

any tips on installation?
Old 02-19-2004, 02:32 PM   #7
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I had the same concerens, however I tried it anyway. Through YAST I selected the driver, selected accept, it did it's thing, I verified 3d is enabled now and played my first game of Tux Racer lol.

Go for it!
Old 02-19-2004, 02:40 PM   #8
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Well going to try it in a bit then and see what happen thanks
Old 02-19-2004, 03:36 PM   #9
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Originally posted by wisdom
Well i am runing Maya 5.0 on here so i guest i should
Definitely. 3D acceleration is essential if you want to get anything good out of Maya.
Sorry I can't really give you any "tips" on installing...I did it the easy way with Yast/Sax
Old 02-19-2004, 03:48 PM   #10
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wisdom, you should really list your distrobution. The .run is a menu driven install, I havn't been able to do it yet because I keep on running into problems but I'm about to exit x to do it. If you're using slack I'll see if I can help after I'm done.
Old 02-19-2004, 09:33 PM   #11
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Well thank you all for the help and advice, I ventured out and become a conquerer
I made a back up of my XFree86 Config files and did an installation and configure the files after and it went well apart from that i configure one of the wrong files which i had a back up off so i just wrote over the other one with it
issue the reboot command an hey what you know i had a nice lil welcome by a Nvidia screen am gonna try out the fine tuning options that are in the readme file when i have a bit more time .. i need all the power i can get out this baby


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