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Old 02-01-2004, 04:00 PM   #1
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Best performing Nvidia drivers?


A while back I tried installing the latest Nvidia video drivers to see if I could get a little more performace out of it. The latest drivers, however, were quite a bit worse than the old ones I had. Just today I realized that evertime I went onto the internet my cpu was at 100% usage. You guessed it, bad Nvidia drivers again. So my question is what is going on with Nvidia. Why are they putting out more poorly performing drivers than before. And what are the best performing drivers (mostly video, but nvnet as well) out?

MSI nforce2 Ultra
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Old 02-01-2004, 05:01 PM   #2
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I'm using the latest one that directly supports the 2.6 kernel. I've used most of them never really noticed a huge difference, but from what I've read on differenet forums a lot of people seem to prefer the 4496 version. There are patches for the older drivers to work with 2.6 at minion.de, and prepatched packages at http://www.sh.nu/download/nvidia/
 
Old 02-01-2004, 07:06 PM   #3
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have had good luck with the 4496 drivers, not a serious gamer, but dink around with em a little, and all works well.
 
Old 02-01-2004, 09:01 PM   #4
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Yea... Both version 5 drivers lock up my puter when I startx... Screen goes black and I'm forced to clamp down on the power button. Can't switch to another VC or anything... 4496 is what I have to use.... I don't even think I'm going to bother with any new versions of nvidia to see if they even work anymore... I use windass for games so the 850fps I barely squeeze out of 4496 is just fine for normal apps and the occasional tame linux game that I play.... Oh well.... Truth be told, The nvidia drivers for windows provided thru dell are even shoddier than the linux ones..... I just can't win having a laptop....

Jon
 
Old 02-01-2004, 09:31 PM   #5
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Hi.

I've had no problems what so ever with the 5336 drivers.

I get a solid 2440 fps in glxgears too.

Dave
 
Old 02-02-2004, 09:37 AM   #6
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Right now I'm running on 4363 video drivers and 0256 nforce drivers. As I said, I tried installing newer video drivers and got worse performance. Im not sure what version anymore but I thought it was 4496. I'm going to try out the 2.6 compliant ones now. I get about 1660fps in glx gears. I'm only running a gf2Ti and just started playing ArmyOps so I need all I can get.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 10:05 AM   #7
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Alright, the new 2.6 compliant drivers yield the same performance as the older ones I was using.

I have been trying to get 2.6.1 up and running, however and there have been a couple of problems. First, is there a 2.6 compliant nvnet driver out? When I boot up with 2.6 and try to compile nvnet I get errors about things not being defined. So either it is not 2.6 compliant or theres something wrong with it finding my kernel source?
 
Old 02-02-2004, 12:33 PM   #8
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Uh, maybe... Not sure. You might want to try re-symlinking /usr/src/linux and lib/modules/<uname -r>/build to /usr/src/linux-2.6.1... Not sure what it looks for when compiling...

2k plus fps? That makes me sick.... Must be nice.... I know I only have a Gforce2go, but one would think better performance could be obtained than 850 fps...
 
Old 02-02-2004, 12:52 PM   #9
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The 2440 fps is with an FX 5200. I'd like to know what you can do with a 5900 or a Radeon 9800 though.....
 
Old 02-03-2004, 06:18 PM   #10
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Heh... I'd be glad to let you know what a Radeon 9500 can do as soon as someone can tell me how to get X to use the ATI glx drivers...



Check my other post titled 'GLX wont load with radeon 9500 pro'

kM

(my apologies for the off topic)
 
Old 02-04-2004, 08:39 AM   #11
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Personally I'd go with the 4496 ones. I've found on my GeForxe FX5600 Ultra the 5xxx series ones lock up my display and X won't work. Not sure why, but I guess thats how it goes.
 
  


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