Support for Red Hat Linux 9 and Mandrake Linux 9.1
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I’ve been having a terrible time with the NVIDIA drivers lately, I’ve been getting some kind of infinite loop in X under certain(repeatable) circumstances, and it’s made my box at work nearly unusable!
Finally, today, I got a working kernel, driver, XFree86, compiled with $version of gcc, setup that doesn’t lock up.
I hope whatever bug I’ve been running into is fixed…
I was just going through the README file of the new driver and I must say it gave me the impression that NVidia has at least one guy working for them that’s pretty Linux-savvy. I like the options they’ve put on their version of the installer (Loki-based?) and their documentation is pretty complete.
Nice to know there’s someone there seriously looking out for Linux and has the capacity to do so.
A few weeks ago, I was hoping that it wouldn’t take NVidia too long after RH9 was released to release their own drivers. Now, not only have they released their drivers for RH9 a week before RH9 itself is available to the greater public, they’ve also added a lot of bleeding-edge (well, for XF86, at least) features to it.
Just reading the README file, i see that they have support for Thread-local storage (TLS) in the latest glibc’s, hardware-accelerate XRENDER support(!), X-Video Motion Compensation (XvMC)
It compiled itself and seemed to do everything it is supposed to do, and it works. My impression is that X is running a bit speedier. My Neverwinter Nights framerate didn’t seem to change much one way or the other.
Crashes….. easy to reproduce too…. go to http://www.thehun.net and move the cursor over the links, after a few minutes X freezes, and I have to use SysRQ keys to reboot the machine (or ssh from another box) I’ve had this problem with the whole 4xxx series… sticking with 3123 here. Oh, its not a distro problem, same problem with Slack 7.x 8.x Redhat 8.0 and Gentoo 1.4 all w/ versions of X ranging from 4.2.1 to 4.3 and glibc 2.95 through 2.3.2….. Really disappointed here. Oh, drivers work fine w/ Gnome, and KDE < 2.99. I’m so fed up with this crap, is anyone else having this problem?
on my configuration quite a serious bug turned up: the installer replaces /dev/null with a [i]regular file[/i], completely screwing up the system. In my case, I couldn’t log in [i]at all[/i], not even to a text console — let alone that any network component or X would start. In other words, the only thing I could do was reboot.
Once I found out what was the problem, it was easy to fix. For the less tech-savvy: find a rescue disk somewhere, then as root do
[q]mknod -m 666 /dev/null c 1 3 [/q]
and then reboot; it should work again. Don’t know yet why it failed for me and (apparently) not for anybody else.
I have a GFXF5200 and with the new drivers is a no go. The older drivers won’t work because it’s a new chipset. It seems that just Red Hat users are getting the new drivers to work!!
Anyone out there that has figured it out, please post.