Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New NVidia Driver For Linux

NVidia has released a new driver for Linux users, 100.14.19. It has various improvements compared to the latest version and yes, it will only works with newer GPUs, so don't use this if you have old GPUs (for example GeForce 2 or 4 MX. Use the legacy version instead). Here are some improvements on this release:
* Added support for new GPUs

* Improved GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap out-of-memory handling.

* Fixed a performance regression on GeForce 8 GPUs.

* Added support for a 'NoScanout' mode to the X driver, useful for high performance computing environments and remote graphics

* Improved power management support with GeForce 8 and older GPUs.

* Improved compatibility with recent X.Org X servers.

* Improved G-Sync support with Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600.

* Added XV brightness and contrast controls to the GeForce 8 video texture adapter implementation.

* Further improved interaction with ATi RS480/482 based mainboards.

* Fixed stability problems with some GeForce 8 GPUs.

* Fixed XvMC support on GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a GPUs with PureVideo support.

* Added support for bridgeless SLI with GeForce 8 GPUs.

* Fixed rotation support on some GeForce 8 GPUs.

* Fixed a problem causing X to render incorrectly after VT switches with composited desktops.

* Fixed a RENDER acceleration bug that was causing 2D rendering corruption in Eclipse with GeForce 8 GPUs.

* Improved VGA console restoration with DFPs and TVs.

* Fixed a bug that resulted in the generation of incorrect EDIDs on some notebooks.

* Fixed flickering corruption with SLIAA on GeForce 8 GPUs.

* Improved compatibility with recent Linux 2.6 kernels.

* Fixed a compatibility problem with some Linux 2.4 kernels.

* Improved hotkey switching support.

* Fixed an 'nvidia-installer' bug that was causing the installer to treat some of its temporary files as conflicting.

* Fixed several problems causing crashes if /dev is mounted with the 'noexec' option.

* Reduced kernel virtual memory usage with some GeForce 8 GPUs.