View Full Version : [ubuntu] Geforce 8300, Pentium Duo and I cant play nexuiz or Urban Terror ??

August 6th, 2010, 07:22 PM
Ok this really throws me for a loop, i have tons of computers running and my best one cant play the oldest games. My old P3 can play these games and this computer cant.

michael@ubuntu:~$ lspci | grep VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8300 GS (rev a1)
michael@ubuntu:~$ uname -a
Linux ubuntu 2.6.28-18-generic #60-Ubuntu SMP Fri Mar 12 04:40:52 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
processor : 1
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 15
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4400 @ 2.00GHz
stepping : 13
cpu MHz : 1200.000
cache size : 2048 KB
. . .
michael@ubuntu:~$ cat /proc/meminfo
MemTotal: 2061584 kB
MemFree: 1421700 kB
Buffers: 24804 kB
. . .
So basically a 2GHz machine with 2Gigs of ram and a Geforce 8300. I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty i think ?).

Anyway all of the basic games dont work well, they are choppy and slow. I put them in the lowest resolution just for them to be playable. It does not make any sense to me I have the latest version of the nvidia drivers running (I used ./NVI... --update)

michael@ubuntu:~$ nvidia-settings -v

nvidia-settings: version 256.44 (buildmeister@builder97.nvidia.com) Thu Jul
29 01:59:48 PDT 2010
The NVIDIA X Server Settings tool.

This program is used to configure the NVIDIA Linux graphics driver.

Copyright (C) 2004 - 2010 NVIDIA Corporation.
Does anyone have any idea what the hell is going on, this makes no sense to me. The only thing I can think of is a crappy video card ? but still i should be able to run these old games.

thanks for your time, this is my last hope before trying windows to see if the games run better under windows.

August 7th, 2010, 03:39 AM

I read up on the 8300 it does not seem like that bad of a card. I think nexuiz is a buggy game on some systems, not sure about urban terror.

August 7th, 2010, 04:37 PM
*bump* ....

guess i'll install windows

August 7th, 2010, 04:51 PM
did you use the driver from the nvidia website?

August 7th, 2010, 07:49 PM
did you use the driver from the nvidia website?

Yes, I installed manually using the --update option of the driver I downloaded from the nvidia website. I did not use the ubuntu "hardware drivers" thing.

August 7th, 2010, 07:52 PM
Maybe the drivers from the ubuntu repo would work better for the older card.

August 7th, 2010, 08:59 PM
I have an 8400GS and it runs openarena at 1680x1050 with max detail. Check glxinfo and see what glxgears gives you (install mesa-utils package).