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    Unhappy poor performance of nvidia driver

    i have a hp pavilion dv2500 notebook with nvidia Geforce 8400M Gs as graphic card.
    i installed ubuntu 12.04 on it. everything is ok but nvidia driver.
    when i installed nvidia graphic driver, performance reduced: unity became slow, firefox scrolling became slow and same thing happened for pdf reader. also boot time is longer.
    i never had such a expectation, in fact my expectation was completely vise vera. i expected nvidia driver performance be better than nouveau.
    now i'm using nouveau. in unity 2d it is ok but i cannot use unity 3d using nouveau in ubuntu 12.04.
    who know what is the problem with my nvidia graphic driver? how can i solve that?
    i installed that using "Additional Drivers".
    i had same problem with nvidia driver in openSUSE also.
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    Re: poor performance of nvidia driver

    Which version of the restricted nvidia driver did you install? There are several versions available in the repositories.
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    Re: poor performance of nvidia driver

    i cannot remember the exact version number. but i dare say i tried several nvidia versions in ubuntu and openSUSE and all of them caused to this problem.
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    Re: poor performance of nvidia driver

    You can check the version if you install Synaptic:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install synaptic
    You can use Synaptic for changing the driver. First try nvidia-current, then nvidia-173, then nvidia-current-updates and maybe finally even nvidia-experimental-304 and nvidia-experimental-310.

    Stay with the driver that performs best, and only try the experimentals if there is really no good alternative.

    If you lose display because of a driver change, you can repair it as follows:
    https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...isplay-at-all-
    (item 1, left column)
    Last edited by Pjotr123; December 30th, 2012 at 09:33 PM.
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    Re: poor performance of nvidia driver

    as i explained, its several mounts that i using free open source driver (nouveau).
    i tested both current and experimental nvidia drivers in ubuntu and openSUSE and i had the problem in all situations.
    it is useful if look at my description about this problem in openSUSE forums too. here is the address.
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    Re: poor performance of nvidia driver

    It appears to be a 5 year old computer, with an Nvidia card that has only 64 MB dedicated RAM. You shouldn't expect too much 3D performance...

    I advise to install the Nvidia restricted driver again (the one Ubuntu advises is best, probably in your case the "current"), and stay with a 2D desktop. Like Unity 2D, or even better: my own personal favourite Xubuntu:
    https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...roject/xubuntu

    You can even transform your existing Ubuntu installation into Xubuntu:
    https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...ct/alternative

    If you apply some speed tweaks, your computer will fly:
    https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...sproject/speed

    Afterwards, test the performance (FPS rate) of your Nvidia like this:
    Code:
    glxgears
    (you may need to install mesa-utils first)

    Good luck and happy 2013!
    Last edited by Pjotr123; December 31st, 2012 at 11:51 AM.
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    Re: poor performance of nvidia driver

    Thank you for your advise. but my laptop had a windows vista pre installed on it. and as you may know, windows vista is one of the heaviest OSs in th world but my laptop worked with vista very good. for this reason i expect ubuntu to be better than vista.
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    Re: poor performance of nvidia driver

    now, i'm using free graphic driver nouveau and resault of glxgears is:
    Code:
    ~$ glxgears
    Running synchronized to the vertical refresh.  The framerate should be
    approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.
    1454 frames in 5.0 seconds = 290.694 FPS
    1441 frames in 5.0 seconds = 287.970 FPS
    1566 frames in 5.0 seconds = 313.090 FPS
    1737 frames in 5.0 seconds = 347.173 FPS
    1766 frames in 5.0 seconds = 353.095 FPS
    1869 frames in 5.0 seconds = 373.749 FPS
    1490 frames in 5.0 seconds = 297.719 FPS
    1726 frames in 5.0 seconds = 345.159 FPS
    1696 frames in 5.0 seconds = 339.111 FPS
    1705 frames in 5.0 seconds = 340.881 FPS
    1610 frames in 5.0 seconds = 321.970 FPS
    1447 frames in 5.0 seconds = 289.094 FPS
    1473 frames in 5.0 seconds = 294.442 FPS
    1449 frames in 5.0 seconds = 289.668 FPS
    1449 frames in 5.0 seconds = 289.714 FPS
    1465 frames in 5.0 seconds = 292.847 FPS
    1469 frames in 5.0 seconds = 293.660 FPS
    1520 frames in 5.0 seconds = 302.526 FPS
    1299 frames in 5.0 seconds = 259.716 FPS
    1464 frames in 5.0 seconds = 292.703 FPS
    is it normal? if i install nvidia graphic driver, will it improve?
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    Re: poor performance of nvidia driver

    I am having very similar problems with a Toshiba Tecra M11, intel I-5, with an Nvidia graphics chip using shared memory. My machine ISN'T 5 years old, but I also think that thought misses the point, and misses the problem.

    Eg: My toshiba worked great, including 3-D, with the nvidia proprietary drivers, for 10.04. Today, I give ubuntu a fail on this machine and 12.04. I COULD go back to 10.04, but hey! 10.04 is about to run off support!

    Unity and 12.04 have messed with the nvidia support. I do NOT know yet what is going on - as I am still involved in trying to make my machine productive again. I tried 12.04 Unity, and xfce - 3-D and dual monitor situations were messed up. So now I'm trying Mint to see if maybe leaving Unity out of the equation might help.

    Since my nvidia chip is pretty new, I tried the "current" version, and the latest available from nvidia, and another one in between those two. Nvidia is aware that there is a problem generated by 12.04 (and 12.10), and worked up a couple of beta issues to try and deal with it. They improved matters, but didn't fix them. Nouveau is about the same-- it is useable, but no 3-D, and no dual monitor desktop extension.

    Sorry to say I can't offer solutions. But, I can tell you that you are not alone. Keep posting. Maybe you will be the one to solve the problem.

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    Re: poor performance of nvidia driver

    How can i find if my graphic card of my laptop supports hardware acceleration or not?
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