View Full Version : [ubuntu] Benefits to "nv" driver vs. "nvidia" driver in xorg.conf

April 22nd, 2008, 05:49 AM
Hi all:

I've spent some time on getting my Geforce2 GTS card working with the nvidia legacy driver. It seems the only driver that works is the nv driver. I tried envy, I also tried downloading and installing the driver from Nvidia's website. I get the cryptic message "Failed to load the NVIDIA kernel module!" in the log file when I change the driver from "nv" to "nvidia" in the xorg.conf file...

My question is, what are the benefits of using the nvidia driver over the nv driver? Will there be 2d acceleration? Less CPU utilization during "regular" tasks, like web browsing? Or is this an option for games and other opengl programs?

I appreciate the help, and I'm enjoying the software :).

April 22nd, 2008, 05:50 AM
nv doesn't support 3D acceleration, but nvidia does.

April 22nd, 2008, 05:58 AM
I believe I heard nv has trouble with multi-monitor setups, but don't quote me on that. nvidia does it fine, once you get it working (tip: run nvidia-settings).

Barney Oatmeal
June 5th, 2010, 04:48 AM
Pardon, old thread, I know, but where can I find the "NV" driver, please?