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    nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    Guys, can you please explain advantages and disadvantages of these drivers?

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    Re: nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    The open source driver, is well open-source and can be therefore better integrated into the system, at least theoretically. I haven't checked it's status so far. It's also legally and "ideologically" the better solution.
    Since it has to be written with out official documentations (only ATI/AMD suppled that recently) it is much behind features compared to the closed source official one. Therefore it is not usable of 3D gaming so far AFAIK (much too slow etc).

    The official one supports almost every GPU and is much faster... is has integration issues however, like uncomfortable multi-monitor support, and no high resolution during boot etc. For gaming it's the only option currently.

    P.S.: I recently discovered that the new OPTIMUS laptop GPU technology isn't supported by the closed source driver under Linux either

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    Re: nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    @J.K.Makowka i'm kinda gamer and i feel that games like nexuiz (hight graphics set) has lack of fps
    Can you please give me a link about removing nouveau and properly installing offical nvidia driver on lucid 32bit?

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    Re: nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    Just install the restricted drivers and th open driver will be disabled.
    Shade of Z - icon theme: https://www.gnome-look.org/p/1516492/
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    Re: nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    Just install the restricted drivers and th open driver will be disabled.
    I guess this is stupid question, how do i do that?
    you mean this?
    Last edited by alexandrius; September 7th, 2010 at 05:50 PM.

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    Re: nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    System ---> Administration ---> Hardware Drivers
    Shade of Z - icon theme: https://www.gnome-look.org/p/1516492/
    Shade of Z - GTK/Gnome-shell: https://www.pling.com/p/1550993

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    Re: nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    Just a thought: I have an nVidia Geforce 9800 GT 512MB and have always used the restricted driver which was version 185.
    The other day I installed version 256.53 (the absolute latest for Linux directly from Nvidia) and I have noticed much improvement.

    Here is the link for the driver pick the one that matches your card.
    And once you have downloaded the executable here are instructions on how to install it.
    Just start at step 2 as you already will have the driver.
    Note: Do not un-blacklist the files that it says to blacklist after you install the driver.
    If you read farther down the page, you will see that that will cause problems.

    I downloaded and installed the latest driver and it went flawlessly.

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    Re: nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cavsfan View Post
    Just a thought: I have an nVidia Geforce 9800 GT 512MB and have always used the restricted driver which was version 185.
    The other day I installed version 256.53 (the absolute latest for Linux directly from Nvidia) and I have noticed much improvement.

    Here is the link for the driver pick the one that matches your card.
    And once you have downloaded the executable here are instructions on how to install it.
    Just start at step 2 as you already will have the driver.
    Note: Do not un-blacklist the files that it says to blacklist after you install the driver.
    If you read farther down the page, you will see that that will cause problems.

    I downloaded and installed the latest driver and it went flawlessly.
    Downside - you need to re-install the driver everytime the kernel get updated.
    Shade of Z - icon theme: https://www.gnome-look.org/p/1516492/
    Shade of Z - GTK/Gnome-shell: https://www.pling.com/p/1550993

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    Re: nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    One note though: I printed those instructions or you can write them down because after
    you uninstall the driver, you need the commands on that page to complete the task.

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    Re: nVidia closed source driver vs nouveau drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Artificial Intelligence View Post
    Downside - you need to re-install the driver everytime the kernel get updated.
    Thanks for that information! I will keep a back up of the driver and these printed out instructions!

    Will it just boot up in limited video mode or will it not boot up at all when a new kernel is updated?
    Thanks!

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