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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    Everything is working for me with 177, and I have a wonky dual monitor setup. It's not broken, so I'm not dicking with it....yet.

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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    Exellent thread! My Geforce 8200M was 3D wise already pretty snappy with the 173 drivers, but firefox just felt.. cumbersome and slow. With the 180 drivers all is peachy! Hi-res youtube provides no more problems and I have yet to encounter any kind of screen corruption. Wine games are now as they should be, racing along!

    Kudos to Nvidia for coming through for the OS community.
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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    I notice some random noise / horizontal artifacts when using mplayer-vdpau, especially in scenes with fast movement or a moving camera. Strange thing is that when I make a print screen when I see it, I don't seem to capture it (could be a coincident). Strange... I hope it will be fixed soon.

    Then another point: does anyone know if there's a way to automate opening files with mplayer-vdpau? Maybe trough some configuration in the mplayer config file that detects the format and selects the right vdpau codec or something?

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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    Quote Originally Posted by stefangr1 View Post
    I notice some random noise / horizontal artifacts when using mplayer-vdpau, especially in scenes with fast movement or a moving camera. Strange thing is that when I make a print screen when I see it, I don't seem to capture it (could be a coincident). Strange... I hope it will be fixed soon.

    Then another point: does anyone know if there's a way to automate opening files with mplayer-vdpau? Maybe trough some configuration in the mplayer config file that detects the format and selects the right vdpau codec or something?
    Apparently the horizontal lines are no longer present after executing:

    sudo nvidia-xconfig --no-composite

    and restarting X.

    Still interested though in ways to automize the use of vdpau in mplayer.

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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    Quote Originally Posted by stefangr1 View Post
    Still interested though in ways to automize the use of vdpau in mplayer.
    What is vdpau ?

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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    vdpau is a patch for mplayer, made by nvidia. You can use it to decode movies on a nvidia GPU of the 7 and 8 series, if you have the 180.xx driver installed.

    This gives a HUGE performance advantage: a 1080p h264 encoded movie that couldn't play on my E6750 with the cpu at 100% now plays perfectly at only 2%. It appears that with the newest drivers (180.29) and newest version of vdpau almost all issues are solved, and >90% of the movies I have play with it.

    Only trouble is that if I configure the use of vdpau in my mplayer config, mplayer will just crash with the other 10% of the movies, whereas if I don't configure it there, about 2 lines of configuration in a terminal are needed just to start a movie which isn't to convenient for a media center. So thats why I'm hoping someone knows a way to make this right.
    Last edited by stefangr1; February 21st, 2009 at 04:07 PM.

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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    Oh man the 180.29 drivers work awesome with intrepid 64 bit with my NVIDIA GeForce 7100.

    Much better that the 177 drivers

    Savage 2 was REALLY laggy with the 177 ones and now it runs flawlessly. And there's also no more static under my window boarders in compiz.
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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    You guys make me wish i had a video card. I'm running on-board with the 180.29 so i don't see the HUGE performance gains. My graphics ARE very crisp though and i get great 2D performance....

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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    Quote Originally Posted by BGFG View Post
    I'm running on-board with the 180.29 so i don't see the HUGE performance gains.
    The evils of shared slow ram...

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    Re: nVidia 180.xx Rocks!

    Quote Originally Posted by stefangr1 View Post
    vdpau is a patch for mplayer, made by nvidia. You can use it to decode movies on a nvidia GPU of the 7 and 8 series, if you have the 180.xx driver installed.

    This gives a HUGE performance advantage: a 1080p h264 encoded movie that couldn't play on my E6750 with the cpu at 100% now plays perfectly at only 2%. It appears that with the newest drivers (180.29) and newest version of vdpau almost all issues are solved, and >90% of the movies I have play with it.

    Only trouble is that if I configure the use of vdpau in my mplayer config, mplayer will just crash with the other 10% of the movies, whereas if I don't configure it there, about 2 lines of configuration in a terminal are needed just to start a movie which isn't to convenient for a media center. So thats why I'm hoping someone knows a way to make this right.
    its not a patch for mplayer, its just a interface to allow ANY program to use the videocard to decode video. Its just that mplayer is one of the first programs to use it. Soon there will be a bunch of players that support it (on windows and linux)
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