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paulj
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:37 pm    Post subject: New Graphics Card Reply with quote

I have reached a point where my perfectly useful graphics card has moved from Current to Legacy in the eyes of nvidia. This means the drivers are pinned to less than 341, which in turn means kernels > 3.18 cannot coexist with the drivers.

I have been using nvidia for as long as I remember, due to the availability of hardware accelerated drivers. I would now like to move on - is there an alternative with hardware acceleration enabled which is also open source, or should I get a new Nvidia card?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paulj,

Before spending ang money, evaluate the nouveau driver with the hardware you have.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point. Last time I tried, it didn't really meet the spec, but that was a long time back when it was pretty new. I'll give it a spin!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

do you need the additional benefits of a new card? Easier way is just to do what i did and leave the hardware as is.

My setup is also for a legacy nvidia-card

Code:
localhost roman # qlist -Iv nvidia-driv
x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-340.76
localhost roman # lspci |grep VGA
03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G94M [GeForce 9800M GTS] (rev a1)


The only drawback is to have this
Code:
grep nvidia /etc/portage/package.mask
>x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-340.76


and I use longterm supported kernel => 3.18
Less hassles with a longterm kernel. I recently switched from 3.10 to 3.18 and had some issues. Less time spend fixing kernel related things because you stay on the same version and get security fixes.
4.0 kernel seems to have many issues anyway.
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