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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:06 pm    Post subject: How to install NVidia Driver 304.125 Reply with quote

Hi!
i have an NVidia Quadro FX 4500 and i am trying to do a fresh install of Gentoo on the machine. Unfortunately, that card requires the "ancient" nvidia-driver version 304.125. Which is really out of portage by a long time.

I managed to create a local overlay with the ebuild for 304.125, but then of course the issues started.

That ancient drivers requires Xorg Server < 1.17.99, but this in turn pulls in more and more older stuff... I managed to fix a few, but i lost it at mesa, since the version supported by 1.17.2 is not available easily. But i guess this is only the tip of the iceberg anyway.

Do anybody has suggestions or know a way to easily install these ancient nvidia drivers?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think is better and simpler install Nouveau driver
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes if it worked.

With nouveau and this card, plasmashell crashes ....
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is that you should find, if exists, patches to make it work this driver version with xorg-server-1.20.3 and probably also with newer kernels
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 304 driver supports xorg-server-1.19.x so you don't need to go back that far. Using a 4.4 kernel, this requires minimal patching.
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