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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:06 pm    Post subject: new nVidia beta driver 180.06 with excellent 2d performance Reply with quote

Well I'm trying out the new nvidia driver 180.06 and it does have a very large performance increase :D for geforce 8000 and newer Graphics cards. So normally Gentoo does not add a nvidia beta driver to portage, but with the large performance increases I am contemplating on adding a bug to have it added. However I'm not going to add a zero day bug and I would like to get others experience from this new driver. Other really cool things with this new driver is the inclusion of pure video acceleration.

To install the driver
Code:

cd /usr/portage/x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers
cp nvidia-drivers-177.80.ebuild nvidia-drivers-180.06.ebuild
ebuild nvidia-drivers-180.06.ebuild digest


This will only last until portage is synced, but if you use portage-2.2_rcX then you won't have to worry about the driver from being uninstalled.

That will allow the new nvidia driver to be installed. For me I'm experiencing a 2.75 * speed improvement and I've measured it against the Windows driver and cpu usage is on par for flash videos. Other improvements include aliased text in gnome terminal only using about 2 - 4% cpu during compiling on an AMD 64 4200+ CPU.

To install the new nvidia-settings that goes with this release do:
Code:

cd /usr/portage/media-video/nvidia-settings
cp nvidia-settings-177.80.ebuild nvidia-settings-180.00.ebuild
ebuild nvidia-settings-180.00.ebuild .digest


The new nvidia-settings allows some new parameters to be set with the driver regarding pixmap cache size.

I've tried to compile the demo for the purevideo enhanced mplayer and ffmpeg and haven't got them to compile. It errors out with libx264.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same here for KDE4's plasma. A huge speedup. Plasma is running fine now.

System:
Compal IFL90 Laptop
Core2Duo T7300 @ 2GHz
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:05 pm    Post subject: nvidia-drivers 180.06+ WOW! Reply with quote

Hi,

anyone tried out the new nvidia-drivers ?

Quote:
Release Highlights:

* Added support for CUDA 2.1.
* Added initial support for PureVideo-like features on Linux via the new VDPAU API (see the vdpau.h header file installed with the driver).
* Added new workstation performance optimizations.
* Enabled the X Render "GlyphCache" by default.
* Disabled shared memory X pixmaps by default; see the “AllowSHMPixmaps" option.
* Fixed a regression that could result in window decoration corruption when running Compiz using Geforce 6 and 7 series GPUs.
* Improved X pixmap placement on GeForce 8 series and later GPUs.
* Improved compatibility with recent Linux kernels.
* Improved stability on some GeForce 8 series and newer GPUs.

The 180.06 NVIDIA Accelerated Linux Graphics Driver Set for Linux/x86 is available for download via HTTP .
The 180.06 NVIDIA Accelerated Linux Graphics Driver Set for Linux/x86-64 is available for download via HTTP




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Please note: This NVIDIA Linux graphics driver release supports GeForce 6xxx and newer NVIDIA GPUs, GeForce4 and older GPUs are supported through the 96.43.xx and 71.86.xx NVIDIA legacy graphics drivers. GeForce FX GPUs are supported through the 173.14.xx NVIDIA legacy graphics drivers.

Please also note: If you encounter any problems with the 180.06 NVIDIA Linux graphics driver release, please start a new thread and include a detailed description of the problem, reproduction steps and generate/attach an nvidia-bug-report.log file (please see http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=46678 for details).


link to the official announcement: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=123072

link to the article at phoronix: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia_180_vdpau&num=1

that's a really nice move :)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Works nice here to, definite performance increase :D



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If one of you uses Gnome:
Is the "delay bug" - where you have to set "GdmXserverTimeout=30" in /etc/X11/gdm/custom.conf - fixed also?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried. It isn't fixed.

BTW, when using nvidia-drivers-180.06 you can also use nvidia-settings-180.00. ;)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HUGE performance increase with Gnome/Compiz-Fusion.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*subscribes*

anyone tried it with 2.6.28-rc* based kernels ? are they supported now ?

I'll most probably try them tomorrow and tell you guys how it guys with the 7600GT and 8400M GS :idea:

if they fix most of the problems known with nvidia-drivers they definitely need to get added to the portage-tree :!: :P
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schwinni wrote:
If one of you uses Gnome:
Is the "delay bug" - where you have to set "GdmXserverTimeout=30" in /etc/X11/gdm/custom.conf - fixed also?


What bug is this?


BTW I have noticed some graphics corruption with this beta, little patches of multi-coloured pixels, hopefully the next release will fix that and leave the performance gains :wink:



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jcat wrote:
Schwinni wrote:
If one of you uses Gnome:
Is the "delay bug" - where you have to set "GdmXserverTimeout=30" in /etc/X11/gdm/custom.conf - fixed also?


What bug is this?
I think this refers to the bug that restarting the X server takes more than 30s. And it is not confined to the use of gdm only, happens here with entrance too.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might extend the life of my 7900 GTO. Running 180.06 now with 2.6.28-rc4-git5.

EDIT: I'm having font rendering problems.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to make this clear... and fix all the spelling issues
Code:
su -
cd /usr/portage/x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers/
cp nvidia-drivers-177.80.ebuild nvidia-drivers-180.06.ebuild
ebuild nvidia-drivers-180.06.ebuild digest
cd ../../media-video/nvidia-settings/
cp nvidia-settings-177.80.ebuild nvidia-settings-180.00.ebuild
ebuild nvidia-settings-180.00.ebuild digest

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cr0t wrote:
Just to make this clear... and fix all the spelling issues
Code:
su -
cd /usr/portage/x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers/
cp nvidia-drivers-177.80.ebuild nvidia-drivers-180.06.ebuild
ebuild nvidia-drivers-180.06.ebuild digest
cd ../../media-video/nvidia-settings/
cp nvidia-settings-177.80.ebuild nvidia-settings-180.00.ebuild
ebuild nvidia-settings-180.00.ebuild digest


Once your sync your tree and update world this will be removed, no? Unless you mask previous versions or use a local overlay.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes. home-made/out-of-tree ebuilds should go into /usr/local/portage/group-name/package/, or wherever your PORTDIR_OVERLAY is configured to.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

genstorm wrote:
This might extend the life of my 7900 GTO. Running 180.06 now with 2.6.28-rc4-git5.

EDIT: I'm having font rendering problems.


disabling the GlyphCache should fix it:

Quote:
nvidia-settings -a GlyphCache=0


http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=123084
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

waiting ebuild for mplayer-vdpau :-) or new mplayer :wink:
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is really sweet news, actually. Is there a particular repository you used to install the beta driver or did you just install it manually?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The nvidia-drivers-177.80 ebuild works fine with 180.06
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

weaksauce wrote:
This is really sweet news, actually. Is there a particular repository you used to install the beta driver or did you just install it manually?

Manually :-)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed, that didn't occur to me to try this time for some reason. I'm about to add those patches in to mplayer. Anyone have any results to report so far?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

weaksauce wrote:
Indeed, that didn't occur to me to try this time for some reason. I'm about to add those patches in to mplayer. Anyone have any results to report so far?


I ran the script file included with the patches, but it borked out complaining about x264, while building mplayer. My current mplayer/x264 set up is from
the berkano overlay.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same problem here. However, I'm just using x264 from ~x86.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

weaksauce wrote:
Indeed, that didn't occur to me to try this time for some reason. I'm about to add those patches in to mplayer. Anyone have any results to report so far?

All discuss http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=123095
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am using the new driver already and all that I can say: AWESOME!

The driver is a lot faster now and they finally fixed the plasma corruption bug in KDE4.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW is right. They fixed a lot in this driver. Google Earth doesn't crash in Compiz-Fusion anymore! KDE 4.1.3 is much more stable and feels as fast as KDE 3.5. I used to have a lot of glitches with Plasma...it seems to work flawlessly now. It seems a lot of the bad performance I was attributing to KDE 4.1 was actually caused by the Nvidia driver. This is a massive improvement in performance and stability. I too just renamed the previous ebuild, put it in my local portage directory and built it without a problem. This is one of the bigger improvements I've ever noticed in the Linux Nvidia driver.
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