[PC-BSD Testing] NVidia Driver 185.18.14 Release June 5th

Arthur A-Koziol at neiu.edu
Tue Jun 9 07:36:15 PDT 2009

For all the NVidia people.

FreeBSD Display Driver – x86

Version: 185.18.14
Operating System: FreeBSD x86
Release Date: : June 05, 2009

Release Highlights:
    * Modified VDPAU to dlopen libpthread.so (on 
all platforms), to avoid conflicts between the 
current libc and a compat libpthread.
    * Improved compatibility with recent Linux kernels.
    * Fixed a Xinerama drawable resource 
management problem that can cause GLXBadDrawable 
errors in certain cases, such as when Wine applications are run.
    * Fixed XineramaQueryScreens to return 0 
screens instead of 1 screen with the geometry of 
screen 0 when XineramaIsActive returns false. 
This conforms to the Xinerama manual page and 
fixes an interaction problem with Compiz when there is more than one X screen.
    * Added support for new horizontal interlaced 
and checkerboard passive stereo modes.
    * Fixed a DisplayPort interaction problem 
with power management suspend/resume events.
    * Fixed occasional X driver memory management 
performance problems when a composite manager is running.
    * Fixed a bug with VT-switching or 
mode-switching while using Compiz; the bug could 
lead to a corrupted desktop (e.g., a white 
screen) or in the worst case an X server crash.
    * Fixed a bug that could cause GPU errors in 
some cases while driving Quadro SDI products.
    * Fixed a several second hang when 
VT-switching while OpenGL stereo applications 
were running on pre-G80 Quadro GPUs.
    * Added support for multiple swap group 
members on G80 and later Quadro GPUs.
    * Fixed the behavior of the 
    * Fixed a problem with Quadro SDI where 
transitioning from "clone mode" to "OpenGL mode" would fail.
    * Fixed VDPAU to eliminate some cases of 
corruption when decoding H.264 video containing 
field-coded reference frames on G84, G86, G92, 
G94, G96, or GT200 GPUs. Such streams are commonly found in DVB broadcasts.
    * Slightly improved the performance of the 
VDPAU noise reduction algorithm.
    * Enhanced VDPAU to validate whether overlay 
usage is supported by the current hardware 
configuration, and to automatically fall back to 
the blit-based presentation queue if required.
    * Fixed error checking in 
VdpVideoMixerRender, to reject calls that specify 
more layers than the VdpMixer was created with.
    * Modified VDPAU's VDPAU_DEBUG code to emit a 
complete backtrace on all platforms, not just on 32-bit Linux.
    * Improved interaction between VDPAU and 
PowerMizer; appropriate performance levels should 
now be chosen for video playback of all standard 
resolutions on all supported GPUs.
    * Fixed a bug in VDPAU that sometimes caused 
"display preemption" when the VdpDecoderCreate function failed.
    * Fixed a potential segfault in the VDPAU 
trace library, triggered by a multi-threaded 
application creating a new VdpDevice in one 
thread, at the same time that another thread detected "display preemption".

Pre-Installation Notes
    * If you are using FreeBSD 6.x, you will need 
to make sure that the 'compat5x' package is installed.
    * The 'nvidia-settings' utility can be built 
from source (available from 
if the binary included in the 185.18.14.tar.gz 
package doesn't work (e.g. due to a ports/ library version conflict).

To download and install the drivers, follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Review the 
<http://www.nvidia.com/object/nv_swlicense.html>NVIDIA Software License.
You will need to accept this license prior to downloading any files.

STEP 2: Review Documentation
- FreeBSD installation and configuration information.

STEP 3: Download the driver

STEP 4: Check dependencies
The dependencies are listed in the README.

STEP 5: Install
See the 
for detailed installation instructions. If you 
have any questions or problems, please check the 
FreeBSD Discussion forum. If you don't find an 
answer to your question there, you can send email 
(in English) to 
<mailto:freebsd-gfx-bugs at nvidia.com>freebsd-gfx-bugs at nvidia.com. 
When emailing 
<mailto:freebsd-gfx-bugs at nvidia.com>freebsd-gfx-bugs at nvidia.com 
please attach an nvidia-bug-report.log, which is 
generated by running "nvidia-bug-report.sh". 
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