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

Jeff dejamuse at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 9 08:46:12 PDT 2009

Still nothing on AMD64 support however.

I posted yesterday on the NVidia news forum looking for some time frame, but still waiting for a response.  At least there's some activity on FreeBSD towards fixing the technical issues that are holding this up.

Bad timing for me as I want to buy a new laptop (portable desktop really) with a lot of power, hence this beast, by far the fastest laptop ever built, is at the top of my list in spite of the $3K price tag. 

Not sure if PCBSD-64 is worth the grief though, unless it and its 64 bit apps are faster than their 32 bit counterparts.  Perhaps someone here could weigh in on that issue on the PCBSD forum, here.


--- On Tue, 6/9/09, Arthur <A-Koziol at neiu.edu> wrote:

From: Arthur <A-Koziol at neiu.edu>
Subject: [PC-BSD Testing] NVidia Driver 185.18.14 Release June 5th
To: "PC-BSD Testing list" <testing at lists.pcbsd.org>
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 10:36 AM

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
attribute on Quadro G-Sync II. 
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
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

) 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
NVIDIA Software

You will need to accept this license prior to downloading any

STEP 2: Review Documentation

README - 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

README 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

freebsd-gfx-bugs at nvidia.com. When emailing

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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