[PC-BSD Testing] Holy ##%!, NVidia releases monster driver update

Arthur Koziol A-Koziol at neiu.edu
Wed Mar 3 09:05:42 PST 2010

On 03/03/2010 11:00 AM, Mike Bybee wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 9:14 AM, Arthur Koziol <A-Koziol at neiu.edu 
> <mailto:A-Koziol at neiu.edu>> wrote:
>     On 03/03/2010 10:11 AM, Mike Bybee wrote:
>>     On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 8:36 AM, Arthur Koziol <A-Koziol at neiu.edu
>>     <mailto:A-Koziol at neiu.edu>> wrote:
>>         http://www.nvidia.com/object/freebsd_195.36.08.html
>>             * Added support for the following GPUs:
>>                     Quadro FX 880M
>>             * Fixed a bug that caused screen corruption after an
>>               application released a GLX_NV_present_video device.
>>             * Fixed an X server crash caused by starting
>>               nvidia-settings while X was not on the active VT.
>>             * Fixed an nvidia-settings bug that produced many "Bad
>>               argument" warning messages when running nvidia-settings
>>               --query all.
>>             * Fixed a bug that caused G-Sync stereo synchronization
>>               to fail sometimes when enabling frame lock.
>>             * Fixed a bug that caused OpenGL applications to
>>               occasionally crash with "double free or corruption"
>>               messages when exiting.
>>             * On GPUs with VDPAU feature set A, enhanced VDPAU's
>>               handling of some corrupted or incorrectly formatted
>>               MPEG-1/2 streams. This solves a reported issue with
>>               "0testbad.mpg".
>>             * Fixed a bug in the VDPAU video mixer that caused chroma
>>               aberrations, and corruption in the right-hand few
>>               columns of pixels, when post- processing video surfaces
>>               with widths not an exact multiple of 4 pixels.
>>             * Fixed a bug that prevented the GPUFanControlState
>>               attribute from being set on the nvidia-settings command
>>               line.
>>             * Fixed a regression that made the "TVStandard" X
>>               configuration option cause system hangs with products
>>               from the GeForce 6 and 7 series.
>>             * Worked around a bug in some AUO laptop flat panels
>>               where the native mode in the EDID is invalid, leading
>>               to a 640x480 desktop repeated six times
>>               across the screen.
>>             * Increased the maximum number of slices supported by
>>               VDPAU for MPEG-2 streams, in order to cope with the
>>               region 1 DVD "A Christmas Story".
>>             * Added unofficial preliminary support for xorg-server
>>               video driver ABI version 7, including xorg-server-
>>             * Fix the soname of libvdpau_nvidia.so.1 and
>>               libvdpau_trace.so.1 to match their filenames.
>>             * Fixed a performance regression with non-antialiased
>>               text in KDE4.
>>             * Enabled GPU acceleration for many RENDER compositing
>>               operations that were previously processed in software,
>>               including conjoint and disjoint blending
>>               modes and component alpha blending.
>>             * Added experimental GPU acceleration of the RENDER
>>               CompositeTrapezoids operation. This can be enabled at
>>               runtime by running:
>>                     nvidia-settings -a AccelerateTrapezoids=1 This is only supported on the GeForce GTX series or
>>             * newer products. Fixed a bug in the VDPAU overlay-based
>>               presentation queue that caused high CPU usage during
>>               "put bits" operations when more than two surfaces
>>               were queued.
>>             * Updated `nvidia-settings --query all` to report all
>>               available attributes queryable through all NV-CONTROL
>>               target types.
>>             * Enhanced the VDPAU blit-based presentation queue to
>>               provide values of "first_presentation_time" that have
>>               less jitter.
>>             * Add support for R16F and RG32F GLXFBConfigs when using
>>               GeForce 8 series and higher GPUs.
>>             * Added support for A2BGR10 32-bit GLX visuals on 30-bit
>>               X screens. These allow some level of window
>>               transparency when using 30-bit visuals with GLX and
>>               Composite, but they may cause problems with older X
>>               servers and/or applications.ARGB GLX visuals can be
>>               disabled by adding:
>>                     Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "False" to the X
>>                     configuration file. 
>>             * Fixed a problem that caused DisplayPort devices to
>>               behave incorrectly when DPMS power saving mode was
>>               triggered.
>>             * Updated VDPAU to improve thread concurrency.See the
>>               README for details.
>>             * Altered NVIDIA X driver behavior in the case that no
>>               display devices are connected to the GPU.Previously, in
>>               this case, the NVIDIA X driver would pretend a CRT was
>>               connected to the GPU. Now, the NVIDIA X driver will not
>>               automatically pretend that any CRTs are connected.If
>>               the X driver does not detect any connected display
>>               devices, the X server will fail to start.
>>               To restore the old behavior, use the ConnectedMonitor X
>>               configuration option; e.g.,
>>                     Option "ConnectedMonitor" "CRT" Alternatively, if display is not desired, Quadro and
>>               Tesla GPU users can enable "NoScanout" mode, which
>>               bypasses any mode timing validation or use of display
>>               devices; this is configured with:
>>                     Option "UseDisplayDevice" "none" 
>>             * Disabled software cursors when the driver is operating
>>               in "no scanout" (UseDisplayDevice "none") mode.The
>>               software cursor image is not visible in remote desktop
>>               applications or screenshots anyway, so having software
>>               cursor enabled was unnecessary.
>>             * Changed glXSwapBuffers() behavior for a pixmap such
>>               that it is now a no-op in the direct rendering case in
>>               order to match the indirect case and comply with the
>>               GLX spec. Previously, calling glXSwapBuffers() on
>>               pixmaps in the direct case would swap the pixmap's
>>               buffers if the pixmap was double buffered.
>>             * Modified the installation location and names of
>>               internal VDPAU libraries to conform to conventions and
>>               Debian packaging guidelines. New versions of libvdpau
>>               expect this layout. Compatibility with old versions of
>>               libvdpau is maintained with symlinks.
>>             * Fixed a bug that could cause errors in graphical
>>               applications run after a previous application using
>>               VDPAU and OpenGL. This behaviour was observed when
>>               running Gwenole Beauchesne's hwdecode-demos application.
>>             * Modified vdpau.h to increment VDPAU_VERSION, to reflect
>>               the fact that new features have been added in the past.
>>               Also, add the new define VDPAU_INTERFACE_VERSION.
>>             * Fixed a periodic temporary hang in the VDPAU blit-based
>>               presentation queue.
>>             * Fixed a problem that caused resolution limitations or
>>               corruption on certain DisplayPort devices such as the
>>               Apple 24" Cinema display or some DisplayPort to VGA
>>               adapters.
>>             * Disabled the UseEvents option for GeForce 8 series and
>>               higher GPUs due to a problem that causes occasional
>>               short hangs.It will be re-enabled when that bug has
>>               been tracked down and fixed.
>>             * VDPAU now allows multiple streams to be decoded at
>>               once, without the need to set any environment variables.
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>>     Have you tried it yet? Does it work with PowerDevil? Having to
>>     set my laptop power saving settings via script is lame :D
>>     -- 
>>     Thanks,
>>     Mike Bybee
>     Mike,
>     Nope. I was passing the info along to others since I happened to
>     notice it today.
>     Arthur
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> Thanks Arthur, just hoping :D
> The lack of good powerd support is a serious impediment on my laptop.
> -- 
> Thanks,
> Mike Bybee


My home PC has NVidia but only a 5600 so, sadly, this driver wouldn't 
work for me. 6000 series an up only I'm afraid. I'm sure the FreeBSD dev 
folks know about powerd issues with NVidia and hopefully they will fix 
it in 8.1. Such is life.

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