[Slackbuilds-users] nvidia issues with older cards - README notes might help

Heinz Wiesinger pprkut at liwjatan.at
Sat Jul 2 18:44:12 UTC 2011

On Saturday 02 July 2011 17:40:04 Phillip Warner wrote:
> Around the time the nvidia sw versions started using libvdpau my video
> performance began declining.  I didn't take too much notice of it until
> the recent drivers caused my computer to regularly crash (w/ those IRQ
> nobody cared messages...)! My card is a humble AGP 7600GS with which I am
> able to get around 98FPS on a Quake 3 demo benchmark.  The current drivers
> simply crash when benchmarking, and the new nouveau drivers net a whopping
> 25FPS! The reason I bring all this up is because the
> nvidia-legacy173-driver slackbuild is really the one I need to use now.
>  The README says it is for GeForce5 which is why I avoided it in the past.
>  Yet looking on nvidia's site they show that both sw versions in SBo's
> SlackBuilds should work for me.  Maybe the PCIE version of my card is
> appropriate with the new drivers, but mine is certainly not. Perhaps the
> READMEs can be changed to help people in the future if they run into
> issues as I did.  Clearly the legacy drivers are not only or GeForce5
> series. --phillip

They are indeed not *only* for Geforce 5, it's more that it's the only driver 
for Geforce 5 cards. However, while the legacy drivers should work, with some 
margin, for some newer cards as well, your card most definitely should still 
be supported fine by the most recent drivers. If there are issues you should 
bring them up at nvnews.net's forum, which is the semi-official feedback place 
for nvidia.

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