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Re: [gNewSense-users] Tool in repos suggesting non-free drivers


From: Eric Padman
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Tool in repos suggesting non-free drivers
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 21:07:37 +1200

Hi Bruno,

The extent of my experience of NVidia cards is helping a friend to
install Ubuntu where he wanted to use the proprietary driver, so I'm
probably not the best person to ask. That being said, I think nv (the
default) would be your safest bet but nouveau would offer you better
performance. The status matrix for your card's support with noveau on
the x.org wiki says it offers EXA, XRender, and Xv support. I don't
know how stable the nouveau drivers are though having not used them
myself.

Cheers,
Eric (MentalNotes)

2008/7/1 Bruno Miguel <address@hidden>:
> So, between Nouveau, Vesa and VGA, what would you recommend for an
> NVidia GForce FX 5600 (old one, I know)?
>
> On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 9:28 AM, Eric Padman <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On Tue, 2008-07-01 at 05:49 +0100, Bruno Miguel wrote:
>>> Hi
>>>
>>> I was trying to find a tool in gNS repositories that could help me
>>> easily configure my xorg.conf to work with the free nvidia driver and
>>> I stumbled across envyng. This little tool seems to suggests the
>>> instalation of non-free NVidia and ATI drivers, as you can see by this
>>> screenshot: 
>>> http://pictload.plixweb.fr/pics/0d436ebe47fbeb0aa048c5ccfcc852a7.png
>>>
>>> Since I'm writing this email, does anyone know a simple way to make
>>> Xorg work with the free NVidia drivers? I think mine is using the Vesa
>>> driver. At least, that is the interpretation I make from this:
>>>
>>> Section "Device"
>>>       Identifier      "Configured Video Device"
>>> EndSection
>>>
>>> Recording screencasts with this can be a real pain, a real *slow* pain.
>>>
>>> Peace;
>>> Bruno Miguel
>>>
>>>
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>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Xorg in Ubuntu (and therefore gNewSense) seems to be configured with
>> displayconfig-gtk as root. It is in the gnome menu ´╗┐but it is not shown
>> by default. It is labelled as Screens and Graphics in the Other section.
>>
>> I have a ~6 year old Dell which has the free Intel drivers and my
>> xorg.conf shows the same Device section.
>>
>> The x.org wiki [http://wiki.x.org/wiki/nv] says that the free NVidia
>> (nv) video driver doesn't offer hardware acceleration which would
>> explain the slowness when recording screencasts.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Eric (MentalNotes)
>>
>>
>

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