May 14th 2009
After I have tested the nvidia-drivers-185.18.08 beta I searched the web for a new one and I found it yesterday on nvnews.net. This version seems to run well on my Dell M4300. For all using Gentoo I made an ebuild:ebuild:nvidia-drivers (755)
# mkdir /usr/local/portage/
# cd /usr/local/portage/
# tar -xpvf nv-portage.tar
Be sure that PORTDIR_OVERLAY=”/usr/local/portage” is in your /etc/make.conf, then you can emerge it:
# ACCEPT_KEYWORDS=”~amd64″ emerge =nvidia-drivers-180.60 -1
April 19th 2009
Today, during my regular upgrades, I upgraded my gentoo boxes to nvidia-drivers-180.51, which is the latest version in portage. Since the error in dmesg
bluetooth-apple general protection ip:7fec32b2cebe sp:7fff3dc7ff00 error:
0 in libGL.so.180.51[7fec32ad6000+a5000]
I mentioned in CTRL-C and CTRL-Z not working after nvidia-driver upgrade and high CPU usage and saw in later releases still occurs and therefore I expect more problems, I downgraded to nvidia-drivers-180.29 again. Since I upgraded to xorg-server-1.5.3 in the meanwhile, I am sure now, that the problems are not related to incompatibilities with the older xorg release I ran before.
Did anyone monitor the driver release any closer? How were your experiences?
March 27th 2009
Today I upgraded my Gentoo systems to nvidia-drivers-180.41. I had bad news to report the last two times I upgraded nvidia-drivers in nvidia-drivers-180.37 causing strange segfaults and CTRL-C and CTRL-Z not working after nvidia-driver upgrade and high CPU usage.
Well, since I had bad news before I also want to tell you about the good news. I did not experience any problems yet with nvidia-drivers-180.41. I run Gentoo with kernel 2.6.28-zen4 #1 SMP PREEMPT on x86_64 and tried with Quadro FX3400 and Quadro FX350M. Even tuxonice works on my Dell Precision M65 with the driver. In the past I sometimes had problems with suspending and some nvidia-driver versions.
Well, not everyone is as lucky as I am. Some cards seem not to be recognized anymore by the driver. You can read about this problem on 180.41 — no more support for 6600?
I’m quite happy to have a new working driver after the last two upgrade attempts.
Edit: Sadly I was wrong in this post. nvidia-drivers-180.41 also causes segfaults as well as 180.44 does. These segfaults occur during heavy CPU/MEM usage. (In my case running 6 instances of mencoder simultaneously on 4 cores). After downgrading again to 180.29 everything returned to normality.