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NVIDIA official release of non Windows drivers.

Linux x86

Linux x64



Version: 177.80

Operating System: Linux x86

Release Date: October 7, 2008

Release Highlights

* Added support for the following new GPUs:

o GeForce GTX 260

o GeForce GTX 280

o GeForce 9800 GTX+

o GeForce 9800 GT

o GeForce 9700M GTS

o GeForce 9500 GT

o GeForce 8100P

o nForce 780a SLI

o nForce 750a SLI

o Quadro FX 770M

o Quadro NVS 160M

o Quadro NVS 150M

* Improved support for RENDER masks, as well as RENDER repeating modes and transformations, for video memory pixmaps.

* Added accelerated support for RENDER convolution filters for video memory pixmaps on GeForce 8, 9 and GTX GPUs.

* Improved support for RENDER operations with the same source and destination; this should performance in some situations, e.g. when dragging Plasma applets in KDE4.

* Improved GPU video memory management coordination between the NVIDIA X driver and OpenGL implementation; this should improve performance with e.g. the KDE4 OpenGL compositing manager.

* Added an 'AllowSHMPixmaps' X configuration option, which can be used to prevent applications from using shared memory pixmaps; the latter may cause some optimizations in the NVIDIA X driver to be disabled.

* Fixed a text rendering performance regression that affected GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs.

* Fixed a regression that caused the 'Auto' SLI X option setting to not enable SLI.

* Fixed a bug that caused system hangs when using the NV-CONTROL interface to change GPU clock frequencies.

* Added support for DisplayPort display devices (including 30-bit devices).

* Resolved various stability problems on GeForce 8, 9 and GTX GPUs, as well as some GeForce 6 and 7 PCI-E GPUs.

* Fixed a bug that resulted in GPU errors when changing the TwinView display configuration while using Compiz.

* Further improved the error recovery paths taken in case of GPU command stream corruption.

* Updated mode validation, in cases when no EDID is detected, such that 1024x768 @ 60Hz and 800x600 @ 60Hz are allowed, rather than just 640x480 @ 60Hz.

* Removed an old workaround that caused incorrect Xinerama information to be reported after enabling a second TwinView display.

* Fixed corruption when using SLI in SFR mode with OpenGL-based composite managers.

* Fixed the subpicture component order reported by the NVIDIA X driver's XvMC implementation.

* Added a workaround for broken EDIDs provided by some Acer AL1512 monitors.

* Fixed a bug that caused GLXBadDrawable errors to be generated when running more than one OpenGL application with anti-aliasing enabled on GeForce 6 and 7 GPUs, e.g. wine.

* Fixed a problem that could result in IRQs being disabled on some multi-GPU SMP configurations.

* Worked around cache flushing problems (on some Linux kernels) that caused corruption and stability problems.

* Added experimental support for PCI-E MSI.

* Fixed a bug that resulted in AGP FW/SBA settings and overrides being applied incorrectly when using the Linux kernel's AGP GART driver.

* Improved compatibility with recent Linux 2.6 kernels.

* Updated the X driver to consider /sys/class/power_supply when determining the AC power state.

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