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Linux Display Driver - x86

 
 

Version:

270.41.06 Certified

Release Date:

2011.04.20

Operating System:

Linux

Language:

English (U.S.)

File Size:

29.1 MB

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Release Highlights
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  • Fixed a bug that caused some GPUs to stop responding when the X Server was started. All GPUs are susceptible, but the failure was primarily
    seen on GF104 and GF106 boards.
  • Fixed a bug causing the X server to hang every 49.7 days on 32-bit platforms.
  • Added support for the following GPUs:
    • GeForce GT 520
      GeForce GT 525M
      GeForce GT 520M
      GeForce GT 445M
      GeForce GT 530
      GeForce 405
      GeForce GTX 590
      GeForce GTX 550 Ti
      GeForce GTX 560 Ti
      GeForce GT 420
      GeForce GT 440
      GeForce GTX 470M
      GeForce GTX 485M
      GeForce GT 550M
      GeForce GT 555M
      NVS 4200M
      Quadro 1000M
      Quadro 2000M
      Quadro 2000 D
      Quadro 400
  • Added support for xserver ABI 10 (xorg-server 1.10).
  • Added NV-CONTROL event notification for NV_CTRL_FRAMELOCK_SYNC_READY status changes.
  • Added a new X configuration option "Interactive", which defaults to enabled, but can be disabled to allow long-running GPU compute programs to run concurrently with X.
  • Fixed a bug in the VDPAU presentation queue that could cause VDPAU "display preemption" when rendering to tiny or zero-sized windows or pixmaps.
  • Fixed a bug in VDPAU which prevented use of the overlay presentation
  • Fixed a bug in VDPAU that prevented the overlay from ever being used if a presentation queue was created while the target window was redirected using the Composite extension when the presentation queue was created.
  • Reorganized the NVIDIA driver's /proc file system layout to better reflect current needs: /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0..N has been moved to /proc/driver/nvidia/gpus/0..N/information
  • Added new shared library: libnvidia-ml.so.

      NVML provides programmatic access to static information and monitoring
      data for NVIDIA GPUs, as well as limited managment capabilities. It is
      intended for use with Tesla compute products.

      See web-based documentation and associated nvml.h header for more info.

  • Added a new X configuration option "3DVisionDisplayType" to specify the display type when NVIDIA 3D Vision is enabled with a non 3D Vision ready display.
  • Fixed several bugs relating to hardware-accelerated gradients, which were causing visual corruption in some of the default Ubuntu GNOME themes.
  • Added unofficial GLX protocol support (i.e., for GLX indirect rendering) for the following OpenGL extensions:

      GL_ARB_shader_subroutine
      GL_ARB_map_buffer_range

  • Added GLX protocol support (i.e., for GLX indirect rendering)for the following OpenGL extensions:

      GL_NV_half_float
      GL_NV_occlusion_query
      GL_EXT_blend_equation_separate
      GL_EXT_depth_bounds_test

  • Modified colormap updates to no longer be synchronized to vblank. This allows applications to send XStoreColor and XStoreColors requests faster than the screen's refresh rate.

    This behavior can be controlled by a new NV-CONTROL attribute, NV_CONTROL_SYNC_LUT_UPDATES. By default, LUT updates are not synchronized. This may cause flickering in some applications that use the colormap to perform animation, such as xpilot running on a depth 8 X screen. If you experience flickering, try running nvidia-settings -a [gpu:0]/SynchronousPaletteUpdates=1

Note that many Linux distributions provide their own packages of the NVIDIA Linux Graphics Driver in the distribution's native package management format. This may interact better with the rest of your distribution's framework, and you may want to use this rather than NVIDIA's official package.

Also note that SuSE users should read the SuSE NVIDIA Installer HOWTO before downloading the driver.

Installation instructions: Once you have downloaded the driver, change to the directory containing the driver package and install the driver by running, as root, sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-270.41.06.run

One of the last installation steps will offer to update your X configuration file. Either accept that offer, edit your X configuration file manually so that the NVIDIA X driver will be used, or run nvidia-xconfig

Note that the list of supported GPU products is provided to indicate which GPUs are supported by a particular driver version. Some designs incorporating supported GPUs may not be compatible with the NVIDIA Linux driver: in particular, notebook and all-in-one desktop designs with switchable (hybrid) or Optimus graphics will not work if means to disable the integrated graphics in hardware are not available. Hardware designs will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so please consult with a system's manufacturer to determine whether that particular system is compatible.

See the README for more detailed instructions.