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 Linux Display Driver - x86

Version: 180.51
Operating System: Linux x86
Release Date: April 21, 2009

Release Highlights

  • Added support for the following GPUs:
    • GeForce 9600 GSO 512
      GeForce 9400 GT
      GeForce GTS 250
      GeForce GT 140
      GeForce GT 130
  • Updated nvidia-bug-report.sh to compress its log file; running `nvidia-bug-report.sh` now produces "nvidia-bug-report.log.gz".
  • Addressed a problem that could lead to intermittent hangs and system crashes on some GeForce 9 and later GPUs.
  • Fixed an X server crash when viewing the website www.tim.it.
  • Fixed a DisplayPort interaction problem with power management suspend/resume events.
  • Fixed rendering corruption in the OpenGL 16-bit RGB Workstation Overlay.
  • Fixed a recent VDPAU regression that caused aborted playback >and hangs when decoding some H.264 clips on G84, G86, G92, G94, G96, and GT200 GPUs.
  • Fixed occasional X driver memory management performance problems when a composite manager is running.
  • Improved compatibility with recent Linux kernels.
  • Reduced CPU usage of nvidia-smi utility for reporting Quadro Plex information.
  • Fixed compatibility problem with LandMark GeoProbe.
  • Fixed an interaction problem that resulted in corruption of the internal flatpanel's EDID on the Fujitsu Technology Solutions Celsius H270 notebook. Using earlier NVIDIA Linux drivers on this notebook will result in a corrupt EDID, persisting across reboots, that can only be corrected through contacting Fujitsu Technology Solutions technical support. NVIDIA and Fujitsu recommend that all Linux Celsius H270 notebook users use NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers 180.50 or later.
  • Fixed a bug that could interfere with the detection of display devices attached to secondary GPUs when first starting X after cold boots.
  • Fixed a problem that could result in temporary stalls when moving OpenGL application windows on GeForce 8 and later GPUs.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented VGA fonts from being saved/restored correctly on GeForce 8 and later GPUs.

To download and install the drivers, follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Review the NVIDIA Software License.

You will need to accept this license prior to downloading any files.

STEP 2: Download the Driver File

Download - NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.51.pkg1.run

SuSE users: please read the SuSE NVIDIA Installer HOWTO before downloading the driver.

STEP 3: Install
Type "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.51-pkg1.run" to install the driver. NVIDIA now provides a utility to assist you with configuration of your X server configuration file. Please see Chapter 3 of the README or run 'man nvidia-xconfig' for details on usage. Instructions for those wishing to edit their X config file by hand can also be found in the README.

If you have any questions or problems, please check the NVIDIA Linux discussion forum. If you don't find an answer to your question there, you can send email (in English) to linux-bugs@nvidia.com.

When emailing linux-bugs@nvidia.com, please attach an nvidia-bug-report.log, which is generated by running "nvidia-bug-report.sh".