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FreeBSD Display Driver – x64



280.13 Certified

Release Date:


Operating System:

FreeBSD x64


English (U.S.)

File Size:

28.9 MB


Release Highlights
Supported products
Additional information
  • Added support for the following GPUs:
    • GeForce GTX 570M
      GeForce GTX 580M
  • Fixed a GLX bug that could cause the X server to crash when rendering a display list using GLX indirect rendering.
  • Fixed a GLX bug that could cause a hang in applications that use X server grabs.
  • Fixed an X driver bug that caused 16x8 stipple patterns to be rendered incorrectly.
  • Fixed a GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap bug that caused corruption when texturing from sufficiently small pixmaps and, in particular, corruption in the GNOME Shell Message Tray.
  • Added unofficial GLX protocol support (i.e., for GLX indirect rendering) for the following OpenGL extension:
  • Added GLX protocol support (i.e., for GLX indirect rendering) for the following OpenGL extensions:

Installation instructions: Once you have downloaded the driver, change to the directory containing the driver package and install the driver by running, as root, tar xzf NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-280.13.tar.gz && cd NVIDIA-FreeBSD-x86_64-280.13 && make install
Then, edit your X configuration file so that the NVIDIA X driver will be used; this can normally be done by running 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.