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Software News   Software News : (BETA)Driver for modern nVidia cards available in AROS.
   posted by deadwood on 20-May-2010 23:13:59 (7683 reads)
The Gallium3D bounty brought to AROS a modern implementation of OpenGL library as well as a hardware accelerated 3D driver for nVidia cards. As an extension to this project, a new 2D driver is being developed basing on the same Nouveau project as the 3D driver. Currently this new driver in BETA version is available in AROS nightly builds.

The driver supports all generation of nVidia GeForce cards (starting at the old GF1 series up to and including the GF9 series). The support for different output types (VGA, TV, DVI and LVDS) and automatic video modes recognition using DDC is available. (supported modes up to 1920x1200 depending on video card and display configuration)

The planned work on this driver will focus around improving the speed of usage by implementing more 2D acceleration and integrating the 3D driver so that a complete support for nVidia cards is available in one module.

These topics are currently being actively worked on and will be added soon. In the meantime I already encourage everyone to get the latest nightly build and try the driver by selecting "AROS (NVidia Nouveau graphics)" option on Grub boot menu. There is also a tested nightly build available at this location

If you would like to support work on this driver or on 3D support in AROS, please consider donating:

NOTE: During booting AROS, the driver will turn off the monitor - the monitor will be turned on at the end of booting (please wait until CDROM stops its activity)

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Re: (BETA)Driver for modern nVidia cards available in AROS.
Posted on 22-May-2010 16:38:20
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There are still no docs from nVidia AFAIK. The Nouveau project team writes the drivers by looking at communication that happens between main system and video card - that's how they know how to program the card.

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Posted on 22-May-2010 23:24:50
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Like deadwood said, the open-source nVidia drivers for Linux are based on reverse engineering. The Radeon HD drivers, on the other hand, are based on documentation and code released by AMD.


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Re: (BETA)Driver for modern nVidia cards available in AROS.
Posted on 24-May-2010 10:42:50
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@ Hans

Like deadwood said, the open-source nVidia drivers for Linux are based on reverse engineering.

I can see why they'd want to have a source manageable driver but was it worth it to reinvent the wheel? nVidia already provide binary drivers for their hardware to run on Linux x86. And those should be superior to anything reverse engineered.

The only I benefit I can see would be for us and our systems, especially PowerPC systems where we need sources to compile. As an example, Starcraft for Windows, can run in x86 Wine. Stargus, which emulates it to an extent, will never be the same. But it does give an opportunity to run it natively on Linux. And also be able to run at all on OS4 PPC. (Once I fixed it up for that.)

My point is, the Linux guys are doing the work here, but AROS and other PPC Amiga systems will reap the most benefit. And for that I guess I can't complain!

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Re: (BETA)Driver for modern nVidia cards available in AROS.
Posted on 30-May-2010 5:07:30
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This worked on an HP TX2000 tablet with the 6150GO mobile chipset.

It did a weird thing when I went to switch the resolution from the boot-up (looks like) 320x240 to the tablet's native 1280x800. When I hit the 'Test' button after selecting the resolution, it asked to close all open windows except "Workbench" windows. I only had the Prefs drawer and the Screenmode windows opened. I tried this a couple times, and cancelled out each time. Once, though, it actually switched to the new resolution after I hit Cancel on the Screenmode window, after first closing the Prefs window.

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