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Old 24th May 2008
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Is there anyone on this forum using one of the NVidia 8xxx series cards with FreeBSD?

If so, could you post any issues you have encountered, the driver you use and steps to installing?

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8800GT with the nvidia-driver from ports.
nv also works but the resolution can't be pushed to the limit and nv doesn't support 3D.
Do you have a amd64 FreeBSD or the 32bit one?
I can't use the nvidia-driver with more than 3Gb RAM that's the only problem i noticed.
And of course the nvidia-driver is a blob.

Just select "nv" as driver if you want to run X. To get higher resolution you have to use the nvidia blob "nvidia-driver".
e.g. #portinstall nvidia-driver
and then change the drivers name in xorg.conf to "nvidia"
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I use FreeBSD 7 with Nvidia 8500 GT 512MB and it is work good in resolution 1024x768 and I do not install Nvidia Driver from port , without install Nvidia port , it work good.
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I've got an 8400GS on my test machine, works fine although I'm probably using the 'nv' driver out of lazy ness.
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for /x11/nvidia-driver/ to build I think you need kernel sources
you *might * want to do the following upgrade anytime some or all of
them change (some of all of the entire list depending upon where
the changes start.) Applies if you build most of them from source.
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xorg-server ; libdrm; dri ALSO libGL; libGLU ALSO libGWw; libglut; nvidia-driver; glclock; glxs
each group seperated by semicolon should be run after the preceeding.
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Okay - as I installed the 8600 and ran xorg-configure a while ago, it struck me that i haven't actually checked the xorg.conf file...

it would appear that I am currently using the NV driver:

Section "Device"
### Available Driver options are:-
### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
### [arg]: arg optional
#Option "SWcursor" # [<bool>]
#Option "HWcursor" # [<bool>]
#Option "NoAccel" # [<bool>]
#Option "ShadowFB" # [<bool>]
#Option "UseFBDev" # [<bool>]
#Option "Rotate" # [<str>]
#Option "VideoKey" # <i>
#Option "FlatPanel" # [<bool>]
#Option "FPDither" # [<bool>]
#Option "CrtcNumber" # <i>
#Option "FPScale" # [<bool>]
#Option "FPTweak" # <i>
#Option "DualHead" # [<bool>]
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "nv"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "GeForce 8600 GT"
BusID "PCI:2:0:0"
EndSection

I'm presuming that as I have a TFT monitor I could uncomment "FlatPanel".

I may also give hardware acceleration a try, I take it I uncomment it and add false?
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for /x11/nvidia-driver/ to build I think you need kernel sources
Yes you generally need the system source to build loadable kernel modules.
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Okay, so I tried turning the hardware acceleration off to "False" and set it for Flatscreen. I tested it using the GL screensavers in KDE. Worked alright for a while, then when trying the setup for one, crashed out...
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Option "NoAccel" "boolean"
Disable or enable acceleration. Default: acceleration is enabled.
Adding that option is redundant, acceleration is enabled by default..

That's 2D acceleration btw..
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