f1r31c3r Jun 17 @ 7:21am
Nvidia drivers 340.17 out on Beta
WooHoo lets soo what the new Nvidia drivers have to offer the GNU Linux comunity this month with the new version of 340.17

Changelog:

Added support for the following GPUs:
GeForce GT 730
GeForce GT 740

Made various improvements and corrections to the information reported to GL applications via the KHR_debug and ARB_debug_output extensions.

Fixed a bug that caused GLX applications which simultaneously create drawables on multiple X servers to crash when swapping buffers.

Updated nvidia-settings to report all valid names for each target when querying target types, e.g. `nvidia-settings -q gpus`.

Added support for controlling the availability of Fast Approximate Antialiasing (FXAA) on a per-application basis via the new __GL_ALLOW_FXAA_USAGE environment variable and the corresponding GLAllowFXAAUsage application profile key. See the README for details.

Fixed a bug where indirect rendering could become corrupted on system configurations that disallow writing to executable memory.

Updated the nvidia-settings Makefiles to allow nvidia-settings to be dynamically linked against the host system's libjansson. This option can be enabled by setting the NV_USE_BUNDLED_LIBJANSSON Makefile variable to 0. Please note that nvidia-settings requires libjansson version 2.2 or later.

Removed the runlevel check from nvidia-installer: the installation problems formerly associated with runlevel 1 no longer apply.

Added initial support for G-SYNC monitors. Additional details and system requirements can be found at:

Improved support for running the NVIDIA driver in configurations where writing to executable memory is disallowed. Driver optimizations that require writing to executable memory can be forcefully disabled using the new __GL_WRITE_TEXT_SECTION environment variable. See the README for more details.

Fixed an X driver bug that caused gamma ramp updates of the green channel at depth 15, on some recent GPUs, to be ignored.

Time to go play with it and see if it fixed any bugs i currently have with some games...

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Zyro Jun 25 @ 3:07am 
Thanks for the info!
I wonder if there's a place where all changes of the Linux driver are listed, not only for the current version, but also for older ones, so one could judge if an update to a more experimental version might be worth the troubles...
Zyro Jun 26 @ 3:14am 
While it doesn't answer my own question, I found this page, where the changes for both the Debian Jessis/Sid (331) and Debian Experimental (337) Nvidia drivers are linked:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

Ooops!
337: "Fixed a performance regression when running KDE with desktop effects using the OpenGL compositing backend." - I guess I'll givt it a try.
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NA Jun 27 @ 6:40pm 
Yes, thank you for the information!

It seems like if you have an older graphics card, you won't see really any changes at this point. Improvements seem more targeted to mid-to-newer GPUs.

Hope I'm wrong though, in the case of bugs.
`][`arron: Linux Jul 20 @ 8:59am 
I find it extremely difficult to install Nvidia's drivers, I downloaded them from nvidia's site, gave file right permissions,purge nvidia*, stop mdm (linux mint 16 cinnmon), install driver, nvidia-xconfig, start mdm, everything seems ok, steam says i'm running 340 driver, but on reboot my nvidia x driver fails to run, i end up in a fallback cinnimon mode. with it all screwed up :(, I then uninstall the driver, and install nvidia-319 to get myself back to a driver that works... feel free to help me, really gets on my nerves trying to use the latest drivers (using a GTX 570soc)
Zyro Jul 20 @ 9:11am 
I'd use the distributions method instead of downloading manually.
On Debian, that would be I think
"apt-get install nvidia-kernel-dkms/experimental"
This downloads what's needed, automatically compiles it for you kernel(s) and installs it.
I don't know how Mint does it, though-
`][`arron: Linux Jul 20 @ 9:15am 
just going to try adding a ppa, and use driver manager gui and see if it does the trick! :)
`][`arron: Linux Jul 20 @ 4:59pm 
Finally managed to install and successfully run 340.24 drivers!.... just had to use the nvidia drivers to blacklist nauveau, then run them again after a boot with x stopped, in the mean time encountering a bug where components of cinnamon got uninstalled so cinnamon couldnt run, and had to install cinnamon-screensaver and nemo...... but now im in cinnamon AND on 340.24... was it worth it? ♥♥♥♥ YEAH i learnt alot today :)
LOLCAT Jul 22 @ 3:09pm 
Originally posted by Seph//roth : Linux:
Finally managed to install and successfully run 340.24 drivers!.... just had to use the nvidia drivers to blacklist nauveau, then run them again after a boot with x stopped, in the mean time encountering a bug where components of cinnamon got uninstalled so cinnamon couldnt run, and had to install cinnamon-screensaver and nemo...... but now im in cinnamon AND on 340.24... was it worth it? ♥♥♥♥ YEAH i learnt alot today :)
You people should really start shouting at nvidia. If AMD can make a simple GUI installer that runs under X fine, doesn't require blacklisting anything and you don't even have to resort to whatever runlevel to install it, nvidia could do it as well. If we want linux as a gaming platform, installing a driver should be easy. Repos are a good solution, but they can be turned off anytime, and don't support every distro.
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`][`arron: Linux Jul 22 @ 3:30pm 
Originally posted by LOLCAT:
Originally posted by Seph//roth : Linux:
Finally managed to install and successfully run 340.24 drivers!.... just had to use the nvidia drivers to blacklist nauveau, then run them again after a boot with x stopped, in the mean time encountering a bug where components of cinnamon got uninstalled so cinnamon couldnt run, and had to install cinnamon-screensaver and nemo...... but now im in cinnamon AND on 340.24... was it worth it? ♥♥♥♥ YEAH i learnt alot today :)
You people should really start shouting at nvidia. If AMD can make a simple GUI installer that runs under X fine, doesn't require blacklisting anything and you don't even have to resort to whatever runlevel to install it, nvidia could do it as well. If we want linux as a gaming platform, installing a driver should be easy. Repos are a good solution, but they can be turned off anytime, and don't support every distro.
AMEN!!!! but this was done through their drivers, not repos, but for linux gaming to excel, this needs to be addressed asap, i wonder how it is on steamOS?
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