Opinion: NVIDIA drivers are a BAD Thing [tm]

Robin Laing Robin.Laing at drdc-rddc.gc.ca
Wed May 19 20:56:06 UTC 2004

Jon Shorie wrote:
> On Wednesday 19 May 2004 15:25, Gene Heskett wrote:
> Instead I ran it as an ATI Radeon 7500 and it works well (including 3d 
> acceleration) except for some minor artifacting occassionally.
> At work, I currently have 6 linux desktops with ATI cards in them (Radeon 7000 
> and Rage 128 Pro) as well as 10 servers with ATI cards.  All are running 
> either Redhat or Fedora Core 1 or 2.  They all work very well.  
> At home, I have a Fedora Core 1 box with a radeon 7000 in it.  It works 
> extremely well.  My main use on this is to play Loki games such as 
> Civilization Call To Power, Railroad Tycoon, Alpha Centauri as well as basic 
> internet apps such as web browsing and email.
> I do not have any problems with the graphics on any of these games.
> All of the systems at either home or work are running the open source driver.  

You keep talking about older ATI cards.  The point is an ATI 7500 that 
I have at work, works great.  Support within XFree86.  Newer Radeon 
cards are only supported in 2d (in January).  Have you tried to play a 
3d game at 1 frame per sec or slower?  This is the problem, no 3d 

3 weeks of fighting with the ATI drivers only to find in a obscure 
link that 3d wasn't supported even in the 3d driver.

Believe me, I didn't want to throw a brand new video card away.  I 
fought and fought trying to get it to work.  I couldn't even play 
movies on the computer due to the video drivers.  ATI even pointed to 
an opensource DRI site that did not support the chipset in the 9600. 
I now have a 9600 card that I am trying to get rid of.  But I am 
enjoying full 3d and can watch movies will surfing the web.

Robin Laing

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