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Re: How to install nvidia driver

On Sunday 13 November 2005 00:30, Alan Ianson wrote:
> On Sat November 12 2005 04:01 pm, Stefan Salewski wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > next week I will try to install debian-amd64 on a new computer
> > with a nvidia graphic card (7800GTX).
> >
> > I don't really like these closed source drivers from ati and
> > nvidia, but I think I have to use it.
> >
> > I have just done some google search about debian and nvidia
> > drivers. Some people recommend not to install the nvidia way,
> > but to use the debian way. I found only one detailed explanation
> > about how to do it:
> >
> > http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debian-nVidia/installation.html
> >
> > This tutorial is very nice, but I am not sure if it is an
> > official debian recommendation and if it will work for AMD64
> > too.
> >
> > Can you comment on this? Are there other tutorials around? Will I
> > have only textmode available until I install the nvidia driver,
> > or will the X-Org driver give me  an unaccelerated graphical
> > display?
> You can use the "nv" driver in the mean time. That's what I have been using
> here and it works fine. I don't know for sure what the difference is but I
> think if you want 3D acceleration (for gaming) you may need the nvidia
> drivers. I've been trying to get them installed too, so I'll be watching
> this thread.

The difference, at least to my eyes, is much better font rendering and a 
generally over all shaper image with the nvidia drivers compared to nv. I 
didn't realize that a driver could make so much difference but switching to 
nvidia after using nv for a while was like getting a new monitor.

Having said that I can't get the nvidia drivers to work with 2.6.14 but they 
work fine with 2.6.12.


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