The closed source "nvidia" driver, as much as it pains to say it, is better
than the open source "nv" in that it enables the functionality of the Nvidia
chipset whereas the "nv" driver minimizes detrimental impact on an otherwise
extremely stable Debian system by limiting how much of the chipset
functionality it accesses. If stability is what you want, then us the nv
driver and you are pretty much insured a stable but less than optimal
performing system. Having said that, the nv performance is probably all you
need. As far as hardware mpeg4 (I think that is what you mean rather than
jpeg?) acceleration, the nvidia chipsets have native video decoder hardware
and my naïve guess is that BOTH the nv and nvidia drivers enable that.
Anyone else out there want to confirm or correct.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Douglas Tutty [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 3:59 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: 2D,3D,nvidia,nv?
> On Sun, Dec 17, 2006 at 05:24:31PM -0600, Jaime Ochoa Malag?n wrote:
> > I strongly suggest to use nvidia driver, of course no one needs 3D
> > accel (except to play) but the experience is better, if the nvidia
> > driver works for you without flaws use it.
> > And that's true if you don't use 3D or at least
> xscreensaver-gl use a
> > cheap video card and give that one to a young boy hungry to play
> > 3D-games.
> Origionally, I set out to buy a cheap video card on the
> belief that I couldn't afford one that had the hardware jpeg
> conversion for watching video (yes I know that in the absence
> of hardware the software can do it). It turned out that this
> one was the chapest that my local store could get. It seems
> to be only missing the full hardware suite (it does
> some) for HD movies.
> Do both the nv and nvidia give me that hardware jpeg accelleration?
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