Anthony M. Agelastos iqgrande at gmail.com
Thu Jun 30 10:11:59 GMT 2005

On Jun 30, 2005, at 5:29 AM, Alex Zbyslaw wrote:

> markzero wrote:
>> Oh the joys of binary drivers.
>> I awake from a peaceful slumber after a portupgrade to find that
>> I suddenly no longer have X. The playful and exciting words
>> dance across my colourless and tormented screen:
>> (WW) The NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro GPU installed in
>> (WW)      this system is supported through the NVIDIA Legacy
>> (WW)      drivers. Please visit
>> (WW)      http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html for more
>> (WW)      information.  The 1.0-7667 NVIDIA driver will ignore this
>> (WW)      GPU.  Continuing probe... (EE) No devices detected.
>> The NVIDIA Legacy drivers magically fail to exist on the NVIDIA
>> site and there appears no be no port for them either.
> Can you use the x.org "nv" driver instead?  I've never really  
> figured out what the binary driver buys you over the standard one,  
> but then all I do is run X with fvwm2, mainly for software  
> development, so I have never needed any "fancy" features.  (I've  
> never had a TNT2, but I believe it's supported).
> Man nv says under supported cards:
>          RIVA TNT2             NV5
I am having the same problem with a RIVA TNT card. Changing the  
driver from nvidia to nv in /etc/X11/xorg.conf allows me to enter  
X11. This is all unfortunate, however. These binary drivers provide  
GLX extensions to X11 for NVIDIA cards (so I could type glxgears at  
the prompt and have it actually do something). I hope this site  
exists soon and someone makes a port for it; I enjoyed knowing that  
if I needed to play an OpenGL game that wasn't too hardcore, I could  
do it with this computer (I could actually play Quake 3 pretty well  
with those drivers).

> Alternatively, can you just spring for a newer video card?  (I  
> know, that feels like giving in, but if you don't need the latest,  
> fanciest thing then there should be something cheapish out there.   
> Ge4 cards seem to be about £20, assuming *they* are supported by  
> nvidia of course).
> Final alternative, downgrade your driver back to what you had.  I  
> believe there is a "portdowngrade" but have never used it.  You can  
> tell portugrade never to upgrade that port (see HOLD_PKGS or  
> similar in /etc/pkgtools.conf) and probably keep a copy of the port  
> directory and driver around "just in case".
> --Alex
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