Nvidia graphics on AMD64

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl
Sat Feb 2 14:13:52 PST 2008

> After running a 90 hour portupgrade job on my current Duron 1600 based system
> I've persuaded myself that a hardware upgrade is due.

simply use precompiled ones if it's a problem.
anyway - i don't what bloatware you have compiled but on my 1200Mhz 
Thinkpad i needed few hours to install things i use.

> I'm contemplating building a system around an Athlon 64 X2 4200+ CPU. I'm not
> into games and overclocking so a relatively low end motherboard with
> integrated graphics should suffice. I've been looking at a few specs, many of
> them use Nvidia chipsets and I understand that there isn't a Nvidia graphics
> driver for FreeBSD on the AMD64 platform.

by general there are lots of problems with nvidia as it's closed source.
i always avoid closed source.

> If I choose a Nvidia based motherboard would I have to install the i386
> version of FreeBSD if I wanted to use the onboard graphics, in which case to
> what extent would the overall performance suffer?

i would check if it will really work as it should - AT ALL, before buying.

> My graphics needs are fairly modest, so long as I can use the Gimp to edit
> some photos I'm OK, but playing the occasional DVD fairly smoothly would be a
> bonus but not essential. Is there any alternative graphics driver which would
> meet my needs?

any WORKING card should suffice for your needs.

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