Nvidia graphics on AMD64
frank at esperance-linux.co.uk
Sat Feb 2 17:35:59 PST 2008
On Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 09:12:27PM +0000, Mike Clarke wrote:
> After running a 90 hour portupgrade job on my current Duron 1600 based system
> I've persuaded myself that a hardware upgrade is due.
> 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.
There are nvidia chipsets such as nforce4 which work with FreeBSD, I
don't know about more recent ones but you can have a grovel through
> 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?
No. You can use the nv driver:
You might want to use i386 if you've got less than 4GB of memory as
some applications are only 32 bit such as Flash.
> 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?
You'd be ok with nv which builds on i386 or AMD64. There is a
proprietory driver which can be used on i386 but not AMD64:
> ... or should I just keep away from Nvidia and concentrate on something with
> ATI graphics?
I've just switched from an Nvidia card to ATI onboard and the nvidia
card was better. The onboard ATI gives me a rather washed out picture.
So my advice would be to avoid onboard graphics and get a cheap nvidia
card. You can get them for about 20 quid for a 128MB card.
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