How painful is the nv driver supposed to be?

Sean Cavanaugh millenia2000 at
Fri Nov 20 19:33:51 UTC 2009

> Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:28:19 -0500
> From: pldrouin at
> To: freebsd-questions at
> Subject: How painful is the nv driver supposed to be?
> Hi,
> I am using the nv xorg driver on 8.0 amd64 with a GeForce 6600 (CPU is 
> an i7 overclocked at 4GHz) configured in 1920x1080. With that setup it 
> takes about 2 seconds to maximize a window or to switch workspace in 
> fluxbox. Is there a way to improve speed or this is all I can hope to get?
the default nv driver with xorg does not fully utilize the nvidia GPU.
install one of the nvidia drivers from /usr/ports/x11/nvidia-driver*
make sure you pick the one that still has support for your card in it as they cull older cards from the newer drivers. judging by nvidia.coms driver lookup, the highest driver that supports the GeForce 6 series was 191.07
also make sure to follow the extra instructions that you get after installing the driver
if i remember correctly, theres a line you add to /boot/loader.conf and you change the xorg.conf file driver from "nv" to "nvidia"

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