which X driver for NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M?

Gary Aitken freebsd at dreamchaser.org
Sun Feb 3 16:38:12 UTC 2013

On 02/03/13 08:53, Gary Aitken wrote:
> On 02/03/13 03:33, Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
>> I'm considering buying this Thinkpad T61p laptop:
>> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321063105251
>> It lists this graphics card:
>> NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M
>> I'm not sure what driver, if any, will support it.
>> There seems to be the official Nvidia FreeBSD driver
>> provided for it:
>> http://www.nvidia.com/object/freebsd_100.14.09.html
>> but this apparently has to be installed outside of
>> the ports tree.
>> xf86-video-nv drivers list several other Quadro cards,
>> but not specifically 570M.
>> Maybe somebody has used this card, so can give a
>> definite reply?
> I can't specifically address that issue, but according to this page:
>   http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/articles/compiz-fusion/nvidia-setup.html
> recent nvidia cards should be supported by the 
>   x11/nvidia-driver port

Ugh, I just tried to build that and it is marked as IGNORE

> The nvidia legacy driver page does not list that card, so it may be
> supported with the current x11/nvidia-driver port
>   http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_32667.html
> I have a GT-610 and it is also not listed.
> I am in the process of upgrading to 9.1 as well, 
> but am fighting a bad SSD and have to reconfigure.

The most recent nvidia port I can find is  
It builds fine, but on installing it craps out with the following message:
  /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers  No such file or directory

On 9.0, where I am using the 304.60 version, X11R6 is a pointer to /usr/local.
But my install of 9.1 has an actual /usr/X11R6, and that means things are
scattered all over, some in /usr/local/lib/xorg and some in /usr/X11R6.
This may be a glitch on my end; not sure yet.  I had to restart my ports
build because I screwed up and didn't do a fetch before building x11/xorg,
and that may have created some bad directories.

Can anyone verify if /usr/X11R6 under 9.1 is supposed to be a symlink to

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