Suggested upgrade for a GeForce GT 450

Paul Procacci pprocacci at
Sun Feb 7 07:13:45 UTC 2021

It's not incorrect.  The necessary bits to run anything related to CUDA
_are missing from_ FreeBSD's native nvidia blob.


On Sun, Feb 7, 2021 at 2:07 AM Aryeh Friedman <aryeh.friedman at>

> On Sun, Feb 7, 2021 at 1:56 AM Paul Procacci <pprocacci at> wrote:
>> I think you're mistaken.  I like Nvidia and always have liked Nvidia.
>> There are limitations to the card however when it comes to gpu offloading
>> of tasks that utilize either cuda or similar.
>> It's simply not possible.  Full stop.
> Again incorrect the documentation for the nVidia driver even discusses how
> to set up CUDA here are two of the relevant quotes from it:
> "Disabling acceleration is useful when another component, such as CUDA,
>     requires exclusive use of the GPU's processing cores. Performance of
> the X
>     server will be reduced when acceleration is disabled, and some features
>     may not be available."
> "The NVIDIA driver will not perform any
>     mode validation or mode setting for this X screen. This is intended for
>     use in conjunction with CUDA or in remote graphics solutions such as
>     or Hewlett Packard's Remote Graphics Software (RGS)."
> From an article on the release of 12.0-BETA4 (
> "This is necessary for FreeBSD 64-bit CUDA support with NVIDIA's driver.
> Previously the FreeBSD CUDA support played nicely with 32-bit, but that was
> dropped in CUDA 9.0. This should help too for other 64-bit Linux emulation
> code for working with NVIDIA's binary graphics driver."
> --
> Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer,


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