nVidia driver update today: renders X11 unusable

O. Hartmann ohartman at zedat.fu-berlin.de
Wed Sep 3 06:06:53 UTC 2008

Christoph Moench-Tegeder wrote:
> ## Volodymyr Kostyrko (c.kworr at gmail.com):
>>> Just upgraded my ports and installed the new xf86-video-nv driver. Well, 
>>> loggin out works now without crashing the Xorg server, but most fonts 
>>> now show up as balck bars - unreadable and ugly :-(
>> Same for me, just some transparent pictures render transparency as 
>> black, good example is reader.google.com. This also isn't new to me, 
>> some pictures was shown like this in previous driver versions. I was 
>> just a bit unsure who was bad at it.
> Seems you've got an issue between X and firefox3; at least there's
> a note in the firefox3 release notes which desribes similar effects:
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=411831
> Oh, but by the way, it's not an nvidia/nv issue; I've got the exactly
> same issues with radeonhd... Luckily, I do not depend that much on
> web browsers, let alone firefox3.
> Regards,
> Christoph
The issue of X with firefox is well known and be aured I'm aware of 
that. This issue I complained about is with nearly every client I use 
under X - and that includes Firefox. This 'issue' renders a bunch of 
FreeBSD boxes around here unusable, only those with non-G80 derived 
graphics boards seem to be not infected by the problem, but every box 
with FreeBSD (mostly 7.0/7.1). By the way, the Linux boxes, especially 
the Gentoo-boxes, with also the open source nv-driver DO NOT SHOW this 

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