nVidia driver update today: renders X11 unusable

O. Hartmann ohartman at zedat.fu-berlin.de
Wed Sep 3 07:13:22 UTC 2008

Christoph Moench-Tegeder wrote:
> ## O. Hartmann (ohartman at zedat.fu-berlin.de):
>>> 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.
>> 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).
> Ah, that explains why I'm having only the usual firefox issue,
> obviously my laptop's "Quadro NVS 140M" is not a G80-derived
> chip (nautilus, gimp, gnumeric do wirk fine without black bars).
> The first mails read as if all nvidia boards were affected.
> Regards,
> Christoph

My box at home has an older NV6800GT and I do not have this special 
issue, but instead I do have another well known issue of box-freezing. 
This also happens with 'nv'. Since FreeBSD 7.0 this freezing occurs more 
frequent than in FBSD 6, but in the meanwhile thenv-driver changed 
several times. It is a horror :-(


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