Very bad performance with nvidia-driver

George Liaskos geo.liaskos at
Sat Apr 30 16:36:29 UTC 2011

On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM, Ivan Voras <ivoras at> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm reinstalling my desktop after a hardware upgrade and I'm having problems
> with the nvidia driver (x11/nvidia-driver).
> In short: it's horribly slow with desktop effects / compositing. I have
> enabled the FPS display and it cannot get to 60 even on an empty desktop.
> All operations requiring window redraws reduce the frame rate to a slide
> show (less than 5 FPS, many black lines in the FPS status display). 3D
> desktop cube rotates relatively smoothly unless there are windows to be
> drawn on the rotating desktops, at which point it's a slide show. I've tried
> playing movies with vlc player and it went fine, but watching youtube in the
> flash player in firefox again gives terrible performance and once even a
> hardware lockup.
> This is relatively recent nvidia GT 440 hardware; before it I had radeon
> 3600 (ancient), which had visual artifacts with the open source drivers but
> had acceptable performance.
> I'm dual-booting this with Windows 7 where, of course, there are no visual
> performance problems at all, even with demanding games.
> Any ideas?
> My xorg.conf was generated by nvidia-xconfig; it looks very plain, without
> loading any modules or extensions except the "nvidia" driver in the "Device"
> section.
> This is 8-stable amd64.
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What version of the driver are you using? Your card is supported by >= 270.41.06
Should we send a pr? 256.53 is outdated and i don't see a reason to
not use the latest stable version available.

I use 270.x my self without issues, gnome3 is unusable with everything
older than that.

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