Graphic card that works?

Kevin Oberman kob6558 at
Fri Jun 24 18:31:02 UTC 2011

On Jun 24, 2011 4:32 AM, "Tom Evans" < at> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM, Allen <Unix.Hacker at> wrote:
> >
> > Nvidia has always worked well for me as well; Nvidia is one of the only
> > companies that makes GOOD drivers specifically for FreeBSD. They
> > actually make the driver, and they have one for more than Windows unlike
> > some companies. Whenever I have an Nvidia card, I generally know I'll be
> > doing fine with good hardware, as they have a driver for FreeBSD, Linux,
> > and Solaris.
> >
> Ditto, except watch out for laptops that have both Intel and nvidia
> graphics chips in them, they will probably be configured in what is
> termed 'nvidia Optimus', which uses the Intel part its low power
> consumption, and the nvidia one for 3D/scaling etc. This is all
> managed seamlessly by the driver in Windows 7, but doesn't yet exist
> for Linux or BSD, so neither graphics card works correctly. Avoid!

Worse, NVIDIA has stated that they have no plans to ever supply Optimus
support for OSes other than Windows.

Just to be clear, are you running the nv driver from Xorg or the separate
NVIDIA-driver port? Both should work, but nv will not work well.

R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
kob at

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