Posts Tagged ‘nvidia’

PC-BSD

August 15, 2008

So today I installed an alpha version of PC-BSD, which is based on FreeBSD 7. It was a really easy to use installer which allowed for zfs based file systems. It also includes KDE4.1. I must say that KDE4.1 is much smoother on *BSD than on linux. What the **** are nVidia doing with their drivers?

It seems however that PC-BSD didn’t like the disk i installed it on ( a usb attached 120 gb ata disk) and spits out lots of “SCSI error…”

Maybe I’ll wipe my OpenSolaris install of my internal HDD and install FreeBSD there instead as I need to learn a bit about it for future possible jobs. I’ll then install OpenSolaris on the USB drive and see if it fares better.

KDE4.1

August 10, 2008

I finally decided to switch to KDE4.1 for my every day use as DE on linux. The compilation and installation went smooth, but there are some outstanding performance problems with the nvidia drivers ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Transparency, wobbly windows and scrolling works ok. Resizing windows and switiching virtual desktops takes somewhere between 0.5 to 2 seconds. Something is very broken in the graphics stack on linux/X11/nVidia setups, and as far as I understand it, most of the blame lies with nVidia’s drivers.

I get a rather high cpu usage from kwin (about 30% on core) and i get significantly lower ‘score’ in glxgears. I get around ~3500 fps vs ~5000 fps on kde3.5.

Would be interesting to see how kde4.1 performs on OpenSolaris or FreeBSD with nvidia graphics.

I generally like kde4, so I can live with the delays from bad drivers, and I’m excited about all the new ideas kde4 brings to the table.

OpenSolaris snv_94

August 10, 2008

It’s been a while since I used OpenSolaris, since I had to do some maintainance work on the computer which included wiping the disk. But now I’m back up fully running and updated.

One noticeable improvement is that compiz runs a lot smoother now than stock OS2008.05, ie. it no longer takes to second to maximize a window ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wonder if it is improvements in OS or in the nvidia drivers…

I also had me silent wishes fullfilled: a reboot option is now available when one choose ‘turn of’, yay!

nVidia driver update

June 19, 2008

So I updated my gentoo system and was happy to see an updated nVidia driver. The 169.12 version wasn’t all that good: it was stable but didn’t really deliver any speed. Compiz was unusable, it took 2 seconds to maximize a window (with a quadro fx 570m). Compiz is so much smoother with anย  Intel X3100 card. The update fixes some problems (window resizing is now endurable) but is still way behind the intel card. Shame on you nVidia!