Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Just dodged a bullet

I just dodged a bullet by not upgrading to Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick). I could have found the hard way that my video card drivers are not supported.

From the release notes:

"The new Xorg 1.9 available in Maverick is not compatible with nVidia based chipsets that use the (nvidia-96) and (nvidia-173) drivers."

Hmm that sounded suspicious, didn't I have an nVidia card?

$ sudo lshw -C video
[...]

description: VGA compatible controller
product: NV18 [GeForce4 MX 4000]
[...]

$ nvidia-settings

NVIDIA Driver Version: 96.43.17

D'oh!

Will I be able to test the new release without buying new hardware? It all depends on AaronP now =/

2 comments:

Flex said...

I ran into this problem and had to download the newest driver for linux from the nvidia homepage which was release some weeks ago!

L. said...

As of 10-26-2010 AaronP (the driver developer apparently) is still working on it: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2337063&postcount=19

In that same thread, some posts earlier, we find this comment by user sveterv2:

"Wouldn't it be easier and CHEAPER for NVIDIA corporation to open source their drivers for OLD hardware? Maybe somebody should talk to his manager and suggest this? This way programmers could concentrate on software for newer hardware that makes INCOME for NVIDIA, and older one could still be used without any problems on Linux and other platforms by those who owns it."

To which I agree, but apparently it's not likely. :(