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Nvidia Pulls Linux, BSD, Solaris Drivers Due to Bug

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 15 comments

More drivers have popped up with the mysterious overheating bug, this time affecting Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris systems.

DVH reports that Nvidia has removed additional drivers related to an overheat bug that plagued the GeForce 196.75 WHQL drivers last week. The new quarantined drivers are for Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris, however this time the problem affects two sets rather than just one.

According to the site, users with 195.36.03 and 195.36.08 *nix drivers installed on their system should downgrade to driver versions 190.53 or 195.30 public beta. As of Friday, Nvidia was still looking into the overheating issue, however the only resolution the company could provide was to downgrade the drivers.

"We want to make sure anybody who has not downloaded the driver does not do so from any other sites who still have the driver up, and for those that have downloaded it, we want to make sure they roll back to the previous driver located here," Nvidia's Bryan Del Rizzo said in a statement.

Obviously Nvidia users can't roll back drivers if older ones were previously uninstalled. Head here to download archived and beta drivers stored on Nvidia's website.

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    sliem , March 9, 2010 4:25 PM
    Their road just got bumpy... or bumpier.
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    davendork , March 9, 2010 4:48 PM
    This isn't helping the ATI card I want to hit my price point.
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    victomofreality , March 9, 2010 3:59 PM
    or just go to a linux form and they probably already have it fixed, or will before Nvidia does.
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    rhino13 , March 9, 2010 4:00 PM
    Is this update in preparation for Fermi?

    An equivilent number of mistakes seem to have been made on the road to both.
  • 12 Hide
    sliem , March 9, 2010 4:25 PM
    Their road just got bumpy... or bumpier.
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    nforce4max , March 9, 2010 4:32 PM
    sliemTheir road just got bumpy... or bumpier.



    Might as well take some lead weights and throw them in a dryer or drive a model T Ford on a very bad road.
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    romansky , March 9, 2010 4:42 PM
    ahh with todays cheap work force driven economy, I wouldnt expect less,,,
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    nfail , March 9, 2010 4:44 PM
    This is embarrassing now. Please die nVidia and let SiS take on ATI instead, we need some real competition.
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    davendork , March 9, 2010 4:48 PM
    This isn't helping the ATI card I want to hit my price point.
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    davendork , March 9, 2010 4:53 PM
    The performance increases listed on the nVidia website with the offending driver seemed too good to be true. 30% more in Left 4 Dead? Almost a third? Come on.
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    Abrahm , March 9, 2010 4:55 PM
    Well, at least they release drivers for *nix. I had to wait a few weeks after I got my ATI 5850 before ATI released a Linux driver for it.
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    Honis , March 9, 2010 5:09 PM
    Not looking good for Fermi. They better hope manufacturers haven't printed thousands of CD/DVDs with the bad drivers ready to ship with the cards this month.
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    Camikazi , March 9, 2010 6:08 PM
    AbrahmWell, at least they release drivers for *nix. I had to wait a few weeks after I got my ATI 5850 before ATI released a Linux driver for it.

    Yea a fast released driver that will melt your card is better then waiting a while for non-card-melting ones :p 
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2010 6:45 PM
    Proprietary Nvidia Linux drivers are superior to proprietary ATI drivers. Just look at all the unimplemented opengl functions your ATI driver doesn't support in /var/log/Xorg.0.log to get an idea. What this means is you don't have weird artifacts playing games in Wine with Nvidia drivers. Also, there's the hassle of having to recompile your kernel just to be compatible with ATI drivers (this was about a year ago with a Radeon 4680 on Slackware 12.2). Point aside, I hope Nvidia can keep up with the competition instead of rebranding old chips.
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    icemunk , March 10, 2010 11:32 AM
    Good job Nvidia, burn out all those old 9800's and 250s so people will have to buy new videocards.. though for some reason I don't see a lot of them buying nvidia again though
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    Regulas , March 10, 2010 11:44 AM
    They will get it fixed. At least Nvidia supports the Linux community.
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    mitch074 , March 15, 2010 8:03 AM
    @Anonymous: the missing OpenGL functions, which resulted in weird artifacts in Wine games (I bet you're referring to the whited out indoor minimap and mixed p icons in World of Warcraft) were solved in Catalyst 9.8.

    They were not actually missing (calling for them worked) but were unadvertized by the driver - and since Wine will implement workarounds for as many missing extensions as possible, WoW on Wine on Ati cards was hell.

    Until 9.8, which solved _all_ graphical bugs on Ati hardware (I have a HD4850), whether in OpenGL or DirectX mode and improved performance a great deal: you can now go around Dalaran at >20fps in OGL mode.

    You still can't really raid effectively though.