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 Installing Nvidia on Freebsd
Author: Freedevil 
Date:   26-04-03 03:59

*** Installing Nvidia Drivers on FreeBsd ***

I assume you can do the following :
a) Rebuild your kernel
b) You are familair with UNIX

Lets start by downloading the drivers from Nvidia

Note: the default drivers "nv" work with X but are extremely slow and crash often as compared to the drivers released by nvidia. Hence, for better perfomance and support you should under all cost obtain them.

Firstly if you are installing on Freebsd 4.8 you need to enable options USER_LDT in ur kernel. On Freebsd 5.0-RELEASE it is enabled in the GENRIC kernel by default.

After you rebuild your new kernel and boot up....we will extract the download drivers

You can choose and dir you like it doesnt matter
freedevil/tmp# tar xzvf /path/NVIDIA_FreeBSD-1.0-3203.tar.gz
freedevil/tmp# cd NVIDIA_FreeBSD-1.0-3203
freedevil/tmp/NVIDIA_FreeBSD-1.0-3203# make setup

The command make setup will create the nvidia and linux laod module...for furthur info check the README on the nvidia site.

Edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config

# This loads the Type1 and FreeType font modules
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "speedo"
Load "freetype"
# Load "xtt"

# This loads the GLX module
Load "glx" # u need this
# This loads the DRI module
Load "dri"


Section "Device"
Identifier "Nvidia Geforce 4"
Driver "nvidia"
#VideoRam 262144
# Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate

Often the module is not loaded right away type kldstat to check and see if it is. Else load it by urself or reboot. But before you do anything else we want to use the AGP driver it accelerates and speeds up X. I use the Freebsd AGP driver and find it excellent. Edit /boot/loader.conf and add a line agp_load="YES"
now we need to make devices for it...
freedevil# cd /dev
freedevil/dev# sh MAKEDEV agpgart

After u reboot or load them manually type kldstat to see that all the moduels have loaded correctly...

Id Refs Address Size Name
1 5 0xc0100000 33e9a8 kernel
2 1 0xc043f000 18a48 linux.ko
3 1 0xc0458000 ac8c agp.ko
4 1 0xc0463000 149f44 nvidia.ko

Now simply startx and enjoy your new nvidia drivers.

If you have any comments or feedbacks pls email me.

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 Re: Installing Nvidia on Freebsd
Author: The deamon 
Date:   02-02-04 23:09

A) nv driver is xyz times more stable than nvidia's one
B) nv driver in most cases is faster in 2D graphics
C) on nvidia driver some apps may have synchronization problems (eg tv apps)

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