Subject: Re: nvidia geforce2 go and xfree86
To: Brook Milligan <>
From: Frank van der Linden <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/18/2002 16:21:08
On Fri, Jan 18, 2002 at 08:17:15AM -0700, Brook Milligan wrote:
> Florian Stoehr writes:
>  > i have the same machine. you need the nvidia driver, nv driver will NOT 
>  > work.
>  > 
>  > but this is only available for linux :-(((((
>  > 
>  > you cannot get this machine to work under netbsd or freebsd.
> I was afraid of that.  However, there is a project to port the Linux
> drivers to FreeBSD; see
> Would there be any interest in the NetBSD community to do something
> similar, either in parallel or perhaps by enhancing their effort and
> making a single integrated driver?

Nvidia GeForce cards work fine with XFree86 under NetBSD. You just
can't use the HW accel support.

If you want the HW accel support, you'll need nvidia's special case
driver (which is unfortunately different from the DRI stuff in XFree86;
it also requires a binary libGL from nvidia, etc).

The FreeBSD driver seems to have made some progress lately, although
the BUGS file lists quite a few problems still, and 3D support doesn't
work yet. I added MTRR support to -current a while ago, and AGP GART
support (from FreeBSD) too. So for -current, there's nothing lacking
to be able to make the driver work on NetBSD. Note that the LKM
interface is quite different, so if anyone wants to try to port this,
go for split files rather than ifdef..

- Frank

Frank van der Linden                 
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