Nvidia is making quite a lot of Linux gamers happy with the latest update to its display drivers for *NIX platforms (Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris). Nvidia 195.36.08 adds support for a few of the latest graphics adapters from the chip maker, specifically Quadro FX 880M, GeForce GTS 350M and GeForce GTS 360M. On Linux, the latest Nvidia 195.36.08 driver also adds support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Stereo with Quadro GPUs. It also comes with a lot of updates and changes for the VDPAU API Nvidia developed to offload video processing and decoding to the graphics unit.
UPDATE: Nvidia has pulled the drivers after a major bug was discovered. "We believe recent NVIDIA UNIX graphics drivers are affected by a recently reported fan speed issue in 195.36.08 and 195.36.03. Until the problem is resolved, we recommend that UNIX users revert to the 190.53 web release, or the 195.30 public beta," the chip maker announced.
Highlights of Nvidia 195.36.08:
· Support for the following GPUs: Quadro FX 880M, GeForce GTS 350M, GeForce GTS 360M;
· Support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Stereo on Linux with Quadro GPUs;
· Unofficial preliminary support for xorg-server video driver ABI version 7, including xorg-server-18.104.22.168;
· Altered NVIDIA X driver behavior in the case that no display devices are connected to the GPU;
· Updated `nvidia-settings --query all` to report all available attributes queryable through all NV-CONTROL target types;
· A lot of updates and fixes for the VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) library;
· A very long list of bug fixes.
How to install the Nvidia video drivers on your Linux box:
Log out of your current session and hit the CTRL+ALT+F1 key combination in order to enter a text-mode session. Log in as root (System Administrator), go to the folder where you've downloaded the Nvidia driver installer for your architecture (see below for links), and type the following corresponding command:
For 32-bit users:
For 64-bit users:
Then, follow the on-screen instructions to install the Nvidia video driver. Please note that the Linux kernel headers and a GCC compiler will be required to complete the installation!
Download the Nvidia Linux display driver 195.36.08 for the x86 architecture right now from Softpedia . Download the Nvidia Linux display driver 195.36.08 for the AMD64/EM64T architectures right now from Softpedia . Download the Nvidia FreeBSD display driver 195.36.08 for the x86 architecture right now from Softpedia . Download the Nvidia Solaris display driver 195.36.08 for the x86 architecture right now from Softpedia .