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ATI driver?

Discussion in 'System Hardware' started by Dinchamion, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Dinchamion

    Dinchamion New Member

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    Hello,

    I've been looking up on stuff before I make my choice to install FreeBSD. I ran into a problem, which was/is a pain under linux, but it seems becoming an obstacle here as well: I have an ATI HD3850 card, and the chances to change it to an NVIDIA, although I want to, are pretty slim. On the other hand, I play some Windows games (WoW and some others) via wine, which requires 3D acceleration.

    Is FreeBSD has a propriatery ATI driver? (As far as I know, open-source drivers just don't cut it when it comes to playing games, but prove me wrong, so I could forget about that :p)
     
  2. vivek

    vivek New Member

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  3. aragon

    aragon New Member

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    But keep in mind nVidia drivers are still limited to i386 architectures for now.
     
  4. Oko

    Oko Member

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    As for now and for the future NVidia or ATi do not cut when it comes to video games crap even on Windows. Get yourself a PowerPC based XBox or Sony Playstation3 or whatever new toy is on the market. You will save yourself a lots of frustration and be able really to enjoy your hobby. FreeBSD is not a toy.
     
  5. Dinchamion

    Dinchamion New Member

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    As soon as they start to develop and port stuff I'm interested in (like WoW, EVE Online, and a bunch of other stuff, both online and single player), I might think about buying a console.

    However, until then, I'm kinda stuck with my PC. And it's not even that, why shouldn't I use FreeBSD to whatever the hell I want to use it for? I play less and less these days, and I plan to go into programming and development deeper and deeper... but if there is an option to do all things on the same box (and there is, unless I missed something), why shouldn't I?

    Anyway, I'll just buy an NVIDIA card, I was planning it anyway, but I wanted to check if I could avoid it by any chance. (I have some other things to shop for too)

    Any news or horizons for the 64-bit NVIDIA driver available any time soon?

    Thanks for the help to all! :)
     
  6. adamk

    adamk New Member

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    The functionality needed in the FreeBSD kernel for a 64bit nvidia driver is making it's way into the kernel rather quickly. That functionality should be present in 8.0-RELEASE. Then nvidia actually needs to port the driver...

    As of May 15th, Zander at nvidia said:

    I'd guess that it will be another few months before beta drivers are available.

    Adam
     
  7. Dinchamion

    Dinchamion New Member

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    Thanks, that's a reasonable time, and I googled the issue, and was positively surprised on NVIDIA's attitude. (Again, it's quite possible I'm lagging behind the events, but it was nice to see collaboration from the company)