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New Nvidia Video Drivers for Linux Bring Support for Newer Cards
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Last evening, April 21st, Nvidia announced yet another maintenance version of their proprietary video driver for the Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris open-source operating systems. The new version, Nvidia 180.51, provides support for many new GPUs, such as: GeForce GT 130, GeForce GT 140, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce 9400 GT and GeForce 9600 GSO 512. Moreover, Nvidia 180.51 fixes several issues found in previous versions, such as:

· Repaired an issue that crashed the X server when viewing the www.tim.it website;
· Repaired some power management resume/suspend issues with DisplayPort;
· Repaired a VDPAU issue that caused inaccurate decoding of H.264 video streams on G86, G84, G94, G92, G96 and GT200 cards;
· Repaired an issue with the VGA fonts. The fonts could not be saved or restored on GeForce 8 and newer cards;
· Repaired an issue that caused inaccurate moving of windows running OpenGL applications on GeForce 8 and newer cards;
· Repaired various performance issues with the memory management, especially when running a composite manager;
· Repaired various hangs or crashes on GeForce 9 and newer cards;
· Repaired a rendering issue in OpenGL 16-bit RGB Workstation Overlay;
· Repaired a dual-monitor issue that failed to detect the secondary device when the X server was started after a cold boot;
· Updated nvidia-bug-report.sh to output archived logs.

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:

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.51-pkg1.run

For 64-bit users:

sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-180.51-pkg2.run

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 180.51 for the x86 architecture right now from here.

Download the Nvidia Linux display driver 180.51 for the AMD64/EM64T architectures right now from here.

Download the Nvidia FreeBSD display driver 180.51 for the x86 architectures right now from here.

Download the Nvidia Solaris display driver 180.51 for the x86 architecture right now from here.

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