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Re: fedora on asus M70VN-X1?

On Tuesday 10 March 2009, Kevin Kofler wrote:
>Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>>   i have to side with ed on this one -- while we may not like closed
>> source technology, nvidia has generally worked well for me when i've
>> had to deal with it.
>Then why do we routinely get bug reports like (most recent one):
>because the nvidia driver broke yet another part of KDE? And KDE is not the
>only stuff it breaks either.
>        Kevin Kofler

I'm on Kevin's side here folks.  I regret it every time I load an nvidia 
driver.  While running nvidia drivers I have had LSN0 of the boot drive zeroed 
out 3 times in as many years, which is a most interesting recovery problem 
(thanks to amanda its not permanently fatal), the last time about 10 minutes 
after I had installed the newest nvidia driver and rebooted  to it.

Discovered because that drive had a partition on it I don't normally mount, 
and when I tried to mount it, it wasn't there.  Then fdisk said the drive had 
no partition table, and a dd read of the first sector showed it as all 00's  

Nvidia's drivers tend to scribble all over memory they have no business 
reading, let alone writing to.  I only have one nvidia card here, and I run it 
with the vesa driver which is way faster than the nv driver in a milling 
machine where IRQ response cannot tolerate any jitter or latency.

Cheers, Gene
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:
 soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."
-Ed Howdershelt (Author)
I used to get high on life but lately I've built up a resistance.

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