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kamikaze04
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 12:50 pm    Post subject: [nvidia,xorg] FX5200 really bad results. Everything tested Reply with quote

Hello,

I've just tried using nvidia driver on my gentoo-amd64 box. I'm using NVIDIA FX5200..

i'm worried because (although i know my card is bad) i only get this results when i run glxgears:


Code:

apolo ~ # glxgears
4495 frames in 5.0 seconds = 899.000 FPS
4559 frames in 5.0 seconds = 911.800 FPS
4559 frames in 5.0 seconds = 911.800 FPS



I think i could get more from my card.
I give us all the info i have:

Code:

apolo ~ # cat /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/status
Status:          Enabled
Driver:          AGPGART
AGP Rate:        8x
Fast Writes:     Enabled
SBA:             Enabled

apolo ~ # cat /proc/driver/nvidia/agp/card
Fast Writes:     Supported
SBA:             Supported
AGP Rates:       8x 4x
Registers:       0x1f000e1b:0x1f000312


Code:

apolo ~ # glxinfo | grep direct
direct rendering: Yes


Code:

apolo ~ # more /etc/modules.d/nvidia

alias char-major-195 nvidia
alias /dev/nvidiactl char-major-195
options nvidia NVreg_EnableAGPSBA=1 NVreg_EnableAGPFW=1



And the versions of nvidia-glx and nvidia-kernel are:

media-video/nvidia-glx-1.0.6111
media-video/nvidia-kernel-1.0.6111-r3
media-video/nvidia-settings-1.0.6111


And my /etc/X11/xorg.conf is here
www.gtel.upv.es/~kamikaze/xorg.conf

My kernel configuration has enabled:
Code:

   <*> /dev/agpgart (AGP Support)                                                     
             <*>   AMD Opteron/Athlon64 on-CPU GART support


I think this is all the information i can give us.
If you know how to change my settings to improve my performance i would be very pleased.

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Me and other friend from gentoo-forums have benn noticing of somethig extrange (both of us with FX5200) I paste his question:

Code:

Oh, I should also add that when I exit X11 and go back into console mode, my monitor reports a bad sync of 0/172 Hz. I have never had issues like this before. Does anyone have any ideas as to why starting X11 then exiting it screws up my sync? Console mode works fine if I don't startx.


Any other one who has the same problems?
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evoweiss
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:05 pm    Post subject: Re: [nvidia,xorg] FX5200 really bad results. Everything test Reply with quote

Hi,

kamikaze04 wrote:

media-video/nvidia-glx-1.0.6111
media-video/nvidia-kernel-1.0.6111-r3
media-video/nvidia-settings-1.0.6111


I'm not sure about your other problem, but, as you can guess from what I am quoting, your nvidia problem is with the version of the nvidia driver you're using. When it went to this version, for some reason, it slowed down the glxgears performance (no clue why). This has been fixed in the latest, masked version 1.0.6629. They are masked, but I've had no trouble with them at all. I have the same card and settings and I get the following from glxgears.

Code:

$ glxgears
4862 frames in 5.0 seconds = 972.400 FPS
5406 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1081.200 FPS
5406 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1081.200 FPS
5409 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1081.800 FPS
5406 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1081.200 FPS
5404 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1080.800 FPS
5408 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1081.600 FPS


I didn't look at your xorg file, but, just in case, I noticed that performance is a bit snappier if I include the following settings in the nvidia options:

Code:

        Option      "RenderAccel" "true"        # [<bool>]
        Option      "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"


and, at the bottom of the xorg.conf file, include this:

Code:

Section "Extensions"
        Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection


Hope that helps.

Alex
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:14 pm    Post subject: Re: [nvidia,xorg] FX5200 really bad results. Everything test Reply with quote

Hi,

Just took a look at your xorg.conf settings and it sounds like you may not have the correct monitor settings, though I can't be sure. I'd look up the monitor you have or find some means to determing the horizontal sync and vertical refresh rates. For my monitor, I have the following:

Quote:

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "DEL"
ModelName "DELL M782"
HorizSync 79.9 #30 - 85
VertRefresh 75 # 50 - 160
Option "DPMS"
EndSection


Also, in the screen section, I put in all possible modes and depths. Xorg should just pick the optimal one (at least that's what happened to me).

Code:

Section "Screen"
 Identifier "Screen0"
 Device     "Card0"
 Monitor    "Monitor0"
 DefaultDepth 24
 Option "NoDDC" "true"
 SubSection "Display"
#  Viewport   0 0
  Depth     1
       Modes "1280x1024" "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
 EndSubSection
 SubSection "Display"
  Viewport   0 0
  Depth     4
       Modes "1280x1024" "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
 EndSubSection
 SubSection "Display"
  Viewport   0 0
  Depth     8
       Modes "1280x1024" "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
 EndSubSection
 SubSection "Display"
  Viewport   0 0
  Depth     15
       Modes "1280x1024" "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
 EndSubSection
 SubSection "Display"
  Viewport   0 0
  Depth     16
       Modes "1280x1024" "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
 EndSubSection
 SubSection "Display"
  Viewport   0 0
  Depth     24
       Modes "1280x1024" "1280x1024" "800x600" "640x480"
 EndSubSection
EndSection


Hope you find this useful.

Best,

Alex
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Disregard everything above. Your results are correct. I just replaced my eVGA.com FX5200 card with an eVGA.com GeForce 6800 Ultra a week ago. Both cards have 256 megs of memory and support AGP 8x. At 1280x1024x24/32bpp, I was getting the same numbers as you (in fact, mine were slightly lower). With absolutely no configuration changes whatsoever beyond installing the new hardware, I get:
Code:
60762 frames in 5.0 seconds = 12152.400 FPS
66566 frames in 5.0 seconds = 13313.200 FPS
66523 frames in 5.0 seconds = 13304.600 FPS

The bottom line: the FX5200 is a good 2D card, but it's 3D absolutely sucks (by gamer standards, anyway; it's very usable on most real apps with low quality settings).
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