xorg-7.1 and nvidia

Simon Geard delgarde at ihug.co.nz
Tue Jun 6 03:32:07 PDT 2006


On Fri, 2006-06-02 at 21:13 +1200, Simon Geard wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-06-01 at 16:08 +0000, Tasos Drosopoulos wrote:
> > Hi
> > 
> > I'm on my way through BLFS-svn-2006-05-28 and Xorg7.1. I have an nvidia 
> > GeForce 6200 graphics card. On my previous built (~March 2005) with 
> > Xorg7.0 the proprietary driver from nvidia worked fine. Now, I get a 
> > WARNING message that the driver is not compliant with ABI 1.0 and when I 
> > fire Xwindows up I see that I have absolutely no fonts on any of my menu 
> > titlebars etc. (actually there is a flicker when they appear for fraction 
> > of a second and then they disappear). 
> 
> That seems somewhat familiar - I've got a test system that I've built
> something 'almost' 7.1 on, and seen some problems with some (not all)
> text not appearing. Although in my case, mousing over caused the text to
> appear correctly without disappearing. Sounds like a variant of the same
> problem - I've not got a solution though, sorry.

An update on this, since I've had a bit more chance to play with it on
my system. Interestingly, the problem disappeared when I turned on
sub-pixel font rendering in the Gnome preferences - anyone seeing this
kind of problem might want to try doing the same... see if it works for
them too.

Not sure how to explain it - perhaps changing this setting means fonts
get rendered via a different mechanism, just as turning RenderAccel off
does.

Simon.
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