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Brian J. Tarricone
bjt23 at cornell.edu
Tue Nov 1 11:27:22 CET 2005
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Olivier Fourdan wrote:
> You may want to take a look at NVidia forums here
> Next version are said to be usable (as usual), but I doubt it.
> The only driver that worked was 6629. Anything after crash (and by
> crash, I mean 100% CPU utilization)
Hmm, I might give 6629 a try, though I'm not sure the eye-candy is worth
the effort (probably not).
> Some very similar reports in that thread:
Yeah, it's a mess. I suppose it's a bit much to expect a
known-not-quite-stable binary driver to work properly with an
experimental X extension that has problems even under the best of
> * xfwm4 works w/out shadows enabled. The problem seems to come from the
> I've changed to code so that shadows get disabled by default.
Interesting. I'll have to try it, but tomorrow. I should be in bed
> BTW you said "that's unfortunate, since it's mostly impossible to prove
> it either way."
> I strongly disagree with you here. On one side, you have xfwm4, a fully
> open source project with open SVN and developpers avaiable to reply,
> while in the other side, you have a proprietary driver with no source,
> and developpers totally unreachable.
> That's the strngth of open source...
Well, I'll submit that yes, it's impossible to prove that the nvidia
driver is *not* the problem, as we don't have the ability to verify its
correctness. (Amusingly, it's hard to prove that it *is* the problem,
at least not without verifying everything else is correct.)
<sarcasm>Yay closed source.</sarcasm>
However, simply saying "I don't think anything is wrong with my code"
doesn't necessarily prove that it's not xfwm4's fault either.
Then again, the 100% CPU util is in X, and not xfwm4, so it seems more
likely that something in the X server has gone nuts, unless of course
xfwm4 is executing a bit of code over and over that causes X to eat CPU
for breakfast (lunch, AND dinner). Whether it's xfwm4/X exposing a bug
in nvidia, or nvidia exposing a bug in XComposite, who knows. I
(personally) still wouldn't rule out a problem with xfwm4, but I rate
that as several orders of magnitude less likely than a problem with
nvidia or XComposite, which I figure either is just as likely.
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