Driver Update: Nvidia Linux Display Driver 190.53

Nvidia released new *nix display drivers recently with version number 190.53. They are available for Linux (32 bit), Linux (AMD64/EM64T), Solaris (x64/x86) and FreeBSD. Specific installation instructions can be found on the individual pages. New in this release is, among other things, that the file names of the vdpau libraries have been changed to follow the Debian guidelines. We also find various bug fixes. Below is the full changelog for this release:

Release Highlights

  • Modified the installation location and names of internal VDPAU libraries to conform to conventions and Debian packaging guidelines. New versions of libvdpau expect this layout. Compatibility with old versions of libvdpau is maintained with symlinks.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause errors in graphical applications run after a previous application using VDPAU and OpenGL. This behavior was observed when running Gwenole Beauchesne’s hwdecode-demos application.
  • Modified vdpau.h to increment VDPAU_VERSION, to reflect the fact that new features have been added in the past. Also, add the new define VDPAU_INTERFACE_VERSION.
  • Fixed a periodic temporary hang in the VDPAU blit-based presentation queue.
  • Fixed a problem that caused resolution limitations or corruption on certain DisplayPort devices such as the Apple 24″ Cinema display or some DisplayPort to VGA adapters.
  • Disabled the UseEvents option for GeForce 8 series and higher GPUs due to a problem that causes occasional short hangs. It will be re-enabled when that bug has been tracked down and fixed.
  • VDPAU now allows multiple streams to be decoded at once, without the need to set any environment variables.

The following downloads are available:
Linux Display Driver – x86
Linux x64 (AMD64/EM64T) Display Driver
Solaris Display Driver – x64/x86
FreeBSD Display Driver – x86

Version number190.53
Release statusFinal
Operating systemsLinux, BSD, Solaris, Linux AMD64, Linux IA-64
File sizes 19.20MB – 23.50MB
License typeConditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)