Re: nvidia driver recommendations (Geforce 9500 & sgfxi)
Lacking any firm pros or cons on the subject I decide to move forward with the upgrade. Here is what I did and what I ended up with:
- Enabled the squeeze-backports repository and installed the latest 3.2.x kernel (3.2.4 as of yesterday).
- Made sure that menu.lst had the proper lines to boot into my 2.6.36 PAE kernel if the need arouse.
- Presented with a blinking cursor instead of login (this much was expected).
- Used "Ctrl+Alt+F1" to switch to console.
- Logged in as root.
- Stopped X
- Ran sgfxi. I was told it would install the 295.20 series of driver. I pressed enter.
- Sgfxi went about its business and when it was done I rebooted.
- Noticed that sgfxi added nomodeset nouveau.modeset=0
to my boot code.
- Presented with normal login.
Pretty cut and dry I must say. So far everything is working as it should and I haven't had any regressions with the new kernel or the new video drivers. I have tested various OpenGL screen savers and an intro video to one of my games, which all have worked flawlessly. At this point I haven't seen any reason to say my choice was a bad one, but will save my praise until I have used (and tested) my system more. Normally I am reluctant to mess with something when it is not broken, but I was beginning to feel the old 2.6.36 kernel was under-utilizing my system and wanted to give a newer kernel a try. Thankfully debian's squeeze-backports made this very easy. Also a thanks to the wonderful sgfxi script, since it had a part in this success as well. I will report any issues if they arise.