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NVIDIA 525.53 Beta is out now for Linux

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NVIDIA GPU owners on Linux, it's your time to test something new. NVIDIA have released a Beta driver with version 525.53.

As always with anything with a Beta tag: here be dragons. It may have issues that will be solved in the next Stable release, so if you want a solid experience stick to your current drivers. It's not usually too long before NVIDIA drivers go from Beta to Stable.

Here's all that's changed:

  • Fixed a bug which caused Dynamic Boost to not engage on certain Ampere GPU based notebooks.
  • Added support for Dynamic Boost on notebooks with AMD CPUs.
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in stutter when moving windows in GNOME.
  • Added support for the EGL_MESA_platform_surfaceless extension.
  • Updated the nvidia-settings control panel to prevent the creation of display layouts that exceed hardware size limitations when using the SLI Mosaic configuration page, and to display a warning if such a layout is created manually in the Display Configuration page.
  • Removed the hard dependency on GTK 2 when building nvidia-settings from source. nvidia-settings may now be built with support for GTK 2 only, GTK 3 only, or both GTK 2 and GTK 3.
  • Updated the open kernel modules to support Quadro Sync, Stereo, rotation in X11, and YUV 4:2:0 on Turing.
  • Updated an error message that nvidia-installer displays when kernel header files cannot be found to print full paths for the missing files.
  • Updated nvidia-installer to use "command -v" in place of depending on "which" to determine the availability and location of certain tools.
  • Implemented support for over-the-air updates in the Proton and Wine NVIDIA NGX build. This feature is disabled by default and can be enabled by setting the "PROTON_ENABLE_NGX_UPDATER" environment variable to a value of "1".
  • Updated the Vulkan driver so that the following extensions no longer depend on nvidia-uvm.ko being loaded at runtime:
    • * VK_KHR_acceleration_structure
      * VK_KHR_deferred_host_operations
      * VK_KHR_ray_query
      * VK_KHR_ray_tracing_pipeline
      * VK_NV_cuda_kernel_launch
      * VK_NV_ray_tracing
      * VK_NV_ray_tracing_motion_blur
      * VK_NVX_binary_import
      * VK_NVX_image_view_handle
  • Updated nvidia-installer to allow use of the "--add-this-kernel" feature by non-root users.
  • Updated nvidia-installer to display a more accurate progress bar when building the kernel modules.
  • Updated nvidia-installer to display a warning message if a Vulkan ICD loader is not detected.
  • Reworked nvidia-installer's support for DKMS: the kernel modules will now be optionally registered with DKMS after the installer has already built and installed them on its own. nvidia-installer will now register the kernel modules with DKMS by default when the dkms(8) utility is detected on the system.
  • Fixed a bug in the Vulkan driver which could lead to corruption in geometry and tessellation control shaders.
  • Added a new CUDA Debugger implementation for Pascal and newer architectures as a part of the driver package: (previously released separately as "CUDA GDB Developer Preview").
  • Updated the nvidia-settings control panel to correctly limit the allowed values for GPUTargetFanSpeed to match the existing valid fan speed ranges for supported NVIDIA GPUs. The valid ranges are 30%-100% for Ampere or newer GPUs, and 1%-100% for older GPUs.
  • Fixed a regression in 515.76 that caused blank screens and hangs when starting an X server on RTX 30 series GPUs in some configurations where the boot display is connected via HDMI.
  • Fixed a bug where Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered would sometimes crash with Xid 13 errors on Turing and later.
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iWeaker4You Nov 10, 2022
QuoteFixed a bug that resulted in stutter when moving windows in GNOME.

I had this problem for years on my GTX 1060 HAHA, and just when I changed to an AMD Radeon 6700XT (I was thinking of getting an RTX 3070)
they fixed it
Slipie Nov 10, 2022
Fixed a bug which caused Dynamic Boost to not engage on certain Ampere GPU based notebooks.
Added support for Dynamic Boost on notebooks with AMD CPUs.

I hope one of these means they finally fixed
this bug.
coreymburns Nov 10, 2022
still no night light for wayland...sigh
Corben Nov 11, 2022
nVidia: nvfbc support for EGL, please!
mr-victory Nov 11, 2022
Nvidia finally pulled their sleeves up for resolving the IBT issue! Trying out the open modules now.

EDIT: Yessss the open kernel modules boot without ibt=off!

Last edited by mr-victory on 11 November 2022 at 5:05 pm UTC
Xpander Nov 12, 2022
So far the driver seems very good. Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem has some shadow flickering on trees though with this driver though. All the other games i play work perfectly. It also looks like this driver uses less video memory with x11 than it used before and the GPU downclocks more easily with 2 high refresh screens also. Overall looks like nice improvement.
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