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NVIDIA have released a new Vulkan Beta Driver 435.27.02

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NVIDIA continue pushing out new builds to their special Vulkan Beta Driver, a staging area to test out new features. They've been running this special series now for a number of years, as they continue to keep up with the latest updates to the Vulkan API and their support of Linux with recent drivers has been great.

Today, version 435.27.02 for Linux was released (along with 436.59 for Windows). Here's the highlights of what's new and improved:

  • New:
    • Add HDR10 passthrough presentation format and color space for Windows 10 RS2+
      • VkFormat - VK_FORMAT_A2B10G10R10_UNORM_PACK32
      • VkColorSpaceKHR - VK_COLOR_SPACE_HDR10_ST2084_EXT
    • Added support for the __GL_SYNC_DISPLAY_DEVICE environment variable for Linux Vulkan applications
  • Fixes:
    • Improved bounds checking and stability for some content
    • Improved unused memory reclamation when running low on system memory for Linux
    • General performance improvements

You can find all the info and past changelogs for their special Vulkan Beta Driver on this page.

Eventually the changes from this branch go into their normal driver series, which also had an update with the 440.26 Beta driver about a week ago.

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Eike 27 October 2019 at 7:59 pm UTC
chui2chIs there a good guide somewhere on installing the NVIDIA driver using the run file?

I'm never using anything that's not at least in Debian experimental:

https://packages.debian.org/de/experimental/nvidia-driver
Avehicle7887 27 October 2019 at 9:27 pm UTC
Regarding Ubuntu/Debian on A desktop - I've been installing the nvidia driver from the run file since Ubuntu 14.04 without issues. I've had success with it even on Fedora and OpenSuse.

The process is pretty much as Patola describes it.

While the package manager method may be the preferred option, the run file method is not as bad as many make it out to be. It may however be a different story with arch based distros.
chui2ch 28 October 2019 at 2:06 am UTC
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chui2chIs there a good guide somewhere on installing the NVIDIA driver using the run file?

Several other replies have mentioned dangers to installing the drivers manually, and while yes, conflicts can occur, they don't have to with a few precautions taken, it's not all doom and gloom and should something go wonky, like you did an upgrade and all of a sudden your 3d games feel like molasses, it just means the symlinks that point the gl driver to the nvidia version got overwritten, and you can either fix them manually or just re-run the installer of the nvidia driver. Nothing dangerous will happen, nothing that can't be fixed will happen.

So first precaution (speaking from a debian perspective) if you want to be manually installing nvidia drivers you should not have any nvidia packages installed, cause that's just inviting misery. Without nvidia packages, apt will want to satisfy dependencies with libgl1-mesa-dri and libgl1-mesa-glx, these are the two packages that will overwrite your nvidia files, so if any of these are upgraded, see first paragraph.

You download the file, shut down X, be root, sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-version.run; if it warns about compiler version mismatch between kernel and driver you can give a variable infront to use the one you want, for example CC=gcc-4.8 sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-version.run. Obviously you need to have the particular gcc version it asks for installed. It will ask if you want 32bit stuff installed, yes you do, and if you want it to generate an X config, you probably don't need that.

Then you start X and that should be that. Start up nvidia-settings to check everything over. Actually I think in this modern age you don't even need an X config file (/etc/X11/xorg.conf), and it will just detect the nvidia driver by itself. But just in case it doesn't, and you can't launch X, either you mess with the config yourself (pretty easy, but everything is easy if you know how), or just run the installer again and when it asks if you want it to generate an X config just say yes.

Go forth and experiment and try new things, it's the best way to learn =)
Thanks. Yea I had issues with the nouveau driver. I had to blacklist it and rebuid? the kernel(I'm not sure if that is the correct terminology). I also saw a lot of people say don't install the run file, but if you want up to date drivers on Debian stable right now you almost have to. The Nvidia 430 drivers have not made it to backports. I also used time shift in case I broke anything .
mrdeathjr 28 October 2019 at 2:49 am UTC
Comandante Ñoñardo
mrdeathjrThis drivers show this:

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Is that PROTON??

Hi no this is wine vanilla

Beamboom 28 October 2019 at 9:35 am UTC
So what's generally recommended now, Version 435 or 440? Is 435 too experimental/bleeding edge for regular hassle-free gaming?


Last edited by Beamboom on 28 October 2019 at 1:32 pm UTC
mao_dze_dun 28 October 2019 at 12:47 pm UTC
BeamboomSo what's generally recommended now, Version 335 or 340? Is 335 too experimental/bleeding edge for regular hassle-free gaming?

I'm probably not the best source, considering Windows is still my primary OS, but on Solus Vulka drivers have been fairly kind to me. If you don't have to go out of your way too much, I'd suggest you give them a go.
Beamboom 28 October 2019 at 1:32 pm UTC
mao_dze_dunI'm probably not the best source, considering Windows is still my primary OS, but on Solus Vulka drivers have been fairly kind to me. If you don't have to go out of your way too much, I'd suggest you give them a go.

And with "Vulkan drivers" you mean 435 right? But what are the arguments for 435 over 440? Vulkan performance?


Last edited by Beamboom on 28 October 2019 at 1:32 pm UTC
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