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Following on from the 440.26 beta released last month, NVIDIA have today added a few more changes to it and pushed it out as a stable driver update with version 440.31.

It's a mixture of things big and small in this release. It adds in VP9 decode support to the NVIDIA VDPAU driver, parallel GLSL shader linking has been enabled by default, support for HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate (VRR) with G-SYNC Compatible monitors and a supported GPU, HardDPMS enabled by default, support for newer multi-GPU rendering extensions and more.

As for bug fixes and other improvements: they solved issues when running applications using GLX indirect rendering, a fix preventing the NVIDIA kernel modules from building when your system isn't in English, kernel module building issues with the 5.4 Linux kernels, a confirmation box will now show when you try to quit nvidia-settings with unsaved changes and so on.

Also in this release are some fixes for DXVK, with Saints Row IV and Saints Row: The Third being mentioned that saw some kind of corruption which should now be solved. Another one that should hopefully help DXVK, is that it will fall back to system memory when video memory is full, they said it should help to fix "Xid 13 and Xid 31 cases in Vulkan applications" (not an issue limited to DXVK though).

This driver update also properly adds support for the new GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.

You can find all the details on it here. Note: Rather than download it directly, it's usually better to wait for your distribution to package it so you don't break anything trying to manually install it.

Additionally, a new Vulkan Beta Driver release went up today with 435.27.03. It comes with the following changes:

  • New:
  • Fixes:
    • Improved behavior in low-memory situations
    • Fixed graphical corruption in Vulkan game F12017
    • Various minor performance improvements
    • Improved Vulkan HDR support for multi-device configurations
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Liam Dawe 4 November 2019 at 4:50 pm UTC
Update: New Vulkan Beta Driver went live, added to the article.
h54 4 November 2019 at 7:15 pm UTC
Is graphics driver PPA still the way to go to install drivers for Ubuntu?
kaiman 4 November 2019 at 7:35 pm UTC
h54Is graphics driver PPA still the way to go to install drivers for Ubuntu?
Yeah, that's the one: https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

It already lists the 440 driver. *Updating right now ...*
Pangaea 4 November 2019 at 7:52 pm UTC
I like that this process is so easy. It's even part of Driver Manager, so no need to do anything. Just a (very rare) restart, and that's that. Everything works. Wish it was the same with AMD, but it is what it is
ElectricPrism 4 November 2019 at 8:10 pm UTC
Why do I get the feeling Nvidia is trying to step up their Linux game after AMD ate their dinner and got the Google Stadia contract.

Poor bastards are fighting the inevitable pentecostal shouting for a open source driver.
tuubi 4 November 2019 at 8:40 pm UTC
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PangaeaI like that this process is so easy. It's even part of Driver Manager, so no need to do anything. Just a (very rare) restart, and that's that. Everything works. Wish it was the same with AMD, but it is what it is
What do you mean? Adding a PPA isn't that hard.

AMD does still seem to have trouble supporting their new hardware properly at launch with their open source drivers, as evidenced by the RX 5700. That leads to people jumping through all kinds of hoops to install bleeding edge stuff to get things running properly. Doesn't mean all AMD users have to do it though. I'd have gone back to Nvidia already if that was the case.
Egonaut 4 November 2019 at 9:43 pm UTC
kaimanIt already lists the 440 driver. *Updating right now ...*

That's still the beta driver (440.26), but should be updated to stable in the next days.


Last edited by Egonaut on 4 November 2019 at 9:43 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 5 November 2019 at 12:28 am UTC
ElectricPrismPoor bastards are fighting the inevitable pentecostal shouting for a open source driver.
I must say I find it tiresome and somewhat offensive the way some people continue to equate support for open source with fundamentalist religion. When one unpacks these offhanded remarks, they also turn out to be a form of what Aristotle would have called "false rhetoric".
MisterPaytwick 5 November 2019 at 2:17 am UTC
PangaeaWish it was the same with AMD, but it is what it is

Don't know for mint, but for Arch, Manjaro and Pop_OS it's pretty simple to have AMDGPU running. The proprietary one don't offer so much more until you have bleeding edge hardware, but then you are better off using Arch family as the AUR are fresh and let you get just that.
Patola 5 November 2019 at 3:47 am UTC
I did not have a good experience with 440.26 -- in fact, it was terrible. Weird graphical artifacts, jerky framerates. I will wait a little more before I change from 430 to that one. I have an RTX 2070 SUPER.
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