Nvidia supports older chips with a separate driver
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As confirmed two weeks ago, Nvidia, moved the graphics card manufacturer’s support for its proprietary Linux drivers for the chipset GeForce 6 and GeForce 7 Series in a new legacy branch. This applies to Windows on Solaris and BSD.
Nvidia deposited from time to time older GPU chipsets made in so-called legacy drivers. There, the older chips are still supported rudimentary. The Linux currently the latest Nvidia drivers 304.xx series graphics cards support the last time the 2004 and 2005 series introduced GeForce 6 and GeForce 7th Then how about the results support the chipsets in a new legacy branch. Legacy drivers only receive adjustments for compatibility with new kernel and X.org server versions and bug fixes, but no new functionality.
Currently there are three NVIDIA legacy drivers. It is 71.86.xx to the ranks, and 96.43.xx 173.14.xx. The first two are now available from Nvidia no longer be updated. Thus with the 71.86.xx series graphics cards with the chipsets are RIVA TNT, GeForce2, Quadro and Quadro2 from the support of the proprietary Nvidia driver out as well as from the 96.43.xx yet supported chipsets GeForce 4, Quadro 3 and 4 The branch still maintained 173.14.xx supported mainly FX5xxx GeForce and Quadro FX chipsets. A list of all the legacy branches support chipsets, Nvidia has posted online .
The free, developed by reverse engineering Linux driver Nouveau now supports fall out from the main trunk of the Nvidia driver cards with the chipsets GeForce 6 and GeForce 7 in fact generally, however, until full support is still work to do. The Nouveau driver supports Nvidia chipsets from the Riva TNT series (codenamed NV4).