I am using Fedora as my main operating system. Actually on my laptop, it’s the only OS I have. It is a Dell Precision M4400 with the Quadro FX 770M graphics card (01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G96M [Quadro FX 770M] (rev a1))
For months, if not years, my laptop as been unstable as soon as I install the nvidia proprietary drivers. The symptoms currently are : poor 2D performance on the Gnome 3 desktop, especially when I change windows or show a tile open windows. After some time, I also get some freezes for a few seconds, and eventually it my systems hangs completely and I have to hard reset the computer, or gnome-shell process starts to take 100% of CPU until I reboot.
This on Fedora 16, and I will upgrade to Fedora 18 when it’s released, but I doubt it changes something, as I’ve heard that other people have similar problems, and because I’ve had these kind of problems (especially random freezes) across several OS versions, even before Fedora 15, which switched from Gnome 2 to 3. However, I don’t think I had crashes related to the nvidia driver prior to Fedora 14.
I have therefore been using the nouveau drivers. However, recently I started using applications that required that I install the proprietary drivers, since nouveau’s functionaly is limited =(
But please note that my unstability problems completely disappear when I use only nouveau, and the desktop is also much smoother.
As my graphics card is relatively old now, it might very well be related to this other topic :
When I have more time, I’ll try to find a specific older version of the drivers for which these problems do not occur, but it’s really been a long time since I had no problems at all.
So nvidia, please could you look into this. And why don’t you, like AMD does, publish hardware documentation about your cards to improve the free drivers quality, and why don’t you help nouveau developers ?