by lunarg on August 23rd 2007, at 20:58

Information about nvidia in Gentoo can be found here.

It goes more in detail about which driver versions are suitable for which nvidia cards; quite handy, since they kicked out nvidia-legacy-drivers.

If you don't want to read the article, here's the short story about the driver version:

  • Geforce FX, 6, 7 and 8: use the newest driver (100.xx and up)
  • Geforce 3 and 4: max 96.xx
  • TNT, TNT2, Geforce and Geforce 2: max 71.xx

In order to properly install the correct version, it is recommended to mask the packages like so:

For Geforce 3 and 4

Add the following to /etc/portage/package.mask:


For TNT, TNT2, Geforce and Geforce 2

Add the following to /etc/portage/package.mask:


This should ensure the correct version will be merged, and you won't be bothered each time to install a new version.

For more information about this, I strongly suggest you also read the page at the link above. It tells you more about installing and using the driver.

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