How to Overclock Nvidia Video Cards in Linux

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Need to squeeze some extra juice out of your Nvidia video card? Want that extra FPS in your favourite shooter to secure your rank? The process is extremely simple and all you need to do is enable Coolbits which is popular in Windows. This tutorial can be done by any user who has some simple knowledge of the terminal and this should work with nearly any release of the nvidia’s unix drivers for the past year or so.

To start off be sure to have Nvidia’s drivers installed and working properly. Next go into terminal and make sure you are root (and for Ubuntu users simply follow the commands I do as I am using Ubuntu Gutsy). Open your favourite text editor, for me it is Nano due to its simplicity.

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Look for a section of code named “Device.” It should resemble something similar to this.

Section “Device”
Identifier “Videocard0”
Driver “nvidia”
VendorName “Videocard vendorname”
BoardName “nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0000”
EndSection

Now all you need to do is add this piece of code towards the end of the section.

Option “Coolbits” “1”

Now your xorg.conf should look like this.

Section “Device”
Identifier “Videocard0”
Driver “nvidia”
VendorName “Videocard vendorname”
BoardName “nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0000”
Option “Coolbits” “1”
EndSection

Save the file and exit out of terminal. Now you are all done, all you must do is restart X by restarting your machine or entering the following code in the terminal.

init 3 && init 5

Coolbits will now be located within the Nvidia Display Settings application. Good luck and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below with your email address included (it will not be displayed, it is just for me to reply to your question).

*Disclaimer: This tutorial is only for demonstrational purposes only. This tutorial is distributed in the hope that it will useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Use at your own risk.

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Ultimate Stunts 0.7.4 Released

Ultimate Stunts Homepage

UltimateStunts will be a remake of the famous DOS-game “stunts”. This DOS-game, which was released in the early 1990’s, can be downloaded on several abandonware sites, e.g. the XTC site . It is a 3D racing game, with simple CGA/EGA/VGA graphics and no texture or smooth shading, but because of the spectacular stunts (loopings, bridges to jump over, etc.) it was really fun to play. One of the best aspects of this game is that it had a track editor. Because of the tile-based tracks, every gamer was able to make it’s own tracks. [Source]

Ultimate Stunts is an amazingly addictive game and can be enjoyed by people of any age.

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Nvidia Linux Drivers Updated (169.09)

 

Recent fixes in the latest release of Nvidia Display Drivers Include:

  • Fixed a bug that caused the X driver to crash if the X.Org GLX extension module was loaded instead of NVIDIAs
  • Fixed a problem causing the fan on some GPUs to always run at full speed.
  • Improved the X drivers awareness of the current notebook docking status.
  • Fixed a bug in the Linux/i2c algorithm driver implementation that prevented core transfer types from succeeding.
  • Fixed brightness control on HP Compaq notebooks.

You can find the drivers over at Nvidia’s Unix Drivers Portal Page.

Nimuh: Searching for the Andalusian Treasure Released

Nimuh is a project puzzle game destined to improve the knowledge of Andalusia. According to Wikipedia, Andalusia is an autonomous community of Spain. Andalusia is the most populous and the second largest, in terms of its land area, of the seventeen autonomous communities of the Kingdom of Spain.

“Nimuh” has been released under the Creative Commons license. It’s a puzzle type game and it’s based in the “Theseus and the Minotaur Mazes” game, but we decided to improve it by adding a 3D isometric view. You can go through 40 different Andalusian locations and play all the levels while you learn about the typical food, fiestas and history of every place.

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(Image from Linux Game Tomb <happypenguin.org>)

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Wine 0.9.54 Released!

 Wine

It makes me happy inside every time I see a new release of Wine. For all those who do not know what Wine is, they give a fairly good example over at their Headquarters;

“Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.”

This release has the following main fixes;

  • Photoshop CS/CS2 should now work, please help us testing it.
  • A number of RPC fixes.
  • Various improvements to the debugger support.
  • Lots of bug fixes.

You can build it from source here or download a package for your flavor over here. Keep in mind that at the time of release, not all packages are built.

Ever want to make your own linux distro?

I know I have and an article over at Information Week is going into my permanent list of things I must do.

  “Whether you want to customize Knoppix, respin an existing distribution of the open-source operating system, like Puppy Linux, or are intent on creating your own package from scratch, we’ll walk you through the process…

DIY: Do It Yourself. That’s how Linux got started. A group of volunteers, inspired and led by Linus Torvalds, created the greatest DIY operating system the world has ever seen. You, too, can create your own Linux distribution. Here’s how…

It sounds daunting, and there’s a lot that’s definitely not for beginners. But in terms of what you can learn along the way and what you end up with, it’s on a par with building your own PC from scratch. Granted, as with building a PC from scratch, there are still plenty of reasons to buy something off the shelf — or to grab an existing distribution and simply use that. That said, there are a few solid rationales for rolling your own distro:”

 Information Week
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 Click here to continue reading and make your own linux distro..