Which version of the Mandrake distro are you using; one you
downloaded, or a full retail version? At least with 8.0, only the
latter contains closed source video card drivers - and those are the
only way to get 3D acceleration with some cards. (Most nVidia cards
as well as pretty much anything new and hot.) I’m not sure if this
includes the TNT cards, but there was no driver for my GeForce2 GTS.
If you don’t want to buy the “full version” of Mandrake, you’re on
your own, but it’s still possible to get it to work, of course.
You’ll have to download nVidia’s drivers and install them manually,
like you would on any other distro that doesn’t include non-Free
As to performance, in my limited experience (Q3A and RTCW mostly,
although I’ve tried some Free OpenGL games), OpenGL on Linux usually
runs as fast as, or faster than on Windows. The closed source drivers
are usually pretty much identical, but some Free/Open Source Linux
drivers are less optimized than the Windows proprietary drivers. Not
much of a problem these days though, as most interesting h/w comes
only with closed source drivers anyway…
If you’re willing to pay for full OpenGL 1.3, high quality, support
and great performance (usually better than with the vendor’s Windows
drivers), try the Xi Graphics drivers for Linux. These are apparently
aimed at professional users, but the prices should be acceptable to
the serious gamer, I think.
//David Olofson - Programmer, Composer, Open Source Advocate
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— http://olofson.net — http://www.reologica.se —On Friday 11 April 2003 09.52, ktlliure at netscape.net wrote:
i’ve a tnt riva 2 (32mg).
Mandrake just installed with xfree 4.X runs really slow
(impossible to play it) with xfree 3.x with 3d support
(xperimental) runs slow (impossible to play it) without 3d doesn’t
why should i do? i said this game but all games i tried in linux
goes really slow.