Where on earth
With that said, according to Nvidia’s site. The driver recommended for your card is
Release Date: 2014.12.5
Where on earth does Nvidia’s site recommend a driver for my card ? I tried searching their site it returns nothing useful.
They indeed recommend something named "Linux x64 (AMD64/EM64T) Display Driver " if you go and try downloading drivers. But who does that given that you have repos ? As a linux user I’m not downloading drivers, I use pacman.
They indeed give you a long list of “Supported Products” where my product pops up too. Why on earth wouldn’t I presume that that list is an accumulation of all previous products ? I indeed didn’t check that list for newer drivers but why would I ? I didn’t even know what my graphics are in the first place.
“Supported products” isn’t saying “This driver is the only one supporting the following products” or “Exclusively supported products”. Nowhere do I read: “caution, we’re dropping support in future versions”.
Then there’s a section with “additional information”:
Note that the list of supported GPU products is provided to indicate which GPUs are supported by a particular driver version.
Was I supposed to infer that doesn’t mean other driver versions don’t support them ? Sure, the older ones might not. But why wouldn’t newer ones ?
They go on saying that:
Some designs incorporating supported GPUs may not be compatible with the NVIDIA Linux driver: in particular, notebook and all-in-one desktop designs with switchable (hybrid) or Optimus graphics will not work if means to disable the integrated graphics in hardware are not available. Hardware designs will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so please consult with a system’s manufacturer to determine whether that particular system is compatible.
There is absolutely nothing recommending this version as being the only version that works Given the long list of supported products, one would think they just role support for every new product into a newer version of the driver.
I have an issue, I’m trying to fix it, will I try to install an old buggy driver or wouldn’t it make more sense to try the newest ?
The whole thing is upside down. You would think a company this big has the resourses to place some sense on their pages, but they don’t.