The XFree86 nv driver has been lacking support for the GeForce2Go graphics
adapter in XFree86 4.2.0, requiring the NVIDIA binary driver to be used.
Recently changes have been committed to the XFree86 project CVS which enable the
nv driver to work correctly with the GeForce2Go (used in laptops, i.e. the
Toshiba Satellite 3000 series and in some of the Dell Inspirions).
Thus XFree86 can now be used on these laptops without installing NVIDIA's binary
drivers (however without hardware acceleration). This has also brought an
increase in stability on my laptop (Toshiba Satellite 3000-514, previously used
the NVIDIA binary drivers in version 1.0.2880). I've run the patch for two days
straight now without a single hickup.
The patch can be found at the above mentioned URL and is relative to XFree86
4.2.0. I'd be most happy to see this patch integrated into the ebuilds for
XFree86 until the next release of XFree86.
Created attachment 1003 [details, diff]
Patch for XFree86 4.2.0 nv driver (brings it up to CVS as of 2002-02-12).
Added patch to xfree-4.2.0-r11.