[Chimera-users] How to setup Nvidia 3D Vision on Ubuntu

Tom Goddard goddard at sonic.net
Thu Oct 29 18:58:08 PDT 2020

Hi Wei,

  I'd suggest using Ubuntu 20.04, the latest Ubuntu, the current Chimera 1.14 or daily build will work fine on that.   I am not certain that Quadro FX 4800 graphics drivers will be available for Ubuntu 20, probably they will be, but you might want to look for that online before proceeding.  That graphics cards is very old, from 2008.

  The other thing to know is that Nvidia discontinued support for Nvidia 3D Vision stereo glasses in 2019


meaning those glasses and emitter will no longer work using just the current Nvidia graphics driver.  But they claim that there is a separate driver for the USB emitter that allows it to work.

	https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/drivers/nv3dvisionusb/390_41/nv3dvisionusb-driver/ <https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/drivers/nv3dvisionusb/390_41/nv3dvisionusb-driver/>

I have not tried it.  If you get it to work I'd be interested in hearing about it since we have an old Nvidia 3D Vision system.


> On Oct 29, 2020, at 6:41 PM, Wei Zhang <zhangwei at umn.edu> wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> Hope everything is well.
> One university's computer lab recently retired some workstations that were used for 3D visualization before. I managed to get a couple workstations with the 3D glasses and emitters. But I need to reinstall the operating system on those machines.
> The graphic card of the workstation is Nvidia Quadro FX4800.
> The emitter is NVIDIA P854.
> The glasses are NVIDIA-P854 and ViewSonic-PGD250.
> I plan to install Ubuntu. I am wondering  which version of Ubuntu is suitable for using UCSF Chimera. Do we need to install cuda to make it work? Do we need to install an older version of Chimera?
> Sorry I just sent the message to you to follow the previous chain of conversation. Shall I email the chimera-user in the future with such questions?
> Thank you,
> Wei

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