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New NVidia drivers


marlinsinger

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I just noticed that NVidia has posted a new driver version. 163.71 for Win XP.

 

# WHQL Certified driver for GeForce 6, 7, and 8 series GPUs.

# Improved compatibility and performance for NVIDIA SLI™ technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL applications.

# Improved compatibility for The Way It’s Meant To Be Played™ game titles: BioShock, Crysis, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Hellgate: London, and World in Conflict.

# Added HD video post-processing for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 HD content on the GeForce 8500 and 8600 series GPUs.

# Numerous game and application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.

 

 

Edit - I just noticed that they alsso had an update 09/18 for Vista. Ver 163.69.

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Thanks, but I think that I will pass on them, unless Gary (ggrussell) tries them and says they are ok. :lol:

 

I always try them, I can always back them out. Been burnt before, not necessarily by NVidia, but have always got around the problems.

 

Course I will probably get burnt again, but as a programmer, I enjoy debugging. Except when I am the one to cause the bug. :o

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Ok guys. As most of you know, I just got this new PC that has nVidia 256 mb 8600 GTS. What is the first thing I should do to enhance my desktop? I got this 20' Dell ultrasharp flat panel. And the resolution needs tweaking. Optimal setting is 1680 x 1050.

First make sure you are running it at 1680x1050. It does seem to make a difference. My Gateways optimum is 1920x1200.

Download the latest drivers and install.

Download and install the NVidia nTune software. It is free and allows you to tweak your settings, including OC your video card if you want. That assumes that your card can be overclocked.

This software will allow you to adjust your setup manually or the have an auto tun process. Never used it, but it is there.

 

P.S. - Bruce, I did install and the system did boot fine on reboot. Always a good sign.

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Ok guys. As most of you know, I just got this new PC that has nVidia 256 mb 8600 GTS. What is the first thing I should do to enhance my desktop? I got this 20' Dell ultrasharp flat panel. And the resolution needs tweaking. Optimal setting is 1680 x 1050.

Use a picture of your wife as wallpaper and rack up some major points! :lol:

I'm a simpleton. I don't like a cluttered desktop and switch wallpaper regularly but keep all the junk off of it. I basically have nothing to suggest to you other than the photo of the wife. ;)

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Ok, I set it to optimal. Then adjusted the DPI (I imagine my kids will complain with the bigger font that I just selected).

 

I'll download the latest version later to install.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Use a picture of your wife as wallpaper and rack up some major points! :lol:

I'm a simpleton. I don't like a cluttered desktop and switch wallpaper regularly but keep all the junk off of it. I basically have nothing to suggest to you other than the photo of the wife. ;)

The best suggestion so far! :D You really know how to rack up those major points, Paul. :D

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Ok, I set it to optimal. Then adjusted the DPI (I imagine my kids will complain with the bigger font that I just selected).

 

I'll download the latest version later to install.

 

Thank you.

 

The best suggestion so far! :D You really know how to rack up those major points, Paul. :D

I don't have a picture of my wife as she would kill me. Maybe that's a good excuse for wallpaper of Jessica Alba. :rolleyes:

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Use a picture of your wife as wallpaper and rack up some major points! :lol:

I'm a simpleton. I don't like a cluttered desktop and switch wallpaper regularly but keep all the junk off of it. I basically have nothing to suggest to you other than the photo of the wife. ;)

 

LOL! I do use a picture of my wife as wallpaper. She is with her two sisters and her mother when they went to some festival, in lower Michigan, in 2000. Her mother died of a stroke, 2 days after open heart surgery, 1 month after they got back from their trip.

 

The picture is special to my wife, and I do get lots of brownie points for still having it as my wallpaper. :)

 

I don't have a picture of my wife as she would kill me. Maybe that's a good excuse for wallpaper of Jessica Alba. :rolleyes:

 

If I had a picture of Jessica Alba as my wallpaper, and my wife saw it, I would no longer have eyes to view the wallpaper. :lol::lol::lol::lol:

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LOL! I do use a picture of my wife as wallpaper. She is with her two sisters and her mother when they went to some festival, in lower Michigan, in 2000. Her mother died of a stroke, 2 days after open heart surgery, 1 month after they got back from their trip.

 

The picture is special to my wife, and I do get lots of brownie points for still having it as my wallpaper. :)

If I had a picture of Jessica Alba as my wallpaper, and my wife saw it, I would no longer have eyes to view the wallpaper. :lol::lol::lol::lol:

There are worse things to loose than eyes! :o

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Not sure about the new drivers. I ran the Check3D and got software render again. Guess I'll roll back and check again.

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Well that totally messed up my machine. :( After removing the new drivers, I can't get ANY nVidia drivers to reinstall. Agh... Guess I'll go to bed and tackle this in the morning.

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Ok, it's morning and I have no idea what the latest driver did to my card, but none of the drivers will install now. The install recognizes my card correctly , but at the end it come back with an error saying wrong descriptor. I'm having to use standard drivers which makes the display really slow. I've even pulled the card completely out and reseat it. I'll next try cleaning the registry, etc. What a pain!

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I would stay away from the new drviers. I have no idea what it has done to my card. My last ditch effort will be to format the hard drive and reinstall WinXP, but I can't right now because I have stuff to do on the computer. This is crazy! even the original disc that came with the video card won't install now.

 

Here is the error that I get:

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