Drivers Video nVIDIA GeForce Drivers for Windows

nVIDIA GeForce Drivers for Windows 385.41 for Windows

by NVIDIA Corp.

Avg. Rating 4.2 (1,837 votes)

File Details

File Size 425.6 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 7/8/10/Vista
Date Added
Total Downloads 607,787
Publisher NVIDIA Corp.
Homepage nVIDIA GeForce Drivers
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

Recommended driver for Nvidia cards. It is Microsoft WHQL-certified and will also be available for download via Windows Update.

Latest Reviews

Yakumo

Yakumo reviewed v375.95 on Nov 22, 2016

You don't have to use GeForce Experience at all!
Just download the driver direct from http://www.nvidia.co.uk/Download/index.aspx

They're still large, but then it contains a lot..

tim_tester

tim_tester reviewed v375.63 on Oct 27, 2016

288 megs of bloat need to create an account to update my drivers by your bloated tool! I would rather do it manually

cyberguy

cyberguy reviewed v375.63 on Oct 27, 2016

started noticing some corruption with animated gifs and videos for a short time after they load. This didn't happen until after this update.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v372.54 on Aug 18, 2016

You would think by now they would have made a universal download that has all nVIDIA drivers

minklein

minklein reviewed v368.22 on May 24, 2016

Running a 2011-3, 980 and Win10 64. I just ran a quick test with FM 06. Used DDU to do a clean install on each driver. 365.19 worked better for me.

368.22 35k plus change
365.19 36k plus change

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v361.91 on Feb 17, 2016

@Sven123456789

sounds more like a bad experience with win 10 than nVIDIA

win 10 drops support for a ton of old video cards
AMD and nVIDIA... most of them are junk video cards that need to go in the trash

stay with win 7 if you need to...

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v359.06 on Dec 3, 2015

If I could give Nvidia a zero rating, I would. I'm stuck with lousy Microsoft basic display adapter because Nvidia is too lazy to update my graphics driver. My pc is less than 5 years old, its not like a win 95 pc from the 90's. So Microsoft basically forces me to upgrade to win 10. Kills my nvidia driver. Nvidia is not making an upgrade for my driver, just this one here thats not compatible with my pc. And now I lost use of all my video games and some other software. Luckily I have my old 10 year old win XP Gateway pc which i've switched back to. And it works like a charm. And yes, it thankfully doesn't have an Nvidia graphics card.

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v359.06 on Dec 1, 2015

Runs perfectly well but many updates concern only modifications to better deal with latest games and not being a gamer myself I update nVidia GeForce only when security and /or general enhancement is/are included.

359.06 as i've read it on the French pages of nVidia release notes (unable to find the information on English pages when it should be the FIRST information provided for updates) states that 359.06 concerns only a better handling of latest games. I'm not going to download 260MB again just to have an improvement with games I don't play. I stick for the time being with 359.00

legion

legion reviewed v359.06 on Dec 1, 2015

Still buggy for 860m. Hotfix driver should be posted soon.

legion

legion reviewed v358.50 on Oct 14, 2015

This driver gimme erorrs on GeForce 860m. Rollin back to prev version.

Avg. Rating 4.2 (1,837 votes)
Your Rating
Yakumo

Yakumo reviewed v375.95 on Nov 22, 2016

You don't have to use GeForce Experience at all!
Just download the driver direct from http://www.nvidia.co.uk/Download/index.aspx

They're still large, but then it contains a lot..

tim_tester

tim_tester reviewed v375.63 on Oct 27, 2016

288 megs of bloat need to create an account to update my drivers by your bloated tool! I would rather do it manually

cyberguy

cyberguy reviewed v375.63 on Oct 27, 2016

started noticing some corruption with animated gifs and videos for a short time after they load. This didn't happen until after this update.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v372.54 on Aug 18, 2016

You would think by now they would have made a universal download that has all nVIDIA drivers

minklein

minklein reviewed v368.22 on May 24, 2016

Running a 2011-3, 980 and Win10 64. I just ran a quick test with FM 06. Used DDU to do a clean install on each driver. 365.19 worked better for me.

368.22 35k plus change
365.19 36k plus change

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v361.91 on Feb 17, 2016

@Sven123456789

sounds more like a bad experience with win 10 than nVIDIA

win 10 drops support for a ton of old video cards
AMD and nVIDIA... most of them are junk video cards that need to go in the trash

stay with win 7 if you need to...

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v359.06 on Dec 3, 2015

If I could give Nvidia a zero rating, I would. I'm stuck with lousy Microsoft basic display adapter because Nvidia is too lazy to update my graphics driver. My pc is less than 5 years old, its not like a win 95 pc from the 90's. So Microsoft basically forces me to upgrade to win 10. Kills my nvidia driver. Nvidia is not making an upgrade for my driver, just this one here thats not compatible with my pc. And now I lost use of all my video games and some other software. Luckily I have my old 10 year old win XP Gateway pc which i've switched back to. And it works like a charm. And yes, it thankfully doesn't have an Nvidia graphics card.

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v359.06 on Dec 1, 2015

Runs perfectly well but many updates concern only modifications to better deal with latest games and not being a gamer myself I update nVidia GeForce only when security and /or general enhancement is/are included.

359.06 as i've read it on the French pages of nVidia release notes (unable to find the information on English pages when it should be the FIRST information provided for updates) states that 359.06 concerns only a better handling of latest games. I'm not going to download 260MB again just to have an improvement with games I don't play. I stick for the time being with 359.00

legion

legion reviewed v359.06 on Dec 1, 2015

Still buggy for 860m. Hotfix driver should be posted soon.

legion

legion reviewed v358.50 on Oct 14, 2015

This driver gimme erorrs on GeForce 860m. Rollin back to prev version.

AlphaBetaGamma

AlphaBetaGamma reviewed v355.60 on Aug 14, 2015

I had no problems upgrading a GTX 960. But I always do a clean uninstall using Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) first. You never trust the Nvidia (or AMD) uninstall program to work properly.

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v355.60 on Aug 14, 2015

Be careful with this, I tried to upgrade to it on my Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 and it completely screwed up my graphics, un-installing it and installing an earlier version didn't fix it. I had to do a system restore to get my graphics card to work on an earlier version

Uriel

Uriel reviewed v340.52 on Jul 29, 2014

For those of you having trouble updating your drivers, try this display driver uninstall tool. Too bad Nvidia won't provide support.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/

Belial666

Belial666 reviewed v331.82 on Nov 19, 2013

Drivers run fine for me on my GTX650,only had issues back 2 years ago with a set.One thing I reccommend with nvidia drivers,is to turn off threaded optimization,or it can cause slowdowns,and a few ppl get crashes.Hopefully it'll get fixed or removed soon,been waiting a while on that.

The whole ATI vs NVIDIA thing is pointless,cause both have pluses and minuses,and hit and miss drivers.Different games and apps run better depending which tech is was designed for.

OmAleY

OmAleY reviewed v331.82 on Nov 19, 2013

This driver is buggy as hell. It doesn't work well with my watercooled GTX 590.

The last good driver was 331.58. GREAT driver.

Giving this driver a 5, because NVidia drivers is usually WAAAAY better than AMD's.

I always buy NVidia cards, because of this. That and PhysX.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v331.58 on Oct 22, 2013

I never use nVidia cards anymore I always buy sell and use ATI.... but nVidia has called ATI buggy and un-stable so I need to put the pie back in their face. ATI has won the war.... now everyone buys ATI

AlphaBetaGamma

AlphaBetaGamma reviewed v327.23 on Sep 20, 2013

These drivers implement CUDA 5.5, which is used on GPUGrid. I have two GTX 660s running fine with no errors at the moment under Win7 64-bit.

Andy Dean

Andy Dean reviewed v320.00 Beta on Apr 23, 2013

This driver working well with no problems up to now.

However betanews this is a beta driver and is not WHQL certified.

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v314.22 on Mar 26, 2013

2 days use, no issues. Update was clean and simple.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v314.14 Beta on Mar 5, 2013

one more reason to turn OFF windows update and then update manually.... I hate windows update!!!!

GadgetPig

GadgetPig reviewed v310.70 on Dec 13, 2012

Unfortunately this beta is not a good release, at least for my 9xxx series desktop card . For my 9xxx series video card, I get a black screen after install in Windows 8 32-bit. Had to cold poweroff by holding down the power button a few seconds.

UPDATE WINBDOWS 8 BLACK SCREEN ISSUE!!

Apparently the black screen is caused by windowsupdate installing the stock driver in the background, and this conflicts with the new driver being installed.
Thanks to "battleaxe231" for finding the issue.

Here's what you need to do for windows 8 install:

1.) Make sure you have the 310.70 driver already downloaded on your PC
2.) Boot into safe mode in windows 8, uninstall the existing NVidia driver via add/remove programs. If it's the stock driver from windows, right click on the video card in device manager and select "uninstall". Now while in safe mode, go to device manager and temporary disable your wired/wireless nic and reboot into normal mode.
3.) In normal mode, check device manager video card, it should say "wddm", now you can install 310.70 and reboot.
4.) After rebooting it should now work fine from here, go to device manager and re-enable your wired/wireless nic

OmAleY

OmAleY reviewed v310.70 on Dec 5, 2012

Still stutters under every game, and especially CS:GO, when running Win 7 64-bit.

NVidia, when will you fix this critical bug???

It's not happening with the 306.23 version, and it's kind of old, becasuse it's lagging SLI profiles for the newest games.

BTW, it could be that's it´s a bug specific related to my GTX 590 card.

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v310.70 on Dec 4, 2012

No issues so far. installation was smooth as always..Drivers are working fine in 2nd Life. It's a 5

RWW

RWW reviewed v310.33 Beta on Oct 24, 2012

These drivers cured problems I did not know was with the GPU, mainly mouse problems. Video smoothed out beautifully.

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v306.23 on Sep 15, 2012

No problems with this release.

@gatorfan95 re: bruno, I think you might be right there :-)

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v306.23 on Sep 15, 2012

Bruno you may be the most unintelligent SOB who ever posted on Beta News.

This was a good update for the nVidia card series. Installed seamlessly and after two days of use I have encountered no issues with it.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v306.23 on Sep 14, 2012

This driver made Starcraft 2 run faster :)

GadgetPig

GadgetPig reviewed v302.80 Beta on Jun 15, 2012

WDDM 1.2 supported in Windows 8 with this driver and FXAA works now. I initially experienced a quirk where some areas in windows 8 menu and DX games received random black boxes/blacked out characters with FXAA enabled in the global profile. Rebooting the PC and forcing FXAA to "per application" profiles instead of "global" profile seemed to fix it. Integrated Barracuda/PhysX drivers now work in windows 8 and is recognized by programs such as Freemake Video downloader. Video card used was 9600GT.
So far so good, Windows 8 system has otherwise been rock stable with it.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v295.73 on Feb 26, 2012

Dag Nabbit. Still introducing problems where none previously existed on my Windows 7 Pro 64 bit system.

266.58 is still the most stable for me.

295.73 seems broken in at least 2 ways right off the bat for me. One, having initialization trouble with DX10/11 mode in some games (Civ 5 for example) and two, sometimes support for Aero seems to "flicker" on and off. I'll be playing a game or doing web surfing, watching videos on YouTube and bam, it'll toggle OUT of Aero mode to Classic, meaning no transparency effects and such on the desktop. Then it might pop back IN to Aero mode - and I can discern no pattern.

So for now my 3 Gigabyte GTX-580 is sticking with 266.58.

AlphaBetaGamma

AlphaBetaGamma reviewed v295.73 on Feb 23, 2012

I use my Nvidia cards mainly for Folding@home, and the 295 series causes crashes on my GT 240 and GTX 560 Ti (Win7 64-bit). So I have gone back to 290.53 beta, which works fine for my needs.

sweathog

sweathog reviewed v285.79 Beta on Dec 9, 2011

Thanks Dude Boyz for saving me a lot of hassle. I'm using 266.58 with no problems. For that same reason, as well as smaller file size, I'm using the December ?25, ?2009 version of the Realtek audio driver. (Sorry, don't have version number because I repacked the installer.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v285.79 Beta on Nov 20, 2011

I have been testing these drivers on a variety of chipsets under Windows 7 64 bit. Two mobile (425m and 580m) and two desktop (460 and 580) and have found that the 266.58 drivers simply work the most reliably.

Every version past that, even with the new MSI 3 Gigabyte GTX 580 that I had saved up for and finally gotten, seems to have stability issues.

285.62 WHQL and 285.79 Beta in particular have introduced some crashes in games not previously having problems.

They do have some interface improvements, such as for the scaling options, which are nice, so I have given it a 2 instead of a 1, but sadly, the drivers still do not seem to be able to force 1:1 scaling in all modes on all monitors. On a SyncMaster 305t, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x720, 1280x768 and 1280x800 resolutions all stretch full screen regardless of the setting in the driver. Thankfully, 1920x1080 does not, so the game plays / looks normal when playing and recording for YouTube upload with Fraps. 1280x720 looks pretty pixelated when stretched all the way to edges of a 30 inch LCD.

My recommendation is to stick with 266.58 unless you have a specific need to go higher (newer, unsupported card for example).

Hope that helps someone out there. :)

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v285.38 Beta on Sep 27, 2011

http://www.station-drive...pic.php?f=32&t=3307
In the code box it has 32 and 64 as well as the 7 & vista links separate.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v275.33 on Jun 3, 2011

Works fine for me but I only install the driver and the physx stuff. The 3d nonsense and the updater I leave unchecked.
My next card will be an ati. The one I use now is the first nvidia I've ever bought and will probably be the last.

some guy

some guy reviewed v275.33 on Jun 3, 2011

well said DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v275.33 on Jun 3, 2011

Testing on my laptop. They added some incredibly annoying GPU ACTIVITY MONITOR thing that shows up in the Notification area and no matter how many times I try to toggle it off, it keeps coming back on its own.

How many little junky things are they going to add and not allow us to properly disable / turn off?

I just want the DRIVER - not all the extra junk that they are putting in. PLEASE let us have the option of NOT installing anything but the core driver. And test all your updates to confirm that they work properly, cause I can't toggle that thing off, and I can't get it to disappear from the context menu either.

Back to the previous versions...

war593122

war593122 reviewed v270.61 on Apr 20, 2011

White dots all over my WinXP SP3 machine. Made windows unusable. Really odd, thought my graphics card was going bad at first.

Reverted back to last build. Fine again, so 100% sure it was the driver.

Fine on Win7x64 SP1 though.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed v270.61 on Apr 19, 2011

No stability problems here.

The installer seems to have improved significantly. Also, the gains in Dragon Age 2 noted in this release seem to trickle down to older cards (like my 260 GTX Core 216), as well. Noticeably smoother with less seemingly random hitching.

BTW, the updater is an optional component you can just choose not to install when running the installer. But yeah, at 135MB, these installers are getting VERY large.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v270.61 on Apr 19, 2011

AFTER MORE DETAILED TESTING:

Locking up in games that never locked up with 266.58. I'm going back to 266.58 and forgetting that these 270.61 drivers ever came out. :)

That said, with more detailed testing of a specific title, Civilization V, I have been having a bit of mixed luck. On both the GTX 460 and the mobile 425 chip on my laptop, the game now crashes at times, which it did not before. However, on the laptop, I am now able to get it to start up in DX11 mode, which it did NOT before, though there is some odd behavior / artifacts on the intro screen with the old man (thin green bar along the bottom) and jerky movement of the leader animations that do not appear on the GTX 460.

The laptop has a hybrid graphics system - an Intel HD chipset, which uses less power, and the Nvidia 425, which uses more power but gives you full Anti-aliasing and such. I think there may be some wacky confusion when the game tries to detect and use the graphics processor. Having 2 chips in there may be confusing things.

But the big problem is crashes. Didn't crash before, does crash now, making a long game like Civ V risky to play without frequent saves. So, the low score.

Original Comments:

First thing is that it seems that while it handles the DO NOT SCALE function properly for DX9 titles, it does not handle them properly for DX11 titles. Hope they get around to fixing that since more and more games are coming out for DX11, like Civ 5 and Dirt 2, for example.

I was annoyed that they added yet another feature to the driver, the Nvidia Installer. These things are getting far too bloated with extra junk by default for my taste.

I'd prefer it if the only default items selected were the core driver and perhaps the PhysX stuff, and the installer, the 3D viewing and such were not checked for installation by default.

Testing with GTX 460 and 425 notebook chipsets under Windows 7 64 bit.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v270.51 Beta on Mar 30, 2011

I've learnt to wait for the final & then some with Nvidea drivers.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v266.58 on Feb 20, 2011

Under Windows 7 Pro 64 bit with an Nvidia GTX 460, the newer installation process is working better in these 266.58 drivers and they have moved the 1280x720 resolution from a separate HD area to the regular resolution lineup and it appears that it now sizes and scales properly when configured. If I choose DO NOT SCALE, the 1280x720 screen shows up at a 1:1 pixel ratio smack in the middle of my screen with black bars on all 4 sides, as it should. If I check USE NVIDIA SCALING WITH FIXED ASPECT RATIO, that also works as expected.

ALT-TAB is improved, but not perfect - same for taking a PRINT-SCREEN screen shot during gaming. Sometimes it works, sometimes you get a black box. Still, it is an improvement over the earlier versions, so even with the flaws, I think 3 stars is fair at this stage.

Raimondas

Raimondas reviewed v266.58 on Jan 21, 2011

Previous official driver was better. With this driver there some graphical glitches in Bioshock 2 (problems with surfaces). GeForce 450 GTS.

some guy

some guy reviewed v266.58 on Jan 19, 2011

266.58 worked in Windows 7 32 bit caused Xp pro 32 bit to loop during boot on a gt 430 card after booting into safe mode it worked and was able to boot regularly. Ran the Windows 7 system rating application, no changes from previous driver version, Nvidia states some games had up to a 12% increase in performance

on a triple boot Xp-Windows7-Linux mint 10

shark0360

shark0360 reviewed v263.09 on Nov 23, 2010

To "baki_princ"....

At nvidia's driver catalog, try choosing the latest nvidia graphic card " Geforce 580 " and you will see nvidia's 263.09 drivers that way.

My nvidia 8400 GS graphics card is feeling mighty old....

grum36

grum36 reviewed v263.09 on Nov 23, 2010

the driver is for
GeForce 500 series: GTX 580
GeForce 400 series: GTX 460 SE

Andy Dean

Andy Dean reviewed v263.09 on Nov 23, 2010

Agreed jetz. This is always happening on fileforum and majorgeeks.
I really wish these sites would read release notes before they post false information.

jetz

jetz reviewed v263.09 on Nov 23, 2010

These are for 500 series noobs.

baki_princ

baki_princ reviewed v263.09 on Nov 23, 2010

well on they site is still 260.99 soo...

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v260.99 on Oct 28, 2010

This one would sound like a tiny update, but whatever the case, they broke stuff. Now the game is locking up during play, something it has not done at all before since the v1.1 patch (Dirt2).

On their site Nvidia says the .99 improved ALT-TAB for many games, but certainly not the one I'm concerned with. So for me, this one is a bust. Man, this Windows 7 / DirectX 11 stuff is taking them a while to work out - longer than it should, don't you think?

DO NOT SCALE still does not work
ALT-TAB still does not work
SCREENSHOTS still do not work

Come on, Nvidia - get it in gear will you? PLEASE?

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v260.99 on Oct 28, 2010

To be quite honest, why in the world the hardware is bowing to the software is retarded. Should be the other way around. F games. no offense. If one pays hundreds for a graphic card and tons more for the rest of a pc, a $5 disc for entertainment purposes is the last thing I need an issue with.
I've always bought ATI without exception & just now have bought my first nvidia card ever. I'll be switching back to amd and may probably never look back. Good thing I bought it for my budget build and it only cost like $50.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v260.99 on Oct 27, 2010

I'm much in agreement with ZenWarrior. After installation I ended up with a resolution of something similar to a £10 phone screen. Also I couldn't get in Nvidea control despite total removal and reg entries and careful re-install. In the end I imaged back to yesterday. Updating Nvidea is becoming a task not for the faint hearted.

ZenWarrior

ZenWarrior reviewed v260.99 on Oct 26, 2010

The new installer remains very problematic. At the moment, on one screen of the nVIDIA system information it properly recognizes my 1440x900 native resolution--but recommends another. However, on another options screen it then sees the previously "recommended" resolution as the native resolution. Completely opposing information on the two screens.

Also, after a restart my system reverts to god knows what resolution and I must go in and manually set it to (what *I* know as) native. Upgrading these drivers was once merely a routine task, but it's now verging on nightmare status. Two steps forward and one backward with this and the previous version.

Last, it simply hates Prince of Persia and using any of the x-antialiasings (with only that program) breaks the entire custom program settings control panel and you must reinstall the drivers to fix the problem. All of these problems, remaining from before and manifesting only since the new installer, means a downgrade from two stars to only one star.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed v260.89 on Oct 19, 2010

I like the direction they're taking with the new installer. It seems faster and more comprehensive while still remaining simple. However, it still needs some bugs worked out.

For instance: I chose the new "clean installation" option where it's supposed to remove all of your old versions completely before installing the new versions. It got rid of my old stuff, rebooted the machine, installed the new software, only to have the Nvidia Control Panel turn out to be completely broken. I mean even right-clicking on my desktop would cause an OS hang.

I had to remove the NVidia package manually, wait for Windows 7 to automatically install an old version after rebooting (without so much as a pop-up notice, grrrrr), then do a standard (update) install before everything would work right. And hell, I haven't even modified my drivers or system at all. It was all fairly standard stuff.

Hopefully they'll get this crap ironed out before the next big release. 'Cause the drivers themselves are fantastic.

ZenWarrior

ZenWarrior reviewed v260.89 on Oct 19, 2010

The new installer is extremely problematic. It took 4 attempts to get the new driver properly installed--and I'm still not absolutely certain all is well. I'm getting notifications I've never before received when making certain changes via the control panel. And another game where it miserably fails is Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands. This version (260.89) is a real headache. (And I'm also using the 460 graphics card.)

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v260.89 on Oct 19, 2010

All those issues plus LCD scaling still does not work right with Win 7, these drivers and the GTX 460. Set it for DO NOT SCALE but it doesn't work as it does in XP with other Nvidia cards. Really a pain for game playing. :(

With Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 1.04, I can ALT-TAB to the desktop ok but the screen shot issue is even stranger. Instead of being all black, sometimes the PRINT-SCRN returns a graphic from the desktop and sometimes from the game interface. I can't pin down a pattern.

I can only guess what it is about the way Windows 7 handles video that is causing this to happen. It can't be all Nvidia's fault, can it? It doesn't happen with Windows XP 32 bit or Windows XP 64 bit even with the same version of the driver software.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v260.89 Beta on Oct 18, 2010

Still choking on Windows 7 64 bit and a GTX 460 and Dirt 2. Yeah, it runs slightly smoother, but I still can't ALT-TAB out of the game and PRINT-SCREEN images from inside the game or the game interface come out as solid black images. On Windows XP 32 bit, things run properly. If I put the GTX 285 in there with the 186.18 Windows 7 64 Bit drivers that it came with, I can alt-tab out no problem, though the screen shot issue is still there. May try the GTX 285 with a raw, clean install to ensure that no "leavings" from the GTX 460 install exist - not sure about that. It's all kind of frustrating. I hope they get it fixed.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v258.96 on Sep 29, 2010

Very frustrating, these 258.96 drivers, both in XP and in Win 7. I'm testing with a GTX 460 and under Win 7, the "DO NOT SCALE" option does not function properly, though it does under Windows XP. But in Windows XP, there are problems with texture display and an apparent lack of proper functionality with Anisotropic Filtering - I can't seem to peg it down to a specific pattern yet. Some games are obviously problematic - like Quake 3 Arena and Painkiller, but others, such as Dirt 2, are harder to discern. These are just flat out not ready for prime time, at least for the GTX 460. Sucks. :(

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v197.75 on May 11, 2010

For GTX 480/470 only!

http://www.nvidia.com/ob...-32bit-197.75-whql.html

ghammer

ghammer reviewed v197.75 on May 10, 2010

197.75 is only for 2 GPUs, not the full list as usual.
Don't bother if you do not have a 4xx card.

Andy Dean

Andy Dean reviewed v197.75 on May 10, 2010

"This is a WHQL-Certified driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION GPUs. "

Incorrect, currently these drivers are for the GTX 470 and GTX 480 only.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v197.45 on Apr 21, 2010

This version, as do all versions past 186.18, introduce a problem where certain games are not getting a full listing of usable resolutions in 32 bit mode. Some games can see options for 1600x1200, 2048x1536 and 2560x1600, but other games see nothing beyond 1280x96 in 32 bit mode.

So, score of 3 for "breaking" stuff that worked in prior releases.

robmanic44

robmanic44 reviewed v197.13 on Mar 22, 2010

This falls under "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" maxim. When I go to the nVIDIA site they recommend that I download the drivers they say have been pulled. Go figure?

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v197.13 on Mar 22, 2010

After the last release fiasco, I'm giving this latest release a couple of weeks as I don't fancy having to uninstall then re-install older drivers. Tip: nVIDIA you need to test the drivers before you release them? My rating reflects my annoyance with the last release that was pulled a couple of days after release.

cuttingedge

cuttingedge reviewed v196.75 on Mar 8, 2010

Check article
http://www.extremetech.c...2/0,2845,2360987,00.asp

x-ray

x-ray reviewed v196.75 on Mar 8, 2010

reported to have fan probloms

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v196.75 on Mar 2, 2010

The link wasn't working for me. http://www.nvidia.com/Do.../index5.aspx?lang=en-us worked though...

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v196.21 on Jan 21, 2010

I have found that 196.21 has a bug regarding the proper listing of available resolutions. In testing, I found that 195.62 also has this bug as does 191.07. However, 186.18 does NOT have this bug.

So I'm sticking with 186.18, though I will continue testing new versions to see if the bug is corrected at some point.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v196.21 on Jan 20, 2010

can not use the Nvidia Control Panel and my tv card quit working
thanks Nvidia

some guy

some guy reviewed v196.21 on Jan 19, 2010

version 196.21 as the guy below lost the control panel and this driver caused my Wintv7 Hauppauge HVR-1600 model#1199 to restart my PC. Roll back driver failed in device manager had to remove and re-install older package

Neoprimal

Neoprimal reviewed v191.07 on Oct 29, 2009

While the driver works fine, somewhere along the line the Nvidia Control Panel has been rendered useless for some built in video models, for instance I'm using a Nvidia 630i/7100 MGPU and the Nvidia Control Panel will no longer open.

This means I no longer have access to detailed configurations or controls like acceleration, performance vs. quality settings or color control. I've tried everything, including a fresh OS install. I've notified both the board manufacturer and Nvidia, both who claim Windows 7 certification with said driver and chipset however neither of them seem to be able to isolate or iron out the problem.

So for the record, if you're using Windows 7 64bit and the Nvidia 630i 7100 chipset, upgrade your drivers ONLY if you don't need access to your settings, as the Nvidia Control Panel no longer works for this chipset.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v191.07 on Oct 6, 2009

uncompressed:
PhysX is ~40M
Control Panel App ~20M
3dVision ~16M
HDaudio ~4M
rest (~50M) are misc drivers/install files.

some guy

some guy reviewed v191.07 on Oct 6, 2009

better over last but why are the drivers getting a 99 megs package, soon it will be a gig lol

MarcFou

MarcFou reviewed v191.07 on Oct 6, 2009

Running W7. Big improvement over previous 190.62. I see better performance. My Winsat numbers went back to where they were on Vista. Slightly better FPS for most of my games.

Bobbitchin

Bobbitchin reviewed v191.07 on Oct 5, 2009

Still no support for SLI mode when using two 8800GTS cards.
That alone is reason NOT to upgrade

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v190.62 on Oct 5, 2009

I LOVELOVELOVE no reboots!

rasaxeli

rasaxeli reviewed v190.38 on Aug 19, 2009

i want to download but i cant find download link

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v190.38 on Jul 21, 2009

Love the lack of reboots on Windows 7. This alone is worth the cost of upgrading.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v186.18 on Jul 4, 2009

I'm having better luck with these 186.18 drivers under Windows XP Pro SP3 and the main games I play, like Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle Earth II - Rise of the Witch King and Painkiller.

8x Anti-Aliasing looks clean and stays that way, even if I ALT-TAB in the middle of a game and re-enter it. No shimmering, no odd renders on third-party created maps in ROTWK and I get great performance with the eye-candy in Painkiller Black at 1280x960, which is the same res I run ROTWK at. I don't seem to be experiencing too many slow-downs, even with tons of opponents in both games.

Have not experienced any NV4_DSP errors yet, but I haven't cranked all the eye-candy to maximum and done extensive testing with Triple-Buffering / Vsync and Super-Sampling, but those are coming up next. If they experience problems before a new release hits, I'll post the details.

But so far, they feel pretty solid. Worth a 4 as a result, at least for me.

rilles

rilles reviewed v186.18 on Jun 21, 2009

Using the x64 Vista version of this for my 9600GT did not go well. The screen seems to flicker in white spaces (on m LCD). went back to the previous driver I had (182.08) a the issues went away.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v186.18 on Jun 20, 2009

These screwed up my custom screen rotations on Vista32.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v186.18 on Jun 19, 2009

This is the first time I believe ever that I've installed graphics drivers and not had to restart my machine. Quite amazing.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed v186.18 on Jun 19, 2009

I've had flawless performance with all of this latest series of drivers. And under Windows 7 (and I'm assuming Vista), I don't even have to close my web browser to fully update the drivers, much less reboot.

Also, I've had no problems with letting the Nvidia installer handle the update process rather than manually uninstalling the old drivers every time.

It all took roughly 30 seconds with my 8800 GTX

AutoBot

AutoBot reviewed v186.18 on Jun 18, 2009

Anyone have any input on these latest drivers on the laptop front? I have the previous running on my xps1530 (8400GS) but the way Nvidia scales the GPU they work poorly. Just wondering if these are any better before I commit to a 100 megabyte download, as I'm on a blackberry for my net currently.

(giving a four rating as previous versions are the same basically)

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v185.65 Beta on Apr 5, 2009

Removed File.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v185.65 Beta on Apr 3, 2009

This seems to work ok for me, but I think 178.24 worked better with my 8800 GT 512 meg card.

Still - I don't get about the concern about the control panel. I have it installed and the default control panel seems just fine to me. Unlike that HORRIBLE ATI CATALYST CONTROL CENTER garbage.

Is there a problem with the default Nvidia control panel?

Could you elaborate on that "registry change" that will give me the classic one so I can compare?

Thanks

medlir

medlir reviewed v181.71 Beta on Apr 3, 2009

Better a month late, than never I guess. They work pretty well, but so do the Vista drivers which are newer. Sadly, no support for FX series cards.

ballyhairs

ballyhairs reviewed v182.08 on Mar 25, 2009

Why did they take hotkey options off?
Now everytime I need to enable tv-out or disable it I have to do it manualy while a small script could do that for me in the older versions.
There is always something wrong with Nvidia

mprost

mprost reviewed v182.08 on Mar 16, 2009

Remote desktop is ONCE AGAIN broken in this release, OMG, when is nvidia going to fix that for good? And why is MS WHQLing drivers that broke basic OS functionality? So much for their quality testing, I suppose WHQL is just a way to control the market and, of course, profit from one more thing...

computershack

computershack reviewed v182.08 on Mar 9, 2009

182.08 fixed a bug for me in Quake 4 where it would go blank screen after 15 minutes gameplay.

jcunews

jcunews reviewed v182.06 on Feb 20, 2009

Although the classic control panel can be enabled manually via registry, it's like Artem said - the panel is crippled and has user interface glitch that make the interface a little unstable.

And yes, it's becoming bloatware than ever. More likely be worse than ATI driver. It's not ISP's nor the programmer's fault. It's nVidia's vision fault since it controls what to give to the users.

It's so called Unified Driver - aka. "All for one, and one to rule them all" is a joke. The proof is that the driver can't rule them all. No, really.

From what I've known from nVidia users in forums and blogs, more and more various complaints regarding the drivers are pouring. Ironically, it's the other way around for ATI driver.

fatray

fatray reviewed v182.06 on Feb 19, 2009

Dudboyz, it's always been this way. nForce has always been needed to overclock GPU and CPU. It's better this way in case you prefer to use other overclocking tools that most prefer IMHO.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed v182.06 on Feb 18, 2009

Good, stable stuff.

But Jesus, 100MB video drivers!? Daaaaaamn...

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v182.06 on Feb 18, 2009

Is it too much to ask of driver writers to maintain consistency for dual-monitors when installing these driver updates?

There's always something amiss. i.e. my vista gadgets get moved, or desktop icons, or the screen that an app starts on. ALWAYS!

Dark_Diver

Dark_Diver reviewed v181.22 on Jan 24, 2009

XFX GF 7900GS AGP.
Last working drivers - 180.84
More latest drivers does not work with my card at all in any system.

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v181.22 on Jan 22, 2009

The classic configuration panel is absolutely crippled right now - you cannot overclock/downclock your GPU, also you cannot see your GPU temperature - for that matter NVIDIA wants you to install a beast called NVIDIA System Tools - no thank you!

Why is every ISP is so obsessed with bloatware?

ZenWarrior

ZenWarrior reviewed v181.20 on Jan 13, 2009

Version 181.20 has slowed my system to a crawl. I'm seeing at least 10 FPS slower now than before the upgrade (downgrade?). It's back to the previous version which flew like a jet.

jorgosch

jorgosch reviewed v181.20 on Jan 9, 2009

Pretty fast, but I have problems with Nview and 2 monitors: I have selected that applications are zoomed on both monitors but their child windows should only maximize to one monitor. This worked perfectly in 180.48 but not in 181.20.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v181.20 on Jan 8, 2009

So 178.24 is still the best version for 8xxx level cards, right?

I think 178.24 is a pretty good release and I'm not clammoring for new features or speed gains - just want to maintain stability.

But I would like to know if most future driver releases will be focused almost exclusively on post 8xxx hardware. I don't want to get left behind completely if there are any driver efficiencies or bug-fixes that could benefit 8xxx users.

DKDude

DKDude reviewed v180.48 on Nov 20, 2008

@CyberDoc999

This release is not for GF8600.

The latest for your card is.
http://www.nvidia.com/ob.../winxp_178.24_whql.html

Use this link in the future to get drivers for your card.
http://www.nvidia.com/Do...d/index.aspx?lang=en-us

antigin

antigin reviewed v180.48 on Nov 19, 2008

CyberDoc999, why are you so lame? Switch to new life for maybe more "intellectual" brain. DO NOT DOWNLOAD drivers from third-party sites, if you don't know what are you downloading, I mean "if you aren't sure that these drivers is for your hardware". At first you must read the description and to find there the words about 80's series. Secondly, go to nvidia.com page, click "download drivers", select parameters of your hardware, OS, language and look what offers to you NVIDIA and do NOT DOWNLOAD beta drivers. Be careful beta drivers are developed NOT FOR housewives testing or/and using.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v180.48 on Nov 19, 2008

oh no, someone switches to ATI. what will megacorp do?!

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v180.42 Beta on Oct 28, 2008

does not work on my 8600!
why does nvidia always do this?
I will switch to ATI!

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v180.42 Beta on Oct 28, 2008

does not work on my 8600!
why does nvidia always do this?
I will switch to ATI!

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v180.42 Beta on Oct 23, 2008

Reviewing 178.24 WHQL Drivers:

I guess I missed the boat on the 178.24's, so I wanted to give a blurb on 'em now that I have had a chance to test them.

First, I don't like the bundling with the Physics (sp?) stuff. But an uninstall fixed that ok.

Now, this version 178.24 WHQL seems to have FINALLY solved a problem with my 8800GT 512 meg and Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Witch King.

Previously, if I enabled AA and AF, some time into the game (various times) it would crash out with an NV4_DSP error, and it would be a total pain, because some of my skirmishes against the bots on 8 player maps can take between 1 and 2 HOURS. While I try to save fairly often, sometimes you just get caught up in the game and end up skipping the backup. That's usually when the crash happened.

But I've been playing tons, with 8x AF and 4x, 8x, 8xQ and 16xQ, and it hasn't kicked out once.

So, for me, these deserve a higher rating because it actually improved my system stability for the games that I play most often.

THANK YOU NVIDIA!

Also, the control panel in Nvidia drivers is substantially better than the one provided with ATI, and not only that, these drivers allow game profiles built-in and unlike ATI, Nvidia Drivers Properly Handle LCD Scaling!

That is a HUGE factor for me. I have 3 LCD's and some games don't play in 1600x1200 (my native res on all 3 LCD's), like Dungeon Siege, so I want NO SCALING. When I select this in the Nvidia setup, it works as it should. 1024x768 for Dungeon Siege for example. It centers the actual max resolution in the center of the screen with four black borders around it. That is what I want it to do, because stretching it edge to edge just looks blurry and pixelated.

So, continued kudos for that functionality as well.

Good stuff - finally. :)

outofspace

outofspace reviewed v180.42 Beta on Oct 23, 2008

Instalation is pain in a ass. Taked 6 minutes, and make no changes. 8800GTS

x-ray

x-ray reviewed v178.32 on Oct 17, 2008

Dont work with 7900GT OCT

mizkitty

mizkitty reviewed v178.32 on Oct 17, 2008

Yes...It says 178.32 drivers but the link is actually to the older 178.24 drivers...
What gives?

mizkitty

mizkitty reviewed v178.32 on Oct 17, 2008

It says 178.32 drivers but the link is actually to the older 178.24 drivers...
What gives?

Andy Dean

Andy Dean reviewed v178.32 on Oct 16, 2008

DV still not working with these drivers.

jorgosch

jorgosch reviewed v178.32 on Oct 16, 2008

This is not 178.32 but 178.24.

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v178.32 on Oct 16, 2008

Does Digital Vibrance work again?

omertocarlos

omertocarlos reviewed v178.32 on Oct 16, 2008

This driver isnt 178.32.It's 178.24.

SelfMan

SelfMan reviewed v178.13 on Sep 25, 2008

To fix the RDP problem use add the followinf entry to the registry (worked for me):

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\
Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]

"SessionImageSize"=dword:00000020

mechandler34

mechandler34 reviewed v177.83 on Sep 4, 2008

Ever since I have updated to SP3 on XP only the 169.21 drivers will allow remote desktop. I'm running an older GeForce 6800GT so I guess it doesn't matter for me, but I would like to know what is going on!

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v177.83 on Aug 13, 2008

Installed right away, seem to work just great for gaming and the desktop. No new glitches to be found so far and I'm glad of that. The last release I tried just wigged out the machine and I had gone back down to version 175.16. But these new ones seem fine, thankfully.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v177.79 Beta on Jul 30, 2008

No issues with RDP here.

There are visual anomalies with some web forms.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v177.79 Beta on Jul 30, 2008

Does this release fix the problem of RDP destruction? I doubt it. After all, if you break a key Windows feature for thousands of users, why rush fixing it.

Andreas2000

Andreas2000 reviewed v177.79 Beta on Jul 30, 2008

No info at all about wether this contains physx drivers for Geforce 8 series of cards.. so I guess it does not ??

x-ray

x-ray reviewed v177.79 Beta on Jul 30, 2008

Dont support series 7

Terry6v

Terry6v reviewed v177.41 on Jun 26, 2008

The discriptions says this driver is for GeForce, Geforce 2, GeForce 3 + 4, the 'Ti' range of cards, GeForce FX and some Quadro cards.
I did the same thing. I think someone is is adding an inf. for all cards, but I wouldn't think this driver could benefit any higher cards if it was made for lesser cards with less function.

mikemc2k

mikemc2k reviewed v177.41 on Jun 26, 2008

This dosen't work with my 8400 card that sucks!!!!!! dose anyone no why?

jtopping

jtopping reviewed v177.41 on Jun 26, 2008

The 175.19 release is available for Vista 32. It is WHQL and supports the 8 and 9 series(and other newer cards)

F1Racer

F1Racer reviewed v177.35 on Jun 20, 2008

Yep 175.16 does indeed prevent Remote Desktop from working on some computers. Anyone can confirm if 177.35 fixes that ? Ive gone back to 174.74beta and RDP is working now.

Seng

Seng reviewed v177.35 on Jun 18, 2008

Can someone try the 177.x series drivers and check to make sure remote desktop connections still work? 175.x broke the hell out of RDP sessions (filled my event log with a bunch of rdpdd.dll errors because the video driver was broken somewhere)

OAKsider

OAKsider reviewed v177.35 on Jun 17, 2008

ForceWare 177.35 are for the new GeForce 200 Series & Vista only. So long 8 & 9 Series...

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v177.35 on Jun 17, 2008

wmr

wmr reviewed v177.35 on Jun 17, 2008

It's only for GeForce GTX 280 and GeForce GTX 260 GPUs...

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v177.35 on Jun 17, 2008

But it only says above that it ADDED support for the two new cards. I didn't interpret that as meaning "But we removed support for all other Nvidia cards on the planet." So yeah, I'm confused. :(

UH-OH - I am getting an Nvidia Setup Error that says the following:

"The NVIDIA Setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware. Setup will now exit."

That can't be good, right? Score down to 1 cause it won't even install on my rig. How did THAT problem make it by their testers?

Original Post:

Wow! Two WHQL certified drivers this close together - that has GOT to be a good thing, right?

First 175.16 WHQL and now 177.35 WHQL.

All I need is a changelog and I'll be giddy!

I'll give 'em a 3 for now cause I have not had time to install it and run bunches of tests with my games and stuff, but I'll come back and update the score to be fair. If I can just get it to stop crashing while I play Rise of the Witch King with Anti-Aliasing on, then that would be a huge improvement for me.

Since I have an 8800GT and it's a recent card, instead of an older legacy card, I'm hoping that some of these fixes will actually be targeted at making it run better and more stable.

Thanks Nvidia, for at least trying to make the effort to get these bugs fixed faster.

danilloOc

danilloOc reviewed v175.16 on May 14, 2008

After install tis drivers my system freeze every time I try to run a game.

pablo_arg

pablo_arg reviewed v175.16 on May 14, 2008

Installed it in XP SP3 and crashed the system, i had to restore it. I have an 8600GT card.

davidtb

davidtb reviewed v175.16 on May 14, 2008

Used these in beta, 1st time Vista ACTUALLY recognized the SLI config. and switched it automatically (which I thought was cool)
Unfortunately, my system would randomly freeze and the mouse would lock up, sometimes from start up, sometimes when I was trying to do 16 things at once.
It did go away when I went back to the last WHQL version. Coincidence perhaps, but no problems since.
I'll try them again, maybe it fixed, and the SLI thing was cool.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed v175.16 on May 14, 2008

These latest drivers force Windows to 16:9 mode on my 24" Westinghouse L2410NM monitor. The only 16:10 resolutions it will let me use for ANYTHING are 720x480 and 1920x1200.

No matter how I set the scaling and no matter how I try to force other 16:10 resolutions, it's stuck in 16:9 mode with black bars at the top and bottom.

All older driver revisions work fine. Nvidia seems to have screwed up something fundamental with the changes to display handling, at least for my hardware config.

Tenoq

Tenoq reviewed v175.16 on May 14, 2008

174.74 worked fine with my 7950GT bob. This release seems fine on SP3 with the 9800GTX. I'll test Vista shortly.

maxstep

maxstep reviewed v175.16 on May 13, 2008

at last

Znoo

Znoo reviewed v175.16 on May 13, 2008

This driver kills WinXP(sp3) after a few minutes... at least at my computer. The older 169.21 worked fine and never had any problems with my 7600GT.

Try again nVidia.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v175.16 on May 13, 2008

These are WHQL'd and I have no issue with these or the betas before them.

slushdot

slushdot reviewed v175.16 on May 13, 2008

Bobb****in:

you're better off sticking with the 90 series for the 6800GT. On my 6200 i only get heating issues with anything newer than 93.** or 94.**.

not exactly a unified driver.

Jerrymiah

Jerrymiah reviewed v175.16 Beta on May 7, 2008

I believe the big problem for NVidia is that they come out just about every other month with a new beta version of the NVidia NForce derivers. I do not know if even a single on of their drivers has been certified by Microsoft as being steady and not causing any system crashes. I have vertioon 169.25 installed and HP keeps prompting me to upgrade to the lastest released version. And everytime I do, the new version crashes my system. With release 175.16, I was limited to using a single configuration (1290 x 1025) I could not adjustmo monitor to the proper definitiion monitor which is 1650 x 1050. So I had to revert to version 169.25

halc

halc reviewed v174.74 on Apr 30, 2008

When did nVidia stop remembering that their job is to keep on producing working and fully tested reference drivers?

Constant bugs, constant betas, zillion of resident pieces and less than stellar multi-screen operation, just so that we can get that +2fps "they way it's meant to be played".

Not good, nVidia. Not good.

Bobbitchin

Bobbitchin reviewed v175.12 Beta on Apr 29, 2008

Still no SLI for 6800 series cards?

Don't make me buy ATI cards nVIdia!

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v175.12 Beta on Apr 29, 2008

No Issues.

Someone reviewed v174.74 on Apr 6, 2008

Nvidia was good when people mainly had desktops. I had a great Nvidia card and used their updating a lot. But with the change to Laptops and these silly phones that try to do everything, there isn't much need to update your nvidia unless you have a desktop

Bobbitchin

Bobbitchin reviewed v174.74 on Apr 4, 2008

Doesn't work with my 6800GT's

So far this driver does not work with 6000, 7000 and 8000 series GeForce cards.

What cards does it work with?

dougau

dougau reviewed v174.74 on Apr 3, 2008

New Nvidia drivers need to be classified as ad ware because they install shortcuts for the Portal demo through Steam on your desktop without asking. I feel it is a bad trend that drivers for your expensive hardware now includes ads.

Lands

Lands reviewed v174.74 on Apr 3, 2008

doesn't work for GeForce 8500GT.

x-ray

x-ray reviewed v174.74 on Apr 2, 2008

dont work for 7900GT

Luis_Arias

Luis_Arias reviewed v174.74 on Apr 2, 2008

There is a site dedicate to Nvidia drivers with moded drivers in: http://www.laptopvideo2g...m/index.php?showforum=1

parkd1

parkd1 reviewed v174.74 on Apr 2, 2008

I download the ones from this site and same them happened. Go to the Nvidia site and get them from there. It will be under beta. That worked for me.

Banquo

Banquo reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

So is NVIDIA dumping support for their older cards?

sfiedor1

sfiedor1 reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

Drivers do not work with GeForce 7800 GTX, it seems only the listed cards are supported

the artist

the artist reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

If any onf you can't get you cards to work with some release, go to nVidias site, look for your card's drivers and stop the whining.

yountmj

yountmj reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

No... perhaps you'd like to show everyone where you see it:

http://www.nvidia.com/ob...ta_x86_174.74_whql.html

The products supported with this particular release are just that... supported, and they include no other GPU family than the ones listed. They may work, but are not supported by NVIDIA if problems arise. That is why the latest WHQL release for any other GPU is still 169.25.

ghammer

ghammer reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

No, the actual information about cards is:
Release Highlights:

Supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, and 9 series GPUs including these newly released GPUs:
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 8300
GeForce 8200
GeForce 8100/NVIDIA nForce 720a
NVIDIA nForce 730a

See the INCLUDING THESE NEWLY RELEASED part?

Andy Dean

Andy Dean reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

This is a strange WHQL release as the beta 174.74 is for all cards but the WHQL isn't. For instance there is no support for the 8800GTX with this drver but the beta is superb when using this card.

Neoprimal

Neoprimal reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

Beware, this is either an April fools driver or they made a huge mistake. It 'claims' to ONLY support the cards on the list, IE:
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 8300
GeForce 8200
GeForce 8100/NVIDIA nForce 720a
NVIDIA nForce 730a.
It DOES NOT support, for instance, my 8800GT, even though the 174.74 beta driver does.

If this is an April fools joke, it's a damned good one!, so 5!

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

Bobb****in said:

"C'mon nVidia I do not want to buy new hardware just to run Vista."

And how is this nVidia's fault, exactly...?

Bobbitchin

Bobbitchin reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

Still no mention of SLI support for 6000 series GPU's!

C'mon nVidia I do not want to buy new hardware just to run Vista.

Somnambulator

Somnambulator reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

this is for the new 9000 series cards only. don't bother installing with anything older, including 8800's, as it will say "no compatible hardware detected".

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v174.74 on Apr 1, 2008

So is the 8 series abandoned on Vista now? wtf?

Andy Dean

Andy Dean reviewed v174.16 Beta on Feb 22, 2008

This driver is only for use with the new 9600 GT cards.
You need a modded .inf file to use with earlier nVidia cards.

ir0nw0lf

ir0nw0lf reviewed v174.16 Beta on Feb 22, 2008

To coover, had you looked at Nvidia's site, you would have noticed that the 9600GT is the only card this driver release supports, and it the only one shown in the driver inf file...

coover

coover reviewed v174.16 Beta on Feb 22, 2008

I've given this a 5 only because I refuse to downgrade a software release I cannot test.

However, I was disappointed when, while attempting to install this release, I received a message that this driver did not work with my nVidia 7600GT card.

grandia01

grandia01 reviewed v169.21 on Jan 4, 2008

don't use!!!go with 169.02

war593122

war593122 reviewed v169.21 on Dec 20, 2007

Not WHQL, at least not here on win xp pro sp2 with geforce 8800 GTS 640mb..

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v169.21 on Dec 20, 2007

Erm, 64 bit XP Drivers: http://fileforum.betanew...P2003_64bit/950852325/5

danilloOc

danilloOc reviewed v169.25 Beta on Dec 14, 2007

The beta drivers work just fine here, no problems playing games or watching videos. I just moved from ATI to nVidia and I cant' believe how good the ForceWare drivers are over the Catalyst. :o

Terry6v

Terry6v reviewed v169.25 Beta on Dec 13, 2007

I heard the 169.21 version sucked too. apparently some peoples standards are low. this 169.25 seems the best one since 169.17

guti

guti reviewed v169.21 Beta on Dec 12, 2007

Still no 5xxx support.

echohead

echohead reviewed v169.21 Beta on Dec 12, 2007

i shouldnt have to get 64-bit XP drivers from a 3rd party. nvidia makes great video cards, but ignoring an entire OS architecture isnt a smart business plan.

burfadel

burfadel reviewed v169.21 Beta on Dec 11, 2007

Why do people insist on commenting on something they haven't tried themselves? The whole idea of the review section is YOUR own personal experience with the programme, not 'oh I read that its crap on a forum, therefore I say its crap too'. Hypothetically, say blue is your favourite colour, but another person hates it. If that person said on a forum the colour blue sucks, does that mean it sucks for you too? Its all about YOUR own personal experience with something that makes a personal experience comment true, not just the experience of someone else that may have commented biased towards a perticular feature or compatibility. Its fair enough to comment that is doesn't work any better for a particular game, but even then it should be commented on the overall positives, and the fact that is no worse than previous drivers.

The last point of note is that these are labelled beta for a reason, to rate something down just because it is a beta isn't that intelligent, afterall this is a 'betanews' site! The rating system out of 5 should be scaled in respect to the fact that its intentions are for beta programmes. When rating, give a rating for your thoughts on it. DON'T just rate it down because its a beta, afterall this is a beta news site so if you do you're not particularly intelligent, you should just stick with official drivers!

I give a 5 for this BETA because as a beta it works flawlessly for ME.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v169.09 Beta on Nov 13, 2007

Man I just dream of a day when Nvidia and ATI can maintain Dual Display settings each upgrade of the drivers. I've seen it happen, and then BAM! One driver set I will need to reconfigure all my preferences for dual displays, resolutions, main monitor, icons, etc. We have a LOOOONG way to go in basic QA testing, folks...

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v169.09 Beta on Nov 13, 2007

Read mjm, read!

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v169.04 Beta on Nov 8, 2007

*Very Important:

I am not affiliated with NVidia. I know a fair amount about computers and I've read a LOT of data about video playback and gaming in Vista.

The bottom line is that it is primarily in Microsoft's hands. NVidia can't simply release "the" optimized driver that gets everything working. The bulk of the problem (that hopefully gets mostly resolved in Vista SP1) may suddenly resolve the issues or NVidia might have to wait until the code changes are released, though I would assume there's a certain level of communication going on between Microsoft and NVidia right now about the changes.

*So it's my guess that many of the issues won't be resolved until Service Pack 1 is released. Since releasing certain fixes will screw up other things thus affecting their customer feedback data they will be holding off many of the fixes and releasing the bulk of it at once. The rumour mill has SP1 out in two to four months thought it's primarily guessing.

Gaming results:
On average, games are still running at 80% of the speed as XP but it varies by card and by game. Some games are below 70% and one game mysteriously matched XP (on a specific card) though it was a new card and I suspect the card simply wasn't yet optimized for XP. 64-bit is a wash at 45% with some games not working at all. It is uncertain whether SP1 for Vista x64 will also vastly improve gaming support. If it did I'd make the switch to 64-bit Vista instead as long as I can get everything I need working.

If you're buying a new computer I'd still get Vista. If you are buying OEM Vista 32-bit (x86) for a system you already have XP on, dual boot (lots of sites to help) until Vista's sorted out. I'm personally in no rush. It'll take a while for DX10 games to code well, though I might get the next ATI DX10.1 card. It used to be 100% certain that XP would not see DX10. I find that probable but it's no longer certain. There are three options:
1) No freaking way
2) partial DX10 support (officially or unofficially)
3) Full support (officially or unofficially)

I'm guessing there's a 50% chance we'll see partial DX10 support unless Microsoft makes every effort to prevent this.

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v169.04 Beta on Nov 3, 2007

Breaks OpenGL.

demonik

demonik reviewed v169.04 Beta on Oct 31, 2007

The last 2 betas have ruined full screen video playback in Media Center.
They need to fix this now. People use their pc's for more than gaming.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed v169.04 Beta on Oct 31, 2007

These betas are for all 6-, 7-, and 8-series cards. I'm using them on my 7800GT right now.

No problems so far. Full-screen playback in Media Center seems to work fine, here.

Terry6v

Terry6v reviewed v169.04 Beta on Oct 30, 2007

I haven't personally tried these but in forums I am seeing numerous people with problems and slower performance with these drivers. This has caused me to pass them over this time and wait for the next round..

davidtb

davidtb reviewed v169.04 Beta on Oct 30, 2007

I friggin' knew this would happen!!!
I spend all morning trying getting 169.01 to work with VistaX64 to play nice in SLI, giving up, and going back to 163.75, only to have 169.04 come out @ 1:30pm today.
I'm such a victim, I should have these uninstalled by morning, I'm sure.

mirecek1965

mirecek1965 reviewed v169.04 Beta on Oct 30, 2007

This driver set is only for series 8 graphics cards. Crysis demo plays much smoother with these. Nvidia rocks!

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v169.01 Beta on Oct 30, 2007

The drivers don't seem to be buggy but they are simply not optimized. I have benchmarked Windows XP, Windows Vista(x86) and Windows Vista(x64). I no longer have Vista x86 installed but I know that games are typically running at 90%+ frame rates now. I expect gaming on either 32-bit platform to be nearly identical soon. I won't discuss DX10 here.

While many games running in 32-bit Vista work fine performance in 64-bit Vista is miserable. Here are the results of my system which has a 6600GT 128MB card.

Benchmarking:

I'll update this in a couple hours when I can free up my system, however 3DMark2001SE free version score about 20,000 points in XP and only 8000 points in Vista. Similar results occurred in 3DMark2000.

This is likely to mean that frame rates on average may be only 40% in Vista x64!!

I am planning on benchmarking Half-Life 2 (64-bit version) and I may update this comment with the results.

These poor results are probably due mostly to the lack of optimized NVidia graphics drivers. I expect that NVidia will get these numbers up drastically in the next six months. I like NVidia and I imagine they have focused initially on stability rather than gaming performance. Vista has made some changes to the way graphics work. Read:
1) http://en.wikipedia.org/...ws_Display_Driver_Model
2) http://en.wikipedia.org/...ct3D#Direct3D_and_Vista

*It is interesting to note that I scored better results under Ubuntu (Wine), however the compatibility is poorer than Vista x64. Vista x64 will be up and running, probably by mid 2008 whereas Linux is anybody's guess. With a Basic OEM of Vista as low as $125 compared to the gaming costs even Linux geeks are likely to dual-boot (or suffer lower FPS and hours of "fun" tweaking). Having said that, I expect to see a sudden explosion of half-decent Linux games in glorious 3D beginning roughly 2009. Especially Massive Multiplayer Online gaming.

I used the latest NVidia Beta x64 Vista drivers as of 28 Oct 2007. I'm trying to determine whether to buy a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Vista for a laptop in March 2008. While there can be a significant performance boost (particularly for software which primarily uses the 64-bit registers) it is the increased security and stability which interest me.

However, the advantages come at the major cost of the currently very poor driver support. Where XP x64 just didn't cut it, I think Vista x64 will catch on (particulary with non-OEM versions shipping with both 32 and 64-bit copies of Vista).

*So the video drivers for Vista x64 seem very stable but with poor gaming performance. This will get fixed in future driver releases. 64-bit does not mean "double" the speed as only certain registers are 64-bit not to mention the video card's involvement. By the time 64-bit gaming becomes mainstream the focus of computing will have shifted towards GPU computing. Additionally, by the time you really "need" 64-bit Vista will be gone.

I say nearly everyone (gamer or not) should purchase 32-bit Vista. Ask me in a year and I'll probably say nearly everyone should get 64-bit Vista unless you have expensive, unsupported hardare.

*NOTE: OEM Vista is roughly half the price. It is "tied" to the Motherboard. You have to purchase EITHER the 32-bit or 64-bit version. Most PC's sold come with OEM Vista. Full versions come with both the 32-bit AND 64-bit versions on a single DVD so you can install 32-bit now and upgrade to 64-bit once driver support improves.

ninjeratu

ninjeratu reviewed v163.75 Beta on Oct 9, 2007

Solved an annoying crash issue in Bioshock (7800GTX). Seem to get a few more FPS as a bonus.
Improved performance in TF2 (Half-Life 2 as well, I suppose).
No issues so far.
This will probably be out of beta soon considering the issues they solve. Me like.

Jegar48

Jegar48 reviewed v163.71 on Oct 1, 2007

Finally a version that works with my old GeForce FX 5500 Card. The previous versions wouldn't install. Uh Cris3 there is a separate Vista version, must be why this version says Windows 2000/XP.

JEdwardP

JEdwardP reviewed v163.71 on Oct 1, 2007

The previous version had what seems to have been an installer bug, and wouldn't install for my 6600 card on my XP machine. A clean install would simply result in a message saying "The system has not been modified. Please run the installation again." and an upgrade over existing drivers resulted in an installer crash and subsequent BSOD.

This version installs and works fine when clean-installed, though I still wouldn't recommend trying it over top of an earlier Forceware.

Cris3

Cris3 reviewed v163.71 on Oct 1, 2007

Will not load for a GeFrorce 7800 GT on a Vista machine.

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v163.71 Beta on Sep 30, 2007

*Don't get new drivers unless there is a specific fix addressed for your card. You can actually make things worse.

You can easily open the Release Notes and search through it. (i.e. "6600GT", "find next").

Most new drivers are for new cards. Exceptions are for new features like DX10 but that's a Vista thing.

So if you have a 6XXX or 7XXX series, you probably need not check back for drivers until you go over to the dark side, uh Vista.

elliott_nally

elliott_nally reviewed v163.71 Beta on Sep 24, 2007

Works fine, But with my 6800 All videos are washed/faded and have an over exposed look to them so I am rolling back to 162.30. They seem to be the newest ones that do not have this effect. Really wish Nvidia looked into this and at least attempt to fix it.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed v163.67 Beta on Sep 11, 2007

Man, their Vista drivers have finally started looking solid in these last couple of releases. Good thing, too, 'cause it was a hell of a rocky start.

Bioshock performance seems a tad smoother when compared to the previous beta on my 7800GT.

I haven't experienced any stability issues, which can often be expected with betas.

burfadel

burfadel reviewed v163.67 Beta on Sep 11, 2007

Betanews has just been updating the previous drivers listing, instead of creating a new listing. Therefore, thats why it says geforce 2 to fx.

These drivers do work on the fx series cards, you just have to modify the inf. They just aren't guaranteed to work. The Fx series cards are quite old now anyway...

Remember they have to support 4 distinct operating systems, xp, x64, vista and vista x64, all of which require different drivers.

RWW

RWW reviewed v163.67 Beta on Sep 10, 2007

I always update but am getting tired of settings being changed where videos cannot be viewed without resetting.

supermanforever

supermanforever reviewed v163.67 Beta on Sep 10, 2007

From nVidia web site this version only support 6, 7 and 8 series of GPU only.

Please correct it betanews.

guti

guti reviewed v163.67 Beta on Sep 10, 2007

What are they waiting for add also support to 5xxx series?

lhdal

lhdal reviewed v163.44 Beta on Sep 7, 2007

This one is buggy.

Video settings are lost and a black screen appears after each restart.

x-ray

x-ray reviewed v163.44 Beta on Aug 21, 2007

after installing thouse driver my bioshorck wont work any more

maxstep

maxstep reviewed v163.44 Beta on Aug 21, 2007

BioShock Wo-Hoo!

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v163.44 Beta on Aug 21, 2007

Note: These drivers have been specifically published to address issues in existing drivers relating to BioShock and the BioShock demo. It is advised to install these drivers (or newer) before playing BioShock or the demo.

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v163.44 Beta on Aug 21, 2007

Note: These drivers have been specifically published to address issues in existing drivers relating to BioShock and the BioShock demo. It is advised to install these drivers (or newer) before playing BioShock or the demo.

ritz_nair

ritz_nair reviewed v162.15 Beta on Jul 26, 2007

FOLLOWUP_IP:
nv4_disp+1f6c97
fffff97f`ff67ec97 ?? ???

SYMBOL_STACK_INDEX: 1

SYMBOL_NAME: nv4_disp+1f6c97

FOLLOWUP_NAME: MachineOwner

MODULE_NAME: nv4_disp

IMAGE_NAME: nv4_disp.dll

STACK_COMMAND: .cxr 0xfffffadfe0ee70b0 ; kb

BUCKET_ID: WRONG_SYMBOLS

Followup: MachineOwner
---------

i hate this one.

kronix2

kronix2 reviewed v162.22 Beta on Jul 12, 2007

No problems so far after a day's gaming.

3DMark06 scores:
158.24: 9638
162.15: 10361
162.22: 10599

That's a nice improvement. My card is an 8800 GTS 640MB clocked at 650MHz core, 950MHz memory.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v162.22 Beta on Jul 12, 2007

quote GBH: ...as for the troll that said...
_______________________________________________
Yeah, a gaggle of ignorant sluts seem to have descended here:
One is actually reviewing a particular hardware model she wasn't happy with...instead of the software...
The others have seeming problems too outlandish: clashes w/ Vista Aero, hibernating, network connection, w/ Battlefield("after one hour of play"), etc.

GBH

GBH reviewed v162.22 Beta on Jul 11, 2007

Umm no they mean 162.22

as for the troll that said they don't download without a changelog

try reading the release notes.

http://us.download.nvidi...eware_Release_Notes.pdf

Now I haven't downloaded this version yet, when i get home I will, I downloaded the previous beta had some interesting results with video playback but my game performance certainly was better.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v162.22 Beta on Jul 11, 2007

Why do you review what you don't download then?

x-ray

x-ray reviewed v162.22 Beta on Jul 11, 2007

I dont download when there is no changelog...

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v162.18 Beta on Jul 8, 2007

**It's hard to review, except to say there are no errors for the 6600 GT (which only has a single minor DVI fix). Reviewers should always state which video card they are reviewing, and, in my opinion no issues should automatically merit 5 STARS.

HauntedHated,
You should go to the NVidia site from the provided link before making ridiculous comments like "maybe 64-bit is no longer supported." There's an official release for XP x64, version 158.22 as of May 16, 2007 and Vista x64 is officially updated as of June 1st 2007. Isn't that up to date enough for you? NVidia is constantly updating all of its drivers in a timely manner. I've had 3 different NVidia cards since 1998 and I've been extremely happy with NVidia; I've also installed 50+ NVidia and ATI cards. ATI has been known to completely drop driver support in the past whereas NVidia has amazing support for older cards. There can be issues for a while with Vista, but that's more about Microsoft's hidden and changing code and not NVidia who are doing everything they can.

Where does a rating of "1" come from anyway? You should either justify your score or change it.

Also, there are Release Notes for each new release. Notes:
a) You can easily find your card, i.e. type "6600 GT" to easily skip through the Release Notes in Adobe Reader
b) Very rarely, installing a new driver might result in an UNWANTED change, so don't install drivers unless you have issues that need to be resolved (and you find these in the Release Notes)
c) NVidia even lists issues that are NOT NVidia's fault but have been reported so I always read the newest release notes (like I said, typing in your card like "8800 GTX" drastically speeds up your reading time)

HauntedHated

HauntedHated reviewed v162.18 Beta on Jul 8, 2007

Hey, stupid.
I was being sarcastic you moron.

ritz_nair

ritz_nair reviewed v162.18 Beta on Jul 8, 2007

These are really good. Finally my GeForce 7600 GS @ 512 MB give me good Performance in Battle Field 2

mickrussom

mickrussom reviewed v162.18 Beta on Jul 7, 2007

Recently the NVIDIA drivers have become a lot better. I've got an 8800GTX (had it for 6 months) and besides a few rendering issues, I've yet to see a game crash, and they frame rates are very high.

With Nvidia where it is today, do people even think of ATI crap anymore?

rip_pit

rip_pit reviewed v162.15 Beta on Jun 28, 2007

If not sure, go to GeForce BETA Drivers Page : Choose your OS then your language (if you are non english you must download the International version)
http://www.nzone.com/obj...ds_rel70betadriver.html

This version works for my geforce 6600.

lhdal

lhdal reviewed v162.15 Beta on Jun 28, 2007

This driver worked with my FX 5200 card fine.

Slavic

Slavic reviewed v162.15 Beta on Jun 28, 2007

BSOD occurs immediately after call the NV Cpl, no way to avoid it. I was forced to return to old stable 91.47.
Windows XP x64, GF 6800.

burfadel

burfadel reviewed v162.15 Beta on Jun 27, 2007

162.15 is quite buggy, can lead to lots of BSODS.

The best latest release is 160.03 for xp x64 (not 160.02, that occasionally BSODS too). 160.03 is rock solid stable, better than even the official 158.xx series!

Cris3

Cris3 reviewed v1.58.45 Beta on Jun 5, 2007

It's a shame you took the loss purush. Had you installed the free nVidia nTune program those conditions and most issues could be adjusted out and the color profile and performance set.

I purchased the subscription to Driver Detective which is a guaranteed lifetime/onetime contract. It suggested I install this driver on my machine. I did and it runs great. I have the 7800 GT.

purush

purush reviewed v1.58.45 Beta on Jun 4, 2007

I bought an Nvidia Card 8800 GTX for the first time as I have always been buying ATI cards. This card disabled my network connection inspite of many attempts and also would not fill my 37" Sharp LCD TV which has a max resolution of 1920x1080p whereas my ATI 1600 does it beautifully without any problems, besides they are right on target with updating the drivers. I made several attempts to contact Nvidia and they did not respond, so I returned the card and took a 25% loss.

DiamondT

DiamondT reviewed v160.02 Beta on Jun 1, 2007

This is the not the correct driver for regular desktop cards.
However! That said, there is a new Nvidia beta driver for us as of May 17th!
http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_94.24_2.html

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v160.02 Beta on May 21, 2007

**WARNING**
As mentioned below, this is for QUADRO cards only. I highly recommend people download from the NVidia site so you can verify you have the correct drivers.

Where it gets really confusing is that some or all Quadro cards are included in the Geforce drivers but this driver release (160.02) is only for a list of certain Quadro cards. For example, the Quadro FX 5500 card is listed for both drivers.

Other mistakes have included drivers for the 8-only series (8800xx, 8600xx etc) being incorrectly posted, downloaded and installed.

For most Geforce..2,3,4,5, 6 and 7 series the last BETA was in November 2006 and is 93.81. Since it "updated" 93.71 I have to wonder why there's been no official release since then?

Basically, Windows XP drivers for pre-"8" series video cards are mature and unlikely to change much if any. Any change to these drivers is going to be very, very minor. (If it ain't broke don't fix it.)

*Note: always verify your card is listed in the Release Notes. Some older cards get dropped.

andy2004

andy2004 reviewed v160.02 Beta on May 18, 2007

I use this drivers on my Geforce FX5500 128mb running XP PRO, These drivers are XP not for VISTA, you can still use the old control panel if you have the registry tweak. Havent tried with many games, but no crashes on my system even after the regtweak, I would recommend these.

fatray

fatray reviewed v160.02 Beta on May 18, 2007

160.02 Beta, are these beta? This driver release is the greatest driver release in the history of nVidia as far as I'm concerned. Fixed every issue with my sound card, yes I said sound card. No longer do I get SCP with my X-FI sound card. Games that had issues before now run great. I can play TDU without any problems, this is huge. No more BSOD. THANK YOU NVIDIA, why not sooner?

x-ray

x-ray reviewed v160.02 Beta on May 18, 2007

Prinum driver, fixes all my probloms

smarterthanyou

smarterthanyou reviewed v160.02 Beta on May 18, 2007

Betanews has this all wrong. The latest beta GeForce graphics driver for Windows Vista is version 158.24. The version 160.02 graphics driver that Betanews is referring to is only for computers with nVidia Quadro GPU's that are running Windows XP, 2000 Professional or Windows Server 2003.

Cris3

Cris3 reviewed v160.02 Beta on May 17, 2007

If you are after GeForce drivers, nVidia just released the newest version today (ver. 94.24 on May 18, 2007). They work for the majority of us. Get them straight from the source. It's the best way I know.

ninjeratu

ninjeratu reviewed v1.58.43 Beta on May 16, 2007

I think Betanews means 158.43 and they're for 8800.

"158.43
Windows Vista 32-bit
Release Date: May 15, 2007
GeForce 8800 Series BETA driver"

Supported devices:
GeForce 8300 GS
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 Ultra

Wintings

Wintings reviewed v1.58.43 Beta on May 16, 2007

Installed this update and my Vista Aero glass reverted to Vista Basic! Couldn't fix it so reinstalled the earlier nVidia driver and all was OK. So, use this new driver at your own peril!

wicketr

wicketr reviewed v1.58.43 Beta on May 16, 2007

Drivers are getting better for Vista. Here are the release notes: http://us.download.nvidi...eWare_Release_Notes.pdf

However, there is still a problem with Vista and Sleep Mode....it rarely works. Fix this!!

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v158.42 Beta on May 15, 2007

NVidia's right on track with their drivers.

ATI isn't impressing with their new releases. I hope that updated drivers will change this. I expected more from ATI.

Recommended video cards:
It depends completely on your needs. One of the really big problem is the Power being consumed. I leave my computer on a lot for non-gaming issues and 160Watts to idle a card (just the card) is insane.

Many people would be very happy with an 8800GTS 320MB. (Get 640MB if running 1600x1200 or higher). There's a Thermalright HR-03 passive solution that impresses. It can take a 92mm fan, but I saw a 120mm solution. If you like modding this is great.

The 8800GTX is faster, but consumes more energy.

On the other hand, the 8600GTS is an incredible card for the casual gamer who wants to create a Home Theater PC. In fact, the Video portion of the card is NEWER. Consider getting the Gigabyte passively cooled card.

I had hoped that the new generation of video cards would be designed to throttle down to some incredibly low state. ALAS!

I'm personally torn between the 8800GTS and the 8600GTS. I'm using a 6600GTS and there's still a lot of games I can play. There's likely to be plenty of DX10 games that will run fine on a 8600GTS. There are lots of DX9 games as well, but then Oblivion looked so good and you really need at least an 8800GTS to do it justice.. Just know exactly what you want the card for and don't end up playing demanding games at low frame rates because you got the lower card.

Question: Will a DX10 game run at higher frame rates than a similar DX9 game? (perhaps justifying an 8600GTS?)

*Note that a regulard DVD player consumes roughly 12Watts of power. A new computer will consume up to 20X that just to watch a movie. I'm thinking about holding out for a combo HD-DVD/BluRay instead of going the Home Theater PC route.

**Nvidia, let's see high-end gaming cards that can idle as low as 10 Watts! (It's not that hard..)

olz

olz reviewed v158.42 Beta on May 15, 2007

How to understand this from nvidia site?

Add support for NVIDIA SLI on DirectX 10

NVIDIA SLI support
DirectX 9 support for 6/7/8 series GPUs
DirectX 10 support for 8800 series GPUs
OpenGL support for 6/7/8 series GPUs

only 8 series cards can handle dx 10 if i remeber correctly

or are the saying that lower end 8 series cards works with dx 10 sli but 8800 not.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v158.42 Beta on May 15, 2007

Frank, these are only for the 8800 series.

Wildharp

Wildharp reviewed v158.24 Beta on May 6, 2007

I tend to follow the view don't fix what ain't broke, then wmp11 told me display drivers failed. Downloaded this driver for Vista HP 32b on a Geforce 6200 and so far so good.

thezelda

thezelda reviewed v158.22 on May 3, 2007

NVIDIA vista drivers really suck compared to XP. Im furious with Nvidia. I have Vista and an 8800GTX, and the games look crappier.

SHAME on NVDA for not cleaning up this COMPLETE MESS!

Frank Holman

Frank Holman reviewed v158.24 Beta on May 3, 2007

Supported NVIDIA Products

GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 Ultra
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8300 GS
GeForce 7950 GX2
GeForce 7950 GT
GeForce 7900 GTX
GeForce 7900 GT
GeForce 7900 GS
GeForce 7800 GTX 512
GeForce 7800 GTX
GeForce 7800 GT
GeForce 7800 GS
GeForce 7600 GT
GeForce 7600 LE
GeForce 7600 GS
GeForce 7500 LE
GeForce 7350 LE
GeForce 7300 LE
GeForce 7300 GS
GeForce 7300 GT
GeForce 7300 SE
GeForce 7100 GS
GeForce 6800 XT
GeForce 6800 XE
GeForce 6800 Ultra
GeForce 6800 LE
GeForce 6800 GT
GeForce 6800 LE
GeForce 6800 GS
GeForce 6800
GeForce 6700 XL
GeForce 6610 XL
GeForce 6600 VE
GeForce 6600 LE
GeForce 6600 GT
GeForce 6600
GeForce 6500
GeForce 6200SE with TurboCache
GeForce 6200 with TurboCache
GeForce 6200 A?LE
GeForce 6200 LE
GeForce 6200
GeForce 6150SE
GeForce 6150 LE
GeForce 6150
GeForce 6100
GeForce 6100 nForce 400
GeForce 6100 nForce 405
GeForce 6100 nForce 420

Frank Holman

Frank Holman reviewed v158.24 Beta on May 3, 2007

Supported NVIDIA Products

GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 Ultra
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8300 GS
GeForce 7950 GX2
GeForce 7950 GT
GeForce 7900 GTX
GeForce 7900 GT
GeForce 7900 GS
GeForce 7800 GTX 512
GeForce 7800 GTX
GeForce 7800 GT
GeForce 7800 GS
GeForce 7600 GT
GeForce 7600 LE
GeForce 7600 GS
GeForce 7500 LE
GeForce 7350 LE
GeForce 7300 LE
GeForce 7300 GS
GeForce 7300 GT
GeForce 7300 SE
GeForce 7100 GS
GeForce 6800 XT
GeForce 6800 XE
GeForce 6800 Ultra
GeForce 6800 LE
GeForce 6800 GT
GeForce 6800 LE
GeForce 6800 GS
GeForce 6800
GeForce 6700 XL
GeForce 6610 XL
GeForce 6600 VE
GeForce 6600 LE
GeForce 6600 GT
GeForce 6600
GeForce 6500
GeForce 6200SE with TurboCache
GeForce 6200 with TurboCache
GeForce 6200 A?LE
GeForce 6200 LE
GeForce 6200
GeForce 6150SE
GeForce 6150 LE
GeForce 6150
GeForce 6100
GeForce 6100 nForce 400
GeForce 6100 nForce 405
GeForce 6100 nForce 420

Frank Holman

Frank Holman reviewed v158.22 on May 3, 2007

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition

ForceWare Release 158
Version: 158.22
Release Date: May 2, 2007

U.S. English
File Size: 42.1 MB

International
File Size: 76.6 MB

Users without English US operating systems must download and install the International Driver available on our International Sites listed below:

* English UK
* France
* Germany
* India
* Italy
* Poland
* Russia
* Spain

Release Highlights:

* Adds support for GeForce 8800 Ultra.
* Increased performance in 3D applications.
* Numerous game and application compatibility fixes.
* Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 2.1 support.
* Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, and known compatibility issues.

PureVideo™ HD support is currently only available on Microsoft® Windows™ Vista.

Product Support List Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition– 158.22

GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 Ultra

Please note that this driver currently only supports GeForce 8800 series. If you need a driver for other NVIDIA GPUs, please visit www.nvidia.com/drivers and select the driver for your product.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp64_158.22.html

Frank Holman

Frank Holman reviewed v158.22 on May 3, 2007

Product Support List Windows XP 32-bit – 158.22

GeForce 8300 GS
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 Ultra

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed v158.22 on May 2, 2007

Sooooooo, it's been nearly half a year now since we've seen a driver release from nVidia for anything but the 8-series chipsets or just for Vista.

That's unacceptable.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v158.24 Beta on May 2, 2007

It would be great--I don't know, it's 2007 after all-- that after driver upgrades the settings and preferences for multiple displays is preserved. ATI is just as guilty about this.

tickleonthetum

tickleonthetum reviewed v158.22 on May 2, 2007

WARNING: These drivers are only for the Series 8 cards:
GeForce 8300 GS
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTX

Do not try to use them on previous models!

terminalx

terminalx reviewed v158.24 Beta on May 2, 2007

nevermind

Frank Holman

Frank Holman reviewed v158.19 Beta on Apr 19, 2007

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp64_158.19.html

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition

ForceWare Release 158
Version: 158.19
Release Date: April 17, 2007
Beta Driver

Release Highlights:

* Updated April 18, 2007: Added NVIDIA SLI profile for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
* Adds support for GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, and GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8400 GS, and GeForce 8300 GS GPUs.
* Increased performance in 3D applications.
* Numerous game and application compatibility fixes.
* Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 2.1 support.
* Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, and known compatibility issues.

PureVideo™ HD support is currently only available on Microsoft® Windows™ Vista.

Product Support List Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition– 158.19

GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTX

Please note that this driver currently only supports GeForce 8800 series. If you need a driver for other NVIDIA GPUs, please visit www.nvidia.com/drivers and select the driver for your product.

Frank Holman

Frank Holman reviewed v158.19 Beta on Apr 19, 2007

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_158.19.html

ForceWare Release 158
Version: 158.19
Release Date: April 17, 2007
Beta Driver

Release Highlights:

* Updated April 18, 2007: Added NVIDIA SLI profile for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
* Adds support for GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, and GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8400 GS, and GeForce 8300 GS GPUs.
* Increased performance in 3D applications.
* Numerous game and application compatibility fixes.
* Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 2.1 support.
* Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, and known compatibility issues.

PureVideo™ HD support is currently only available on Microsoft® Windows™ Vista

Product Support List Windows XP 32-bit – 158.19

GeForce 8300 GS
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GTX

hugh750

hugh750 reviewed v158.18 on Apr 18, 2007

I downloaded the latest nvidia drivers today and so far i'm getting good performance with my geforce 6200 on vista home premium.

minklein

minklein reviewed v158.19 Beta on Apr 18, 2007

If you are running a 8800 series card this driver appears to work exceptionally well. I gained about 500 in 3dmark06 over the 97.94 drivers (8800 GTX, XP32). The 158's have played everything I have tried, Stalker, GRAW, RB6, what ever. I like'em.

Jegar48

Jegar48 reviewed v158.19 Beta on Apr 18, 2007

This note is on the nVidia primary download site:

"Please note that this driver currently only supports GeForce 8800 series. If you need a driver for other NVIDIA GPUs, please visit www.nvidia.com/drivers and select the driver for your product."

The link that BetaNews provided to find cards that are supported includes cards are not supported by these drivers, if you don't have an 8800 series card, don't bother with this. It wont install. BetaNews should research things before they post them and get the proper info out.

computershack

computershack reviewed v158.18 on Apr 17, 2007

BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH in Battlefield 2 after about 1 hr play. First nVidia driver that's done this. If this is a supposed improvement with them throwing resources at it, god help us.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v158.18 on Apr 17, 2007

Got an error when uninstalling the old drivers, but the new ones installed fine, and fixed my multi-monitor setup.

BB88

BB88 reviewed v101.41 on Mar 5, 2007

What a feature:
DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800
GPUs will be available in a future driver

however, Nvidia you gotta continue support with the XP drivers!

amweiss157

amweiss157 reviewed v101.41 on Mar 5, 2007

Many features that were bugged in 100.65 are now working, no apparent change in performance. GREAT beta release!

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v101.41 on Mar 5, 2007

I have had nothing but problems with this release (101.41), and there are dozens of threads of people out there expressing great frustration with these drivers.

I am not here to Vista-bash or NVidia-bash -- I knew when I bought Vista that I would be suffering from early-adopter-itis for a while. That said, it's a bit disappointing that it is taking NVidia so long to put out a driver that is even remotely functional (in other words, with functioning SLI support) for the new OS.

Just glad I am able to dual-boot into XP for my gaming....

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v101.41 on Mar 5, 2007

I have had nothing but problems with this release (101.41), and there are dozens of threads of people out there expressing great frustration with these drivers.

I am not here to Vista-bash or NVidia-bash -- I knew when I bought Vista that I would be suffering from early-adopter-itis for a while. That said, it's a bit disappointing that it is taking NVidia so long to put out a driver that is even remotely functional (in other words, with functioning SLI support) for the new OS.

Just glad I am able to dual-boot into XP for my gaming....

teranova52

teranova52 reviewed v93.81 on Feb 21, 2007

This driver is out for two MONTHS now !! its not NEW

xpose

xpose reviewed v100.65 on Feb 20, 2007

http://www.nvidia.com/ob...invista_x86_100.65.html

link to the driver page

sjc001

sjc001 reviewed v100.65 on Feb 20, 2007

The link above which says to go to get a full list of supported cards is for version 81.98 for XP.

dolcesculacciare

dolcesculacciare reviewed v100.65 on Feb 20, 2007

Watch it here folks... these drivers are only for a select group of nvidia based cards 8800, 7, and 6 series GPUS... WHQL doesn't mean much and there's limited functionality of the control panel... for a good discussion of these and other nvidia driver releases, try this site: http://forums.guru3d.com/forumdisplay.php?f=21

enusbaum

enusbaum reviewed v100.65 on Feb 20, 2007

FINALLY WHQL certified for Vista!

ballyhairs

ballyhairs reviewed v100.64 Beta on Feb 14, 2007

I HATE the new control panel and how slow and sluggish, this was my first and last nvidia video card I will ever have, I'm switching to ATI.

smarterthanyou

smarterthanyou reviewed v100.64 Beta on Feb 14, 2007

Quote from nVidia's website:

"Maintenance

The page you have requested is currently undergoing maintenance and will be available again by December 30th at 6:00 PM PST."

Guess people won't be getting these drivers for a very long time. LOL

guti

guti reviewed v97.46 on Jan 9, 2007

Althought advertised as compatible with FX 5200, they are not valid for it.

You need to mod the inf files to support it.

rseiler

rseiler reviewed v97.46 on Jan 9, 2007

You mean here:
http://www.nvidia.com/ob...winvista_x86_97.46.html

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v97.46 on Jan 9, 2007

Noninternational drivers won't install on your *English* Windows Vista if your locale is set to any language other than English.

Also I much dislike the new Control Panel which reminds me the awful Catalyst Control Center from ATI. At least nVidia's control panel doesn't require .Net to run.

DataBitz

DataBitz reviewed v96.85 Official on Dec 21, 2006

Latest version are now available from NVidia. Version 97.46 5 Jan 07.
http://www.nvidia.com/ob...winvista_x86_97.46.html
Submited to the FileForum a few days ago but have not shown up yet.

pawbearr

pawbearr reviewed v97.44 Official on Dec 12, 2006

ok so now im covinced that the problems im having are with the drivers. with these new drivers (97.44) i can now add madden 07 to my list of games that does not work correctly. however this time there are some twist. if i use my 19 monitor madden works fine, and if you remember from my last review battlefield 2142 even works sometimes with some crashes, but if i try to use my main monitor (OLEVIA 26" widescreen hd) madden gets green lines battlefield gets a blue screen. the only games that work are the games that support 1280x720 res everything else has a problem unless i use the only WHQL certified drivers my cards have (BFG 8800 GTX) which are the 96.98 drivers now madden works fine on both monitors, but still no battlefield. and to think i bought 2 of these cards its pretty funny that if i use my 7900gt's i have none of these problems in fact ive never had a problem with the 7900s or the 7800s so what is the deal i thought these new 8800s gtx was supposed to be the top of the line. if so how about some certified drivers that support all res and any monitor so that i can play the games i love to play. as for right now the best drivers out for the 8800s is the 96.98 drivers and if you have a new alienware comp your lucky they come with these drivers if not find these drivers. and if i want to play battlefield or FEAR i guess i still have to use my 7900s. please nvidia get your crap together these cards are worthless without good drivers.

lhdal

lhdal reviewed v97.02 Official on Dec 9, 2006

This is wrong listing. Nvidia says this one is Media Center edition.

As of 2nd November, the latest generic drivers are:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_93.71.html

pawbearr

pawbearr reviewed v97.02 Official on Dec 7, 2006

im running the BFG 8800GTX'S SLI, and so far i seem to be having trouble with all of the drivers. some games work fine and others like battlefield 2142, battlefield 2 , F.E.A.R,and F.E.A.R EP just dont work at all i just get sound with a blue screen. and theses drivers seem to be the worst battlefield just crashes with these drivers. at least i can still play company of heroes and call of duty 2. new drivers please. in the meantime i have to use my BFG 7900's SLI. hmm what are supposed to be the better cards again i forget:(

x-ray

x-ray reviewed v97.02 Official on Dec 3, 2006

Just bouth a N76900 GS to find outh there is no playback support in drivers, IOMFG........ ,,|,,

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v96.85 Official on Nov 21, 2006

An official beta is tagged because often 3rd parties will modify Nvidia's beta drivers, and redistribute themselves. This allows people that want to test Nvidia's officially released betas as opposed to some podunk coder who thinks he knows what he is doing, but inadvertently screws up a system.

marty

marty reviewed v96.85 Official on Nov 20, 2006

1) What does an "official" beta mean.

2) The drivers I downloaded would NOT work with RC2 - said it wasn't Vista. I'm downloading the XP x64 drivers but I doubt I'll use them

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v96.85 Official on Nov 20, 2006

This is for Vista RC2 only.

I tested this and the Frames Per Second averages about 80% of running on Windows XP. It varies quite a lot depending on the graphics functions being used.

I expect that by the end of the Jan 2007 release gaming functionality should be close to 100% of XP and DirectX10 for the new DX10 cards should have full support.

x86 and x64 (x86 is 32-bit) releases of Vista are on the same DVD. Do NOT install the 64-bit yet. I would wait until at least 2008 and even then full compatibility with some software and hardware may never be there.

I gave this a rating of 4 because it runs about 80% but is completely stable.

faja

faja reviewed v96.85 Official on Nov 20, 2006

Why even bother posting this today? They date back to October.

hondaman

hondaman reviewed v97.02 Official on Nov 10, 2006

Buying a 650.00 8800gtx and not having drivers that work well is pretty messed up.

Nvidia, please make drivers for Windows 64. Now?

yanike

yanike reviewed v97.02 Official on Nov 10, 2006

Excellent :)

Fixed my video problem :)

bourgeoisdude

bourgeoisdude reviewed v97.02 Official on Nov 10, 2006

As many have pointed out, these drivers are for Windows XP/2000 and certified only for the Geforce 8800 series. NVIDIA's page clearly makes this distinction, it is only Fileforum that confuses it, not nvidia.

benyahuda

benyahuda reviewed v97.02 Official on Nov 10, 2006

Sorry InSuboRdiNaTioN, I at first went by a review I read in extremetech. Gave the driver a good mark then went to install it to see how well it actually worked, NOT.

I probably should not rate something based on my past experience and what I've read elsewhere. Usually when this happens I get to come back and upgrade my rating after giving something a good try. This time I was dead wrong. At least here at BetaNews we can edit our reviews.

These drivers are for the new 8800 series. Not for the 6800 series anyway. I knocked them a point for mis-stating the GPU's this driver supports.

This is common for nVidia though. Say it's for all when it's not. I think they need to start looking at what they are doing when they post a driver release. They are quite often way off in the descriptions. This is not the first time.

I want an 8800 card too. But I think I'll wait a few months though.

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v97.02 Official on Nov 10, 2006

Does this fix the 'stuttering ground' problem in Company of Heroes on 7950 Sli systems?

Ah...clearly it does not, as it only supports 8800 series cards (at least out of the box without a modded .inf file).

/me wants a 8800 GTX....

InSuboRdiNaTioN

InSuboRdiNaTioN reviewed v97.02 Official on Nov 10, 2006

These are only for the 8800. You can find modded .infs elsewhere.

benyahuda above is incorrect. They do not support the full range, as they don't work on my 7900.

Cris3

Cris3 reviewed v93.71 Official on Nov 3, 2006

This driver had a positive impact on my system. It fixed the color banding problem on the flat panel screen. I also get truer colors online. The purplish/salmony color problem cleared up.

I never really expect to get much of a boost from a driver update, but i must confess that this one has some kick to it.

The nvidia control panel is a must have for fine adjustments and quick resolution changes.

jk-

jk- reviewed v93.71 Official on Nov 2, 2006

Why would they stop supporting Geforce2 GTS and continue supporting Geforce2 MX when the MX was more of the "value model" whereas the GTS was the "power model"?

some guy

some guy reviewed v93.71 Official on Nov 2, 2006

worked for me and I'm glad they put the time in with a new driver update every month or less.
never will buy a ATI card, for gamming.

meinhart

meinhart reviewed v93.71 Official on Nov 2, 2006

Drivers pulled from nVidia's FTP site (at least for Media Center). Latest is now 91.47. For "regular" Windows, the latest FTP folder is 96.85. Download link is on the nVidia home page, but you get the "Page cannot be displayed" error when you accept the license agreement.

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v93.71 Official on Nov 2, 2006

pscowan: The pack includes drivers for MANY MANY nVidia cards. It also includes the nVidia control panel and the tray app. Thus the large size.

Users of series 6 cards beware, I have had problems with drivers from this range. Recommend sticking with 8x.xx drivers and waiting for 96.xx drivers (the ones for Vista seem to solve the problems I had, so I'll wait for a build of the branch for XP).

pscowan

pscowan reviewed v93.71 Official on Nov 2, 2006

great driver, working well so far, but does anyone else think 40mb for a DRIVER a bit big? lol

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v92.91 Official Beta on Sep 14, 2006

No notable prob's, so a "5"

SpiriTal:

You should set the screen resolution to the best for viewing and the refresh rate should be the highest the monitor can handle. (CRT's typically use 1280x1024 @ 85Hz, and LCD's tend to 60Hz)

You should use monitor drivers to ensure you don't accidentally pick too high a refresh rate and damage your monitor.

With regards to gaming. Your chosen desktop resolution and overall refresh rate have nothing to do with gaming performance. It's completely independent. If you need higher Frames Per Second, you must alter video settings IN GAME. If you choose 1280x1024 and 16-bit in the game it does not care that you have 1152x864 and 24-bit on your desktop.

I don't know what kind of system you have, but I urge you to look for games that you can run close to maximum quality even if they are older games. Don't get a newer game and try to tweak settings just to get the minimum FPS as you'll be disappointed.

NVidia has some really good deals on video cards, but having said that Console gaming may be the way to go, especially the Play Station 3 or XBox 360 2nd version when they come out depending on how you use your PC. Just a new CPU and video card can easily cost the same as a new console gaming system.

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v96.33 Official Beta on Sep 14, 2006

Doesn't support console fullscreen. WTF?

ZSAVAGE1

ZSAVAGE1 reviewed v91.47 WHQL Final on Sep 8, 2006

Hello all

First off my sys setup
AMD 3800+ dual core on an ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe
2-Evga 7800-GTX KOs SLI, 8-Western Digital 200gb SATA II's setup on Dual Raid 1+0, 4-gb's of OCZ platinum EL 7oowatt OCZ GammerXtreme PSU, Thermaltake bigwater cooling system, 2-Liteon DVD-CD burnners, IO magic 5.1 surround headphones
and all the latest drivers and directX and the latest release of Directx And Windows XP PRO with SP1
-------------------------------------------------
Installed latest Nvidia drivers at the time was 91.31 Then I ran a test with Aquamark3d and the score was 97,532 then off to install(SP2)Service pack 2 now some trouble starts, Game crashes start happening and artifacts show up so I checked for heat problems and there were none so I went and ran Aquamark3d again and my performance took another hit 95,956,...(ALSO I LEFT THE DRIVERS INSTALL FOR NVIDIA TO STOCK SETTINGS THE CPU IS RUNNING STOCK AS I DON"T NEED TO OVERCLOCK IT) So now I install the 91.47's and ran yet another test with Aquamark3d and took another drop to 95,603 with SP2 and the 91.47's so I am gonna go back to SP1 and the older drivers for now and I will run some more tests and post back when I find the ...Or should say If I find the problem,
Normaly I don;t have any problems with the Nvidia drivers other than sometimes alittle drop in frame rate and thats far and few in between, I realy think the problem I am having is with a combo of ASUS and service pack 2, for my motherboard ther has not been an update for the bios in along time so now I have got another board to install and try the DFI LANPARTY NF4 SLI DR man it is a nice looking board with all the UV reactive parts on it, so I will post back in a few days and will try this new mobo with SP1 , I don't think I will be putting back in SP2 because this is not the first time I have had problems with SP2, Peace all and happy computering

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computershack

computershack reviewed v96.33 Official Beta on Sep 5, 2006

Works OK but it has issues in Battlefield 2 with textures as soon as you turn on AA.

davygiven

davygiven reviewed v96.33 Official Beta on Sep 5, 2006

Took a while to install, but everything seems grand.

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v96.33 Official Beta on Sep 5, 2006

Edit re new 96.85 drivers for RC2

I've had problems with the x64 Vista RC2 drivers (96.85) causing random crashes - have gone back to the drivers supplied with Vista RC2 and all okay again now.

SpiritaL

SpiritaL reviewed v91.47 WHQL Final on Sep 4, 2006

Hi there, could anyone tell me pls, is there a way to set fixed refresh rate for any color quality(16/32 bits) and resolution? Just to be able to play games at maximum refresh rates!

Thanks.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v91.47 WHQL Final on Sep 4, 2006

Why doesn't betanews ever post Intel's drivers?

dougau

dougau reviewed v91.47 WHQL Final on Sep 4, 2006

I agree with the artist

The new control panel sucks!! Fortunately you can still use the old one if you choose. The drivers themselves gave me a slightly better 3dMark 06 result over v91.45 on a 7600 GT. Also gone is the SLI not enabled message bug at boot up.

the artist

the artist reviewed v91.47 WHQL Final on Sep 4, 2006

@photonboy; i'm totally with you. people, let's keep this forum serious please.

i realle like these drivers except for the new control panel which i think is redundant, confusing, inefficient and terribly badly designed. but hell, switch to classic & keep in mind that the drivers 'emselves rock.

abraxisr

abraxisr reviewed v91.47 WHQL Final on Sep 4, 2006

doesnt have nvidia controle panel working

sorry after several installs uninstalls i did it properly

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v91.45 Official Beta on Aug 10, 2006

Let me clear up some confusion:
1) go to www.nvidia.com and type in 91.45 to search and you'll get here http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_91.45.html

2) very few people need these. With the exception of Quad installations there's a fix for a 7900GTX in SLI mode and a Quadro FX 1500 fix

3) There are NO enhancements for PureVideo in 91.45. They list this on every page that you can download a new version from.

*Always read the Release Notes! If your card isn't mentioned at all or if it's for a fix you know you don't need don't bother.

Also, I'm seeing some ridiculously low scores for silly reasons. For example, someone couldn't find the drivers at the NVidia site so they gave it a really low score. Come on, NVidia didn't link you there did they? They're getting ready to release and someone else linked you. Another silly score is a 2/5 and there's not one bad thing said about the drivers!!! Come on, people.

Let's rate software for how well it performs and for no other reason. In fact, I can't directly comment on 91.45's main improvements as I don't even have a Quad installation. I just wanted to clear up some points and also to say NVidia's very, very good at providing support.

(it will be interesting to see what happens now that AMD bought out ATI... )

fatray

fatray reviewed v91.45 Official Beta on Aug 9, 2006

Adds support for Quad NVIDIA SLI™ Technology on GeForce 7950 GX2 GPUs. Enhances Pure Video also.

It's on Nvidia's web site, type in 91.45 in the search box.

Mitsuko Aninikkou

Mitsuko Aninikkou reviewed v91.45 Official Beta on Aug 9, 2006

You can get a set with the inf modified to support all cards at www.tweaksrus.com

As for the driver itself, first reports seem to be of good performance and IQ. (image quality)

Edit: even better, people seem to like these so much that they modded them very quickly; have personally been using the modded drivers for ages, and I love them.

datdeejay

datdeejay reviewed v91.45 Official Beta on Aug 9, 2006

nothing really new . This driver only gives more support for the newer Geforce 7000 series graphics cards. If you're satisfied with the current 91 drivers I would recomment you staying with it.

Ramhound

Ramhound reviewed v91.45 Official Beta on Aug 9, 2006

The link in the article is for a very old version.

Infact this product is NOT on the NVIDIA website, I cannot find any mention of it in any of the normal places.

smarterthanyou

smarterthanyou reviewed v91.45 Official Beta on Aug 9, 2006

According to nVidia's release notes for driver version 91.45 Beta this driver only supports the nVidia 7950 GX2 PCI-e GPU.

Forceware versions 91.31 and 91.33 Beta both broke DVD playback with any decoder that uses nVidia PureVideo, including nVidia's own decoder. I've tried using two different computers and three different nVidia-based graphics adapters all of which I was unable to play DVD's. I don't see any bug fixes listed in Forceware 91.45's release notes that would make DVD playback work again.

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v91.45 Official Beta on Aug 9, 2006

Luckily you can revert back to the "classic" control panel simply by accessing it the same way you normally do (Display Control Panel, Settings, Advanced, GeForce). More options, including USEFUL options, are available in there.

studio308

studio308 reviewed v88.61 Official Beta on Jul 24, 2006

GeForce 4800 working very nice with Vista!
But Windows drivers is s***!
Very stupid step!!!

Benny_a

Benny_a reviewed v91.33 Official Beta on Jul 3, 2006

These r for 32bit, not x64, please fix the name

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v91.33 Official Beta on Jul 1, 2006

Indeed, the new control panel is hideous. Thankfully, in their wisdom [a complete shock, actually], they added a setting to view the panel the OLD way.

chinch

chinch reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jul 1, 2006

i really hate the new control panel introduced in this version. they tried to make it more user-friendly and IMO only made it a huge headache to get anything done.

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v91.33 Official Beta on Jul 1, 2006

- mainly "Adds support for GeForce 7950 GX2."

I haven't seen any real problems with NVidia drivers in a long time.

You should ALWAYS go to the NVidia site for the video driver you are downloading and read the Release Notes. You can search the article by putting in your video card into the search ie "6600gt." The older cards are less likely to have changes.

I haven't really seen any problem with updating to the latest release if your card is a supported NVidia card whether there's a new change or not. Remember to disable Antivirus as I guess sometimes it can interfere (although in practice I've never seen this).

davygiven

davygiven reviewed v91.33 Official Beta on Jul 1, 2006

Erm try finding out what 64bit means dude. These are neither WHQL or listed on the nVidia beta website at the time of writing.

But the download link connects to the 32bit version anyway. Sort it out Betanews.

aredo

aredo reviewed v91.33 Official Beta on Jul 1, 2006

The new Microsoft demanded Nvidia Control Panel is just awful and many settings just can't be found, also the system registry entries have changed and I am still looking for where they placed many settings now..

Other than that, the drivers are WHQL and not beta at all, they are Official and downloadable off of Nvidia website page link.

If you have a card with PureVideo and you got PowerDVD or WinDVD latest versions, then you need these drivers, filter algorithms loaded on PureVideo embedded DSP unit have been improved a lot over previous releases.

ZenWarrior

ZenWarrior reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 27, 2006

+2 for a "dumbed-down" control panel that more people might actually use -- but isn't as intuitive as they might have hoped. -1 for breaking my only computer game.

Canuckistani

Canuckistani reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 26, 2006

The control panel is laggy but, it is not something used often. The "Improved compatibility with third party MPEG-2 decoders" is indeed improved, especially for transport streams and that is very welcome.

unger71

unger71 reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 26, 2006

try to download this from nvidia. It's under beta and driver archive(funny).I play command and conquer generals (old game). I can't play with 91.31 , your hardware is not compatible it say's. no problems with 84.21.geforce 6800, 2GB ram.450W. Nforce4.newest driver and firmware

ballyhairs

ballyhairs reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 25, 2006

Well...
When I click right mouse on desktop, it takes like 4 seconds to show menu, and when I change something in the new control panel it starts blinking around for at least 10 seconds before it stops with the new settings, I don't like this release at all, its big and it gets stuck all the time when you work with settings.

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 25, 2006

I can't rate less than a 5 because I don't have any issues I'm aware of and my benchmarks are the same.

Keep in mind, that most updates are for newer cards that my 6600GT. If you have an issue, go to the site and read the RELEASE NOTES. If your cards specific issues isn't listed then you may not need to update. (in all fairness, I'm lazy and just uninstall and reinstall the latest release every time.)

Whys is this file so large? The English version is 21MB and the International version is 29.8MB. Use the posted nVidia driver page link. (I can't even find a 41MB file here!)

eviljolly

eviljolly reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 24, 2006

@fatray

I did use it for a while, and it did NOT grow on me.

These drivers still get a 4 because their performance is good. Not necessarily better than previous versions, but definitely not worse. You can use the classic control panel, so it's not really a problem. I like these much better than ATI 's drivers. And btw, 91.28 also had this same control panel.

Pixelsmack

Pixelsmack reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 24, 2006

Be warned about the following:

-Tends not to keep (remember) all settings selected when using the ADVANCED MODE for 3D settings.

-Making per application settings that are different from main settings are often lost and also cause main settings to be changed at random.

-The color correction (adjustment) tool area is buggy. Preview images do not always appear and adjustments are not seen in some cases when adjusting. Difficult to associate custom settings with other applications when needed.

-Does not work with Cool Bits (not a big deal but none-the-less)

Myself and many others have experienced these bugs. Shame on nVIDIA for releasing and once again Microsoft proves how utterly worthless the WHQL stamp is.

fatray

fatray reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 24, 2006

The control panel sucks only because your not used to it. If you mess with it for a while it grows on you. The control panel merges with nTune making one control panel for both motherboard and video card. I really like the merge.
If you don't like the new CP just click the option to use the classic CP.

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 24, 2006

Back to the older drivers for me that were working just fine anyway. These drivers are great but...

I don't like the new control panel. It looks more modern but I can't get on with it. It's too hard to find settings you want to change. I've tried it out before on a beta version too. The old control panel, while not too pretty, did work and was easier to navigate around.

Another redesign soon prehaps nVIDIA? Just don't go the way of ATIs Catalyst control panel. That's worse than this new control panel!

Spectre_I

Spectre_I reviewed v91.31 WHQL Final on Jun 24, 2006

Driver itself seems OK, however this new CP is terrible. Very counter intuitive. Things are hard to find, and navigation is abysmal (lots of "back - home - paging)

It wouldn't even display some options until I found a "nopages.reg" file in nVidia's KB to correct the problem.

Display optimization will not work at all. It tells me my "monitors are in clone mode". I have only one monitor and it is configured correctly.

Tray Icon can not be disabled. If I select view > uncheck tray icon, it reappears after CP is closed.

Tray Icon displays an error stating that SLI Multi-GPU rendering is disabled every time the system is booted. This is a non-SLI machine. nVidia KB states "This notification error will be removed in future reference driver releases"

Seems quite buggy to me; More like a beta than an official final.

TC17

TC17 reviewed v91.31 Official Beta on Jun 14, 2006

This has to be the worst designed control panel I have ever seen in a video card driver. Like some others here, I too HATE it. Its just awful.

twanj

twanj reviewed v91.28 Official Beta on Jun 5, 2006

For GetRight 6 users, here's a metalink (http://www.metalinker.org/)

http://www.metalinker.or...2k_english.exe.metalink

Don Juan

Don Juan reviewed v91.28 Official Beta on Jun 2, 2006

New control panel is kind of weird, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is counterintuitive. It is a little bit buggy though. After going through the quick start config, it didn't make any changes, had to launch it manually and do it again.

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v91.28 Official Beta on May 24, 2006

I'm not having any issues, so I can't give this less than 5.

However, after installing the drivers I read the release notes (at the site) and noticed that not one change for a non-SLI 6600 GT was mentioned. If you aren't having problems then don't install. If you are and your problem isn't mentioned, well who knows? Install on the off chance that your problem will be fixed.
Try reading the Release Notes. They mention a lot of errors including non-nVidia errors.

forgie

forgie reviewed v88.61 Official Beta on May 24, 2006

Just installed Beta 2 and tried to install these drivers for my GF4 ti4600 but was given an error that no drivers could be found for my device.

ajsaragosa1979

ajsaragosa1979 reviewed v88.61 Official Beta on May 24, 2006

Just to dispell some misconseptions going on here, The Geforce 4 is compatable with Vista, You can use internal drivers, or the latest XP Drivers, The Geforce 4 is just not compatable with GLASS.

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v88.61 Official Beta on May 24, 2006

geforce4?! can you even play PONG on a geforce4?!

http://www.xnet.se/javaTest/jPong/jPong.html

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v91.28 Official Beta on May 23, 2006

I don't like the new control panel AT ALL. Very unintuitive and missing many of the options available on the old version. Fortunately, there is a way to use the old control panel by default.

Otherwise, these drivers seem to work fine on my rig.

the artist

the artist reviewed v87.45 Alpha on May 5, 2006

shame on myself for this commentary but...
if vista doesn't support geforce4, take the opportunity to get a new card man. how can you still have that oldie? does it run any video game yet?
the cheapest gf 6 is barely over a hundred buckies, and is huge leap.
take this commentary mercifully, don't wanna piss you off ;)

ArabianNight

ArabianNight reviewed v84.43 Official Beta on Apr 13, 2006

When are they going to release one that works PROPERLY with The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion???? I have a GREAT system, with proper setups, clean install, and no overclocking, I have a 256 mb video card, proper driver installation, and yet I recieve like 3 - 7 fps???? FIX IT!!!

P.S. im running on the LOWEST graphic settings possible with a low resolution!!

Broken Haiku

Broken Haiku reviewed v84.43 Official Beta on Apr 13, 2006

Either I had a bad install or there are some significant problems with this version of the driver. Anisomorphic filtering looked really bad with lots of banding in WoW, and changing from clone to single display resulted in odd resolutions that the screen didn't adapt itself to.

bourgeoisdude

bourgeoisdude reviewed v84.43 Official Beta on Apr 13, 2006

The ONLY difference between this and the last beta, according to the .pdf file from nvidia, is that this one adds sli support for tomb raider: Legends. That's it.

No need to go from official to beta over that unless you specifically use SLI and play that game (the game itself is not released yet either)

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed v84.25 Official Beta on Mar 22, 2006

Release notes:

# General compatibility fixes
# Adds support for GeForce 7900 GTX, GeForce 7900 GT, and GeForce 7600 GT.
# New NVIDIA PureVideo features and enhancements. Please visit the NVIDIA PureVideo website for more information on PureVideo technology and system requirements.

* Support for high definition H.264 hardware decode acceleration on GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs.
* Support for high definition MPEG-2 inverse telecine.
* Support for high definition MPEG-2 spatial temporal de-interlacing.

# Adds mixed vendor support for NVIDIA SLI.
# TV-Out/HD-out support for NVIDIA SLI.
# Added support for VSync on Direct3D games when running NVIDIA SLI.

burfadel

burfadel reviewed v84.21 Official on Mar 20, 2006

A very good driver, however so much for Nvidia releasing 54 bit drivers alongside 32 bit drivers. Their driver support lacks and is no where near what they claim. For example I use a Nforce 4 chipset, and a friend has a Nforce 3 chipset. There has not been a driver for Nforce 3 for a very long time, either 32 ore 64 bit. Same goes for Nforce 4. Now its not as if the drivers aren't unified, I always download the latest available, and modify the inf. So thus, I am now using the business platform drivers for Network and IDE (64 bit). The driver does have an IDE driver as well as SATA, despite what they say (7.11). Its also the first time I've had excellent network speed (and not slow down the computer response wise when there is heavy download traffic from the computer). Driver version 53.0.8.0.

Anyways its starting to get a little ridiculous and I'm not happy that a 64 bit version isn't available yet despite their claims of concurrent releases.

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v84.21 Official on Mar 18, 2006

Sorry for the extra post. My earlier one should have been overwritten.

Always read the changes. Don't bother with Beta unless you absolutely need to.

reg: SLI and the issue of not adding VRAM together:
**In all fairness to Nvidia, this information was available. Unfortunately, I made an assumption and the couple reviews that I read didn't talk about the problem with not combining the video ram. However, I must admit, Half-Life 2 is able to play at almost the top settings on my 6600GT 128MB Gigabyte video card. It may not be SLI, but I've had no complaints with the drivers or this card. I would have spent a little more maybe for 256MB of RAM but I decided to just play games that run great on the card I have. And there are PLENTY!!

Broken Haiku

Broken Haiku reviewed v84.21 Official on Mar 17, 2006

84.12, 84.20 and 84.21 all gave me intermittent bluescreens with WoW, so I had to roll back to an earlier version.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v84.21 Official on Mar 17, 2006

Did you not read a single review of SLI? It's not for the masses. It's best when you want the top performance, and that comes at a dramatic price. A single card will always give you better bang/buck.

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v84.20 Official Beta on Mar 15, 2006

Always read the changes. Don't bother with Beta unless you absolutely need to.

An aside. I'm disappointed with SLI. I had assumed that two 128MB video cards would essentially make one 256MB video card. I was wrong. It "clones" your memory to speed up access but you do not get more memory so if you need it you're out of luck. On many newer games 128MB is no longer enough memory.

It turns out that it is best to spend your money on one video card. SLI is mainly hype. I'd thought to buy one 128MB card then expand when the prices dropped. What I discovered is that because of the RAM issue I mentioned, you might as well junk the card and buy a new one with much more RAM.

The only reason to invest in SLI is if you want to get two of the best card available. So if you have almost $2000 for video cards then SLI makes sense.

Orbitration

Orbitration reviewed v84.20 Official Beta on Mar 13, 2006

These actually improved the gameplay in UT2004 and Battlefield 1942 on my aging Ti4200.
Smoother frame rate that's obvious to me.

(using this old card with a AMD64 3400 Socket754)

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v84.20 Official Beta on Mar 11, 2006

Awesome stuff! Haven't checked it out in some of the games that apparently had issues, but I can already see improved image quality over my older drivers. For a while nVidia beta drivers were filled with tons of bugs/problems, but these last few seem to be totally stable and issue free on my system.

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v84.12 Official Beta on Mar 4, 2006

Great drivers! :)

WMV HD Video is looking amazing with them and the new PureVideo 1.02-196 Decoder. :D

*Make sure you remove the old drivers before installing though because you will encounter problems other wise.

Don Juan

Don Juan reviewed v84.12 Official Beta on Mar 3, 2006

If you're having upgrade problems, use driver cleaner to remove all the driver components and eliminate conflicts. www.drivercleaner.net

some guy

some guy reviewed v84.12 Official Beta on Mar 3, 2006

with all the latest drivers I get a green screen
trying to watch a video on any player. or embed in a webpage
I have to use Iomega driver seems to fix it on my
fx5200
I heard this was a codec issue but I have tryed evrything.

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v84.12 Official Beta on Mar 2, 2006

I hope this will work with the Geforce FX 5700 Personal Cinema card, there hasn't been a release that has worked correctly since version 56.77.

rip_pit

rip_pit reviewed v84.12 Official Beta on Mar 2, 2006

URL for French/International beta drivers download : http://www.nzone.fr/obje..._2k_32bit_84.12_fr.html

stopbuggingme

stopbuggingme reviewed v84.12 Official Beta on Mar 2, 2006

WTF.

I've seen this posted on 4 sites now, but the DLs don't work on any, even NVidias :(

Clements

Clements reviewed v82.12 Offical Beta on Dec 22, 2005

For users of older video cards, I suggest staying with older drivers. As you can see from the changelog, the only improvements are for newer cards such as the 6/7 series. Don't expect any improvement on a GeForce 2.

bourgeoisdude

bourgeoisdude reviewed v82.12 Offical Beta on Dec 22, 2005

lol, Official Beta is almost an oxymoron...

Anyway, unlike most betas, this one fixed many problems I have had with AGP compatability and such, and caused no problems. A beta that FIXES...imagine that.

Oh and in case FileForum doesn't post the correct version, this is for version 82.12 beta.

Polychronopolis

Polychronopolis reviewed v81.98 Official WHQL on Dec 22, 2005

Still causes mouse freeze ups, LCD resyncs, and complete system lockups on my system which is also using a GeForce 440MX w/64mb.

Several other individuals I know are reporting the exact same problem, I so cannot believe that this is a problem with my system config. Since most of my lockups are complete system halts, it's practically impossible to troubleshoot. Thanks nVidia.

Fatray: If you're referring to the age of the GeForce 440 chipset, you're missing the point. The device is listed as a supported product. As such, it should work flawlessly with this device.

fatray

fatray reviewed v81.98 Official WHQL on Dec 21, 2005

Yea this doesn't work with my 4MB Diamond Monster 3D 3dfx Voodoo Accelerator, what gives? LOL

Works perfect with my 7800GT.

kazoom

kazoom reviewed v81.98 Official WHQL on Dec 21, 2005

This actually fixed all the problems i had with last version...so i am happy.
Make sure you uninstall past version before installing this new version!!!

Astroceltikov

Astroceltikov reviewed v81.98 Official WHQL on Dec 21, 2005

I second that; it doesnt detect my 64 MB GeForce2. The last new driver that worked for my card was also 7.189. I guess nVidia thinks it is time we upgraded our cards.

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v81.98 Official WHQL on Dec 21, 2005

My mouse continues to freeze on my desktop with any and all 80.00 series drivers....

GeneralLeoFF

GeneralLeoFF reviewed v81.98 Official WHQL on Dec 21, 2005

Refuses to detect my Xtacy GF2 Ti. New drivers have not supported it after 71.89.

some guy

some guy reviewed v81.95 Official on Dec 13, 2005

I still get a green screen on windows media player or media classic player or anyother media aplication ,
odd only does it some times watch a movie clip then in the movie it just turns green, and I can't see the clip ,only does it if the movie is in a 320x 240 size if i make it bigger the green goes away and plays normal. kinda like some type of overlay.

bourgeoisdude

bourgeoisdude reviewed v81.95 Official on Dec 12, 2005

sjc001, read the nvidia website--it's a re-release. Though the version # is the same there are differences. Only with the game profiles though.

sjc001

sjc001 reviewed v81.95 Official on Dec 12, 2005

I've had this version for weeks now.

Blackhole8746

Blackhole8746 reviewed v81.95 Official on Dec 4, 2005

Wonderful... Run both my GeForce 7800 GTX GOs on SLI like a charm

klingon379

klingon379 reviewed v81.95 Official on Nov 23, 2005

I have a PNY GeForce 6800GT AGP graphics card and have had no problems on any games. My computer has an Asus SK8N motherboard with an AMD Opteron Model 240 processor and an nVidia nForce 3 Pro 150 chipset.

The nice thing about AMD's 64-bit CPU's is all of the northbridge functionality such as the memory controller and AGP interface are all on the CPU. No more worrying about which chipset you have.

MrUp

MrUp reviewed v81.95 Official on Nov 22, 2005

# "Download Accelerator" utilities should be disabled when downloading any drivers.

# Do not run virus protection software in the background while installing the drivers. This prevents the driver from configuring itself properly.

# Before installing new drivers make sure you uninstall all NVIDIA display drivers from the Windows Control Panel. Browse to the Start Menu > Windows Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and search for "NVIDIA Windows Display Drivers" or "NVIDIA Display Drivers" and select remove.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v81.95 Official on Nov 22, 2005

I scanned the forums and only found 26.8% of users having problems.

Pixelsmack

Pixelsmack reviewed v81.95 Official on Nov 22, 2005

Once again myself and many others with 6800 series cards are seeing BSODs with ANY of the 80 series drivers.

Not sure what NVIDIA is doing here. They usually are quite good.

Scan most forums and about 35% of the users are complaining about BSODs (most are 6800 cards). I have an all INTEL system too.

And yes, doing EXACTLY what NVIDIA says to do when installing still results in these issues.

bourgeoisdude

bourgeoisdude reviewed v81.95 Official on Nov 22, 2005

To tremons: YES!!! Are you using a mobo with an SiS chipset, I wonder? My vid card works fine with my new mobo but my old one used an SiS chipset, and not a one of the many AGP drivers fixes the issues with artifacts in DX9 games. Yes, I've tried my share of NVIDIA driver versions as well. I heard that that third party nvidia control panel tool (used to OC cards from windows--NVIDIA Tweak or something) can somehow fix the issue though. Good luck finding a good resolution!

NiukNiuk

NiukNiuk reviewed v81.95 Official on Nov 22, 2005

yay !
The texture bug in Guild Wars is finally fixed !

tremens

tremens reviewed v81.94 Official on Nov 16, 2005

nvidia is choking in quality control. even the latest whql is still broke on my 6600. texture problems in battlefield2 on the version im using and i can't upgrade, because they stopped working. anyone else experiencing issues with a 256mb geforce6600?

WickedKane

WickedKane reviewed v81.94 Official on Nov 14, 2005

I All So am Haveing Issues Geting This Driver To Work On My BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC 256MB AGP Card

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v81.94 Official on Nov 14, 2005

Here's a tip for people...Newer drivers = better for newer games, but break older games. When I had a GeForce 2 DungeonSiege broke with the newest drivers(7.x at the time), as did several other games.

If you find a driver that works well, stick with it unless you need a new one for a new game(like BF2).

Also, don't be afraid to go pick up some modified XG drivers, as they're geared for more eye candy. I have a standard 6600 now, and it performs great(and looks great) with XG 76.50 drivers, though I can't find a download for them any more.

http://www.tweaksrus.com/

Edit: Oh, I did find 76.50 drivers.

http://www.tweaksrus.com...it=10&limitstart=20

JonathanDoe

JonathanDoe reviewed v81.94 Official on Nov 14, 2005

Messed up the lighting and textures in some of my games. Just needed to do some minor tweaking to fix lighting affects, as for the textures err..

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v81.87 Official Beta on Nov 2, 2005

You MUST backup your system (ie Acronis True Image). Only use BETA if you have a particular glitch that the BETA is addressing.

BETA can potentially force you to reinstall Windows!

tremens

tremens reviewed v81.87 Official Beta on Nov 1, 2005

still broken for my 256MB Asus GEforce 6600. Unified driver architecture must be getting more difficult for NVIDIA. Even the latest WHQL does not work. Anyone else having issues with 6600s?

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v81.87 Official Beta on Oct 27, 2005

Any word on whether the dual-monitor and mouse-freezing bugs are squashed with this? I'm perfectly happy with my 7x.xx series WHQL's until those are resolved....

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v81.85 WHQL Official on Oct 26, 2005

This driver messes up Diablo II: LoD with GeForce 2 MX.

cls55

cls55 reviewed v81.85 WHQL Official on Oct 26, 2005

Beta locked up my system...now the released version does as well. Seems to be a common problem with Dual Monitors.

http://forums.nvidia.com...32d5&showtopic=8562

TheBeastH6

TheBeastH6 reviewed v81.85 WHQL Official on Oct 26, 2005

Another version that only makes me feel better because the numbers get bigger. A MUST download for those with the lack of confidence!

Pixelsmack

Pixelsmack reviewed v81.85 WHQL Official on Oct 25, 2005

These drivers and their previous version BSOD my system. The forums in various other sites are filled with users complaining about the same thing.

So be warned.

My guess is NVIDIA messed up something with their drivers only with certain chipsets and GPUS. So it slipped by. They normally do a great job in stability.

Esquire

Esquire reviewed v81.85 WHQL Official on Oct 25, 2005

Been using this since it was released last week. No problem to date, but no noticeable improvement either.

poisonu

poisonu reviewed v81.85 WHQL Official on Oct 25, 2005

No problems with Logitech mice...

Cheers,

poisonu

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v81.85 WHQL Official on Oct 25, 2005

Having the same problem as below with the mouse freezing. Actually, the cursor freezes in place, but when I move the mouse around I can tell that it is being tracked -- tooltips pop up and I can click on things all over the desktop, but the cursor doesn't move so I have no real way of knowing where the mouse is.

tremens

tremens reviewed v81.85 Official Beta on Oct 20, 2005

last production release still works perfectly for me and my n6600, loaded these up for testing puposes. xp is forced to use default vga drivers to boot. these drivers do not work with my n6600.
xp driver rollback, brought the card right back to life.

yleclerc:

after going to the betanews link, click on beta drivers. who'd a thunk it

AlanS2001

AlanS2001 reviewed v81.85 Official Beta on Oct 20, 2005

Again this version killed my mouse (wheel mouse optical with intellipoint running).

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v81.85 Official Beta on Oct 18, 2005

Deciding to upgrade drivers?
Read the changes since the latest approved drivers. If there is nothing on the list that you "need" then don't upgrade.
Most upgrades are for newer cards or features such as SLI.
I don't seem to have any problems uninstalling newer beta and reinstalling older drivers but this used to be a big problem. (detonator destroyer)

Can anyone confirm that nothing is left behind that can cause problems?

I read the release notes, installed this codec and actually fixed a problem!
"GeForce 6 Series/GeForce FX Series, AGP, Windows XP: Audio sync
problems occur playing WMV9 files using Windows Media Player 10
with the Microsoft patch for DirectX VA WMV9 acceleration.
The problem occurred only in VMR mode and not in overlay mode."

yleclerc

yleclerc reviewed v81.85 Official Beta on Oct 18, 2005

Betanew has again posted the wrong web address for the Beta drivers.

The true official Beta drivers web address is:
http://www.nzone.com/obj...ds_rel70betadriver.html

jhatcher16

jhatcher16 reviewed v75.03 LDDM Beta 1 on Oct 18, 2005

yes it's a four, mainly because it works :P

p.s. for all those people wondering why these drivers won't work with G force 4's, erm, it's because G Force 4's aren't compatible with vista...

AlanS2001

AlanS2001 reviewed v81.84 Official Beta on Oct 10, 2005

Avoid this one. It's buggier than usual. Killed my mouse until I uninstalled it. I'll wait for the next one.

stormdude

stormdude reviewed v81.84 Official Beta on Oct 9, 2005

Just an FYI - despite the description here, this set of beta drivers do not support the Riva TNT card (which is circa 1998). Here's the list of supported devices straight from nVidia:

GeForce4 MX 460
GeForce4 MX 440
GeForce4 MX 420
GeForce4 MX 440-SE
GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X
GeForce4 MX 440SE with AGP8X
GeForce4 MX 4000
GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU
GeForce FX 5100
GeForce FX 5200
GeForce FX 5200LE
GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
GeForce FX 5500
GeForce FX 5600
GeForce FX 5600XT
GeForce FX 5600 Ultra
GeForce FX 5700VE
GeForce FX 5700LE
GeForce FX 5700
GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
GeForce FX 5800
GeForce FX 5800 Ultra
GeForce FX 5900
GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
GeForce FX 5900ZT
GeForce FX 5900XT
GeForce FX 5950 Ultra
GeForce PCX 5750
GeForce PCX 5900
GeForce PCX 5300
GeForce 6150
GeForce 6100
GeForce 6200
GeForce 6200 with TurboCache
GeForce 6200SE with TurboCache
GeForce 6500
GeForce 6600
GeForce 6600 LE
GeForce 6600 GT
GeForce 6610 XL
GeForce 6800
GeForce 6800 LE
GeForce 6800 XE
GeForce 6800 XT
GeForce 6800 GT
GeForce 6800 Ultra
GeForce 7800 GT
GeForce 7800 GTX
Quadro4 380 XGL
Quadro4 550 XGL
Quadro4 580 XGL
Quadro FX 500
Quadro FX 540
Quadro FX 600
Quadro FX 700
Quadro FX 1000
Quadro FX 1100
Quadro FX 1300
Quadro FX 1400
Quadro FX 2000
Quadro FX 3000
Quadro FX 3400
Quadro FX 3450
Quadro FX 4000
Quadro FX 4000 SDI
Quadro FX 4400
Quadro FX 4500
Quadro NVS
Quadro NVS with AGP8X
Quadro NVS 280 PCI
Quadro NVS 285

Hope that helps!

troublemag

troublemag reviewed v81.84 Official Beta on Oct 5, 2005

Keep in mind 2 things - 1> This IS BetaNews.com. Assume that 99.9% of the things listed on here are beta releases and you'll be safe. 2> nVidia frequently releases different versions of their drivers to various hardware manufacturers for tweaking to specific hardware. These are considered beta releases but since they're not released through the nVidia website, they're not considered "official" betas and are very much "use at your own risk". This driver is considered an Official Beta because it is being released through the nVidia site itself and not one of the driver sites like guru3d.com.

chinch

chinch reviewed v81.84 Official Beta on Oct 5, 2005

yeah, same complaint here. the last beta release was touted as an 'official' release, and it never even turned up on the official driver release page.. even to this day. now there's another supposedly official driver release.. but it's once again nothing but a beta. the last 'real' driver release was this:

Windows XP/2000
Version: 78.01
Release Date: September 2, 2005
WHQL Certified

these updates are misleading.. and apparently not just to me. can we fix this somehow? there's nowhere on this page that states this is a BETA release..

yleclerc

yleclerc reviewed v81.84 Official Beta on Oct 5, 2005

Which is it? Official driver release or "Beta" release? This is the second time I was led to believe that new drivers were "officially" released for the nVidia video card. Turns out that that time, and now, are just nVidia's version of Beta drivers. Wish this would have been clearly stated at the beginning.

AlexanderKraeved

AlexanderKraeved reviewed v81.84 Official Beta on Oct 5, 2005

Could somebody tell me which Forceware version is the latest release with support of Geforce 2 GTS (Pro)? I'm confused because dl this one and no update happened :(

svschfer

svschfer reviewed v81.84 Official Beta on Oct 5, 2005

This is the "offical" BETA driver (mainly) for Black and White 2

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v81.84 Official Beta on Oct 5, 2005

If these are official why arent they on nvidia's site? And if these are beta, why dont they state it? Normally any NVidia driver that is posted here has BETA written all over it so I know that its a beta.

cls55

cls55 reviewed v81.84 Official Beta on Oct 5, 2005

Installing these drivers while having dual monitors enabled would lock-up windows before login. After I disabled the second monitor I could get into windows for a little while then it would insta-reboot. Went back to 78.01 using "last good config" each time...guess I'll stick with that. (I have 6800gt agp)

ChiBOY83

ChiBOY83 reviewed v78.05 Official Beta on Sep 26, 2005

Gets the job done, again. No visible incompatability issues. Negligible performance increase on my 6600GT

ChiBOY83

ChiBOY83 reviewed v78.03 Official Beta on Sep 2, 2005

fixes a perfomance issue. read here
http://theinquirer.net/?article=25820

hugh750

hugh750 reviewed v77.77 WHQL Certified on Aug 13, 2005

I Downloaded It A Couple Days Ago And It Works Great On My 128 Mb Geforce FX 5700LE,Also They Fixed The Problem With Watching Videos That Was In The Previous Version.

eviljolly

eviljolly reviewed v77.77 WHQL Certified on Aug 12, 2005

Seems to work well for my 5900XT and 4200TI. I have had problems since 66.xx with some games (mostly UT engine based) when alt tabbing or going from full screen and back. The game will crash, or even cause a hard reboot. I tried rolling back to my 66.93 and it's never a problem, but they don't work so great with Battlefield2 so that's not an option for me. As far as dropping the older GeForce cards, I don't see this as too much of a problem since any game which requires updated graphics drivers most likely will not run on one of those anyway. I keep a Geforce2 GTS around as a backup, but I don't plan on playing any new games on it. I give these 4 out of 5, not because of my stability issues since I'll blame those on my hardware configuration, but because these drivers don't give enough flexibility in their configuration. I want to see options like those in riva tuner, or at least leave a registry key (like coolbits) to enable them.

bourgeoisdude

bourgeoisdude reviewed v77.77 WHQL Certified on Aug 12, 2005

Works fine with my aging GeForce4 64MB Ti4200...

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v77.77 WHQL Certified on Aug 11, 2005

Don't know what you put in your pipe kmleow. Posting this comment with the 77.77 drivers installed right now with my Geforce 2 MX card.

ecjs

ecjs reviewed v77.77 WHQL Certified on Aug 11, 2005

It works fine with my Geforce 4 MX 420.
That's cool, baby.

mastergeese

mastergeese reviewed v77.77 WHQL Certified on Aug 11, 2005

NVIDIA_CR11.DEV_01A0.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce2 Integrated GPU"
That entry is in nv4disp.inf of 77.77. also entire geforce 2 and 4 mx panel!
Running fine with my 6600gt.

arunjeevi

arunjeevi reviewed v77.77 WHQL Certified on Aug 11, 2005

thanks to kmleow for pointing out that this release doesnt supports older cards (mine is GeForce 2 MX Integrated VGA & nForce Motherboard.)
time to upgrade our cards !

xrayspex

xrayspex reviewed v77.77 WHQL Certified on Aug 11, 2005

Running nice! Working fine with my older GeForce MX440 card.

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v75.03 LDDM Beta 1 on Jul 30, 2005

NVidia the best in graphics cards, second at releasing drivers, but the best!

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v77.76 Official Beta on Jul 30, 2005

Quote Betanews description:
"Drivers for the nVIDIA RIVA TNT, GeForce, Geforce 2, GeForce 3 + 4, the 'Ti' range of cards, GeForce FX and some Quadro cards."

This is FALSE!

http://www.nvidia.com/ob...winxp_32_supported.html

Looks like nVidia has dropped support for its old graphic cards.

whatsupwez

whatsupwez reviewed v75.03 LDDM Beta 1 on Jul 30, 2005

does not support Geforce 4

giantcandy

giantcandy reviewed v75.03 LDDM Beta 1 on Jul 30, 2005

Good driver set, but doesn't support my monitors custom resolution..or any custom res. for that matter, but i know this was just a "we can do vista drivers too" set....next week they will work on getting the other stuff in there...can't wait

xpose

xpose reviewed v75.03 LDDM Beta 1 on Jul 29, 2005

Waiting for these drivers to install Vista. . . Relatively fast release. . good work :)

pipdipchip

pipdipchip reviewed v75.03 LDDM Beta 1 on Jul 29, 2005

Those people were me. Good job Nvidia. But you'll always be second *runs and hides*.

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v75.03 LDDM Beta 1 on Jul 29, 2005

Hehe, people were saying where is Nvidia with Vista support? Well, here they are! =D

deliriumtrigger

deliriumtrigger reviewed v77.76 Official Beta on Jul 27, 2005

im deff gonna have to agree with scoot on this ati drivers suck!!! and there tech support is horrible ati just sucks in general 1.there drivers? Hahah laughing stock they never work right ever! 2. they just make shi*y cards my 6600gt oc is better then the x800 byfar and alot cheaper and nivida's drivers work and arent all retarted like catalys that u get an error for no reaso w/e it may be Nivida all the way..

and id like to further add to your "nivida cant make hardware either" HAHAH u make me laugh considering nivid's Nforce motherboards are some of the best so put that in your pipe and smoke it

scoot

scoot reviewed v77.76 Official Beta on Jul 21, 2005

similacrum: ATI can't make drivers if their life depended on it. Catalyst Control Centre? Its a joke. Takes up too much memory, requires you to have .NET installed, and is just pointless - whatever happened to the advanced settings in the display properties. It must have been too hard for them. I've used NVIDIA and ATI (Latest ones: X800 and 7800GTX). ATI may be hailed by the likes of you, but in the end, for me at least, NVIDIA's cards always worked with less hassle. On top of that, I've had a couple of ATI cards die too. Before you start flaming a product that you probably don't even use, have a think about how moronic you sound.

some guy

some guy reviewed v77.76 Official Beta on Jul 20, 2005

fixed the color display while playing a video.

Someone reviewed v77.76 Official Beta on Jul 20, 2005

so they could not handle open gl 2.0 and they are back to 1.5 this is tragic and i really want to get some flame from the fanboys of nvidia....i hate this company because you know why ? they don't deserve the respect they get...they can't make software (nforce..give me a break)... they can't make hardware too but they can outscore the opponent with marketing (wooo 7800gtx is a revolution bull****) and the absolute reality is that they are here because 3dfx screwed up bigtime...i just hope that ati will crush them and buy them

edit : i use 6600 gt by the way and i know a lot about them and their tactics...i don't hail ati , i'm just saying that ati is a better company as an underdog..do you get it now moron ?

bourgeoisdude

bourgeoisdude reviewed v77.76 Official Beta on Jul 20, 2005

So the cycle continues--77.72 added features, 77.76 fixes them :)

mastergeese

mastergeese reviewed v77.76 Official Beta on Jul 20, 2005

that problem of video playing is finished in 77.76!
many many bugs are fixed and great titles like battlefield 2 or HL² works again perfectly. forget about previous builds and go straigh to 77.76.

Noct

Noct reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jul 9, 2005

I had the color washed out problems when playing videos with the same driver you guys are mentioning. Thanks to the poster who posted the fix. It works great however I haven't tested it by rebooting. I hope I DO NOT have to keep redoing the setting over and over each time I reboot as that is tedious and annoying. Thanks again.

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jul 3, 2005

Betanews states "Drivers for the nVIDIA RIVA TNT".

However, when I install this on a PC with Creative nVIDIA RIVA TNT card, it says it cannot detect any compatible devices.

CRAP!!!

Version 66.93 works though.

Hello nVIDIA??? Did you remove the TNT drivers from the 77.xx series???

ronroms

ronroms reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 29, 2005

Hu i had the same problem whit the "whased up" but whit the change that ccjohnson said it WORKS FINE NOW, i do not change the options to advanced mode i only change "apply color change to" and i put all and it WORKS, THANKS ccjohnson

fatray

fatray reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 28, 2005

After the update most of my video files would not play. They would freeze my PC. Looked for days for a solution, tried every fix I could think of and others thought of. The only fix was a clean Windows install to get my system running 100% again. Looking for an answer I found many others who had the same problem. It came down to these drivers being the problem.

ccjohnson

ccjohnson reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 26, 2005

I changed my color correction to advanced, as expope suggested, but I also had to change the "Apply color changes to:" drop-down to all to get things to work. All of my videos seem fine now (not washed out) and the artifacts I was getting in Battlefield 2 seem to be gone as well.

expope

expope reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 26, 2005

to update my recent review..
it seems changing to advanced in the color correction profile clears up the washed out problem but the next time you play a video it returns. when the display properties/advanced window is selected it clears up again on it's own. kind of annoying to have to do that everytime. will repost if i find a solution. anybody have luck with this yet?........
just installed new wdm driver and restarted.
some unknown hardware issues that i later uninstalled however now there isn't any washed out video probs and capture is working fine. don't know if it was the wdm install, restarting or what that cleared it up.

Kompressor

Kompressor reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 24, 2005

After installing this driver, any videos I play are washed-out. I've never had a problem with nVIDIA drivers before this one.

SROID

SROID reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 24, 2005

This driver have problems. First when I installed it, Microsoft said something about non-matching logos. I chose to continue anyway. Then after 2 days I couldn't get into windows xp. I had to go into safe mode and uninstall it. I have a Geforce 6600, I shouldn't have problems with new drivers.

hugh750

hugh750 reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 24, 2005

do not download this driver,because it does have bugs in it,if you try to view some videos it is really washed out,i had to go back to the previous driver version 71.89 for my geforce fx 5700,to fix that problem.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 23, 2005

Well, after 1 hour of tweaking it to correct a gamma issue (apparently this new version changes your default gamma and overlay settings, causing a bunch of distortion in videos and games), its working like a champ. Perhaps they should leave the default gamma profile alone?

Raimondas

Raimondas reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 23, 2005

This version has wrong video overlay settings. I had to configure it manually. I noticed this with my PCTV tuner. Also it has some installation problems. I failed to install at first time. But games, DVD video are working ok.

Floodland

Floodland reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 23, 2005

Not good for me. My gf6600gt doesn't like it. Games started working erratic and last night I got a BSOD quiting GTA San Andrea with nv4disp.sys as the cause. Going back to 77.50 that worked flawless.
I really don't know why, but WHQL drivers everytime worked worse than any leaked beta... Strange coincidence.

eviljolly

eviljolly reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 23, 2005

Not much change on my 5900XT, but I wasn't really expecting any. They're stable, played the Battlefield2 demo for about 6 hours straight without a hitch. Definitely a must have for people with newer model cards though.

bourgeoisdude

bourgeoisdude reviewed v77.72 WHQL Official on Jun 22, 2005

One change listed only on a pdf from nvidia's website--if you're a WoW fan using a GeForce 6800 in SLi mode, this driver finally gives you the performance boost you expected from the video card upgrade. Most other significant fixes/enhancements listed in the details. Yeah, finally OpenGL 2.0 compliant man! Tried the driver (though I admit I'm still using the old GeForce4 Ti 4200 64MB card) and no problems. As I suspected there is no difference whatsoever in appearence or performance, but that's due to the old card I'm using. Still you'd be surprised how fast that card works--it out-performs the FX 5600 in almost all respects if Fsaa and antialiasing are disabled (the 128MB Ti 4200 DOES NOT have near the performance of the 64MB version). This release has many many more improvements to fx and geforce 6 cards so if you skip some updates, skip the next one cause this one's big.

Kamika007z

Kamika007z reviewed v72.14 WHQL Official on Jun 15, 2005

Get these drivers for your notebook here:
http://www.laptopvideo2go.com

Also, the forums are avaiable for any help whatsoever.

Canuckistani

Canuckistani reviewed v71.89 on Apr 14, 2005

This release is working as expected with my X-Dream FX 5200 OEM card. The card is no powerhouse but, no artifacts or othe strange behaviour in DirectX or OpenGL and, although the fill rate dropped a couple of megapixels, the 2D rendering is nice and crisp. No complaints.

conan1873

conan1873 reviewed v71.89 on Apr 14, 2005

All drivers after 67.66 cause a strange distortion in my icons and start menu. XFX has sent this info to Nvidia and hopefully will hear back soon. Anyone else having this issue?

BogdanSHA

BogdanSHA reviewed v71.84 WHQL Official on Mar 14, 2005

My copy of LOTR Battle 4 Middle Earth won't start anymore with these drivers (Gf4 mx44o 128ddr/bit agp8x). Switched back 2 previous release...

twosheds

twosheds reviewed v71.84 WHQL Official on Mar 12, 2005

This new driver killed OPenGL in Cinema4DXL, so I rolled it back to a November "04 release.

conan1873

conan1873 reviewed v71.84 WHQL Official on Mar 11, 2005

These drivers are causing a distortion in icons and my start menu. I've tried all resolutions and refresh rates, no fix other than going back to the older 67.66 drivers. Anyone aware of this problem? This same problem occured with the beta version of 71.84, but I just assumed it would be fixed in the final driver. I can't be the only schmuck having this problem.

Kalphegor

Kalphegor reviewed v71.84 WHQL Official on Mar 11, 2005

dougau, the differences between files size are because the first file isn't WHQL and second it is... I will give this a try, I will download it tomorrow...

mastergeese

mastergeese reviewed v71.84 WHQL Official on Mar 11, 2005

domingo : temp bug will be fixed in march next drivers. 71.84 is the last WHQL stable release. Fantastic I love it !

dougau

dougau reviewed v71.84 WHQL Official on Mar 11, 2005

71.84 is the same version that has been posted on the Nvidia beta page since 2 march, however the version 71.84 on the beta page is 17.9MB while the version 71.84 on the final version page is 18.8MB, both for windows XP. Anyone know why this is?
Anyway I like V71.84 much better than V66.93, seems to have fixed a few problems.

Domingo

Domingo reviewed v71.84 WHQL Official on Mar 11, 2005

Any word on the random 20 degrees hotter problem?

ckasprzak

ckasprzak reviewed v71.84 WHQL Official on Mar 11, 2005

It's on Nvidia's Webpage!

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_71.84.html

SG1969

SG1969 reviewed v71.84 on Mar 4, 2005

they might be official, that doesn't mean they're not beta.
it's not a "final official release" until it shows up on the nvidia driver page

bourgeoisdude

bourgeoisdude reviewed v71.84 on Mar 3, 2005

Fixes all that 66.93 broke, finally Halo works with the newest driver (had to use 61.77 for a long time). By the way, this IS official, just not officially on nvidia's html website yet, see the following url: ftp://download1.nvidia.com/Windows/71.84/

That's NVIDIA's official ftp site so they *are* official drivers.

UniversityofKentucky

UniversityofKentucky reviewed v71.84 on Mar 3, 2005

No major problems.

Please note NiukNiuk refers you to the following site for a newer release - "there's already the 71.90's WHQL out http://www.station-drive...a%20forceware.htm.";

This French site lists several releases, all of which translate to "nonofficial". I did not download this and wanted to caution "Buyer beware".

sjc001

sjc001 reviewed v71.84 on Mar 3, 2005

I'm using a modified version of 75.90 by TweaksRU.com.

NiukNiuk

NiukNiuk reviewed v71.84 on Mar 3, 2005

Great driver set, really nice IQ and a lot of bugs fixed.
But there's already the 71.90's WHQL out !
http://www.station-drive.../nvidia%20forceware.htm

BNuser

BNuser reviewed v71.80 Quadro on Feb 1, 2005

Cool, Joint Ops Trees are OK again! All the 7x.xx I tested so far had issues with the alphachannel, this one fixed that.

VictorAnderson

VictorAnderson reviewed v71.80 Quadro on Feb 1, 2005

Hey anyone know if this thing will work with Windows Media Center 2005?

AlanS2001

AlanS2001 reviewed v71.80 Quadro on Feb 1, 2005

A version for all cards, not just Quatro (I think) is available from http://downloads.guru3d.com/

mastergeese

mastergeese reviewed v71.80 Quadro on Feb 1, 2005

good for a quadro card, not for gaming. i.e : no piss water in half life 2 but slow performances. and worse : halo pc TOTALLY UNPLAYABLE with that 71.80. the best stay 71.20.

Jeffsoft

Jeffsoft reviewed v67.66 Official Beta on Jan 21, 2005

when will them release a WHQL'ed one..

Domingo

Domingo reviewed v67.22 Quadro on Dec 16, 2004

Not sure how Quadros respond to these, but if you're using a normal consumer card, get the 70.xx drivers instead, at least unless you absolutely have to have WHQL certification. In that case, I guess these are the latest and greatest.

mastergeese

mastergeese reviewed v67.22 Quadro on Dec 16, 2004

no problem a very good driver whql. don't try to take 70.41 new quadro on nvidia ftp it's not designed for FX cards.

paulm

paulm reviewed v67.20 WHQL on Nov 18, 2004

"These are not official drivers. Checked nvidia's homepage. 66.93 are official"

Umm! You are using BetaNews arn't you?
My understanding is that BetaNews posts beta drivers/programmes as well as final release drivers/programmes.

After all this site IS called BETA news.

Sure, BetaNews could be a little more proactive in stating whether a driver/programme is a beta release or a final release.

It is interesting though how these 67.20 drivers do state on the download link that they are WHQL'd.
Anyway, I'll stick with the ones from NVIDIA's official diwnload links/mirrors. I'm not that desperate to update drivers every few days!

Nigma

Nigma reviewed v67.20 WHQL on Nov 18, 2004

These are not official drivers. Checked nvidia's homepage. 66.93 are official.

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v67.20 WHQL on Nov 18, 2004

The previous releases around version 5x.xx and early 6x.xx did not have drivers for Riva TNT 1. I know it is an old card. 5 years old actually.

It is nice that nVIDIA finally noticed this and corrected it. I thought they dumped the TNT 1 users.

Stefu

Stefu reviewed v67.20 WHQL on Nov 18, 2004

Waw!!! I can't keep up with the speed of new releases. A new nvidia driver version each day...

Gunman67

Gunman67 reviewed v67.02 on Nov 17, 2004

Well don't we have a snobby little reviewer on my hands.. If you haven't noticed... The driver works for all those nVIDIA cards... So maybe he isn't spending 6 - 10 hours a night playing Everquest and ignoring his wife and children and only needs it to type business documents so he can take his wife and children to the lake on the weekends with the money he makes... What are you doing?

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v67.02 on Nov 17, 2004

pburch that's like a 4 year old card! What are you doing??

pburch

pburch reviewed v66.93 on Nov 11, 2004

V 66.93 is working perfectly well on my system (nVIDIA RIVA TNT)!

TomK2542

TomK2542 reviewed v66.93 on Nov 10, 2004

V 66.93 seems to be working without any problems on my system.

mark8barnes

mark8barnes reviewed v66.93 on Nov 10, 2004

Messes up FIFA 2005. Stick with the older version.

Verdauga Greeneyes

Verdauga Greeneyes reviewed v70.41 Quadro Beta on Nov 3, 2004

You can't install them because your card isn't listed in the nv4_disp.inf file; extract it and replace the inf with a modified one, and it runs just fine.

gigsvoo

gigsvoo reviewed v70.41 Quadro Beta on Nov 2, 2004

Hey guys,

These drivers are BETA only.

bodycik

bodycik reviewed v70.41 Quadro Beta on Nov 2, 2004

Agreed with TomK2542

Publisher's Description is wrong it is not compatible with GF4MX series..

TomK2542

TomK2542 reviewed v70.41 Quadro Beta on Nov 2, 2004

Version 70.41 is for the Quatro cards despite what the description states. I tried loading these drivers for my GeForce FX 5600 and they did not list any drivers for my card.

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v66.81 on Oct 8, 2004

Shrub and leafs dissapear when close in Battlefield 1942: Desert Combat. Kind of nice in certain places and a sort of hardware hack since Punkbuster doesn't detect it :)

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v66.81 on Oct 4, 2004

These drivers do not seem to improve the performance of older graphics card. In fact it makes them worse than before.

Maybe nVidia should make separate driver download for each model rather than an all in one solution.

BootBlock

BootBlock reviewed v66.81 on Oct 4, 2004

Here's the URL for the English only version which comes in at 13.2MB. http://download.nvidia.c....81_win2kxp_english.exe

Kalphegor

Kalphegor reviewed v61.77 on Jul 29, 2004

I use 62.11 too. Is better than 56.72 in games/benchmarks, but has problems with overlays. It's crash instantaneous when play a video with Media Player, need to disable the overlays to work :(

marcRib

marcRib reviewed v61.77 on Jul 29, 2004

BetaNews states that this driver is for Windows 2003 as well. It is not -- it only functions well under the 64-bit version of Win 2003 server, and the release notes omits Win2003 32-bit entirely. AFAIK, there is NO nvidia-supported driver for Win 2003 server, 32-bit version. Believe me, I've tried to use these 2000/XP drivers -- but they ALWAYS screw up terminal services and remote desktop in particular, but also the display behaves very erratically. Is anyone here aware of a dependable driver that's better than the Microsoft default for Windows 2003 server 32-bit edition?

TheVoodoo

TheVoodoo reviewed v61.77 on Jul 29, 2004

Same here, running now 56.72 again.
Farcry sucked really hard with 6x.xx drivers in connection with my GF FX 5900...

seems like this new 6x.xx drivers make only sense with GF 6800 cards.

kebabi

kebabi reviewed v61.77 on Jul 28, 2004

Not as good as 56.72 drivers.
I don't have any other problems, but when I'm playing Far Cry, my fps is 10 worse than with 56.72, so I'm gonna use 56.72 again

bluemomentbass

bluemomentbass reviewed v61.76 on Jul 21, 2004

I installed and had no problems until I tried to play age of mythology. It never makes it to main menu screen, it stops at the last load adn then flashs the screen endlessly. I can hear the music from the main menu screen, but never see it. Rolled back my drivers to 5.6.7.2 and the game runs fine again. Any ideas? bluemomentbass@hotmail.com thanx

HolyLiaison

HolyLiaison reviewed v61.76 on Jul 21, 2004

I ran these a while back when they were leaked. Nvidia always puts out good drivers. I'm currently running version 62.11 and they're running great.

ghammer

ghammer reviewed v61.76 on Jul 21, 2004

kmleow- Then why are you reviewing this release?

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v61.76 on Jul 20, 2004

I have been having stability issues with 56.72 ever since I installed it. Explorer crashes faulting module nvcpl.dll. Definitely this DLL belongs to Nvidia. It does not happen everytime. It sometimes happen when running a game that uses DirectX and when playing AVI files. Even right clicking on an AVI file can sometimes cause the crash. I checked on google, some people have also reported similar issues. This is getting very frustrating. I do not know if these problems will continue after installing this 61.76.

geeknik

geeknik reviewed v61.76 on Jul 20, 2004

Interesting. I'm running 61.80, yet, these are 61.76. Nvidia needs to figure out which versions they want to release and just stick to a set schedule. Heh.

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v61.76 on Jul 20, 2004

Hah, NinjaOfLove, you and I see eye to eye on this one. :)

NinjaOfLove

NinjaOfLove reviewed v56.72 WHQL on Apr 2, 2004

It's raining Forceware drivers lately. I like to keep up to date, but honestly, the performance increases are barely, if at all noticeable between this and older Forcewares. Unless the driver fixes a bug in a game you play, or your using a woefully out of date Detonator (which are fine for non-FX cards), stick with what you have and save yourself the hassle. People ranting about massive speedups and such on "enthusiast" forums are falling victim to the "placebo" effect. If your games run fine, close this window.

paulm

paulm reviewed v56.72 WHQL on Apr 1, 2004

On the official site it says they are WHQL.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_56.72
Just wish NVIDIA would certify them for Server 2K3 (32bit). Never had any problems under Server 2K3 though.
I prefer not to install beta graphics drivers, as correct drivers are paramount to the PC's stable operation. I use Betanews as a cue for me to start checking for gold release drivers.
Thanks BetaNews.

lastsamurai

lastsamurai reviewed v56.72 WHQL on Apr 1, 2004

it says non-WHQLed??

jruyle

jruyle reviewed v56.64 WHQL on Mar 16, 2004

This driver broke one of my games. Nvidia does not have a more detailed guide to assisting on the new game profiles. It would be nice to see a guide come out that says if the graphic glitches show a lot of speckles on the display then you should consider tinkering with anti-??????. The game in question is Star Wars Galaxy on a Geforce FX 5600 256m model. I plan on going through all the settings to try to take atvantage of the drivers improvements but think its a pain to not have a more detailed guide to help me out. Hopefully they will have one out soon other than thier current one.

maurovega

maurovega reviewed v56.64 WHQL on Mar 16, 2004

This driver are so far the best for gamers.
I tried it on a XFX Geoforce FX5200 and works wonderfully ok!
Speed increases & compatability fixes in games like Fifa 2004 (I had problems with 53.03 drivers).

Orbit

Orbit reviewed v56.64 WHQL on Mar 16, 2004

These seem to have fixed the UT 2004 jerkiness my son and I have been experiencing on the new UT Demo. We were wondering wtf was going on, first thought it was our boxen, but both units did the same thing. Works well now, it seems. (can't wait for the new version to be on our tables...;0)

urbanriot

urbanriot reviewed v56.64 WHQL on Mar 16, 2004

Shame on you Joske (aka dumba**) for installing it, 53.13 that you tested was NOT released on their web site, and was released by vendors for certain video cards.

THIS version is on their site and works perfectly.

No noticeable improvements w/what I'm playing now (Unreal Tourn. 2004, Silent Storm, Deus Ex : IW)...

funky303

funky303 reviewed v53.13 WHQL Quadro Certified on Mar 11, 2004

the point on this drivers is the WHQL and the quadro.

No game enthusiast is gonna stick with these especially since one can find the way better gaming improved 56.55/56 online.

But for ppl working with Quadro Cards at work in large companies DO mostly use just WHQL drivers to ensure stability & compatibility. The last WHQL drivers for Quadro cards are quite old so these represent a major step forward.

Btw. one of the main differences between 53.xx and 56.xx is the new User interface with gaming profiles & AA settings for gamers, so no businessPC needs them.

I installed the driver few minutes ago, had a reboot and everything is fine.

Hand up for nvidia since they would never have been so poular if they wouldn't have the drivers released as they do it now: easy to install, one file for all (at least almost all) cards, and very fast in releasing new drivers.

joske

joske reviewed v53.13 WHQL Quadro Certified on Mar 11, 2004

crap. i installed them and now i'm sitting in safe mode not knowing what to do. shame on nvidia.

Verdauga Greeneyes

Verdauga Greeneyes reviewed v53.04 on Feb 18, 2004

I agree; got those 56.55 drivers literally -days- ago from Techconnect and these drivers are IIRC from last year!

AviVahl

AviVahl reviewed v53.04 on Feb 18, 2004

I see no point to post unofficial drivers that are only 1 build away from the latest official ones (53.03). Guru3D already released a WHQL drivers version 56.55. (http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?id=10)

MikeDiack

MikeDiack reviewed v53.04 on Feb 18, 2004

Sadly doesn't work (unlike the 53.03 drivers) on my Quadro 2 MXR/EX. The driver appears to install (the Installshield program completes), but when restarting, lo and behold I'm still running the old standard VGA 16 colour drivers, under Windows 2000 SP4. Re-installing the 53.03 drivers cures the problem. Given it 3 stars, since I don't actually know if the drivers are good - just wanted to share my experience with my hardware.

paulm

paulm reviewed v53.04 on Feb 18, 2004

Think I'll wait a few days or so for the OFFICIAL RELEASE.

virtorio

virtorio reviewed v53.04 on Feb 17, 2004

They are WHQL (or at least according to dxdiag)

urbanriot

urbanriot reviewed v53.04 on Feb 17, 2004

Does anyone know if this is WHQL or beta? Nvidia web page does not reflect this version... I have not tried, so disregard 4-rating.

sjc001

sjc001 reviewed v53.04 on Feb 17, 2004

This was what the nv4_disp.inf file showed at the end.

; Localizable Strings
NVIDIA = "NVIDIA"
NVIDIA_NV31.DEV_0312.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600"
NVIDIA_NV31.DEV_0312.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 "
NVIDIA_NV31.DEV_0312.3 = "NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 "
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0322.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 "
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0322.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 "
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0322.3 = "NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 "
NVIDIA_NV35.DEV_0330.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra"
NVIDIA_NV35.DEV_0330.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra "
NVIDIA_Win2KDualView = "NVIDIA Dualview"
NVIDIA_MultiView = "NVIDIA Multiview"
DiskID1 = "NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP Driver Library Installation Disk 1"
DiskID2 = "NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP Driver Library Installation Disk 2"
DiskID3 = "NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP Driver Library Installation Disk 3"
DiskID4 = "NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP Driver Library Installation Disk 4"
DiskID5 = "NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP Driver Library Installation Disk 5"
DiskID6 = "NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP Driver Library Installation Disk 6"
NVSVC.name = "NVIDIA Display Driver Service"
NVSVC.desc = "Provides system and desktop level support to the NVIDIA display driver"
NVUninstall.desc = "NVIDIA Display Driver"

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v53.03 Official WHQL on Dec 11, 2003

good drivers but
Hey... has anyone tryed the 53.03 driver with the nforce 3
motherboard?

llama

llama reviewed v53.03 Official WHQL on Dec 9, 2003

Works fine with my FX 5900. *Minor* speed increase (like, 5fps in UT2K3) - nothing impressive. Didn't know about the HDTV-out thing (but very interested to figure out how to use it). With regards to the people that seem to have problems with this driver release... don't blame nVidia for your own incompetence. Peace.

FailedCRC

FailedCRC reviewed v53.03 Official WHQL on Dec 9, 2003

i didn't know that was possible with any detonator builds? i'd suggest you use something like ultramon

zulugrid

zulugrid reviewed v52.16 Official WHQL on Nov 5, 2003

What happened to the spanned taskbar feature? I want my taskbar across the bottom of both of my monitors.. that was like the only "feature" I used that came with the Detonator drivers.. Anyone know how to get the taskbar to span using these drivers?

virextyle

virextyle reviewed v52.16 Official WHQL on Oct 24, 2003

Nothing noticable, but still wicked =]

veeoh

veeoh reviewed v52.16 Official WHQL on Oct 24, 2003

kmleow: Yes it does - why would they want to carry on supporting an old, out of date card that should have been ditched ages ago?

KieferSutherland

KieferSutherland reviewed v52.16 Official WHQL on Oct 24, 2003

You can (probably) use these drivers even if you have an original TNT1, if you force the drivers to believe that you have an TNT2. TNT1 & TNT2 are fully compatible as far as I know...

guti

guti reviewed v52.16 Official WHQL on Oct 24, 2003

Best nVidia drivers of all the time.
Fast (even in old video cards such my GF2-MX200), very stable, and WQL.

toxicthunder

toxicthunder reviewed v52.16 Official WHQL on Oct 24, 2003

actually, that exactly what it means... they can stop supporting your old tnt card. heh!

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v52.16 Official WHQL on Oct 23, 2003

I like new drivers,
according to Betanews, Nvidia "Riva TNT" drivers are included.
But when I check the list of supported drivers on Nvidia's website, it shows support starting from "Riva TNT 2".
The previous release right before this version does not have support for Riva TNT 1, the old one any more.

Yes I know my card is old, but that does not mean they can just dump off support for this old card.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v52.16 Official WHQL on Oct 23, 2003

Very nice, finally fixed the issues I was having in xp, all my games that semi-utilized DX after upgrading to 9.0 ceased to work, but with these drivers, I can play without crashes!!!!!!!

iamalsohere

iamalsohere reviewed v52.16 Official WHQL on Oct 23, 2003

Very noticable DX9 speed increases & compatability fixes in games such as Halo on my GF4. Shame the display control panel is utterly utterly broken on my machine.

fluke75

fluke75 reviewed v45.23 Official WHQL on Sep 14, 2003

Nothing special. I expected more from WHQL signed drivers. They are not my choice even if everything works fine with them. Detonator XP 43.45 are the best drivers for Nvidia cards I've tried so far (at least for my PC). An average Nvidia driver which is worth downloading.

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v45.23 Official WHQL on Aug 14, 2003

It worked well for my GeForce 2 MX 400,
BUT it did not work for the Riva TNT "1".
I checked the drivers manually, it has Riva TNT 2 and newer but no Riva TNT 1. Has nVidia

madk0w

madk0w reviewed v45.23 Official WHQL on Aug 13, 2003

works fine here, it fixed my dual monitor setting i had trouble with the past two days..

wCitizen

wCitizen reviewed v45.24 Quadro on Aug 13, 2003

This drivers are official from nVidia fro the Quadro cards and be obtained at nVidia ftp ;-)

Jeffsoft

Jeffsoft reviewed v45.24 Quadro on Aug 12, 2003

this betanews here, so most of the files r in beta-stage, thus not downloadable for gerenal public.

heerojyuy

heerojyuy reviewed v45.24 Quadro on Aug 12, 2003

B-E-T-A. They are BETA drivers. Nvidia posts their final drivers on the main drivers page.

gigsvoo

gigsvoo reviewed v45.24 Quadro on Aug 12, 2003

Hey guyz,

I could not rectify this revision of from nVidia website... mm....huh?

cybergenx

cybergenx reviewed v45.24 Quadro on Aug 12, 2003

I only see 44.03 on nVidia's site, if this new driver is there, then what is the link?

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v45.24 Quadro on Aug 12, 2003

This driver is pretty good... I got mine from Guru3D.com (they compressed it with 7Zip and the size is somewhat smaller). Yes, it supports the wide range of Nvidia cards, not just the Quadro series. Not sure if it is WHQL or not.

BTW, this review is for the 45.24 driver. I think BetaNews should have comments/reviews seperate for each new driver, don't you think? All these ratings get mixed up, and when a new driver comes out, it is hard to judge what the actual score is for the new driver, because all the old ratings get tallied in too.

Just a thought.

ubergeek

ubergeek reviewed v44.71 Quadro on Aug 7, 2003

So by the description that they have for the file saying: Windows 2000 and Windows XP driver for the nVIDIA RIVA TNT, GeForce, Geforce 2, GeForce 3 + 4, the 'Ti' range of cards, GeForce FX and some Quadro cards.

Is this for Quadro cards only or not? 44.65 worked on machine on a ge-force 3 Card just fine .. these44.71 dont seem to install right .. reverts back to 44.03

cosdal

cosdal reviewed v44.71 Quadro on Aug 6, 2003

i have GeForce2 MX/MX 400 and win 2003 is working ok the drivers

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v44.71 Quadro on Aug 6, 2003

It doesn't want to install on my machine...
No matter what I do??? XP Pro[SP1] with GeForce2 MX/MX 400

meulie

meulie reviewed v44.71 Quadro on Aug 6, 2003

Hmm, I tried to install it on my ASUS V8440, and got downgraded to the MS-driver instead...

heerojyuy

heerojyuy reviewed v44.71 Quadro on Aug 5, 2003

THe output is fine, you just need to check your primary display device settings. Set your tvout to primary, then play the movie.

styckx

styckx reviewed v44.71 Quadro on Aug 5, 2003

Just a word of caution, if it's been a long while since you updated your drivers, I forget at which version it started, and depending on your TVout decoder, Nvidias newer drivers will block any DVD output through the Tvout, to bypass the security checks, grab Dvdidle..

cooldude7273

cooldude7273 reviewed v44.71 Quadro on Aug 5, 2003

wooohoooo another update!

CraigFoote

CraigFoote reviewed v44.65 Quadro on Aug 5, 2003

Just found 44.71 and they work fine. Not sure if the "BLAME" comment was aimed at me but I see no way to incorrectly install these drivers, 44.65 has bugs.

gigsvoo

gigsvoo reviewed v44.65 Quadro on Aug 4, 2003

Generally the new driver does have some great improvement, but the installer still lack of some directory structure for file extracting. The driver is stable so far while I am writting this comments.

We will see after some time.

Black Wolf

Black Wolf reviewed v44.65 Quadro on Aug 4, 2003

While I don't have any problem using this driver.

One should not BLAME own mistakes for not being able to install the driver correctly.

Cut it off!

Palomino

Palomino reviewed v44.65 Quadro on Aug 4, 2003

The 44.71 Quadro drivers are newer, they are official, they are for XP and 2000 and they are WHQL.

cooldude7273

cooldude7273 reviewed v44.65 Quadro on Aug 4, 2003

Gotta love it! Whats new?

veeoh

veeoh reviewed v44.03 WHQL on May 15, 2003

these are great drivers - speed increase is welcome :)

Spudwrench

Spudwrench reviewed v44.03 WHQL on May 14, 2003

If you bother to go to nVidia's website, you will learn that "44.03 is WHQL Certified for the GeForce FX family of GPUs". So, if you don't have one of the new GeForce FX cards, XP isn't gonna say that it is certified.

Orbit

Orbit reviewed v44.03 WHQL on May 14, 2003

On my XP2000 with a GF3 Ti200, I actually lost a 3DMarks point with the new drivers over the 43.45's, and the display seemed to be a bit jittery.
Also, this said they were WHQL certifed, yet Win XP said they weren't when they installed.
I'm sticking to the 43.45's, personally.

fluke75

fluke75 reviewed v43.45 Official on Apr 18, 2003

As good as Nvidia drivers get as far as FPS is concerned. Good small package if you download the English version.

Qlib

Qlib reviewed v43.45 Official on Apr 18, 2003

Well.. if it uses more or less ram than windowblids sort of depends a lot on the skin Windowblinds uses.. StylesXP may not APPEAR to use no ram.. but even if u tell it to NOT RUN in its control panel the StylesXP Service.. wich takes a couple of MB still runs in the bg..and any processtool that is capable of showing hidden processes (Task Manager can NOT do this always) will show this.. and even if u kill it.. the explorer.exe process will take more ram.. on the other hand.. it IS more invisible to the system than Windowblinds is.. lets put it like this.. the slowe the PC the more u gain from using StylesXP.. the faster the PC the more u get from Windowblinds.. both in effects and skinning capabillities.. pesonally I use StylesXP on my old machines and Windowblinds on anything 2ghz + with 512mb ram minimum and a badass mofo vidcard like GeForce 3 or above..StylesXP is pretty good.. i wish they would make a uniform skinformat instead of sometimes getting exes and sometimes getting zips and sometimes..etc..etc.. when u try and DL skins.. and the interface is.. well ugly.. and it has a few bugs here and there but.. not too bad.. so 4 of 5.. for the time being.

toxicthunder

toxicthunder reviewed v43.45 Official on Mar 28, 2003

4 months for a new release of detonator drivers is a long time, but if they worked it'd be all good.

the problem i had is with my tv-out. when ever i would switch to tv-out with 42.45, my computer screen and tv screen would go black, and the computer would freeze. reverted back to 41.09 and it's working again.

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v43.45 Official on Mar 27, 2003

Just like dip and chips...

MrPuddles

MrPuddles reviewed v43.45 Official on Mar 27, 2003

Tastes Great!

darthbeads

darthbeads reviewed v43.45 Official on Mar 27, 2003

As already stated, these drivers are available at the nvidia site, however they are not WHQL for those who are concerned about Bill's seal of approval of their drivers. The install went without a hitch and I have not noticed any problems with any games.

Anthracks

Anthracks reviewed v43.45 Official on Mar 27, 2003

Before everyone flips out again, these actually ARE on nVidia's site this time, and for non-Quadro cards too.

noredspoon

noredspoon reviewed v42.42 Official on Mar 20, 2003

OK, Listen... The fact is, you can't find an entry for anything but the Quadro in these drivers. The 43.00 drivers work fine for the Geforce cards, but these don't. They might if you tried to make your computer think your geforce is a Quadro, but that's risky. Even if you don't have it checked to automatically use compatible drivers, it doens't pop up, so that's your only option. If you have a Quadro, grab them. If not, don't. Its that simple.

virtorio

virtorio reviewed v42.42 Official on Mar 18, 2003

I will tell you SNYder. Because these drivers work for all nVidia cards, but I am sure you already knew that. Find the 43.00 drivers. They work very well for ALL nVidia cards (everything from GeForce II to GeForce IV)

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v42.42 Official on Mar 18, 2003

This is Quaddro driver!!!

I installed it and caused my Windows not to show anything anymore. For those having similar problems, run in Safe Mode.

Then reinstall your old, trusted and tested Detonator drivers.

SNYder

SNYder reviewed v42.42 Official on Mar 18, 2003

Interesting. Then tell me, why is 43.00 working flawlessly for my GeForce 4 MX 43.00?

former

former reviewed v42.42 Official on Mar 18, 2003

Oddly enough, betanews removed my comments. Since the description for these drivers is incorrect, it's important for me to re-post them. These drivers are for Quadro ONLY, not for GeForce, TNT, etc. They simply DO NOT WORK for anything other than Quadro.

Palomino

Palomino reviewed v42.42 Official on Mar 18, 2003

The 42.42 drivers are official for Windows 2000/XP. They show up in the Windows folder on the nVidia ftp site. The previous 43.00 drivers, that were posted here earlier, only appeared in the Quadro Certified folder.

m0nde

m0nde reviewed v43.00 Quadro on Mar 11, 2003

People are complaining that these are not WHQL compliant and that they're Quadro drivers.
If these are UDA (Unified Driver Architecture) drivers then they'll work on all NVIDIA cards.
Even v41.09 for Windows XP and 2000 aren't WHQL compliant!
They're WHQL Candidates, not certified!
Anyway, these drivers do improve my performance and I've got a Geforce2 MX/400

ryker

ryker reviewed v43.00 Quadro on Mar 6, 2003

I just choose not to install anything on my computer unless i'm sure of where it's coming from and not misrepresented. I don't care about WHQL certification, I just think that if these aren't released and published for public consumption by NVIDIA, they shouldn't be presented as OFFICIAL, when they are NOT.

zulugrid

zulugrid reviewed v43.00 Quadro on Mar 6, 2003

I have a GeForce2 MX 400, and these drivers work great. Who cares if they are the "correct" drivers if they work better than the "correct" drivers?

virtorio

virtorio reviewed v43.00 Quadro on Mar 6, 2003

I don't care ifthe arn't WHQL certified or not. I see massive performance increases in Mafia, Unreal II and C&C Generals.

deviantATTILA

deviantATTILA reviewed v43.00 Quadro on Mar 6, 2003

Palomino is correct, these are Quardo drivers. The latest "official" Detonator drivers are:

OS: Windows XP / 2000
Version: 41.09
File Size: 16.3 MB
Release Date: December 3, 2002
WHQL Candidate

jrobb259

jrobb259 reviewed v43.00 Quadro on Mar 6, 2003

Palomino, official doesn't necessarily mean WHQL-certified. When Nvidia releases a Detonator it is usually for the latest line of video cards--which includes Quadro, Geforce 4 Ti, and Geforce FX. Don't think official is the end-all term for drivers.

IGx89

IGx89 reviewed v43.00 Quadro on Mar 6, 2003

These drivers make Freelancer look noticeably better on my GF4 Ti 4400.

Palomino

Palomino reviewed v43.00 Quadro on Mar 6, 2003

These are Quadro drivers. The latest official nVidia drivers, for most cards, are still the 41.09s.

bigb_79_2001

bigb_79_2001 reviewed v43.00 Unofficial on Mar 3, 2003

Hey GeneralLeoFF, under Nview Desktop Manager, Applications tab, try adding your intervideo program (such as WinDVD) and then set all the settings for it so that everything for nview is disabled when running that program... it fixed an issue that I was having with it with the screen not blowing up to full view.

As far as the drivers they seem to work good and I get a 4 point better score on 3DMark 2003 with these drivers.

Alex T.

Alex T. reviewed v43.00 Unofficial on Mar 2, 2003

I haven't tried these yet, but I hope Nvidia releases the office ones soon on their site.

zulugrid

zulugrid reviewed v42.82 on Feb 25, 2003

Scratch complaint #2.. it is working properly now.. This is a feature I have been wanting for a long time! What would be even better is if you have window spanning turned off then your monitor 1 apps will show up on the taskbar on monitor 1, and your apps on monitor 2 will show up on the taskbar on monitor 2..

GeneralLeoFF

GeneralLeoFF reviewed v42.82 on Feb 25, 2003

Never had any problems with these until the last few versions when they started causing severe problems with InterVideo software. I dont know if the problem is in the new detinators or the new versions of WinDVD but it causes Macrovision errors and all kinds of other problems. Right now i'm being fourced to use the WinXP default drivers :(

i'll give 4 stars sence I amnot sure what program is causing this problems and I havent had any other problems but this.

Apollos

Apollos reviewed v42.82 on Feb 25, 2003

I've never had a problem with an Nvidia driver, many of the problems below I have not seen. It's always interesting to see how so many people diss a product due to a problem on their end with conflicting hardware or what not. Advice? Buy an expensive home built PC with peripherals by makes you trust and make sure you eliminate many hardware conflict, eg, disabling onboard sound and graphics and your motherboard which can conflict with your geforce.

Not much noticed with the new version, I got a 6 point bump on my 3D Mark 2003 benchmark, but what is 6 points? :p

Hadamona

Hadamona reviewed v42.82 on Feb 25, 2003

These seem slower than 41.09 dets. Also when using D3D, the screen flickers after alt-tabbing to the desktop.

Witchblade2002

Witchblade2002 reviewed v41.09 on Feb 2, 2003

my 3dmark full optimized..

red_nnnno

red_nnnno reviewed v41.09 on Dec 15, 2002

Well, it seems the latest driver update killed my Viewsonix P255f.

I was playing Arx Fatalis and quite the game normally (after updateing to the 41.09 drivers in hopes the new drivers would fix the bug when viewing your stats), and when I quit, it simply switched to some really weird resolution/refresh rate which incidently killed my monitor (I'm now stuckk with a 22" screen with a vertical line in the middle).

Needless to say I'm quite pissed.

Flawless

Flawless reviewed v41.09 on Dec 5, 2002

he said with a refresh rate of 75, im sure his works w/ a refresh rate of 60 like everyone else. make sure u understand his post before you call him a dumba**.

cupnoodle

cupnoodle reviewed v41.09 on Dec 3, 2002

Cannot use 1280x960x32 with a refresh rate of 75hz, even with the aid of Nvdia Refresh Rate Tool 2.0.

Axel72002

Axel72002 reviewed v41.09 on Dec 3, 2002

This version helps with problems which some people have had of when you close down games and the screen is messed up as the games resolution size leaving the black line along the side of the screen. I have been told it has stopped this although i havent had the problem myself. More options on this version too. I have noticed a slight increase in speed also on this version from my Athlon 1600+ with Geforce 2 MX400 on game loading times.

fluke75

fluke75 reviewed v41.03 on Nov 14, 2002

This driver is not what I expected from nVidia. Brings no increase in prformance over 40.XX drivers. I have the best results with Detonator XP 40.52. The 41.XX series only offers a more bloated contol panel and nothing more. I have a G-Force 2 card and the best 3D Mark score was with, I repeat, the 40.52 display driver (2724 3D Marks). For my configuration with a PIII PC it is quite good score and I am happy. This first 41.XX display driver from nVidia is really nothing special and there is no use in downloading it, unless you're curious and want to test it.

sirhardi

sirhardi reviewed v41.03 on Oct 23, 2002

No changes except for the control panel .....has more options.......otherwise no difference in FPS and vullpine.

I have 11554 on a gf4600.3dmark

I was at one point above 11900..so the detonator series drivers has not brought on more frames as claimed the increase...it has smoothed things out.

If you have older drivers and happy...nmo need tro change.unless you need overlay control and 3d settings

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v40.72 Beta on Oct 9, 2002

Detonator 40 onwards did not do any good for my Riva TNT,
playing movies were jerky,
takes a very long time to open movie in full screen mode,
very dark gamma,
and slower frame rates.

Ubuu81

Ubuu81 reviewed v40.72 Beta on Oct 4, 2002

With the Detonator 40 drivers, Did anyone experience a phantom mouse condition, where the mouse would look really big and fuzzy every so often during normal non-gaming usage? So far every iteration of the Detonator 40 drivers have caused me this problem...but no problem with the 30.82 WHQL driver...

Orbit

Orbit reviewed v40.72 Beta on Oct 4, 2002

These rock, to put it simply. They are noticeably smoother, and I picked up a couple hundred points over the 40.71's ~ at 7807 3DMarks on a non-overclocked GF3 Ti200.
I'm keeping them, personally. Color is great, also.

sisyfos

sisyfos reviewed v40.72 Beta on Oct 4, 2002

Contrary to the guys below I experienced an inproved 3dmark score (+32). Which brings me to conclude that their latest driver is equal to or slightly better than 40.71.

Richard30ky

Richard30ky reviewed v40.72 Beta on Oct 3, 2002

i stay with 30.82 simply becuase all the 40.+
are a 25 percent decrease by benchmark and by eyesite
also they make my games flicker in movie sequence.i think they put the quote 25 increase in there slogan just simply to get more people to download and beta test \try these drivers.

sdbarker

sdbarker reviewed v40.72 Beta on Oct 3, 2002

The drivers work, sort of. You just can't use the nView control panel still. I hope that this gets fixed soon.

sirhardi

sirhardi reviewed v40.72 Beta on Oct 3, 2002

I've been testing them since detonator came out and steadily the FPS are going down so is the MadOnioon 2001SE score.compared to last 40.71 lost 5 fps in vulpine and 180+ in MO

I do not see 25% increase but a decrease.

m0nde

m0nde reviewed v40.71 Beta on Sep 28, 2002

Wow! Output to TV actually works now. I don't have to use something like TVTool to make that work. These drivers have scored lower than previous drivers, though, in speed trials so I can't give them a full 5 stars.

greeny`

greeny` reviewed v40.71 Beta on Sep 27, 2002

Unlike version 40.41, this new 40.71 detonators work like a charm for me. Seems like the crash bug on clicking display properties has been resolved. I also have a much higher 3dmark score compared to the old 3* drivers, and the new "enforce refresh rate" options just rule. Along with some other nice additions this is definately the best detonator till date :).

Cirque

Cirque reviewed v40.71 Beta on Sep 27, 2002

Added Monitor refresh rate auto/override. No problems installing. Be sure to disable your anti-virus software FULLY before installing and rebooting. PS. Would be very nice if Nvidia would create a cleaning tool to clean out old reg entries from other video cards/drivers as unified as their driver packages.

Orbit

Orbit reviewed v40.71 Beta on Sep 26, 2002

Slower than snail snot downloading this huge version, and I got about 75 less 3DMarks from the 40.52's. For you people upgrading from the 30.xx series to the 40.xx's you need to run a small program that removes the old 30.xx leftovers - even in WinXP. It's helped a lot of people. Sorry, I don't know where you can d/l it, maybe AOA forums.

kekec

kekec reviewed v40.41 on Sep 9, 2002

Am I the only one, who is having problems with these drivers on win2k??? When I go to the advance options and wants to click on Riva TNT tab I recieve an error, but when I install these drivers on my winXP they work fine and I noticed that they did some kind of the "new tabs" that obviously doesn't work for me on win2k... they should work more on that basic compatibility!!!

Cirque

Cirque reviewed v40.41 on Sep 4, 2002

I get all resoultions just fine, perhaps its your monitor or other settings.

alienvenom

alienvenom reviewed v40.41 on Sep 3, 2002

www.nvidia.com states a release date of August 29, 2002 for this driver version...

cupnoodle

cupnoodle reviewed v40.41 on Sep 3, 2002

no support for 1280x960 :(

ilasoft

ilasoft reviewed v40.41 on Sep 3, 2002

Works perfectly for me. Lot's of nice options, lots of bugs fixed! Thanks, nVidia!

Dapumkins

Dapumkins reviewed v40.41 on Aug 30, 2002

Hmm you guys need to correctly install the drivers(uninstall the old ones from control panel) and then rate them. Besides, they are beta.

I agree Nvidia should make a decent installer that does all of this for you.

Balken

Balken reviewed v40.41 on Aug 30, 2002

Dosen´t works any good under windows xp, unstable! Also crasches under advanced options.

alevstroem

alevstroem reviewed v40.41 on Aug 30, 2002

I´m using GF2 100/200 . When going to 32 bit screen starts to blink from sides. When using 16 bit res. it ok.

phoenixx_

phoenixx_ reviewed v40.41 on Aug 30, 2002

The new version crashes A LOT. Very unstable!
For me it crashes under advanced options under winXP :(
Too bad... I expected more

Ricko

Ricko reviewed v40.41 on Aug 29, 2002

A good performace increase with no extra expense. Cant realy argue with that. This is on a Geforce4 Ti however. Someone with a TNT cant really expect much improvement can they???

kmleow

kmleow reviewed v30.82 on Aug 24, 2002

INTRO:
I am using a 4 year Riva TNT
not TNT2, alright, the old TNT.

The only drivers that I can download for Windows XP from nVidia's website is the Detonator XP.

PROBLEM:
i installed it, and after i rebooted, the drivers shown is NVIDIA RIVA TNT by Microsoft Corp.

and I counldn't find the nvidia controls anywhere, so i suspected the drivers from nvidia didn't install properly.

i later add new hardware from the control panel, and it said it could not identify a compatible driver listed in the detonator XP package.

WHAT IS WRONG?:
I checked the list, they have everything from TNT2 onwards, but why didn't they include the old TNT.

yeah i know my card is old but that does not mean nvidia should stop making drivers for TNT.

SOLUTION:
i remember a site compared TNT2 with TNT, and they both are the same in almost everything except for the clock speed.

so i forced TNT2 drivers on my TNT card, and it worked!!

simpsonuk

simpsonuk reviewed v30.82 on Aug 9, 2002

I'm running Windows 2000 with a GF3 (Asus 8200)- after installing these drivers, Unreal Tournament became jerky after a while, nowhere near as smooth as the 29.42 drivers I was using previously. I wonder whether this is because these drivers are more reliable?

Using ALT/TAB during a game of Fifa WOrld Cup 2002 (during the match) on Windows XP caused it to crash - I wonder whether these drivers fix that problem?

My system: Asus P4T-E, 1gb PC800, P4/1.6ghz Northwood, Asus 8200 GF3, SB Audigy Player

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v30.82 on Aug 9, 2002

It works for me 8)

rubicant

rubicant reviewed v29.42 on Jul 24, 2002

My computer has been on for 3 weeks now without a reboot or even a logoff.

eviljolly

eviljolly reviewed v29.42 on Jun 12, 2002

I guess I'll give it a 5, they are stable on my machine, and although they didn't give any signifigant performance increase it's nice to know that nvidia is keeping things updated :)

ditoa

ditoa reviewed v29.42 on Jun 11, 2002

These are easily the BEST drivers i have ever seen from NVidia, it is beyond words.

Orbit

Orbit reviewed v29.42 on Jun 11, 2002

29.42's scored about 500 more points in 3DMarks. Work well with my GF3 Ti200. posted over 7100 points at stock core/mem on an xp1800@1.61GHz.

SlackSladey

SlackSladey reviewed v28.84 on Jun 9, 2002

At the mo im using the 29.40 on a geforce 256 ddr, it seems that the v-synch finally works, after maybe, 3 years of waiting. i have noted that there are a lot people getting lower performance with the GF3 range, which is frankly puzzling, since it was there flagship chip set not to long ago, yes the GF4 is out, but surely you gonna want to keep that GF3 you bought for 350 quid just a little longer, besides on my computer Asus a7m-266 1333TB 256ddr i still get better performance and my card is 2 years old, tv out is also very slighty better, which is what i play my games on, a 36inch widescreen 100hz telly, it looks cool and helps keep my card within its limited bandwidth due to the 800 by 600 nature of ze telly.
3dMarks 2001 1024by768:3647. 800by600:7539
Conclusion:
you dont want here my conlusion as i am a git!

Orbit

Orbit reviewed v28.84 on May 6, 2002

Gee... do you think GeForce3 fits in nVidia's description of the drivers: '...Detonator XP provides a free performance upgrade for your Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), including the TNTTM, GeForce2TM, and GeForce3TM families of GPUs..."
Or, gee, it DOESN't say GeForce3 Ti200, though, gee.....

decepticon

decepticon reviewed v28.84 on May 6, 2002

"..for the nVIDIA GeForce 256, TNT, TNT2, and Vanta graphics cards."

Dun think these drivers were made for your geforce3... :)

Orbit

Orbit reviewed v28.32 Official (Updated 4/23/02) on Apr 24, 2002

Running WinXP Pro, VisionTek GeForce3 Ti200, these drivers dropped my 3DMark scores by over 250 points from the v23.11's. These may be optimized for the GeForce4 series, but seem to slow down my system's performance.

xenos

xenos reviewed v28.32 Official on Mar 22, 2002

I am using this driver with XP and an old Diamond Viper V770 Ultra. It it stable and the speed is good. I also have a second PCI TNT card that I used for my multi monitor setup, and this fixed a BSOD that I used to have in Windows Media Player when viewing some videos. Great!

hdaalz

hdaalz reviewed v28.32 Official on Mar 22, 2002

Fixed the BSOD with windows XP and my geforce 2mx. justed played the medal of honor demo, Levels rock, couldn't play it before, so there for these new drivers rock!!!

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v28.32 Official on Mar 22, 2002

No Problems ! GF2mx400 on my Gateway700s :)

stealthx32

stealthx32 reviewed v23.12 on Feb 10, 2002

23.11 is really sucking. Blue screens on nv4_disp.dll left and right. And I'd love to get 23.12, but the nvidia server (ftp.nvidia.pl) is being repaired (or at least that's what it says when you login and enter the pub directory). That's why you can't download from it.

brianogden

brianogden reviewed v23.12 on Feb 4, 2002

Downloaded 23.11 driver certified by microsoft with same blue screen constant loop / microsoft not much use had to delete driver after 3 lock ups!!! I use Via chipset with latest drivers. Not able to get 23.12 server busy all the time.

tonywakefield

tonywakefield reviewed v23.12 on Jan 27, 2002

23.12 Touch wood seems to have cured my Blue screen and I can put hardware acceleration up to max. With Gforce2 mx64
Gigabyte GA-6VXE+F6 motherboard with VIA 4in1 v4.37a.

alevstroem

alevstroem reviewed v23.12 on Jan 24, 2002

How about nVidia drivers for XP/2K 2710.
Have anyone tried it yet ?

_theo_

_theo_ reviewed v23.12 on Jan 21, 2002

had the very same problem here with winxp on a 760mpx chipset: anoyng random reboots with 23.11 ..
23.12 solved it

martyvdb

martyvdb reviewed v23.12 on Jan 21, 2002

I had the exact same reboot issues with the 23.11 build as well, however once I installed this new 23.12 I have not yet had a single lockup or reboot. Fantastic!

bakkero

bakkero reviewed v23.12 on Jan 21, 2002

I finally got rid of random reboots by switching from 23.11 to 21.83 so I am not even going to try the 23.12's.
I would like to get the 270 points back that I lost in 3DMark2001 because of it though but I prefer waiting for an official release that adresses the issue with a via chipset.

popeye

popeye reviewed v23.12 on Jan 20, 2002

This version isn't on NVIDIA's Home Page. Why does this make it look official?

FLuKE

FLuKE reviewed v23.12 on Jan 20, 2002

yeah the term 'leaked' really means 'released but we dont know if they're any good!' for nvidia, they leak it themselves... I'm running XP, MSI GF2 GTS, no problems whatsoever. no lockups, great fps.

kbpartay

kbpartay reviewed v23.12 on Jan 20, 2002

I agree with FLuKE. Of course they aren't official and of course they are leaked...but as far as I know, you can get them directly from nVidia's FTP in the pub/drivery/2312 directory. I use Windows XP and a Geforce2 MX200 and I've had no problems whatsoever with this version or 23.11. Stability, no crashing, acceptable performance.

espectro

espectro reviewed v23.12 on Jan 20, 2002

/me laughs at previous 2 posters. No one said this was an official release! As you should know, these drivers get leaked quite easily.

Anyway, still for some unknown reason to me, it seems like geforce 1 cards freeze in windows xp. I have seen this problem reported at cnet too, so i guess i am not the only one. This does not happen in any other OS

Some_Guy

Some_Guy reviewed v23.12 on Jan 20, 2002

Yeah, 23.11 is the latest. Hence why they're so crappy, they're not official(ly done?)

coolguy

coolguy reviewed v23.12 on Jan 20, 2002

thanks for the info about version 3 but I got around the nag screen in 4 (just reinstall it correctly). About the subscription... its unlikely that this program is going to be around for "years" considering that OSes are barely current for more than a year these days, and asking 20 a year isn't exactly extreme on the part of tgtsoft. You won't be renewing a subscription to a program called StyleXP if you are no longer using WindowsXP, right??

Alien_77

Alien_77 reviewed v23.12 on Jan 20, 2002

This version adds no new features or optimization. This one is just certified by WHQL.

Uxorious

Uxorious reviewed v23.11 Official on Dec 8, 2001

Normally I install all the latest nVidia drivers - but this one backfired.
After installing it you will get issues with Media Player. Basically only the first window you play a movie in will be hardware accelerated. If you're watching 2 movies at the same time CPU time goes THROUGH the roof!!!! Oh when I rebooted after installing this update it crashed while booting Win2k. One more reboot and it worked. I'm back to 21.83 - that one is stable and fast!

DefBringer

DefBringer reviewed v23.11 Official on Dec 8, 2001

Probably the worst nvidia drivers I've ever used. Nvidia drivers are usually very stable...these aren't. They crash my system all the time. Unbelievable that these are "official" drivers. You're much better off taking the performance hit of using the 21.83 drivers than using these. I'm getting cold, HARD crashes every 2 or 3 boots with these drivers. Time to get rid of them. system: amd 1.4, gforce 2 gts, sblive, amd760 mobo.

horst

horst reviewed v23.11 Official on Dec 7, 2001

Aiai. This is one upgrade I regret. The system never crashed or hung, but performance was way down. No amount of tweaking made come near to the performance of v21.83 with my TNT2 (Diamond Viper 550 32Mb). Waiting for 23.12+.

IssacNewton

IssacNewton reviewed v23.11 Official on Dec 6, 2001

Ok I have checked these drivers along the way and since version 6.5 I havent found this set of drivers to work past 24hrs without a total feezeup with my ancient viper 770 non ultra card "Until Now"! I am pleased to announce we have been running these since the night of release and have no Ploblems. I tried previously somewhere in the version 8 range several times and in the teens numerous times and then even the previous release which was better "made it about 1 day and then froze". I think I will keep this one a while 8^) At least until I can afford something in the 64mb range. I tend to spend most of my money in the speedy file transfer areas and various software rather than on graphic cards of late. I guess its a trend. Congrats to Nvidia for the continued support on the drivers. I would rate them alot higher than 5 for their efforts!

uruguay

uruguay reviewed v23.11 Official on Dec 4, 2001

i have a riva tnt with windows XP and it crashes all the time, it doesn't let me make the login in win XP. I have to enter in VGA mode and uninstall the driver to work again with windows. Someone else has the same problem ?

BoNeLeSS

BoNeLeSS reviewed v23.11 Official on Dec 4, 2001

Works fine, stable and smooth on my system. CPU Athlon T-bird 1.4GHz. MOBO ECS K7A5S, 256 DDR, GF2MX.

Better performance than previous official and beta drivers. :)

CPUGuy

CPUGuy reviewed v23.11 Official on Dec 3, 2001

Crashes all the time on my system.

Some_Guy

Some_Guy reviewed v23.11 Official on Dec 3, 2001

For anyone who needs Voodoo 5 5500 drivers for XP, I finally got some that work. They're unstable though, Counter-Strike doesn't seem to like it, makes the PC reboot sometimes, but all the other games I've tried haven't. Wolfenstein, Unreal Tournament, etc. nVidia are b****es for buying out 3DFX then not making new drivers. Now they're offering this cheap deal, get $20-30 off on trading in your 3DFX card... and you can't even put that towards any card, it's some specifically chosen card. I paid a lot more for my Voodoo 5 than $20-30!!!!! nVidia make great cards, but that pissed me off that they did that. If you want those Voodoo drivers, ICQ me @ 9255880

a_fire_inside

a_fire_inside reviewed v23.11 Official on Dec 3, 2001

This is a great program. I liked how powerful perfmon is, but I hated that it took up system resources and wasn't very practical to have running all the time. This program solves that problem and takes up almost no system resources. Amazing...Now I can check processor and memory usage with just a glance and a click. If you are a power user get this program now!

melteye

melteye reviewed v21.85 on Oct 18, 2001

oh ya, driver performance is good. no crashes, nothing. In Windows XP... But I am keeping with 21.83 WHQL because I didn't notice a major difference. Waiting for Asustek to release drivers for XP so I can use my 3D-Glasses :)

Wyojake

Wyojake reviewed v21.85 on Oct 17, 2001

same ole same ole. people should really learn how to adjust their preferences so their privacy isn't violated?

stewacide

stewacide reviewed v21.85 on Oct 16, 2001

This works great for me (on XP). If fixed up a lot of problems in the UI with shadows and other UI elements not layering right (e.g. shadows from hidden dialogs and windows would show through where they shouldn't). As fer' gamin', no complaints.. a bit faster I would say than the old (windows 2000) ones (that's 100% subjective :) If you have XP and a Geeforce I would definately recomend you try these out.

winamprocker

winamprocker reviewed v21.85 on Oct 14, 2001

these drivers are good but....

they are not generic nvidia drivers these are drivers for the creative 3d blaster series.

oh well
still work on my gateway card

JoshuaML

JoshuaML reviewed v21.83 on Oct 12, 2001

THIS IS TO THE USER WHO WROTE!!

Review of nVIDIA Detonator Drivers for Windows 2000/XP 21.83 by bblack on October 12th, 2001 8:26 AM *

How are you using 21.85 when 21.83 were just released? Just curious

bblack

bblack reviewed v21.83 on Oct 12, 2001

Don't even bother with these. They are worse than 21.81.
They crashed with a BSOD after about 1 minute.
I'm using 21.85 and they are far superior.

Me2You

Me2You reviewed v21.83 on Oct 12, 2001

BEST driver writers who ever existed work for nvidia! These are "world-class" drivers, stable as hell. Of course, only the WHQL-certified versions never have a problem (nvidia's non-certified and beta drivers are usually quite "experimental" and cause problems).

the_dude

the_dude reviewed v21.83 on Oct 11, 2001

rubicant: This driver has a *serious* problem. I never experienced anything like that with 3DFX drivers. nVidia's Detonator drivers have been bug-ridden all the way.
I prefer drivers that can actually perform the SIMPLEST of device driver tasks, like e.g. putting the monitor into suspend mode.

rubicant

rubicant reviewed v21.83 on Oct 11, 2001

For the record, nVidia's drivers are better than 3DFX's drivers ever were. 3dfx's OpenGL ICD didn't just leave a lot to be desired, it left EVERYTHING to be desired.

Hender

Hender reviewed v21.83 on Oct 11, 2001

The 21.85 drivers are not an official release...the 21.83's are. The 21.85 drivers didn't get splashed all over every news site, either, because it was a fairly quiet release. Plus, who wants to download "leaked" drivers every other day? I'll take the official releases any day.

Androo

Androo reviewed v21.83 on Oct 11, 2001

Great drivers. Unfortunately 21.85 are out already ... BetaNews just doesn't know it yet.

CPUGuy

CPUGuy reviewed v21.81 on Sep 13, 2001

They do increase 3d game performance quite a bit, but they make the desktop soooooo stinkin blurry.

AnthonyB

AnthonyB reviewed v21.81 on Sep 12, 2001

Well, these are the first Win2K drivers that I've been able to use without lockups since 6.97 on my TNT2Ultra. Visual effects in games are definitely nicer (fogging, distance effects).

espectro

espectro reviewed v21.81 on Sep 12, 2001

Well, these drivers may be good for geforces 3, but not for older geforces like my geforce ddr.
And winxp support sucks. Within 5 minutes of installing them, windows rebooted itself and complained on a dll of the nvidia drivers just installed.
Geforce 3 users with win2000 may be ok

Me2You

Me2You reviewed v21.81 on Sep 11, 2001

This version is actually hot! Really did increase performance here (Win2K-SP2-IE6). Even though it's non-WHQL-certified (I took a chance based on their improvement notes), this driver rocks.

alien88

alien88 reviewed v21.81 on Sep 10, 2001

These drivers majorly increased my FPS in the games I play. On top of that, my 3dmark 2001 score went from 5000 to 5900.. nice nice

6ixX

6ixX reviewed v21.81 on Sep 10, 2001

weird these drivers make my q3 fps drop from 186 (12.41) to 144 (21.81)
but 3dmark scores rise from +-2300 until 2500
sticking with 12.41 =/

orenm

orenm reviewed v14.61 Beta on Aug 18, 2001

I would rather wait for the 20.80 which is due to be released soon.

Meanwhile, I stick to my 12.60.

Y2kFox

Y2kFox reviewed v14.61 Beta on Aug 17, 2001

These drivers appear to leak memory. After an hour or two of use, you will notice windows and icons "paint" themselves on and off the screen.

Golden.Blood

Golden.Blood reviewed v14.61 Beta on Aug 17, 2001

I am disappointed in nVidia right now. The 20.80 drivers have been released to certain individuals (Tom of Tom's Hardware) and these will increase the GeForce by 25+% speed wise, and yet they release these 14.6X, who cares about the 14's let us have the freaking Detonator 4 drivers and make our GeForce cards kill the new ATI 8500 series card.

Neo8234

Neo8234 reviewed v14.40 Beta on Aug 10, 2001

If you're running XP stick to the 14.20s. I recieved a blue screen during boot after installing the 14.40 drivers so I have therefore reverted to my old drivers.
I'm running a Gainward GF3 VIVO and haven't had any problems with the 14.20s I downloaded earlier.

Golden.Blood

Golden.Blood reviewed v14.20 Beta on Jul 19, 2001

These drivers SUCK for a GeForce 256. I have a 1.4Ghz Athlon w/256 PC2100 ram, and yes i know the video card sucks for the computer, but you be married and see how much money you have left out to spend hehe. Seriously though, i dropped 330+ points using these drivers and 3dMark2001. Check out madonion.com for 3dmark. Anyways, TERRIBLE drivers for a GeForce 256. P-U

Y2kFox

Y2kFox reviewed v14.20 Beta on Jul 17, 2001

Drivers work great in Windows XP RC1. I can run my system at the Optimal setting again and set the AGP slot to 4x without having random lockups. Framerate is improved over past beta drivers as well.

ShafuyZ

ShafuyZ reviewed v14.20 Beta on Jul 17, 2001

Which drivers do you guys recommend for usage with WinXP RC1 (for my CL TNT2Ultra)? The built-in Windows ones or something else?

AnthonyB

AnthonyB reviewed v14.20 Beta on Jul 16, 2001

I also have a TNT2 (Creative TNT2 Ultra) and under Win2K have found that 7.97 has been the most stable drivers for me. All the v10 and v12 drivers have given me random lockups.

campa

campa reviewed v12.90 Beta on Jun 23, 2001

It's freezing since the 7.4 version. I'm using a Guillemot Xentor with a TNT2. With all the detonator drivers Softice is not working. I have to use the tnt2 driver from Microsoft w2k package.

_ZiNE_

_ZiNE_ reviewed v12.90 Beta on Jun 22, 2001

I had the same problems too with my diamond viper ultra.
Even the current offical 12.41 drivers lock up. Right now im using 10.80 drivers which work fine. I might check out some higher versions to see where the problem starts, but i really wonder if these recent have anything to offer TNT2 users.

bmw15

bmw15 reviewed v12.90 Beta on Jun 22, 2001

I keep having random freezing too!!!!! I also have the Diamond Viper V770 non-ultra card!

IssacNewton

IssacNewton reviewed v12.90 Beta on Jun 22, 2001

I used the last set before 12.90 and they seemed ok at first but then after a while for no apparent reason they would just freeze the whole screen. I left them in a while just to make sure it was the drivers and yes it was. I went back to 6.5 and no more ploblems. I am using the diamond viper 770 non ultra and I think they must just be tuned a little above the cards head but maybe this new set will eliminate that ploblem. Other than that in game they worked great and never froze. Only when I was checking email and loading pages etc. I thought maybe the ISP was the trouble but I have several boxes working and that wasnt it. It happened about 6 times ,once every 2 days or so. hmm sounds like a leak hehe. anyway that is the pre-12.90 story with 770 non ultra diamond product.

schweb

schweb reviewed v12.60 Beta on Jun 5, 2001

Everything works perfectly for me. Running Win2k Pro with a 3d Prophet II MX 64mb

adnans

adnans reviewed v7.17 on Nov 12, 2000

I went back to the 6.31 drivers, everything runs excellect again. No more problems, no more random reboots from the advnaced properties. I'm happy.

DrPayOut

DrPayOut reviewed v7.17 on Nov 11, 2000

At least half life actually worked. My half life doesn't work anymore!!

jinno

jinno reviewed v7.17 on Nov 11, 2000

Received email from author. Now it is working under Windows 2000. One problem is that while it is retrieving prices ...
IE seems to be freezing..( note...my connection is cable..)
I cannot scroll page..... Any possible solution ? If internet connection is based upon 56k modem, I don't think I can bear this freezing time. Thus, rating is still 3.

DjIceman

DjIceman reviewed v7.17 on Nov 10, 2000

come somebody help me. I can't get my GeForce 2 Ultra to work with any drivers. Could someone please direct me to a site where you can get drivers that work. The drivers don't work with any game like Half-Life or Quake 3. Works just great with AOE2. I currently have Detanator 3 drivers installed. Thank you. dj.iceman@gte.net

IssacNewton

IssacNewton reviewed v7.17 on Nov 10, 2000

I think as far as a viper 770 non ultra is concerned that detonator 2 is still the reigning champion. At least there are no freeze ups and no hangs resulting in reset to boot.
dare I try D3 the new version with DX8? I Think not . I will wait.

diaphanein

diaphanein reviewed v7.17 on Nov 10, 2000

Caused anything half-life related (CS, HL 1-p, TFC) to crash right after precaching resources was done. Running in 1280x960 in OpenGL w/ Directx 8 retail on Win2k svr. Reverted back to 6.4.7 and the game played fine again....(this is w/ GeFore2 MX 32 MB).

Splinky

Splinky reviewed v7.17 on Nov 10, 2000

I installed these and when I clicked on the overlay color control tab in display properties, the system restarted. And while playing counter strike, the characters would glow a greenish color.

deepakhj

deepakhj reviewed v7.17 on Nov 10, 2000

I don't know if anyone cares. But DirectX 8 final came out yesterday.

Deepak

toxicthunder

toxicthunder reviewed v7.17 on Nov 10, 2000

tried these out a few days ago, and it made quake 3 freeze when i tried the timedemo. i'm running directx 8 too...

jc2436

jc2436 reviewed vBuild 618 on Aug 20, 2000

I was able to download the files with the http transfer.

rani

rani reviewed v5.30 on Jun 27, 2000

These drivers work great! They get better with every release, especially for Quake 3. To install, just choose "Display a list of known drivers..." then choose the "Have Disk" button and point to the folder you unzipped the drivers to and select your video card.

trublue

trublue reviewed v5.30 on Jun 27, 2000

The idea is great but the download link does not work and the webpage did not seem to have a link to download.

harbinger

harbinger reviewed v5.14 on May 1, 2000

No problems here, good job, didn't even have to re-boot after i installed the drivers.

one problem was just getting the drivers installed, it kept trying to install the previous installation, I had to physically remove the old nVidia drivers from my winnt/inf dir just to get the new ones to install.

captainmarvel

captainmarvel reviewed v5.14 on May 1, 2000

I have a Diamond Viper V550 w/TNT. After installing 5.14, I got the BSOD whenever I tried to enter the Display Properties function to change the display settings. Uninstalling and going back to build 3.78 did not cure the problem. I had to restore my Windows 2000 installatioin from a backup to get it running again.

theye

theye reviewed v5.14 on May 1, 2000

After installing these drivers and running Dxdiag, the Display tab no longer shows AGP Support: Enabled. For me at least.

reidyn

reidyn reviewed v5.14 on May 1, 2000

I don't know what took so long to get this here... It's been out for about 2 weeks. This has been the best driver build that I've installed since 3.78. Since 3.64, I haven't had any stability problems at all, but I have had various performance or compatibility problems. 3.78 was the first to have acceptable performance in every program I tested, and worked with everything. Since then, I've tried about 10 different builds with varying degrees of compatibility problems and performance issues. This one got everything right, and even has great frame rates in Q3A and Unreal Tournament. As a bonus, it adds the Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing (FSAA) and TV-Out support. The FSAA works OK, but I prefer just to run 1024x768 without it and get a better picture with higher frame rate than 640x480 with it. The driver reportedly has S3TC, but I haven't had an opportunity to test it. I also like the system tray tool, so that I can have a gamma setting for gaming and another for my desktop. Some other people have reported problems with this driver, but mine has been 100% trouble-free. FYI, I'm running a SuperMicro SCD MB with P3-667 and 256MB of RAM, and LeadTek WinFast GeForce 256 DDR with 32MB (*NOT* the revision 2).

cvdz

cvdz reviewed v5.14 on Apr 30, 2000

After about 10 minutes, my Win2k hangs completely with these drivers, no matter what I do. A great advancement though, build 5.13 hung after 1 minute, so it was kind of an adventure-like process to uninstall them.... :o)

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