New nVidia GeForce WHQL Release 175.16 -- 13 May 2008

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Cal Bear '66, May 13, 2008.

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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    New nVidia GeForce WHQL Release 175.16 -- 13 May 2008:

    WHQL driver for GeForce 6, 7, and 8 series GPUs.
    Added support for NVIDIA 3-way SLI Technology.
    Added support for GeForce 8800 GTS 512 GPU.
    Recommended driver for the latest DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL
    Numerous game and application compatibility fixes. Please refer to the release
    documentation for more information on features, driver fixes, and known issues.

    I Bleed Blue and Gold
    Cal Bear '66, May 13, 2008
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    WHQL Certified for Windows Vista

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

    Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI™ technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and
    OpenGL, including Quad SLI technology with GeForce 9800 GX2 and 3-way SLI
    Technology with GeForce 9800 GTX.

    Supports Hybrid SLI technology to turbo-charge graphics performance and enjoy
    intelligent power management on the following motherboards:
    nForce 780a SLI
    nForce 750a SLI
    nForce 730a
    nForce 720a
    GeForce 8300
    GeForce 8200
    GeForce 8100

    Supports GeForce Boost, a Hybrid SLI Technology, on the following GPUs:
    GeForce 8500 GT
    GeForce 8400 GS

    Supports HybridPower, a Hybrid SLI Technology, on the following GPUs:
    GeForce 9800 GX2
    GeForce 9800 GTX

    Adds support for NVIDIA GeForce 3D Stereo Technology

    Adds new PureVideo HD features for GeForce 9800 GX2, 9800 GTX, 9600 GT and 9600
    Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
    Dynamic Blue, Green & Skin Tone Enhancements
    Dual-Stream Decode Acceleration*
    Microsoft Vista Aero display mode compatibility for Blu-ray & HD DVD playback*

    Added the following pages to the NVIDIA Control Panel:
    Manage Custom Resolutions
    Adjust Television Color Settings
    Adjust Screen Size and Position
    Move CRT Position

    Improved performance on many DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL applications.
    Numerous game and application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes
    for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known
    compatibility issues.

    GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring is available by installing NVIDIA
    System Tools software.

    * Note: Users will require updated software from third-party movie players to
    experience the new Dual-Stream decode acceleration and Aero support for Blu-ray
    and HD DVD playback features.

    GeForce 9800 GX2
    GeForce 9800 GTX
    GeForce 9600 GT
    GeForce 9600 GSO
    GeForce 8800 Ultra
    GeForce 8800 GTX
    GeForce 8800 GTS 512
    GeForce 8800 GTS
    GeForce 8800 GT
    GeForce 8800 GS
    GeForce 8600 GTS
    GeForce 8600 GT
    GeForce 8600 GS
    GeForce 8500 GT
    GeForce 8400 GS
    GeForce 8400 SE
    GeForce 8400
    GeForce 8300 GS
    GeForce 8300
    GeForce 8200
    GeForce 8200/NVIDIA nForce 730a
    GeForce 8100/NVIDIA nForce 720a
    GeForce 7950 GX2
    GeForce 7950 GT
    GeForce 7900 GTX
    GeForce 7900 GT/GTO
    GeForce 7900 GS
    GeForce 7800 SLI
    GeForce 7800 GTX
    GeForce 7800 GT
    GeForce 7800 GS
    GeForce 7650 GS
    GeForce 7600 GT
    GeForce 7600 GS
    GeForce 7600 LE
    GeForce 7500 LE
    GeForce 7350 LE
    GeForce 7300 SE
    GeForce 7300 LE
    GeForce 7300 GT
    GeForce 7300 GS
    GeForce 7200 GS
    GeForce 7100 GS
    GeForce 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
    GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
    GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i
    GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
    GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i
    GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a
    GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a
    GeForce 6800 XT
    GeForce 6800 XE
    GeForce 6800 Ultra
    GeForce 6800 Series GPU
    GeForce 6800 LE
    GeForce 6800 GT
    GeForce 6800 GS/XT
    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 6250
    GeForce 6200SE TurboCache™
    GeForce 6200 TurboCache™
    GeForce 6200 LE
    GeForce 6200 A-LE
    GeForce 6200
    GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    GeForce 6150 LE
    GeForce 6150
    GeForce 6100 nForce 420
    GeForce 6100 nForce 405
    GeForce 6100 nForce 400
    GeForce 6100

    I Bleed Blue and Gold
    Cal Bear '66, May 13, 2008
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    jimrx4 Guest

    I have an interesting development. I have a 9600 GT (nVidia) board so I
    d/l'd the driver. I first uninstalled my current video driver(s) from nVidia
    and rebooted. I got the black screen just before win/vist/ult booted (you
    know, with the crawl at the bottom) and nothing happened! I couldn't get
    into my Vista system. Thankfully I had a mirror image that I created this AM
    so I redeployed it and repeated the above but I couldn't get Vista to run
    (boot to desktop) after uninstalling my current nVidia drivers. I tried to
    do this in safe mode but got the same results. Any ideas?
    jimrx4, May 13, 2008
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    Curious Guest

    I suggest that you boot into safe mode and try and install the drivers from
    AFAIK you no longer need to uninstall older NVIDIA drivers when installing
    new ones. I have not installed any for the last year or twos upgrades.
    Following is the link to the full set of release notes which is a lot more
    comprehensive then the release highlights contained in Bears post.
    Curious, May 13, 2008
  5. That is correct. nVidia drivers do not require uninstallation by the user
    when updating.
    Colin Barnhorst, May 13, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    It's still showing the old December release.
    Peter, May 13, 2008
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    Greg R Guest

    Yep, when I look up the driver for Product Series 7 I get the old December
    driver, but if you look at series 8 or 9 you get the May 13th driver.
    Greg R, May 13, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Just tried to install and it said not for my system....weird. I def. got
    the right version downloaded.
    I have 7600GS on Vista x86 so it should be OK. Is it true that we no
    longer need to uninstall the old driver?
    Peter, May 13, 2008
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    Curious Guest

    Then select the option for Beta drivers so you can download the 175.16
    drivers for your 7xxx card.
    Curious, May 13, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Ooops....I just realised that these aren't the forceware wonder
    I can't get them to install.
    Peter, May 13, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    It's not just me. Their forums have several people with the same issues as
    Peter, May 14, 2008
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    Dave Guest

    I have a GeForce 7800 GTX, and yes, the site is still showing the 169.25
    But I downloaded the 175.16 version and installed it.
    Works just fine.
    Dave, May 14, 2008
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    Greg R Guest

    Same here, and so far no problems. I read that Nvidia is suggesting series
    6 and 7 owners to use the December drivers even though the new driver should
    work for the older cards.
    Greg R, May 14, 2008
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    John Speros Guest

    I also received the error using the NVidia setup program that the drivers
    were not for my 7800GS. I got them to install anyway by going to the Display
    Driver in Device Manager and pointing to the directory where the NVidia
    setup program extracted the driver files.
    John Speros, May 14, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    I tried that route and it gave the same problem in Vista. In XP they
    installed OK but I had to rollback as the screen had a "washed-out" look.
    I'll stick with the tried and true December drivers.
    Peter, May 14, 2008
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    Curious Guest

    The new NVIDIA drivers have more ability for you to set color and related
    settings then the older ones. Therefore you may need to evaluate all of the
    different setting options now available in the new Nvidia control panel.
    Curious, May 14, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Yes, I discovered that all I had to do was reduce the gamma. I still
    cannot get them to install in Vista...weird, even fails when I replace the
    inst.inf file..
    There's a couple of ongoing discussions in the nvidia Geforce forum.
    Peter, May 14, 2008
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    Curious Guest

    Just tell NVIDIA you want the driver for a 8500 for example and then it
    will down the load the correct driver installation file. there are not
    different installation files based on the card you have just different
    installation files for the different OS releases.
    Curious, May 15, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Peter, May 15, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Didn't work, just like before.
    Peter, May 15, 2008
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