Nvidia Video Card drivers for Vista beta 2 Build : 5384

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Rob M., Jun 10, 2006.

  1. Rob M.

    Rob M. Guest

    OK, I have 2 Hard drives (SATA) Non- raid, 1 for XP and 1 for Vista Beta 2
    ......Why when I install the nvidia drivers for Vista it wants to install on
    my C: Drive (XP OS Drive )? ..If i tell it to install on D: (Vista OS) The
    files just install in D: no " NVIDIA" folder like with XP ,and now I have
    nvidia Vista drivers on both my C: And D : drives and I don't see a nvidia
    driver in add/remove in vista grrrrrrrrrr.. I think its conflicting with
    Vista . I have tried to have patience but jezze I'm losing my mind . To
    uninstall the Vista drivers I will have to uninstall all my drivers from C:
    "thats my XP drivers too" and vista Is'nt even on that Har drive .. lol my
    god this sucks
     
    Rob M., Jun 10, 2006
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  2. Rob M.

    Hank Guest

    When you run the initial exe to install the drivers it unpacks them by
    default to the C:\NVIDIA folder. Most manufacturers unpack the files to the
    temp folder in your Users\%user%\Local Settings\Temp directory. I imagine
    that Nvidia does what they do to make it easy for us to find them should we
    need to for manual installation, reading any text files or whatever.

    These are the driver installation files but not the installed drivers that
    the OS uses. Basically it's the unzipped package. You can direct these to
    where ever you want to and then the driver installation will commence from
    that directory (which will then install the drivers to the OS related
    directories.) You can then delete the C:\NVIDIA directory without any
    issues.

    Also at this time there isn't an uninstall option in the Programs control
    panel app for Nvidia. The drivers are beta so perhaps in the future they
    will be there since the drivers feature set isn't complete. You can check
    if the drivers are installed and what version by running dxdiag from the
    Run... command and selecting the Display tab. Version should be
    6.14.0010.8861, the last four digits correspond with the driver version
    88.61.
     
    Hank, Jun 10, 2006
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  3. Rob M.

    Joe Guest

    I have noticed the Vista seems to use a different HD designation than XP.
    Dual boot config:
    Clean XP install on C: XP saw D: drive as unformatted raw; XP saw the E:
    drive as data disk.
    Clean Vista install on D:
    After both installations this is what I see now.
    On XP booted session; my C drive is XP; my data disk is D: and Vista is E:
    On Vista booted session my C drive is Vista; my data disk is E: and XP is D:

    As you describe I assumed that Vista was on D where I installed it, but it
    seems to give the C: designation to the drive that booted the OS. Did not
    notice this on my previous dual booted XP and XP 64, but who knows.

    Cheers,
    Joe

    Joe
     
    Joe, Jun 16, 2006
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  4. Rob M.

    Joe Guest

    I have noticed the Vista seems to use a different HD designation than XP.
    Dual boot config:
    Clean XP install on C: XP saw D: drive as unformatted raw; XP saw the E:
    drive as data disk.
    Clean Vista install on D:
    After both installations this is what I see now.
    On XP booted session; my C drive is XP; my data disk is D: and Vista is E:
    On Vista booted session my C drive is Vista; my data disk is E: and XP is D:

    As you describe I assumed that Vista was on D where I installed it, but it
    seems to give the C: designation to the drive that booted the OS. Did not
    notice this on my previous dual booted XP and XP 64, but who knows.

    Cheers,
    Joe

    Joe
     
    Joe, Jun 16, 2006
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  5. Rob M.

    Bones Guest

    Yes, Vista will see the drives differently than XP. Vista calls whatever
    drive you install it on C: and will then bump each drive letter up one to
    compensate. If you boot back to XP (on a dual boot system), then XP will
    enumerate the drives as it always has. Not sure if this is a bug or by
    design, but it has happened on all of the pc's that I have installed Vista
    on so far (about 6 machines) all with Vista Ultimate.
     
    Bones, Jun 16, 2006
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