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Nvidia Will Unify Desktop, Laptop Drivers

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April 27, 2010 7:42:06 PM

why were they separated in the first place?
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April 27, 2010 7:51:14 PM

So, they're playing catch-up to ATI (who started this type of program with the March Catalyst 10.3 drivers).
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April 27, 2010 8:01:40 PM

BolbiSo, they're playing catch-up to ATI (who started this type of program with the March Catalyst 10.3 drivers).

Ya except nvidia drivers are 500% better, but yay go ATI you had a cool program for awhile instead of making your drivers better and updated more often.
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April 27, 2010 8:17:38 PM

proxy711Ya except nvidia drivers are 500% better, but yay go ATI you had a cool program for awhile instead of making your drivers better and updated more often.

/|\FANBOY ALERT!!!/|\

I use both and ATI at the start and up past SP1 for Vista had far better and more stable drivers(and more often releases way more often if you have a 8800GTX card and had to wait 9 months for a release to fix all the crashes because they where always releasing new drivers for the newer card). Now days, they are generally on the same level. I do not see a 500% difference anywhere....
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April 27, 2010 8:24:56 PM

proxy711 said:
Ya except nvidia drivers are 500% better, but yay go ATI you had a cool program for awhile instead of making your drivers better and updated more often.


wow, i guess you have been living in a cave for a while now, since AMD bought ATI the drivers have been on par with each other (they each have had some slip ups)
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April 27, 2010 8:30:58 PM

Even though I don't own a notebook/laptop but I'll say this. About damn time!

Linux drivers? pls
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April 27, 2010 8:41:29 PM

proxy711Ya except nvidia drivers are 500% better, but yay go ATI you had a cool program for awhile instead of making your drivers better and updated more often.


well nvidia driver are better then ati driver by 5% not 500%
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April 27, 2010 8:44:06 PM

Gin FushichoFinally.



Why is the same argument used again and again? Same old nvidiot talking points, have you used ati, recently? Drivers are sound. Its like faulting microsoft still for lack of security in windows 95.......
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April 27, 2010 8:55:25 PM

Does this mean I don't have to wait for Sony to release an official gfx update for my Vaio? Cause they haven't updated it since launch, 2 years ago! I've been running laptop2go hacked drivers to get updates..
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April 27, 2010 9:13:20 PM

So how about older ones? 6 and 7 series Nvidia? My 7900GS on my 3 year old laptop still runs most games, getting a update there too?
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April 27, 2010 9:34:34 PM

so what ..............
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April 27, 2010 9:51:50 PM

Most of the desktop drivers already worked on laptops by just adding the device ID string to the inf file anyways.
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April 27, 2010 10:04:58 PM

Thanks for posting this Kevin. I was worried I'd rarely see new drivers for my 320M.
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April 27, 2010 10:24:34 PM

ippSo how about older ones? 6 and 7 series Nvidia? My 7900GS on my 3 year old laptop still runs most games, getting a update there too?


You can force a desktop driver package onto it provided the original package supports the 7 series etc
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April 27, 2010 10:26:54 PM

the only difference between the desktop and laptop drivers is the list of supported devices listed as VEN_xxxx&DEV_xxxx&SUB etc which dictates wether your hardware is supported with by the driver or not

about F%^% time they add a few lines in there drivers to actually add support for something, and btw apparently its the OEM's that make nvidia and ati do this - they want only there drivers to work and be supported etc apparently from what iv read.
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April 27, 2010 10:29:37 PM

proxy711Ya except nvidia drivers are 500% better, but yay go ATI you had a cool program for awhile instead of making your drivers better and updated more often.


500% better at cooking your graphics card.
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April 27, 2010 10:42:50 PM

I see this little thread is going to be dominated by terms like 'nvidiot'.

Last time I checked sites like EA forums, both companies have an assortment of driver issues with fresh games.

Ciuyso what ..............


Do you need a bottle?
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April 28, 2010 12:02:21 AM

apache_livesYou can force a desktop driver package onto it provided the original package supports the 7 series etc


Can't actually, if I try anything > 180 series on my 7150m I get BSODs. I really hope nvidia stretches back that far with these unified drivers, but I doubt it.
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April 28, 2010 1:59:22 AM

BolbiSo, they're playing catch-up to ATI (who started this type of program with the March Catalyst 10.3 drivers).

Well, I don't think this is a good example of ATI advancement!
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April 28, 2010 2:41:57 AM

Great! I'd bought a Gateway with a GTX 260 and was stunned to find that drivers weren't available from gateway other than the ones supplied with the notebook. No updates! In my experience, driver updates are essential for smooth GPU performance.
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April 28, 2010 3:13:35 AM

I've had both a Nvidia 260GTX and now have a Ati 5970 and I from my experience Nvidia drivers are exceptionally well implemented and very stable compared to ATI.

I can't same the same with my ATI card... I'll be returning to Nvidia once they get their hardware act together.

This is from my personal experience anyhow.
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April 28, 2010 3:32:04 AM

runbmp said:
I've had both a Nvidia 260GTX and now have a Ati 5970 and I from my experience Nvidia drivers are exceptionally well implemented and very stable compared to ATI.

I can't same the same with my ATI card... I'll be returning to Nvidia once they get their hardware act together.

This is from my personal experience anyhow.


if its the same computer with the two cards, did you make sure to use drivercleaner in safe mode to get rid of all of the NV drivers before adding the 5970, that can cause issues sometimes

though if you want to talk about personal experience, i have a 4870 (now 2x4870) and have never had a driver crash (or even instability with the GPU)
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April 28, 2010 5:47:21 AM

BolbiSo, they're playing catch-up to ATI (who started this type of program with the March Catalyst 10.3 drivers).
ATI did something good a few months earlier, but you think Nvidia shouldn't have bother to do the same when it was smart and easy enough to do so? Congrats it's clear you love ATI from the waist down now go troll in another forum.
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April 28, 2010 9:32:31 AM

mindless728if its the same computer with the two cards, did you make sure to use drivercleaner in safe mode to get rid of all of the NV drivers before adding the 5970, that can cause issues sometimesthough if you want to talk about personal experience, i have a 4870 (now 2x4870) and have never had a driver crash (or even instability with the GPU)


its kinda lame to compare a duel gpu driver with single gpu driver offcourse a single gpu driver will always win even if u decide to compare HD 5870 with GTX 295...
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April 28, 2010 1:44:28 PM

drownedCan't actually, if I try anything > 180 series on my 7150m I get BSODs. I really hope nvidia stretches back that far with these unified drivers, but I doubt it.


Depends on what architecture that 7150 is based on - may not be a real 7 series etc, sounds IGP related too...
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April 28, 2010 2:08:50 PM

Well IT'S ABOUT TIME!!
I bought a Sager 9260 A few years back. It was intended to replace my desktop at the time (which it eventually did).
It would BSOD once or twice a week. Event log always implicated the video drivers as the problem.
I went to nvidia's site and got updated drivers only to be told during the aborted install that the OEM had to supply them.
After the 3 months with no update from the OEM and no word that they ever would provide new drivers I finally discovered a few
places similar to laptoptogo and got new ones. It took 4 different versions and trys before I finally got one that worked. Worse I had
to develop my own process for installing them since the standard installer would only install them for one of the two gtx 7950's in sli and leave the other one as an unknown device. So this driver thing is way over due.
Oh and eventually that 9260 became a good computer. I've never had another crash on the system since but I'll never forget or forgive for the hassle I went through over that one and I'll never buy another one ... EVER.
By the way for those of you who don't have a notebook or never tried to update video drivers on a notebook stuff like closing the lid and going to sleep and other features like that are all built into the video drivers. Point is they are different than desktop drivers in many respects.
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April 28, 2010 3:04:11 PM

Well, NVIDIA has been running the UDA program (Unified Driver Architechure) for a while now. For laptop GPUs, it's possible to use desktop drivers but a few of the laptop only features might get disabled.
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