I just bought a eVGA 8800GTX. Currently I have 2 7600GTs in SLI. See my sig.
I was told (I hope correctly) that I could in Vista use a 7xxx and 8xxx card in the same computer.
What is the suggested upgrade process?
I assume the following will work, but figure I check:
- remove 1 7600GT (and SLI bridge off course)
- replace with 8800GTX
- reboot in Vista
There are some questions that remain though:
- Should I uninstall the nVidia drivers 1st before installing the 8800?
- this is a dualboot XP\Vista. Will XP still work but with only the 8800? ie 1 monitor?
- should I just get rid of XP?
- Will a Vista32 Driver work in Vista64? One of my devices (M-Audio Black Box only has 32bit driver)
Edit - Hey, what would happend if I put the SLI bridge between the 7600GT and 8800GTX? Nothing or an expensive stupid move?
BTW, any chance of you giving me some answer to my questions?
Sorry. As you said, remove the 7600 and the SLI bridge. Then install the 8800. Keep the 7600 driver installed. Boot into Vista and try to install the 8800 driver. Of course, I've never tried this, but I'm assuming the two driver packages will conflict with each other. If they don't, I guess you're in good shape.
Will a Vista32 Driver work in Vista64? One of my devices (M-Audio Black Box only has 32bit driver)
I don't know. I'm assuming it won't, but try it.
this is a dualboot XP\Vista. Will XP still work but with only the 8800? ie 1 monitor?
If you're dual card setup works in Vista, it might work in XP.
Everything you want to do involves trial & error. I don't think you're putting any of you're hardware at risk. At worst, you may hose up your OS and have to do a clean install.