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Driver and OCing problems with 8600m GT

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October 19, 2007 4:30:26 PM

I bought a Sager 2090 (stats below) recently and have a question. I see many posts about a notebook with the same graphics card that I have having a 16x.xx driver. When I try to install these drivers they say something like this driver doesn't have any supported devices, or something like that, and they don't install. That newest driver that I have gotten to work is a 156.66 from laptopvideo2go.com. I am just wondering if that is the newest driver I can install or what. Also, I can't seem to overclock with the 15x.xx drivers, only the 101.xx driver let me overclock with ATI Tools. So can you not overclock with the 15x.xx drivers? I know you can't overclock with the 16x.xx drivers at all. Also why are the newer drivers not installing? Thanks.



Sager NP2090 (Compal IFL-90)
15.4" WSXGA+ "Matte" Type Super Clear Ultra Bright Screen (1680x1050)
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
- Standard Dead Pixel Policy
- ~Intel® Core™2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz w/4MB L2 On-die cache - 800MHz FSB
- 512MB PCI-Express nVidia GeForce 8600GT DX10
- None Standard
- ~ 2,048MB DDR2 667 PC2 5300 (2 SODIMMS) Dual Channel Memory
- None Standard
- Standard Finish
- - Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti 8X DVDRW Drive w/ Software
- ~ 160GB 5400RPM (Serial-ATA 150)
- None Standard
- Internal 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
- Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
- None Standard
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Integrated System Speakers - Included
- None Standard
- Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965 802.11 a/g/n
- None Standard
- Carying Case Optional (Select if desired)
- Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
- 110/220V 120W Auto Switching AC Adapter - Included
- Integrated Fingerprint Reader
- ~Windows XP Home SP2 with Drivers and Utilities CD
- 3 Year Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime Toll Free Tech Support (Extra 2 Year Labor Warranty through Xotic PC)
October 19, 2007 5:07:35 PM

A lot of notebooks require a proprietary driver directly from the manufacturer and do not use the standard Forceware drivers. Sager lists the 156.10 as the latest driver to be used with your notebook.

Overclocking notebook hardware isn't generally recommended.
October 19, 2007 5:22:44 PM

I've been told that certain companies lock the frequencies on their laptop graphics cards. I was just messing around with Coolbits on my laptop and my frequencies reset themselves when I close the control panel. I also tried using NTune, but it refused to detect the frequencies that my card was running at. Not sure it that's the reason, but it looks like it is.
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October 19, 2007 5:23:57 PM

I would not recommend overclocking any part in a laptop, and the GPU uses drivers different than the desktop variant.
October 19, 2007 5:29:32 PM

Actually it was Rivatuner that wouldn't work. If you look at the system requirements for Riva, it only mentions desktop cards. That would leave me to believe that mobile cards aren't supported.
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