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NVIDIA Releases GeForce 260.89 Beta Video Card Drivers

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October 11, 2010 7:55:19 PM

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 260.89 Beta Video Card Drivers
What’s New in Release 260.89 GPU Drivers: Increases performance for GeForce GTX 400 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v258.96 WHQL drivers. The following are examples of some of the most significant improvements measured on Windows 7. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here are the changes on the GeForce GTX 460 graphics card:

* Up to 19% in StarCraft II (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Ultra)
* Up to 15% in Battlefield Bad Company 2 (SLI – 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
* Up to 12% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (2560x1600 noAA)
* Up to 9% in Aliens vs. Predator (1680x1050 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
* Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (1680x1050 noAA – Tessellation on)
* Up to 11% in Dirt 2 (SLI – 2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
* Up to 12% in Crysis:Warhead (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF Gamer)
* Up to 13% in Far Cry 2 (2560x1600 4xAA/16xAF)
* Up to 12% in H.A.W.X (SLI – 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF SSAO Very High)
* Up to 5% in Just Cause 2 (1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF)
* Up to 22% in Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (1920x1200 noAA)
* Up to 5% in 3DMark Vantage (Extreme Preset)

http://www.legitreviews.com/news/9176/
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October 11, 2010 8:03:31 PM

What's the betting they don't give my 8800's the power of a quad GTX480 setup? :lol:  I'll give them a go anyway though.
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October 11, 2010 8:13:29 PM

I wonder if these address Civ V, I don't have the game so I will not know.
I tried them, I had to re-enable sli after reboot. Which was ok , it went smooth.
The weather is getting cooler out, my two cards are running closer in temperature. I won't attribute that to the driver, but it went through my mind :) 
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October 11, 2010 8:31:58 PM

I lost my Nvidia Control Panel with the last beta 260-series drivers. Hopefully these do a better job with the installation.
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October 12, 2010 5:18:02 AM

Hi matto17secs! Happened to me as well, and the solution is pretty simple. You just need to uninstall the driver. Restart the pc and THEN install the new driver. And there you go, you have the control panel, no prob at all!
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October 12, 2010 6:21:40 AM

u mean they released another beta after 260.63 ?
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October 12, 2010 8:16:33 AM

260.89 for some reason won't install on my windows 7 with the error "non 7 zipfile"
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October 12, 2010 8:40:19 AM

the same error occured with the 260.63 also but too bad Ican't remember hw i fixed it :( 
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October 12, 2010 12:17:59 PM

I downloaded that 7 zip file program so maybe now the format will be supported
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October 12, 2010 1:49:50 PM

oh yeah rite i also did dat only
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October 12, 2010 1:54:35 PM

Anik8 said:
oh yeah rite i also did dat only

We shall see later if this program served its purpose
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October 12, 2010 2:39:54 PM

ricds84 said:
Hi matto17secs! Happened to me as well, and the solution is pretty simple. You just need to uninstall the driver. Restart the pc and THEN install the new driver. And there you go, you have the control panel, no prob at all!

I figured that might be the problem. I had read that the new 260 series drivers were able to do a complete uninstall of the previous drivers for you, so I decided to try it out. Apparently, I still need to do it the old way: uninstall, restart, then install new drivers.
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October 12, 2010 2:42:21 PM

Jonathern said:
260.89 for some reason won't install on my windows 7 with the error "non 7 zipfile"

Where did you download the drivers from? If you get them directly from the Nvidia site, then you should have no problems with opening the installation package. I know that if you download drivers from Guru3d, for example, you have to unzip the files before you can install them.
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October 12, 2010 2:45:10 PM

17seconds said:
I figured that might be the problem. I had read that the new 260 series drivers were able to do a complete uninstall of the previous drivers for you, so I decided to try it out. Apparently, I still need to do it the old way: uninstall, restart, then install new drivers.

It's been working for me, although I have had to do a restart before Rivatuner recognises that the driver has been changed.
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October 13, 2010 5:36:32 AM

Well im going to try it out today since i downloaded 7 zip, For some reason when i select the windows version which is windows 7 ultimate 32 bit it thinks its for vista
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October 13, 2010 5:38:42 AM

17seconds said:
Where did you download the drivers from? If you get them directly from the Nvidia site, then you should have no problems with opening the installation package. I know that if you download drivers from Guru3d, for example, you have to unzip the files before you can install them.


I download the drivers from Nvidia direct, But lets see what happens i hope it works this time
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October 13, 2010 5:46:52 AM

I have the last beta's drivers I know they where trying to get rid of the need to drive sweep between updates.. but should I still drive sweep? Or does it work fine?


*Oh btw its the 260.63 beta ones*
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October 13, 2010 6:13:54 AM

^ yes it does a gr8 job,no need of driver sweeper.
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October 13, 2010 6:17:25 AM

Anik8 said:
^ yes it does a gr8 job,no need of driver sweeper.



Coolio..


Now just have to wait for nivida to make a update alert widget/thing.
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October 13, 2010 6:24:59 AM

Randomacts said:
Coolio..


Now just have to wait for nivida to make a update alert widget/thing.


Im sure i saw they had widgets alert now if you click on downloads it should be in the list
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October 14, 2010 7:07:34 AM

Well tried again, Success guys finally worked:) 
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