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Installing a new Graphics Card, what to do: Drivers

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October 10, 2012 4:21:37 PM

I have just received my ASUS GTX670.
I currently have a GT240 and have just (literally just) installed the latest nVidia Drivers: 306.97

I already know how to put it into the case, the motherboard you know... hardware stuff. Now the software.
Do i just simply boot as normal when ive plugged everything in or are there steps?

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October 10, 2012 4:23:34 PM

Just boot as normal. Remember to reinstall drivers AFTER booting up with the new card.
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October 10, 2012 4:42:32 PM

wrenaudrey said:
I have just received my ASUS GTX670.
I currently have a GT240 and have just (literally just) installed the latest nVidia Drivers: 306.97

I already know how to put it into the case, the motherboard you know... hardware stuff. Now the software.
Do i just simply boot as normal when ive plugged everything in or are there steps?


Because your new card uses the same driver as the old, just replace the card and you should be good to go.
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October 10, 2012 6:06:32 PM

Sinius idea contradicts Geofelts reply. Whos right? haha

Sunius said:
Just boot as normal. Remember to reinstall drivers AFTER booting up with the new card.

Are you saying that i should uninstall the latest drivers first then?
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October 10, 2012 6:39:25 PM

wrenaudrey said:
Sinius idea contradicts Geofelts reply. Whos right? haha


Are you saying that i should uninstall the latest drivers first then?



Yes, uninstall the current drivers then restart. After restarting download the correct drives for your card off the Nvidia site and select custom to do a clean installation.

306.97 - WHQL
http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/49949
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October 10, 2012 6:56:39 PM

edogawa said:
Yes, uninstall the current drivers then restart. After restarting download the correct drives for your card off the Nvidia site and select custom to do a clean installation.

306.97 - WHQL
http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/49949


I don't see the point in uninstalling the same driver you are going to reinstall.
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October 10, 2012 7:08:03 PM

edogawa said:
Yes, uninstall the current drivers then restart. After restarting download the correct drives for your card off the Nvidia site and select custom to do a clean installation.

306.97 - WHQL
http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/49949

This is the correct method. It make work the other way, without uninstalling the drivers, but you want to do it right and avoid any potential conflicts or stray registry entries. It doesn't take long, but a clean installation of a new card is best.
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October 10, 2012 9:32:11 PM

It's not the same driver. It's just the same driver bundle - but once you launch the installer, it detects which card you have and installs the correct driver. It might say it's same driver version, which it is, but it's actually different driver for different cards.
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October 10, 2012 9:50:55 PM

Sunius said:
It's not the same driver. It's just the same driver bundle - but once you launch the installer, it detects which card you have and installs the correct driver. It might say it's same driver version, which it is, but it's actually different driver for different cards.


I could be wrong, but when windows detects new hardware which the new graphics card is, then it will look for a suitable driver which is already there.

My take is to try it first.
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October 10, 2012 10:04:02 PM

geofelt said:
I could be wrong, but when windows detects new hardware which the new graphics card is, then it will look for a suitable driver which is already there.

My take is to try it first.


It literally takes about 3-5 minutes to uninstall and reinstall the drivers, just do it the right way.
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October 11, 2012 12:03:12 AM

edogawa said:
It literally takes about 3-5 minutes to uninstall and reinstall the drivers, just do it the right way.

I agree. Don't set yourself up for strange bugs and anomalies that you can't explain only to find out later it was a driver install error.
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October 11, 2012 5:17:08 PM

Ok im set to do the uninstall and reinstalling.
But how do i uninstall the WHOLE drivers package?
Or can i just simply download the newest driver again, install it and like, override the already existing drivers?
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October 11, 2012 5:20:21 PM

wrenaudrey said:
Ok im set to do the uninstall and reinstalling.
But how do i uninstall the WHOLE drivers package?
Or can i just simply download the newest driver again, install it and like, override the already existing drivers?


http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/IO_13955.html
^If i follow this, does it delete ALL/EVERYTHING in my hard disk that contains nvidia..you know...traces?
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October 11, 2012 6:42:25 PM

wrenaudrey said:
http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/IO_13955.html
^If i follow this, does it delete ALL/EVERYTHING in my hard disk that contains nvidia..you know...traces?

You want to uninstall everything Nvidia in the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs list.
Restart your PC.
Install the latest drivers.

I like to use Detonator R.I.P. after uninstalling drivers to completely remove all the little traces left behind. When just updating drivers, you don't usually need to uninstall and clean everything out. But if you are upgrading your Nvidia card or trying to do a completely clean driver install, this helps to remove registry entries, files, and folders.
http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=603
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October 11, 2012 7:36:56 PM

17seconds said:
You want to uninstall everything Nvidia in the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs list.
Restart your PC.
Install the latest drivers.

I like to use Detonator R.I.P. after uninstalling drivers to completely remove all the little traces left behind. When just updating drivers, you don't usually need to uninstall and clean everything out. But if you are upgrading your Nvidia card or trying to do a completely clean driver install, this helps to remove registry entries, files, and folders.
http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=603


This Detonator RIP, do i have to boot into safe mode for it? And how do inboot int safe mode? (Mobo is ASUS P5G41CM-LX)
What the diff between DriverSweeper and this- Detonator RIP?
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October 11, 2012 7:42:55 PM

wrenaudrey said:
This Detonator RIP, do i have to boot into safe mode for it? And how do inboot int safe mode? (Mobo is ASUS P5G41CM-LX)
What the diff between DriverSweeper and this- Detonator RIP?


Go to device manager and just uninstall the driver and software this way. Then restart and install drivers, then your done. To get here just right click on "My Computer" and select "manage." This is a very simple quick way and you will be good to go; you don't need to do anything else.



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October 11, 2012 7:59:04 PM

edogawa said:
Go to device manager and just uninstall the driver and software this way. Then restart and install drivers, then your done. To get here just right click on "My Computer" and select "manage." This is a very simple quick way and you will be good to go; you don't need to do anything else.


I have to right click on the graphics card and select 'uninstall' or something along that line right to uninstall the drivers?
And by doing it this way, it will save me from uninstalling all the nvidia stuff on 'Add/Remove Programs' right?
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October 11, 2012 8:21:26 PM

wrenaudrey said:
I have to right click on the graphics card and select 'uninstall' or something along that line right to uninstall the drivers?
And by doing it this way, it will save me from uninstalling all the nvidia stuff on 'Add/Remove Programs' right?


May I suggest you first try just installing your new graphics card.

If you should have any issues, which I doubt, you can go through the redundant exercise if uninstalling your ole driver and replacing it with the same thing.

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October 11, 2012 9:33:19 PM

wrenaudrey said:
I have to right click on the graphics card and select 'uninstall' or something along that line right to uninstall the drivers?
And by doing it this way, it will save me from uninstalling all the nvidia stuff on 'Add/Remove Programs' right?


Yep, just right click on the driver and check the little box and it will remove the drivers. Then power down and install the graphics card if you have not already. Nothing can really go wrong, I've done it so many times and never had a single issue.

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October 11, 2012 9:36:51 PM

Alright thank you all very much.
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October 11, 2012 9:37:28 PM

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October 11, 2012 10:00:37 PM

wrenaudrey said:
This Detonator RIP, do i have to boot into safe mode for it? And how do inboot int safe mode? (Mobo is ASUS P5G41CM-LX)
What the diff between DriverSweeper and this- Detonator RIP?

Safe mode is not required. It's a simple, small utility that's easy to use.
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