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Thread: New Nvidia 8X Vista Beta drivers released

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    Default New Nvidia 8X Vista Beta drivers released

    Just received by email:

    Download Windows Vista 32-bit driver
    Download Windows Vista 64-bit driver

    Here is a summary of new features and bug fixes this new driver addresses:

    New Features

    • Adds support for GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, and GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8400 GS, and GeForce 8300 GS GPUs.
    • Increased performance in 3D applications.
    • PureVideo™ HD support.
    • Add support for forcing Vertical Sync in DirectX applications.
    • Updated NVIDIA Control Panel with improved user interface (Please see the Release Notes for more details).
    • Numerous game and application compatibility fixes (see below for some of the top issues).

    Key Bug Fixes

    • Fixed numerous "Display driver has stopped responding" error messages.
    • "This is not Vista" error message appears when installing Windows Vista 32–bit drivers on a Windows Vista 64–bit operating system. The error message did not indicate which operating system (32–bit or 64–bit) is installed. NVIDIA has fixed the installer error message to better tell the end user which version of Windows Vista drivers and operating system are running.
    • Warhammer 40k Dawn of War (all versions) has driver error message and does not run.
    • The gamma and brightness controls in the NVIDIA Control Panel Adjust Desktop Color Settings page do not function or affect the desktop appearance consistently.
    • GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS, Windows Vista Ultimate Edition: Text in the Ultimate Game:Hold'em flashes at the start of the game.
    • GeForce 8800 GTX: Elder Scrolls: Oblivion-NVIDIA Control Panel antialiasing does not work when HDR is enabled.
    • GeForce 8800 GTX: Half Life 2-fog is broken or misapplied. This fix requires the user to update their Valve Source–based games to the latest versions of the game engines.
    • GeForce 8800 GTX: Splinter Cell Double Agent-there is corruption in the game.
    • GeForce 8800 SLI: The system does not resume from S3 mode when SLI mode is enabled.
    • GeForce 8600/GeForce 7900 GTX SLI: "Display driver has stopped responding" error message appears when changing the resolution, or when resuming from Standby\Hibernate.
    • GeForce 8800 GTX: The Windows Experience Index tool crashes when trying to refresh the system score in Windows Vista 64-bit.
    • Please view the driver Release Notes for a list of all of the fixed issues in this driver release.

    Windows Vista Limitations

    In previous drivers, Vertical Sync (vsync) was listed as a Windows Vista limitations. However, NVIDIA has worked around this issue in our drivers.
    Please view the driver Release Notes for a list of all Windows Vista limitations.

    Application Limitations

    NVIDIA has found application limitations and is continuing to document in our driver Release Notes. Please view the driver Release Notes for a list of all application limitations.

    NVIDIA Vista Graphics Driver Issues

    Please view the driver Release Notes for a list of all of known issues in this driver release.

    NVIDIA Features No Longer Supported

    Please view the driver Release Notes for a list of all features no longer supported.

  2. #2
    Super Grandmaster
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    Sep 2005
    Cape Town


    They have also recatagorised their drivers, with a "different" driver for each series.

    The older cards already have this new 158.18 version as their stable release.

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    Got these yesterday. Had a bad 3dmark 06 performance when I first installed. Score dropped by 300 points. I had to remove the device from device manager and then reinstall. but after that the drivers are great. Getting better scores than in xp.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Cape Town


    Its making my DVD playback jump .....

    It was right after the driver install and I've never had this before, I wonder if others are having the same problem?

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    Jan 2006


    I tested it with counterstrike: source and it gives me worse performance than the previous one, get a lot of jumps / pauses in the video. and the video stress test gives me ave of 132fps

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