Welcome to nV News, home to fans of NVIDIA on the Internet. For me, the ride began in 1996 when I first witnessed the OpenGL accelerated version of Quake running on the Riva 128 based Diamond Viper V330 graphics card. Although performance was subpar, I was overwhelmed by the brilliance that 3D graphics had to offer.
id Software's GLQuake
It wasn't until the TNT debuted a couple of years later that NVIDIA became a legitimate contender in the 3D graphics chipset market. Since that time, I've been riding the NVIDIA wave, as many of you also have, to an enriched gaming experience.
With graphics cards becoming more powerful and game developers embracing leading-edge development tools, image quality in the games we play will continue to improve.
id Software's Doom3
NVIDIA has often stated that a major goal of theirs is to render a frame of photo-realistic 3D graphics in 1/60th of a second (60 frames per second).
nV News continues as a hobby with a goal to provide visitors with relevant information to get the most benefit from their NVIDIA-based product.
nV News is a fan site for owners of NVIDIA-based products. While we report on a variety of computer hardware and gaming topics, the majority of our content is related to NVIDIA and their add-in partnerss.
nV News has been on-line since April of 1998 and provides news, reviews of NVIDIA and other PC products, and a message board for our visitors to use.
NVIDIA Corporation, traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol NVDA, is a leading designer of 3D graphics and motherboard chipsets for consumer and professional markets. Their products, which are branded under the TNT, GeForce, Quadro, and nForce names, span a wide variety of personal computing and workstation platforms including Windows, Macintosh, and various implementations of Linux.
NVIDIA has recently entered other technology markets and struck a deal with Microsoft to deliver the video and audio components for the Xbox game console system. In June of 2001, NVIDIA announced the nForce motherboard chipset.
NVIDIA's Chief Executive Officer and President is Jen-Hsun Huang, who co-founded the company in 1993 along with Chris Malachowsky, Vice President of Hardware Engineering, and Curtis Priern. We have assembled the following links about Jen-Hsun (pronounced as Jensen).
Our popular Price Page contains links by graphics chipset and add-in card manufacturer to vendors who are selling NVIDIA based graphics cards on Pricewatch. The For Sale/Trade forum can also be used to buy and/or sell computer hardware.
You can post a message in our NVIDIA Graphics Cards forum as many of our forum regulars are usually willing to lend a helping hand. If your problem is related to Linux, please use the Linux And NVIDIA Graphics forum. There are also a number of forums at other web sites that may provide assistance.
Here are a few other suggestions, in no particular order, from our forums. Note that we cannot be held accountable for any undesirable effects these suggestions may cause.
Install the latest official reference graphics driver from NVIDIA. In some cases, a previous driver set may correct a particular problem.
Use the graphics card on another computer. This procedure can determine if the graphics card is faulty.
Ensure that your power supply is adequate. Many new graphics cards require external power and a power supply that can deliver a minimum of ### watts is recommended.
Ensure the graphics processor is getting proper cooling by verifying that the fan on the graphics card is working.
Hold the graphics card up to a light and see if there's a gap between the graphics processor and the heatsink. Sometimes a heatsink can be slightly warped and will not have enough surface area touching the graphics processor to cool it properly.
Carefully remove the heatsink in order to verify there's enough thermal paste or that a thermal pad is making contact with the graphics processor.
Stability can be compromised by an running on an AGP bus speed greater than 66MHz. If the front side bus (FSB) on the motherboard has been increased, you may need to gradually lower it until the system becomes stable. Also check to see if there's an AGP divider option available in the BIOS.
The AGP voltage might be fluctuating and dipping below the minimum voltage. Try increasing the AGP voltage in the BIOS to the next highest setting.
Check for an updated BIOS for the motherboard or graphics card.