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11-29-05, 12:31 PM
Im wondering because I havent really had any luck with any of the 81.xx drivers. Is there a 7xxx series driver that performs just as good, and will support my 7800GT SLi setup? Thanks everyone(mikec)

11-29-05, 02:42 PM

11-29-05, 02:43 PM
I'm runing 79.xx for Win XP MCE. Seems to be just fine performance wise. I get artifacts on TV/DVD/video overlays when I have the SLI load-balancing display active, though.

11-29-05, 03:51 PM
TierMann still uses 78.05 I think. 81.xx has been hard locking/BSOD on him so he has to use it.

Not as fast as 81.xx but seems to be more stable and has a few less quirks.

11-30-05, 03:05 AM
Still on 78.03 here thanks to Nvidia not fixing the MS Flight Sim bug...

11-30-05, 04:25 AM
Went from 81.85 to 78.05 myself. Somehow my pc, see sig, likes the latter driver better.

11-30-05, 09:32 AM
TierMann still uses 78.05 I think. 81.xx has been hard locking/BSOD on him so he has to use it.

Same here, though I haven't tried anything since 81.85

11-30-05, 09:33 AM
My scores in 3dmark are better w/81.95 but 78.03 was fine in games and also more stable.
Same here, though I haven't tried anything since 81.85
Ditto. I was getting lots of blue screens and hard locks in games with 81.xx and I think it has something to do with dual core support in the driver. I have 81.95 loaded now and the system suddenly appears to be stable but I haven't been able to nail down exactly what it was that seems to have fixed it for me. I moved my DIMMs to a different slot, upgraded from .94 to .95, and installed the AMD CPU driver. In the past I had already tried the CPU driver and it didnt fix this so I tend to think it's moving my DIMMs around or the slight different driver revision that helped.

11-30-05, 03:28 PM
When I had the Geforce 6800GT all 8x.xx drivers gave bad results, I believe the 78.05 are by far the most stable drivers and has some great performance in Americas Army, Doom3 and quak4 games.

Acid Rain
11-30-05, 05:47 PM
78.05 on the NV40 setup. 81.94/95 has the buggiest CP to date. I thought all was good till I messed around with my 6800GT machine, and many of the settings I use for that setup are changing other things they shouldn't. I know, lack of details, but I also lack energy in a dire way right now, sorry.

78.05 for 6800GT type stuff. 81.95 profiles are just as buggy on 7800GTX class equipment, but using HQ in the cp keeps you from seeing this, so it took me a while to detect.

12-01-05, 12:42 PM
Still on 78.03 here thanks to Nvidia not fixing the MS Flight Sim bug...

Ditto: Using 77.77 drivers for my XFX 7800 GTX with a Dual Core AMD 4800+. The 81.XX series drivers caused major texture corruption in MS FLt simulator 2004.

12-01-05, 05:39 PM
With the 81.94 drivers. My games are locking up but with a weird purple color and rivets covering the screen.

I might roll back a few. And ever since these drivers, my GF6800 GT idles at 66C :|

12-02-05, 05:51 PM
78.05 (32-bit) and 78.03 (64-bit) are what work best for me with no lockups.
Those sets don't use dual core, quick SLI switch (without rebooting), or Direct Access for monitors.
If you don't care about any of that then I'd go with either of those.

I'm using 81.95 right now though to try and pin down what's doing it. So far, no luck :P.

12-02-05, 08:42 PM
Well looks like my hopes have been dashed. Here I was thinking my system was finally stable, having not had any problems for a while, and tonight it started freaking out again. Same crap as before, blue screen of death in FarCry PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA referencing nv4_disp.dll.

I have two crashdumps now and am trying to take a picture of what the blue screen looks like. Once I get the snapshot (having problems w/camera) I'm going to go back to 78.03 and see if this goes away for me again.

If it does it looks like TierMann you and I are in the same boat again.

Back to ATI if this isn't fixed by the time the next generation comes out.


12-03-05, 01:42 AM
I'm still using 78.05 and probably will for the forseeable future.

12-03-05, 02:12 PM
7805 here too. have had nothing but problems with 80 series.

12-03-05, 04:10 PM
thank you everyone for all your replies.(xmasgrin)

Acid Rain
12-03-05, 08:25 PM
Update: More serious news, I've now had my first Far Cry crashes ever, the sandbox editor to be exact. Both machines, at least once, a complete system lock on closing the editor, and terrible memory useage in the editor itself. A huge memory leak develops rather quickly for me. This on systems that never seem to have problems, especially the older one, which is usually all but bullet proof. Also, since it's the same on both, it's certainly not an SLI only issue.

The 78.05 is perfect in the editor, and pretty much everywhere else too. Seems odd that the 78.05 completely fixes the memory leak too. NV better start taking their drivers seriously again. It's VERY important. When simple things like the CP bugs that have only gotton worse since the ancient 61.77 keep cropping up as well, it looks terribly unprofessional. I'm pretty dissappointed in them right now, a rarity.

Oh, by the way, if you guys really need me to document the list of CP bugs, I will, but for now just know that the damn thing has like 50 stupid bugs.

78.05 on BOTH machines now.

12-04-05, 09:23 AM
I run the 77.72 drivers on my 6800 Ultra..

my bro runs the same drivers on his 7800GTX SLI

12-04-05, 09:35 AM
Going back to 78.03 has fixed the instability I was having (lockups in CSS, BSOD in FarCry) for the third time now. Clearly something about 81.xx just hates my computer.

I'll be starting a trouble ticket with XFX next week and involve Nvidia on this if I can. Nothing more annoying than sinking tons of coin into a 512GTX and a PCI-E motherboard only to not be able to run the latest and greatest drivers. :(

12-04-05, 10:42 AM
Back to x64 78.03,

Seem to have the fewest bugs and the lowest shimmering. I started getting occasional BSOD with the 81.XXs. They were nice for 3dmark05 though :p

12-04-05, 03:37 PM
Im getting a nv4_disp error while in certain maps on HL2DM using the 81xx drivers. I find it very strange that everything is fine on most maps, but certain ones just cause a bsod. Im not running the MCE drivers even though I am using MCE. For some reason when I try to install the MCE drivers it says it cant find the proper drivers for install. Should I try using the 78 xx drivers instead of the 81xx?

12-05-05, 09:10 AM
FYI I submitted a request for pre-purchase assistance w/NVidia this morning. I will be contacting XFX as well, per Nvidia's request, when their office opens later today. I have my doubts that anything will come of this any time reasonably soon but I'm doing what I can to help with this problem. TierMann next time you whack your system and rebuild it you might want to save a couple of those minidump files if you load 81.xx and continue having problems as I have.

If anyone cares to compare I have attached some information pertinent to the BSOD I get in FarCry w/81.xx.
Bugcheck (bluescreen) in FarCry v1.33


STOP: 0x00000050 (0x, FFFFFFFFFF010AB394, 0x0000000000000000,
0xFFFFF97FFF65B629, 0x0000000000000005)


Address - FFFFF97FFF65B620 base at FFFFF97FFF484000, Date Stamp 43751f40
http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/743/error8cd.th.jpg (http://img511.imageshack.us/my.php?image=error8cd.jpg)

12-05-05, 02:00 PM
Good news is I decided not to go with an upgrade for the mobo and videocard and I'll just wait for the next nv80 cards, so I'll have this board and card combo for testing. :) All the screens I get seem to be the IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL BSOD.

12-05-05, 02:04 PM
In FarCry at least the page fault screen is what happens 9/10 times. I think the IQRL error did come up once for me though. Also, the game would sometimes CTD as well. Or lock up hard and not produce the blue screen. Usually though it would eventually give the blue screen. FarCry is more or less toast on my system with 81.xx. Runs for anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour before it goes down on me.

78.03 is clear sailing, at least in games. If this isn't fixed by end of summer my next card will have to be ATI unfortunately. :(