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Grestorn
12-17-06, 02:13 PM
nHancer

Advanced Control Panel and Profile Editor for nVidia cards

http://www.nhancer.com/pics/nhancer_main_small_en.png

Now released:

Version 2.1.1 (Jan 21st 2007)

Download (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=downloads)

also required

.NET Framework 2.0 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=2&SrcDisplayLang=de&SrcCategoryId=&SrcFamilyId=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3fFamilyID%3d0856eac b-4362-4b0d-8edd-aab15c5e04f5)


nVidia's own control panel is not always very intuitive to use. Especially the 3D rendering settings are very cryptic and difficult to navigate. Even the new control panel introduced with the 9x.xx line of Forceware drivers isn't a real improvements for these problems.

nHancer is a tool to improve the usage of these features. Both normal and advanced users should find nHancer to be a big step forward.

Additionally, nVidia drivers include a unique feature, that allows them to define profiles for every game, which control various image quality, compatibility and optimization aspects. But in the standard control panel, this feature is even more cryptic to use, so most people never bothered about it.

But it's such a powerfull and handy tool, even for the average guy. So another aspect of nHancer is to improve the handling of those profiles by adding many features that the normal control panel doesn't offer at all and improving the ones that it does offer.

Lately, this feature has received some new attention, since the new SLI technique requires nVidia to provide such a profile for a game to get any speed improvement. But these profiles are just as interesting even without SLI, just to enhance the gaming experience with any game.

To see what kind of difference nHancer can make for your games, check out our Visual Comparison of the various Anti-Aliasing modes (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=d_aapres) and Anisotropic Filter modes (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=d_afpres).


Features

Support of Forceware 60 and later, including the new 96 and 97 line
Support of all GeForce cards, including the new GeForce 8x00 line
Support for single card, SLI and Quad-SLI systems
On-the-fly control (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=d_usage) of all global quality and performance-enhancing settings for all games
Create and manage fully automated profiles (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=d_profiles) for all your games
Very easy to use, explains all options and their effects, like Anti Aliasing (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=d_enhancements#AA), Anisotropic Filtering (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=d_enhancements#AF), etc.
Special options for nVidia's SLI feature (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=d_sli), allowing you to to use almost every game with SLI even if nVidia doesn't support it
Offers additional Anti Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering modes, that are not available through nVidia's control panel
Flexible user interface (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=d_usage): change the size of the window and all sub areas
User interface and help texts available in various languages (right now English, German, Polish and Spanish)
Coexists perfectly with nVidia's own control panel and other tools, like aTuner or RivaTuner. nHancer will immediately detect (http://www.nhancer.com/?dat=d_usage#AutoRefresh) any changes made by any other tool.
System requirements for nHancer

Any nVidia GeForce graphic card
Windows 2000, XP or 2003
Forceware driver version 60 or higher
MS .NET Framework 2.0 (download (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=2&SrcDisplayLang=de&SrcCategoryId=&SrcFamilyId=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3fFamilyID%3d0856eac b-4362-4b0d-8edd-aab15c5e04f5))

The former nHancer thread can be found here: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=45204

OWA
12-17-06, 02:15 PM
Thanks for the update.

CaptNKILL
12-17-06, 02:17 PM
Awesome. :)

Whats new in this version?

Grestorn
12-17-06, 02:20 PM
Awesome. :)

Whats new in this version?

Many many things since the last official version (1.2.2)...

But I think you're more interested in the changes since the last beta. Here they are:


Added new command line options:
/allowOverride – Activates the menu item “Options->Allow override of predefined options”. This is meant for advanced users, who never want to get a warning when they try to change a option which is predefined by nVidia.
/forceSingle, /forceSLI, /forceQuad – Overrides the detection in nHancer and forces nHancer to assume that there is a single card, SLI, or OuadSLI configuration respectively. This can be useful if the detection fails for some reason or for testing nHancer’s options and layout in each of those cases.
Added check to avoid that nHancer is started twice.
The warning for Color Profiles (which can no longer be created with the new nVidia control panel) is now only shown if “Show experimental modes” is not selected and the user is using a 96.x+ driver.
The option “Anisotropic filter optimization” is now only shown for pre 96-drivers or if “Show experimental modes” is selected. It has been removed from nVidia’s control panel as well and doesn’t seem to have any effect anymore.
The entry “prevent_cpl_aa” in nvapps.xml was previously used by nVidia to disable driver enforced AA entirely for a certain game. The previous versions of nHancer listed that option as “NoDriverAA”. In the latest Forceware versions, the same option only disables overriding the game’s AA request. Enhancing the in-game AA setting is still allowed. nHancer now interprets it just like the nVidia control panel does, i.e. you can still activate AA in those profiles, but the “enhance in-game AA” cannot be deactivated.
Added help texts for all options that were missing them.
Added german translation for various options and help texts.
When reopening nHancer from its tray icon, the profile that was selected previously is now reselected and the list is scrolled correctly to show that profile again.
Corrected some minor problems when using larger DPI settings on the desktop
Bugfix: Previously, when deleting all SLI profiles (either during startup or after the user has selected the menu entry), profiles which just disabled driver AA or driver AF were also deleted.
Bugfix: The icon at VSync has been changed to “Auto”, since VSync seems to work fine with the current drivers, even for D3D games.

D!Z
12-17-06, 02:24 PM
Thanks, its quite the program:)

|MaguS|
12-17-06, 02:36 PM
Thanks for the update! I couldn't be a PC Gamer without this application!

icecold1983
12-18-06, 05:04 AM
how do i get the extra aa modes not in the regular nvidia control panel?

Grestorn
12-18-06, 05:28 AM
how do i get the extra aa modes not in the regular nvidia control panel?

Activate "Show experimental modes" in the Options menu. You can then select the legacy modes (8xS etc.) in nHancer, but they still don't have any effect, since they're just not implemented in the driver yet.

On older cards using 93.x or older Forcewares, the "Show experimental modes" option will just show some additional, outdated AA modes (like 12xS or the old 8xS), which DO work, even though they're not very usefull anymore.

icecold1983
12-18-06, 06:01 AM
is there any way to use the 4x4 method in games with g80? that method has some of the highest aa quality ive ever seen.

rewt
12-18-06, 07:10 AM
Great work Grestorn! Thanks for keeping us updated :)

nekrosoft13
12-18-06, 07:17 AM
THANK YOU

Grestorn
12-18-06, 08:20 AM
is there any way to use the 4x4 method in games with g80? that method has some of the highest aa quality ive ever seen.

4x4 doesn't work either, just like any other pure SS or combined AA mode. Sorry. Even if nHancer would offer it, it wouldn't work.

If nVidia reimplements those modes, I'll reintroduce all of them in nHancer of course.

jsimmons
12-18-06, 08:26 AM
Too bad the drivers don't fully support the card...

[BANDIT]
12-19-06, 08:07 AM
Thx :)

JemyM
12-20-06, 10:39 AM
"The currently active display driver is not compatible with nHancer. Only nVidia Forceware versions 6x.xx and later are supported!"

Im using 97.44_forceware_winxp_international.exe with two 8800gtx

Grestorn
12-20-06, 01:58 PM
"The currently active display driver is not compatible with nHancer. Only nVidia Forceware versions 6x.xx and later are supported!"

Im using 97.44_forceware_winxp_international.exe with two 8800gtx

I have exactly the same configuration... :)

I guess the driver installation wasn't finished correctly.

You should try to uninstall the driver (using "Add/Remove software"). Reboot. Reinstall the driver. Reboot once again. Then it should work.

ginfest
12-20-06, 05:10 PM
Just another ty:)
I've been using this since day 1 and appreciate the work you do on the program.
Great stuff!

BDUB
12-20-06, 05:54 PM
I love nHancer.. thank you for it. Damn profiles are useless for me in NV drivers CP lately, so nHancer is a life saver.

vmsein
12-20-06, 09:03 PM
I've never tried this program, but I'm willing to give it a shot. Thanks Grestorn.

Spartan 117
12-20-06, 09:22 PM
thanx for the update, too bad the old classic CP for the Nvidia CP is gone, i miss it :(

BDUB
12-21-06, 02:07 AM
thanx for the update, too bad the old classic CP for the Nvidia CP is gone, i miss it :(
it's not gone..

Grestorn
12-21-06, 02:25 AM
@all: Thank you all very much for your nice comments!

Regarding the old control panel: I still have no clear answer from anyone if the old panel has been adapted for the new way AA is handled in 96+. Not only are there new AA modes, but Gama correction and Transparency AA is handled differently as well.

As longs as no one says otherwise, my guess would be that the old panel is not really working correctly in some regards, at least as long as nVidia doesn't offer the option to use it officially again.

BDUB
12-21-06, 02:41 AM
Ohhh you mean in 64bit old CP is gone? That sucks because custom resolutions don't work in the new CP for me..

Grestorn
12-21-06, 03:40 AM
Ohhh you mean in 64bit old CP is gone? That sucks because custom resolutions don't work in the new CP for me..

Nothing is certain. Since nVidia got such a backlash for the new control panel, they might reintroduce the old one or rewrite the new one from scratch.

Or maybe they contact me and ask me to create a nice control panel for them :) Unfortunately, that's just not going to happen, I'm afraid.

JemyM
12-21-06, 04:36 AM
I have exactly the same configuration... :)

I guess the driver installation wasn't finished correctly.

You should try to uninstall the driver (using "Add/Remove software"). Reboot. Reinstall the driver. Reboot once again. Then it should work.

I just did. "Add/Remove" Nvidia Drivers, nHancer 2.1.0, Reboot, Install Drivers, Reboot, Install nHancer 2.1.0, Reboot, Error Message
"Add/Remove" nHancer 2.1.0, Reboot, Install 1.2.2 nHancer, Reboot, Starts without hassle

I also tried the english driver now with the exact same result.

Odd.