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AngelGraves13
05-02-07, 10:12 AM
Latest NVIDIA Windows Vista Driver News

May 2, 2007

On behalf of NVIDIA, the Vista Quality Assurance team would like to thank our user community for participating in the bug report system. The information you provided is valuable and will help us improve the quality and performance of our drivers.

There is a new Windows Vista Beta driver release available to download from NVIDIA, v158.24. This is a new driver which will support GeForce 6, 7 and 8 series graphics boards; it does not support GeForce Go mobile GPUs. Please continue to check with your notebook manufacturer for a new driver for GeForce Go GPUs. GeForce FX users should continue to use the v96.85 driver.

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

Key Bug Fixes

* Fixed a problem when trying to enable NVIDIA SLI using the international versions of Windows Vista. If you are having problems enabling this feature, please download the v158.24 Beta driver.
* Please view the driver Release Notes for a list of all of the fixed issues in this driver release.

The following sections list the changes made and issues resolved since driver
version 158.18.

• “Fixed Issues–Windows Vista 32‐bit” on page 9
The NVIDIA bug number and driver module are provided for reference.
Fixed Issues–Windows Vista 32-bit
• [SLI], International Driver Versions: NVAPI crashes when reloading
the driver in response to NvAPI_SetGpuTopologies(). [310539]
• [SLI], International Driver Versions: The NVIDIA Control panel
crashes when enabling SLI mode.[309105]

Release Highlights:

* This driver fixes a problem when trying to enable NVIDIA SLI using the international versions of Windows Vista
* 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
* This driver supports the following 3D features:
Single GPU support
+ DirectX 9 support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs
+ DirectX 10 support for GeForce 8 series GPUs
+ OpenGL support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs
NVIDIA SLI support
+ DirectX 9 support for 6/7/8 series GPUs
+ OpenGL support for 6/7/8 series GPUs
* DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8 series GPUs will be available in a future driver
* If you would like to be notified of upcoming drivers for Windows Vista, please subscribe to the newsletter
* Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, and known compatibility issues

Download:
ForceWare Release 158.24 32 Bit (http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/158.24/158.24_forceware_winvista_32bit_english.exe)
ForceWare Release 158.24 64 Bit (http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/158.24/158.24_forceware_winvista_64bit_english.exe)

Update:
Fixed download links pointing to incorrect ForceWare Release 158.18 WHQL. Thanks Electronic Punk!

Happy Gaming Everyone!

Electronic Punk
05-02-07, 10:20 AM
Groovy.

Although they suck at links:
http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/158.24/158.24_forceware_winvista_32bit_english.exe

Had to remove _whql so I guess they got that wrong too.

WeReWoLf
05-02-07, 10:34 AM
It installs the 158.18's though...

Electronic Punk
05-02-07, 10:38 AM
Hmm, checking here over remote desktop, sure you grabbed the right file?

AngelGraves13
05-02-07, 10:38 AM
I've updated the links. Please download the correct driver by clicking on the link, as the NVIDIA website points to an older ForceWare release.

Electronic Punk
05-02-07, 10:41 AM
Never been affected by the bug that spawned this driver anyway.

Anyone know the difference between the us and uk releases anyway? (other than 20 senseless megs?)

radekhulan
05-02-07, 10:52 AM
International release:
http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/winvista_x64_158.24_uk.html

nekrosoft13
05-02-07, 10:59 AM
GREAT NEWS, GO NVIDIA!

JimBobb
05-02-07, 11:02 AM
No XP Drivers?

nekrosoft13
05-02-07, 11:02 AM
WOW, this is the only change

Changes in Version 158.24
The following sections list the changes made and issues resolved since driver
version 158.18.
• “Fixed Issues–Windows Vista 32‐bit” on page 9
The NVIDIA bug number and driver module are provided for reference.
Fixed Issues–Windows Vista 32-bit
• [SLI], International Driver Versions: NVAPI crashes when reloading
the driver in response to NvAPI_SetGpuTopologies(). [310539]
• [SLI], International Driver Versions: The NVIDIA Control panel
crashes when enabling SLI mode.[309105]

Electronic Punk
05-02-07, 11:10 AM
No XP Drivers?

I guess the vista bug didn't effect xp.

AngelGraves13
05-02-07, 11:11 AM
Yes, seems that Vista and SLI are still learning how to play nice.

Ancient
05-02-07, 11:36 AM
WOW, this is the only change

Changes in Version 158.24
The following sections list the changes made and issues resolved since driver
version 158.18.
• “Fixed Issues–Windows Vista 32‐bit” on page 9
The NVIDIA bug number and driver module are provided for reference.
Fixed Issues–Windows Vista 32-bit
• [SLI], International Driver Versions: NVAPI crashes when reloading
the driver in response to NvAPI_SetGpuTopologies(). [310539]
• [SLI], International Driver Versions: The NVIDIA Control panel
crashes when enabling SLI mode.[309105]
At least one major change has been implemented:

* PureVideo™ HD support.

I know that won't excite the gamers in here but it nice for the HTPC crowd. Now if they'd just implement overscan adjustment.

AngelGraves13
05-02-07, 11:44 AM
At least one major change has been implemented:

* PureVideo™ HD support.

I know that won't excite the gamers in here but it nice for the HTPC crowd. Now if they'd just implement overscan adjustment.

ForceWare release 158.18 WHQL also had PureVideo™ HD support.

GitDat
05-02-07, 11:53 AM
So VSync will work in CoJ with these? :D

Ancient
05-02-07, 11:54 AM
ForceWare release 158.18 WHQL also had PureVideo™ HD support.
Ah, so it did.

Well this driver release is pretty bleh.

Princess_Frosty
05-02-07, 12:04 PM
Does anyone happen to know if these address the Vista 64bit + 4Gb + SLI bug?

nekrosoft13
05-02-07, 12:09 PM
At least one major change has been implemented:

* PureVideo™ HD support.

I know that won't excite the gamers in here but it nice for the HTPC crowd. Now if they'd just implement overscan adjustment.

thats from the previous driver, look into release notes for real changes


Princess_Frosty

look into release notes, there only been two changes, and thats for vista 32bit

AngelGraves13
05-02-07, 12:13 PM
If you're currently using ForceWare release 158.18 and not using SLI, then you can skip this driver release it seems. I wonder when we'll see some more performance drivers.

8800gtsfan
05-02-07, 12:15 PM
Some games didnt have 1280x1024 available, hoping that is finally fixed.


EDIT - Nope, NHL07 still only has 640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768 - nothing higher. Argh.

AngelGraves13
05-02-07, 12:18 PM
Some games didnt have 1280x1024 available, hoping that is finally fixed.

Hadn't thought of that. Can anyone confirm that all the resolutions are supported?

grey_1
05-02-07, 12:37 PM
If you're currently using ForceWare release 158.18 and not using SLI, then you can skip this driver release it seems. I wonder when we'll see some more performance drivers.
I'm actually getting higher performance in FEARXP, the only one I've tested so far, a good deal higher.

With all settings the same, v-sync off, I had 43/53/103 the last 2 times I benched.
1920x1200
16xAA
8xAF
vol. lights and shadows off.
All else maxed.

With these I got 47/54/136.

The downside is I have a hitching now that wasn't there with the 18s. Not the slowdown like with the earlier drivers, more like the hitching alot of folks are getting in STALKER, but only for a second or so, very quick. But enough to be noticable.

Jimi
05-02-07, 01:21 PM
Some games didnt have 1280x1024 available, hoping that is finally fixed.


EDIT - Nope, NHL07 still only has 640x480, 800x600 and 1024x768 - nothing higher. Argh.

What is the brand and model of your monitor?

8800gtsfan
05-02-07, 03:09 PM
What is the brand and model of your monitor?


I've already emailed NV about it and they confirmed the issue. I have used 3 different monitors though. Samsung 17", Samsung 20.5" widescreen 204BW, NEC 19" GX2. 1280x1024 is available with earlier drivers in Vista (not XP, XP works fine). Its definitely an Nvidia issue.

Jimi
05-02-07, 03:15 PM
I've already emailed NV about it and they confirmed the issue. I have used 3 different monitors though. Samsung 17", Samsung 20.5" widescreen 204BW, NEC 19" GX2. 1280x1024 is available with earlier drivers in Vista (not XP, XP works fine). Its definitely an Nvidia issue.

What are the models though? I have a Samsung 20.5 as well and I think i have the issue.