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Pav
07-10-07, 02:36 PM
We have come across 162.18 for Vista 32bit today, and thought you might want to give them a try. They originally were whql'ed and supported some 7xxx & 8xxx cards but the package had no installer and didn't support all cards so EP has added setup files from 162.15 package as well as modded the inf to support all the cards 162.15 supported. Anyway, now that's the boring part's over, get them downloaded and let us know how they perform!

Some dates for you - driver date is 29/06/07 and WHQL date is 04/07/07

Original download - http://www.electronicpunk.com/forceware/162.18_Vista32_WHQL.zip

Installer and modded inf - http://www.electronicpunk.com/forceware/162.18_Vista32_WHQL_Install.zip

Electronic Punk
07-10-07, 02:39 PM
Installer pack is something I threw together quickly and is running great on my system, contains everything from both the 162.15 and 162.18 infs so isn't just a update the timestamp job, but perhaps the professionals know something I don't -- either way currently running them and well, haven't noticed a damn difference yet, but its all good.


I have created an additional package that you can download here:
http://www.electronicpunk.com/forceware/162.18_Vista32_WHQL_Install.zip

The package contains the setup files from 162.15 as well as a modified inf so you will need to copy all the files from the new package into the original folder, replace the nv_disp.inf which I have updated from the 162.15 version so all cards that were supported in that release should work.

A point to note that these new drivers also support the following card by default that where not present in 162.15:

NVIDIA_G84.DEV_0403.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600GS"

A new card?

I just installed the drivers myself and it seemed to reboot without prompting and when it returned the NVIDIA nTune options and the manually tweaked in Storage tabs where no longer available in the NVIDIA control panel applet (at least until I restore them) so you have been warned.

nekrosoft13
07-10-07, 03:29 PM
hey Electronic Punk, i would (and many more) really appreciate a release of 64bit vista driver.

Thanks

Electronic Punk
07-10-07, 04:19 PM
You can assume I would have posted it if I had it :)

Dragunov
07-10-07, 04:31 PM
Weird they had no installer, gonna wait till they are released on Nvidia, but thx anyway

Well, I hope some will install this driver and report their findings about this one, I'm gonna do the same once they are released on Nvidia :)

Electronic Punk
07-10-07, 04:40 PM
Very weird but I guess it depends on who they were distributed to I guess?

TierMann
07-10-07, 05:33 PM
That original zip you have linked is 412kb and corrupt. May need to be re-uploaded.

EDIT:
NM.. now it's downloading and it's saying it's 49.5mb. That sounds about right.

Reynaldo
07-10-07, 05:53 PM
Installed em'. I dunno, but Lost Planet seems to be running a lot faster. Thanks for the drivers!

TierMann
07-10-07, 06:07 PM
Installed and working. Thanks for the leak.

Video playback is fine, I have profiles (saw dx9 and dx10 Lost Planet Demo profiles in there too), DV works, so nothing looks obviously broken in these. I don't have Lost Planet yet to test and I'll check out some other games later.

K007
07-10-07, 06:27 PM
Hmm..might give these a shot. I hope SLI is ok with 7 series on these.

grey_1
07-10-07, 07:22 PM
*waits patiently for 64bit*

Aphot
07-10-07, 08:23 PM
waits patiently with grey

Greasy
07-10-07, 08:27 PM
Why would you run a 64bit OS if you're not using more than 2GB of RAM?

Uberpwnage
07-10-07, 08:29 PM
I'm running 64 bit because I plan on running 4GB very soon. I didn't want to spend $400 to get a retail version of ultimate, so I went with OEM x64 early. No since in buying 32 bit just to switch in a couple months. If someone obtained free copies somehow, then its a different story.

ikjadoon
07-10-07, 09:12 PM
Why would you run a 64bit OS if you're not using more than 2GB of RAM?

Because the number 64 is bigger than the number 32. Why else? :D

Also patiently waiting with Grey and Aphot. Frankly, I'm going to wait for nVidia to actually release these. I used 162.15 because they did release them, just for like 15 minutes. These, I'm a tad worried about.

~Ibrahim~

nekrosoft13
07-10-07, 09:41 PM
Why would you run a 64bit OS if you're not using more than 2GB of RAM?

simply because its better, also its always good to be future ready

Greasy
07-10-07, 10:20 PM
simply because its better, also its always good to be future ready

I'm well aware of the advantages and disadvantages. Just curious as to what made most of you with so little ram decide to make the switch when that is one of its single biggest advantage at this point.

Steamer2499
07-10-07, 10:45 PM
Dirt runs very well with these drivers. Every thing maxed. Resolution 1920X1200.
single race 55 to 70 fps with other cars 35 to 55 fps.
And speaking of ram. TAKE A LOOK at this deal at Newegg. Bought 2 more gig of ram today.

:captnkill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148047

Armed_Baboon
07-10-07, 11:31 PM
Dirt runs very well with these drivers. Every thing maxed. Resolution 1920X1200.
single race 55 to 70 fps with other cars 35 to 55 fps.

That is a HUGE improvement - what where you getting previously and what drivers were you using? system specs etc?

nekrosoft13
07-10-07, 11:40 PM
I'm well aware of the advantages and disadvantages. Just curious as to what made most of you with so little ram decide to make the switch when that is one of its single biggest advantage at this point.

well for one i have about 15,000 + songs in WMP. 32bit WMP11 on XP was trugling from time to time.

64bit WMP11 in vista it a lot faster.

malachi1313
07-11-07, 12:26 AM
Control panel opens REaLLY slow with these.

Steamer2499
07-11-07, 12:38 AM
System Specs are
2.66 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad 6700 oc 2.93
Board: EVGA 122-CK-NF68 2 BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 07/03/2007
memory: 2gb crucial ballistix tracer ddr2-pc-8000 5-5-5-15 adding 2 more gb Thursday
graphics: 2 xfx 8800 gtx xxx in sli
main drive: 2 raptor 150gb raid 0
display: DELL 2405FPW [Monitor] (24.2"vis
sound: XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series :captnkill:

Arioch
07-11-07, 01:02 AM
Performance in SLI of the DX10 versions of CoJ and Lost Planet seem about the same as the 162.15 drivers that were leaked for a short time but pulled. If the problems on those were corrected with this set then I am pleased.

NoWayDude
07-11-07, 04:59 AM
Control panel opens REaLLY slow with these.


Makes 2 of us with that problem. But so far that's the only quirk I have.

Electronic Punk
07-11-07, 05:14 AM
Not a member of Guru3D, but been following the thread there and I seem to be getting a lot of stick for leaking these drivers. If anyone over there is a member could they pass these bits on to this thread:
http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=230933

R0achTheWarHero: Omg It Caused Twelve Bsods
Synks: Then its just a dip****..
Synks: nvm... dont download then i think its just a ripoff.

I have never faked any driver releases and I have released a lot of leaked drivers for WindowsXP and Windows Vista over the years, as for 12 bsods thats quite impressive for 12 minutes after the OP as well as installation, reboots. (later see its a joke, but it hurt my feelings :p)

RejZoR: Yep, international junk. Is there really no way to convert international drivers into english only? There has to be a way to do this...

All I wanted to do was install the drivers not cut them down from how they were given to me, I will leave that to those who are used to doing it more regularly - if NVIDIA don't release something themselves of course.

stryfe2010: Are the cab files that are missing only used with the setup.exe?

R0achTheWarHero: Was kidding about earlier post but I installed these and drivers seem very suspicious, after restarting there was tons of hard drive activity and computer was basically locked and couldn't open mozilla or anything for about 3-4 minutes while the hard drive was thrashing. Never seen that happen on an nvidia driver install ever but not sure if it's because of some unoptimized install method in this driver package.

All the files from the installer package are from the official but pulled 162.15 release for Windows Vista other than a slightly modified nvdisp.inf - use any file comparison tool you like to check. I don't recall getting swapping when I installed but then Windows update hit at the same time last night so I got distracted. The installer for 162.15 was maybe odd tho as it didn't prompt before rebooting and didn't do the whole rigmarole of demanding old drivers be removed first. It did undo everything I had done to add nvtune and the storage tabs though.

00fleming: Well these drivers are naff, well for me they are! I had 2 "driver stopped responding errors" that didn't want to fix themselves which resulted in me having to hard reset my comp! and that was on 2 seperate games, Lost Planet and condemned, my 3dmark 06 score was down over 1000 points too! not good! reverting back to 162.15 (which I have not had a single problem with)

Could have occured with 162.15 as well? There must be a reason that these drivers have not yet been released.

takeda: I don't go test this drivers, i never heard about http://www.osnn.net/comments.php?shownews=14006 this website, and i think its some kinda of home made drivers from xp version just.

Quoted for stupidity, yes they are obviously modified from the XP version with a few linux bits thrown in for the transparency, thats how it all works.
We also leaked the XP WHQL signed version of 162.15 as well which we made in notepad.

As for not knowing about osnn.net well thats just a sin! It is also listed here:
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/community/related.mspx although I need to get the description updated a bit :p