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SciFer, cdx47 is reporting good luck with 171.12. I'd start there and see what happens. Cyberlink probably is giving you a red light on your driver because it's not WHQL. If that's the problem, 171.12 is WHQL, and you can use Anchel's install method from a few posts above yours:

Then use the HAVE DISK method of installing drivers (Go to PC -> Properties -> Device Manager -> Graphics Adaptor -> Properties -> Update controller software ----> from there just choose that you will specify where the drivers are in and then select "Choose from a list of drivers" and finally USE DISK).

Let us know how you make out. We're all learning this stuff as we go along.

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Actually I wouldnt use 171s if I was starting out. I would start in the low to mid 169s which are WHQL. Remember I built up to this and its not that straight forward. I went from 100s (official) to 156s to 167s. Then I started with the desktop drivers from 169s to 171. But to each his own. :)

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thanks for replying. I need to get one thing straight. If I have a Go 7800 GTX I should only attempt to install drivers that have a desktop counterpart listed when using the disk method or can I use the latest 171.xx drivers even though my model isn't even close to list to choose from?

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I personally use the desktop 8400 GS driver for my 8400m GS laptop. Im not sure its that straight forward though. When using the Have Disk method, I notice that the 8400 GS is mentioned 4 times with no details. When you actually look in the .inf file you will noticed that each one has a different dev and subys id. For me personally I have to use the one which is closest to my dev/subsys number. I suppose this makes sense. So in my case I always have to choose the 3rd 8400 GS down when using the Have Disk method.

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thanks for replying. I need to get one thing straight. If I have a Go 7800 GTX I should only attempt to install drivers that have a desktop counterpart listed when using the disk method or can I use the latest 171.xx drivers even though my model isn't even close to list to choose from?

With so many Forceware versions raining in from all sides, one way to go is to check what NVidia says.

I've just notice their "beta" driver page has just become "Advanced Driver Search" : it actually lists all drivers for a given series / card, giving the "NVidia recommended" "WHQL" "Beta" status for each.

http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us

For 7 and 8 series on both XP and Vista, they still list 169.2x as reference, 163.75 as previous.

No trace of any 17x forceware in the "beta" sections. That's telling.

I personally keep away from beta stuff, let alone "phantom betas".

cheers

envydyauser

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Ha ! I get my kicks from elsewhere (check my footer ;-).

Jokes apart, every time I installed a beta forceware - and I have - I got consistently worse performance.

I noticed you had tried a 167 notebook driver back in January ? what made you dump it ? I *am* tempted by the "Clevo" one...

cheers

envydyauser

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I noticed you had tried a 167 notebook driver back in January ? what made you dump it ? I *am* tempted by the "Clevo" one...

cheers

envydyauser

I saw a single jagged edge on my Serenity HDDVD. Anal or what?

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Holy freakin' A... thank you guys SO MUCH!!! I've been suffering so bad with the old 156.55s because of the dang WHQL issue just so I could continue to watch Blu-Ray, and they would not only constantly freeze up Vista, but the framerate was almost 30% lower than it is now in some games! I made a hopeless plea to Acer a couple of weeks ago, but this is WAY better. Thank you again so very much.

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You are most welcome. I really should have patented this method :)

Holy freakin' A... thank you guys SO MUCH!!! ....this is WAY better. Thank you again so very much.
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Holy freakin' A... thank you guys SO MUCH!!! I've been suffering so bad with the old 156.55s because of the dang WHQL issue just so I could continue to watch Blu-Ray, and they would not only constantly freeze up Vista, but the framerate was almost 30% lower than it is now in some games! I made a hopeless plea to Acer a couple of weeks ago, but this is WAY better. Thank you again so very much.

I've spent ages trying to figure this out! Tried different playback software, drivers, prayer, begging, banging my head against a wall....

I've also got an Acer, the 5920G with an 8600m GS, which driver did you use to get it working with Bluray/HD-DVD playback? Also, what bluray drive did you get? I'm thinking of junking my HD-DVD drive now that they are strictly betamax

ps. this website is a lifesaver, many thanks to all concerned! :)

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Updated using "Have a Disk" method to 169.25 and it solved my problem with HD-DVD playback. Thank you very much :)

Also tested with Crysis and the performance seems OK but not much improvement over 169.09 on my Toshiba X205-SLI4.

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Hi to All of You!!!

This topic is so excellent!!! I was trying everything on Vista64 to get HD playback working but nothing has helped. But the "have disk" method is simply PERFECT!!!!! Everything works now... It took a while till I´ve found this topic but better late than never :)

Cheers,

DJ

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moved from pinned in Support Forum to FAQ

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so what are the best driver available for blu ray playback now?

i personally use the 169.25 which i downloaded from nvidia but they seem to give bd movies a whitish sheen.

can anyone recommend a better driver that is also excellent for gaming?

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I really liked the 174.74 driver. I didn't do any tests, but my games seemed to run much much smoother. I am not sure about blu-ray playback, tho.

It ultimately depends on your computer, though.

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the problem with 174.74 is that it gives me run dll errors and quickplay wont play blu rays. you are right however in that it plays games better and scores higher on 3dmark

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Maybe offtopic maybe not:

On my Acer 5920 (8600M GT) laptop I tried different drivers but no way I get the HDMI output to work.

Is there a special driver needed, is it the WHQL-problem, an INF-setting or just a broken laptop?

Thanks a lot for any help!

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HELLO ALL!

After having a list of issues and troubles myself, I finally locked down the BEST driver for this card (INCLUDING SLI SUPPORT). Also, for some of you, if you experienced problems, this driver and method of installation also bypasses the BLU-RAY error that you get when you try and install a custom driver (instead of your original manufacture one), and you can't play BLU-RAY DVD'S.

Here goes:

Restart your laptop, keep pressing F8, until you come to the boot screen. Through the list of options, look for something like "DISABLE DRIVER CHECK PROTECTION." It will be something along those lines, you can't MISS IT, trust me. After pressing enter on that, Vista will boot up as usual.

Download the "167.43 DRIVER FROM HTTP://WWW.LAPTOPVIDEO2GO.COM." (Click on any driver, scroll right to the bottom, and open the quick menu to go to "167 drivers....." Download the CORRECT one for your operating system. I use VISTA 64, so I downloaded that one. ALSO, download the "Modified INF" which is linked NEXT TO the download link for the driver itself.

UNINSTALL YOUR CURRENT DRIVER, RESTART AND RUN "DRIVER CLEANER PRO" (DOWNLOAD if you do not have it, its FREE). After running it, it will clean any remaining files of your previous driver. NOW YOU ARE CLEAN AND READY TO INSTALL.

NOW. After EXTRACTING THE DRIVER in your directory/folder, COPY AND PASTE the "modified INF" into that folder. RUN SETUP and install the NEW 167.43 driver. After finishing, it will restart. When you are back in windows.

TRICKY PART: Once in windows with the NEW DRIVER, RIGHT-CLICK on my computer, go to properties, go to DEVICE MANAGER. Double click on DISPLAY ADAPTERS, and RIGHT-CLICK on your Graphics Card GPU. Choose UPDATE DRIVER SOFTWARE. Choose "BROWSE MY COMPUTER FOR DRIVER SOFTWARE." Choose "LET ME PICK FROM A LIST OF DEVICES." Choose "HAVE DISK."

NOW EXTRACT THE 167.43 DRIVER INTO THE EXACT FOLDER YOU DID FIRST (This will extract the ORIGINAL INF which is needed). After doing this, CONTINUE WITH THE "HAVE DISK" stage above.

Now in HAVE DISK, browse to where the ORIGINAL INF has been extracted (it's size should be 40-50kb). Choose it and click OPEN. NOTICE THAT THIS INF IS "DIGITALLY SIGNED." Now CHOOSE your graphics card in the list, and click on NEXT and FINISH the installation.

WHEN FINISHED, GO INTO THE NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL, ENABLE SLI (IF YOU HAVE IT).

FINISHED!! BLU-RAY DVD'S WORK!!! (I USE CYBERLINK POWER DVD 8), AND GUESS WHAT:

I JUST GOT 11,000 POINTS IN 3D MARK 06 AT......

1920 X 1200 (MAX RESOLUTION)!!!!!!!

IN SLI MODE.......... WITH NO OVERCLOCKING!

LET ME REPEAT: WITH NO OVERCLOCKING!!!

THAT'S WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT! HOPE IT ALL WORKS FOR YOU GUYS!

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what were your 3dmark06 scores with the other drivers??

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They were at least a few hundred lower, for example, at DEFAULT in SLI MODE this is what I got:

175.63: 11,300 Marks

175.12: 11,400 Marks

169.28: 11,600 Marks

167.43: 12,100 Marks and over!!

These are all STOCK CLOCKS scores, NO OVERCLOCKING DONE to the GPU!

If you want the BEST graphics driver for your 8800M GTX (Single or SLI) and you want BLU-RAY DVD playback on your laptop (no incomptible driver errors, etc), TRUST ME, the method I explained above will help you achieve this!

Take it easy, hope it helps someone!

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i had some problems with the default drivers on my acer aspire 6920g... after updating to 175.19, the problems went away but i lost my bluray playback. I understand that downloading signed drivers from nvidia and using the have disk method of installing should get them working again, but my videocard (9500m gs) is not listed. Which one should i pick? from what i know, theres no desktop version of the 9500.

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I actually outlined this procedure earlier on this forum about 6 months ago. A user called Anchel then clarified this method for users here [http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/index.php?showtopic=15927&view=findpost&p=68249]

There really isnt any need for doing "Disable driver check". This option doesnt even exist on Vista (or XP from what I remember). However I will download your recommended driver and see if it beats the 171 series.

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Restart your laptop, keep pressing F8, until you come to the boot screen. Through the list of options, look for something like "DISABLE DRIVER CHECK PROTECTION." It will be something along those lines, you can't MISS IT, trust me. After pressing enter on that, Vista will boot up as usual.

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i get the procedure.. my question is just which videocard do i choose when installing? basically, whats closest to the geforce 9500m gs because im not so sure which one to pick. It the detailed procedures it was easy because the guy had an 8600m gs and he picked the desktop 8600 gt i think. but right now, there isnt a desktop 9500

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