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Okay, here's what I did. It's ALREADY been suggested, but I failed to follow the instructions. Here are the steps!

1) Go to "Add and Remove Programs" and scroll down to the N section. Uninstall all Nvidia drivers (there were two of them on mine. One was "nvidia display driver" and the other was "nvidia performance driver", both of them I had recently installed trying to fix this problem). Make sure they are uninstalled.

2) Download and install driver sweeper: http://www.guru3d.com/category/driversweeper/

3) THIS STEP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (all the !! marks are because I'm excited this works). You need to restart your computer in SAFE MODE. This doesn't work unless you restart your computer *** in SAFE MODE ***. Usually you do this by pressing F8 when it tells you to about 10-30seconds after you first push the power button to start up your computer.

(After you are logged onto safe mode, it may say "you need to restart to blah de blah de blah about new hardware." Tell it no, you don't have to restart.

4) Now that you are in safe mode and logged onto windows normally, run Driver cleaner. Search for ATI display drivers and Nvidia display drivers. Then hit the "Clean" button. Now close the program and reopen it, and double-check the same steps. Search for ATI and nvidia display drivers, and make sure that none are found. When this is done, restart your computer back into regular XP.

5) After I rebooted into normal mode, I ran driver sweeper a third time just to make sure. It found NO files for ati and nvidia display drivers.

6) Now I installed DOX 180.70.I assume the version of driver you use doesn't matter, so try with whatever you can find for your version of windows.

7) Restart after you have installed the drivers.

8) follow the guide above use RivaTuner "reset all driver" settings and rebooted your system. it work for me.

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Okay, here's what I did. It's ALREADY been suggested, but I failed to follow the instructions. Here are the steps!

1) Go to "Add and Remove Programs" and scroll down to the N section. Uninstall all Nvidia drivers (there were two of them on mine. One was "nvidia display driver" and the other was "nvidia performance driver", both of them I had recently installed trying to fix this problem). Make sure they are uninstalled.

2) Download and install driver sweeper: http://www.guru3d.com/category/driversweeper/

3) THIS STEP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (all the !! marks are because I'm excited this works). You need to restart your computer in SAFE MODE. This doesn't work unless you restart your computer *** in SAFE MODE ***. Usually you do this by pressing F8 when it tells you to about 10-30seconds after you first push the power button to start up your computer.

(After you are logged onto safe mode, it may say "you need to restart to blah de blah de blah about new hardware." Tell it no, you don't have to restart.

4) Now that you are in safe mode and logged onto windows normally, run Driver cleaner. Search for ATI display drivers and Nvidia display drivers. Then hit the "Clean" button. Now close the program and reopen it, and double-check the same steps. Search for ATI and nvidia display drivers, and make sure that none are found. When this is done, restart your computer back into regular XP.

5) After I rebooted into normal mode, I ran driver sweeper a third time just to make sure. It found NO files for ati and nvidia display drivers.

6) Now I installed DOX 180.70.I assume the version of driver you use doesn't matter, so try with whatever you can find for your version of windows.

7) Restart after you have installed the drivers.

8) follow the guide above use RivaTuner "reset all driver" settings and rebooted your system. it work for me.

It worked regarding GTA IV or just regarding the DOX driver?

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Is it just me or did these drivers break CoDWaW? I can get in-game but once I start a mission, it kicks me back to desktop o.o

Does this have anything to do with PhysX drivers?

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I cant seem to overclock with this driver

I only increased the clock for the core and mem by 75MHz and it starts to downclock itself whenever i play any games.

I have acer 5920g, 2gb mem, 8600mgt

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Hi Dox, Just an idea, would it be possible while on aero desktop, the driver goes into low power 3d instead of standard 2d? This is how it works with asus 179.14 drivers. This way aero performance is not laggy. might be a better solution than completely disabling powermizer.

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it would help if you told me your gpu device id and os you are using.

Seems like the added support for your card is corrupted some how,

If i knew what gpu you are using it help me help you.

It baffles me as to why people do not include this info and expect me to help them????

as for missing textures in GTA 4, even the standard driver has this problem.

Wait for a patch for the game.

Sorry man. I tried to explain that I was the same guest as above where i stated what GPU I was running. It is an 8600m GT on vista 32 bit. Dell 1520 if that matters.

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I am still having problems with the overclocking

It seems that I get downclocked every time i overclock and play games

also the powermizer switch that came with the driver indicates that it cant find the powermizer setting!?

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its not locked this release.

see here to what I plan to do next:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.p...p;postcount=151

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.p...p;postcount=185

balance is the one you want to ues on the next drivers :)

thats nice to here dox...i'll patiently wait for the next release then..thanks very much :)

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it still crashes on sleep and i can't bring it back from sleep or if i close the lid

i have 8400m gs and vista x86

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It seems that nvidia fixed the GTA IV issue. They added their drivers here: http://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_gtaiv_downloads.html . Unfortunately the drivers do not work with my 7950 GTX. Can you do something about them Dox, please?

doesnt work on my 9300m gs neither =(

and i dont know how to mod the inf..

i dont know where is that file located

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I saw in this thread something mentioning a clean driver install and it improving performance, probably for 3dmark06. How do you go about doing that? I used the search and came up with 25 pages of results which was way too much to go through. Let me know, thanks.

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Dox, could you test out something for me? I have been facing a thermal throttle problem whenever i use pieter inf or your customized forceware and some other forceware such as 177.85, 180.xx etc. This thermal throttle problem occurs when the GPU core temperature exceeds 97 degrees and the GPU starts to underclock and overclock to mantain the temperature at 97 degree.

In 177.66, the problem exist too but strangely, the thermal throttle can be bypassed by going to sleep mode and resuming from sleep. Could you do me a favour to find out why is this the case and in addition, if it is not too much of a hassle, mind tweaking the inf to resolve this issue if the problem is with the inf. Thanks.

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anyone used this for vista 64bit 9800m gts??

I'm using it on a 9600m GT with no problems. I have Vista x64 installed. I can play Battlefield 2142 on high with 2x AA. Lappy is a MSI SX630. Hope this is close enough for ya.

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OVERCLOCKING MAY DESTROY YOUR GPU AND THE EFFORT TO OVERCLOCK MAY DESTROY YOUR COMPUTER. I AM NOT TRYING TO HELP ANYONE TO MODIFY THEIR SYSTEMS OR SOFTWARE IN ANY WAY- I AM ONLY SEEKING INFORMATION FOR MY OWN USE.

So how come the 180.84 thread is locked!?

BTW, thanks for all the work you do DOX! You've been a great help to us all!

Best,

RS

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Everything is good except this: :)

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Yes this also happened in my geforce go 6150 in XP SP2 64bit. It happens during windows login and the display goes blank for a sec. This happened only once for me.

Also I noticed in Device Manager that there is an entry for "NVROFLASHDEV" in "Non Plug and Play" section which is in error state. I uninstalled this entry. Now when I login to windows, the display goes blank(refresh) only once while this entry existed, the display used to go blank twice after 2 sec gap.

Other than that, this driver is really awesome :P in games. Tomb raider Underworld which was a pain at 176.38(original) is a smooth(still very shaky but much much better :) ) play with 180.70(Dox). I am really loving this release. I didnt try 180.70.1 yet as DOX said it was overoptimised and wasnt working for everyone(correct me if i am wrong)

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180.70 is overoptimised :)

180.71 fixed a few issues for a small number of people :)

Stick with 180.70 if you don't hav any problems.

also check out the test releases I've made.

Don't worry they are pefectly stable drivers, I just wanted some opinions on them.

regards

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Hi Dox. I have tried many many drivers since I got my inspiron 1520, and this is the best driver I have ever used! I have sooo many problems with this computer as other 8600 nvidia users have, especially with this type of computer. The most recent problem was that game performance lagged severely as I played, and I would have to restart the computer to start playing again. Your driver is the first driver to fix this problem! I can't believe how well the computer runs, and how good the frame rate is. But, the only problem is I get the same crash that the previous post describes. The whole screen jumbles up and nothing works while just surfing the net. It seems that this happens for users with the same card in your previous driver versions as well. If you can fix this crash in later versions, I seriously suggest presenting them to Dell, as I've had to go through hell to find adequate drivers. :)

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