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Hot on the heels of 196.75 (har har) comes 196.86 Beta 64bit found at Dell. They state that the long awaited DPC Latency fixes are included in these. No word on heat issues with these so far but be cautious.

Driver Information


  • Released By: Dell Mobile
  • Driver Version: 196.86
  • Operating System: Windows 7/Vista 64bit
  • Driver Date: 2010-02-27 (YYYY-MM-DD)
  • Driver Size: 78.2MB
  • MS WHQL Certificate: True
  • Setup Files Included: True

Windows 7 / Vista x64

From our friend fis6h

Release Date:3/4/2010Version:196.86, P03Download Type:DriverFile Format:Hard DriveFile Size:120 MB

Download Release Date:3/4/2010Version:196.86, P03Download Type:DriverFile Format:Hard DriveFile Size:120 MB

Download Release Date: 3/4/2010

Version: 196.86, P03

Download Type: Driver

File Format: Hard Drive

File Size: 120 MB

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NV Graphics Driver Update for DPC Latency (March 2010)

This driver addresses DPC latency issues seen with NV graphics adapters.

This BETA Driver has been through limited compatibility and stability testing by Dell on Dell platforms.

There may be more stable drivers, including the drivers originally shipped with your computer, available under the video section.

This is not a digitally signed driver.

Known Issues:

1) If a clean driver install is performed (e.g. remove old driver, reboot, install beta driver, reboot), you may experience some brief LCD color cycling and horizontal flickering lines during the Windows startup process on the initial boot with the beta driver. This occurs briefly and will go away after you have logged in to Windows (fix will be available soon).

2) No support for 60Hz refresh rate

3) Ejecting the optical drive will cause a spike in DPC latency (fix will be available soon).

Supports these Dell Based GPU Notebooks

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT"

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT "

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.03 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT "

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.04 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT "

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.05 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT "

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.06 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT "

NVIDIA_DEV.0409.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT"

NVIDIA_DEV.0409.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT "

NVIDIA_DEV.0409.03 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT "

NVIDIA_DEV.040D.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0425.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS"

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS"

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.03 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.04 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.05 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.06 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.07 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.08 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.09 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.10 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.11 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.12 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0427.13 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.0428.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G"

NVIDIA_DEV.0428.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G "

NVIDIA_DEV.0428.03 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G "

NVIDIA_DEV.0428.04 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G "

NVIDIA_DEV.0429.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M"

NVIDIA_DEV.042B.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro NVS 135M"

NVIDIA_DEV.042B.02 = "NVIDIA Quadro NVS 135M "

NVIDIA_DEV.042B.03 = "NVIDIA Quadro NVS 135M "

NVIDIA_DEV.042D.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 360M"

NVIDIA_DEV.042D.02 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 360M "

NVIDIA_DEV.042D.03 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 360M "

NVIDIA_DEV.042D.04 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 360M "

NVIDIA_DEV.0609.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS"

NVIDIA_DEV.060A.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M"

NVIDIA_DEV.060B.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT"

NVIDIA_DEV.060C.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX"

NVIDIA_DEV.060F.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M"

NVIDIA_DEV.060F.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M "

NVIDIA_DEV.0617.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX"

NVIDIA_DEV.0618.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0618.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M "

NVIDIA_DEV.061C.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M"

NVIDIA_DEV.061D.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M"

NVIDIA_DEV.061E.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M"

NVIDIA_DEV.061E.02 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M "

NVIDIA_DEV.061E.03 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M "

NVIDIA_DEV.061F.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M"

NVIDIA_DEV.063A.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M"

NVIDIA_DEV.063A.02 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M "

NVIDIA_DEV.063A.03 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M "

NVIDIA_DEV.0648.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS"

NVIDIA_DEV.0649.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT"

NVIDIA_DEV.065A.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 1700M"

NVIDIA_DEV.065C.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M"

NVIDIA_DEV.06E8.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS"

NVIDIA_DEV.06E8.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.06E9.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS"

NVIDIA_DEV.06E9.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.06E9.03 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.06E9.04 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.06E9.05 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS "

NVIDIA_DEV.06EB.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M"

NVIDIA_DEV.06EB.02 = "NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M "

NVIDIA_DEV.06FB.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 370M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0860.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9400"

NVIDIA_DEV.0862.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9400M G"

NVIDIA_DEV.0862.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9400M G "

NVIDIA_DEV.0866.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9400M G "

NVIDIA_DEV.0866.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9400M G "

NVIDIA_DEV.0867.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9400 "

NVIDIA_DEV.0868.01 = "NVIDIA nForce 760i SLI"

NVIDIA_DEV.0870.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 9400M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0A29.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0A34.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0A3C.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0A69.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce G105M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0A6C.01 = "NVIDIA NVS 3100M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0A6C.02 = "NVIDIA NVS 3100M "

NVIDIA_DEV.0A75.01 = "NVIDIA GeForce 310M"

NVIDIA_DEV.0A75.02 = "NVIDIA GeForce 310M "

NVIDIA_DEV.0A75.03 = "NVIDIA GeForce 310M "

NVIDIA_DEV.0CBC.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M"

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Nice one. :)

Liking these. Thanks.

No temp probs here.

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Has anyone come up with a modded INF?

There are a lot of modifications to be made. Annoying by Dell.

Edited by FadeToBlack
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Interestingly,

Official r195_96 196.75 unknown

r195_96-10364

Official r195_67 196.86 unknown

r195_67-10364

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Downloading and will Try on my Dell vostro 1500 /w 8600M GT 512mb

Leave some more feedback =D as im a little nervous on this driver, due to the fact that the 198.75 drivers issues

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Great find Nautis1100!! :) :)

I hope these actually address the DPC lantecy issues...

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I hope these actually address the DPC lantecy issues...

As do I.. tis Dells claim not mine so if it doesn't blame Dell. :)

Other differences

196.75 includes files needed for Optimus and a slightly newer control panel.

196.86 does not include these files.

EDIT: Still waiting to hear on fan/heat issues. Also if you are looking to test DPC Latency you can use the tool found here.

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I am very impressed with this driver. I was having to use an older one because of stuttering on some games. That problem has gone with these, FPS are up and everything seem that little bit snappier with it.

I did run into problem which requires a change before installing. I was experiencing a BSOD on boot every other time using the previous driver's INF which was annoying, so I edited the original inf instead of using the replacement and changed the hardware ID number to my own. There has been no problem since.

It is fairly simple to do this as long as your GPU is included already (see the link above) and well worth it IMO. If you are already using a Dell or Alienware then you don't need to do any of this it should just work. Extract the driver and open up the nvdm.inf file in the installation directory. Scroll to bottom and find out the device ID for your card, for example mine is "060C" for my 8800M GTX. Scroll up near the top and find the other section that has this, for example "%NVIDIA_DEV.060C.01% = Section008, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_060C&SUBSYS_019C1028". Next you need to open up device manager and go into the properties for your display device. Go into the details tab and select Hardware Ids. Note the number after "SUBSYS_", for example mine is "05731558". Finally replace the part in the INF that for me is the "019C1028" to what is for me "05731558". Save the file and run the setup and you should be in business.

Also this installed a small Dell "hotkey driver" in the start up so I just removed that. You can use many progs to do this, for example CCleaner.

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I am very impressed with this driver. I was having to use an older one because of stuttering on some games. That problem has gone with these, FPS are up and everything seem that little bit snappier with it.

I did run into problem which requires a change before installing. I was experiencing a BSOD on boot every other time using the previous driver's INF which was annoying, so I edited the original inf instead of using the replacement and changed the hardware ID number to my own. There has been no problem since.

It is fairly simple to do this as long as your GPU is included already (see the link above) and well worth it IMO. If you are already using a Dell or Alienware then you don't need to do any of this it should just work. Extract the driver and open up the nvdm.inf file in the installation directory. Scroll to bottom and find out the device ID for your card, for example mine is "060C" for my 8800M GTX. Scroll up near the top and find the other section that has this, for example "%NVIDIA_DEV.060C.01% = Section008, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_060C&SUBSYS_019C1028". Next you need to open up device manager and go into the properties for your display device. Go into the details tab and select Hardware Ids. Note the number after "SUBSYS_", for example mine is "05731558". Finally replace the part in the INF that for me is the "019C1028" to what is for me "05731558". Save the file and run the setup and you should be in business.

Also this installed a small Dell "hotkey driver" in the start up so I just removed that. You can use many progs to do this, for example CCleaner.

Read your post over at Notebookreview, but thought I would post here. I wasn't getting constant BSOD, just the initial one on install. However, performance sucked in games (dropping FPS) and 3Dmark06(lost 450 points) from previous driver, which was the HP one recently posted. So I made the change to the stock .inf, and everything is rocking. FPS and 3Dmark score back up, temps fine.

Which leads me to my point. ALL OF THE 196.xx drivers have given me issues, and I'm beginning to believe that LV2Go .inf is the culprit. Not due to poor writing, but there is something in the original driver that is not being accounted for in the current series of Pieter's .infs. Or members hybrid versions of the same. Problem is, it's about 50/50 getting errors from following the previous driver posts. If Pieter's rig isn't having problems, well you can't troubleshoot if it ain't broken, know what I mean? I could be wrong, it's only a theory, but the HP driver and the Dell driver loaded fine on my HP HDX.

This is not a bash post, because I truly appreciate all the work done on this site. Only mentioned to raise awareness to a potential issue. Like I said, don't even know if he can fix it if it isn't happening to him (or whoever the particular .inf author is). I just know I don't have the know-how to sort through it. I know how to add my GPU to a given .inf, that's about it.

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bsods on install & after the welcome screen. Is there ever going to be a new mobile driver for the 8800M GTX? The last drivre was dated dec 09.

You really should read the previous posts first. It would help you a lot.

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Make sure you edit the line under [NVIDIA.Mfg.NTamd64.6.1] for Win7 [NVIDIA.Mfg.NTamd64.6.0] is for Vista.

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Not sure why the modded INF would be causing BSODs.

Technically you should be able to just remove the SUBSYS portion and it should still detect and install. So in Galdares example

[NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1]
.
.
.
%NVIDIA_DEV.060C.01% = Section008, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_060C&SUBSYS_019C1028 

becomes

[NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1]
.
.
.
%NVIDIA_DEV.060C.01% = Section008, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_060C

You should also be able to make the hotkey thing not startup by changing:

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]
HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run",NVHotkey,%REG_SZ%,"rundll32.exe %11%\nvHotkey.dll,Start"

to

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]
;HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run",NVHotkey,%REG_SZ%,"rundll32.exe %11%\nvHotkey.dll,Start"

(notice the ; before HKLM)

or just remove it altogether

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]

Let me see if I can figure out what might be causing the BSODs because Dell makes a ton of Dell specific configuration changes that could make non-Dells act screwy.

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Technically you should be able to just remove the &SUBSYS_019C1028 portion and it should still detect and install. Not sure why the modded INF would be causing BSODs. You should also be able to make the hotkey thing startup by changing

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]
HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run",NVHotkey,%REG_SZ%,"rundll32.exe %11%\nvHotkey.dll,Start"

to

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]
;HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run",NVHotkey,%REG_SZ%,"rundll32.exe %11%\nvHotkey.dll,Start"

(notice the ; )

or just remove it alltogether

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]

EDIT: Nevermind, I guess I am slow Pieter posted this for people with BSOD issues to test with this driver.

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Make sure you edit the line under [NVIDIA.Mfg.NTamd64.6.1] for Win7 [NVIDIA.Mfg.NTamd64.6.0] is for Vista.

Yea, that's what I did.

Not sure why the modded INF would be causing BSODs.

Technically you should be able to just remove the SUBSYS portion and it should still detect and install. So in Galdares example

[NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1]
.
.
.
%NVIDIA_DEV.060C.01% = Section008, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_060C&SUBSYS_019C1028 

becomes

[NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1]
.
.
.
%NVIDIA_DEV.060C.01% = Section008, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_060C

You should also be able to make the hotkey thing not startup by changing:

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]
HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run",NVHotkey,%REG_SZ%,"rundll32.exe %11%\nvHotkey.dll,Start"

to

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]
;HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run",NVHotkey,%REG_SZ%,"rundll32.exe %11%\nvHotkey.dll,Start"

(notice the ; before HKLM)

or just remove it altogether

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]

Let me see if I can figure out what might be causing the BSODs because Dell makes a ton of Dell specific configuration changes that could make non-Dells act screwy.

I didn't renmove the subsys bit though, I just changed it like in the post.

Technically you should be able to just remove the &SUBSYS_019C1028 portion and it should still detect and install. Not sure why the modded INF would be causing BSODs. You should also be able to make the hotkey thing startup by changing

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]
HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run",NVHotkey,%REG_SZ%,"rundll32.exe %11%\nvHotkey.dll,Start"

to

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]
;HKLM,"Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run",NVHotkey,%REG_SZ%,"rundll32.exe %11%\nvHotkey.dll,Start"

(notice the ; )

or just remove it alltogether

[nv_CplInstaller_addreg__01]

EDIT: Nevermind, I guess I am slow Pieter posted this for people with BSOD issues with this driver.

^ cheers, I will try Pieters inf.

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Hi, sorry I realised after I left that the Vista\Win7 thing made no difference to you as your problems were post installation.

Yeah, you can remove the hotkey from the inf. I just deleted the startup, reg entry and system32 file afterwards. It's not a big deal other than not having it startup so I didn't want to complicate matters.

Yes, you should be able to do without the subsys altogether, but it wasn't working right for me strangely so I posted the full change.

Yay Pieter has come to the rescue. :)

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I tried the original inf and again removed the whole subsys bit and the drivers installed with a bsod and rebooted without one either. Maybe I won't need to try pieters inf.

edit, nope that was short lived, got a bsod a few moments ago, then tried the modded inf from the link and I got a bsod before the driver finished installing, so i went back to 195.81.

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Hmmm, we have the same laptops and yours will install after changing the INF but BSODs sometimes on install and sometimes on reboot and sometimes just anyway?

I take it you went into safe mode after uninstalling the existing driver and ran driver sweeper and ccleaners reg clean?

If it installs ok then have you removed the hotkey beforehand or before rebooting in case it is causing a conflict?

If 195.81 works ok then im guessing there are remains of it that are not getting cleared, that is causing a problem on your setup that isn't with mine.

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Hmmm, we have the same laptops and yours will install after changing the INF but BSODs sometimes on install and sometimes on reboot and sometimes just anyway?

I take it you went into safe mode after uninstalling the existing driver and ran driver sweeper and ccleaners reg clean?

If it installs ok then have you removed the hotkey beforehand or before rebooting in case it is causing a conflict?

If 195.81 works ok then im guessing there are remains of it that are not getting cleared, that is causing a problem on your setup that isn't with mine.

Still not working, I don't think it's meant for my gpu. Tried everything now.

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Still not working, I don't think it's meant for my gpu. Tried everything now.

Got your PM asking for this (attached).

Seeing as we have virtually the same laptop and identical GPUs I don't see why it shouldn't work.

inf.zip

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Got your PM asking for this (attached).

Seeing as we have virtually the same laptop and identical GPUs I don't see why it shouldn't work.

thanks man, it still gave me a bsod on install, thus not installing the control panel properly, grr, got it working now. I needed the registry fix for the bsod 116 error, the driver was failing to reset when the screen blacks out in the setup process.

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This has SIGNIFICANTLY dropped DPC latencies... Well done Dell.

It's sad that Lenovo did not do anything at all, but Dell did... that's something to be said about Lenovo... shame on them.

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