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How should I update the driver from 40.09 to 42.51 (or 42.70)?
1) Should I just install it over?
2) Should I uninstall (in safe mode?) current driver and then install the new one?
3) Should I update it from device manager?
4) Should I use some destroyer for win2000 in safe mode and then install the new one?
5) Should I uninstall, destroy, install?
Which way is easy and reliable?
01-28-03, 04:32 PM
1. Go to Add/Remove software and uninstall Nvidia drivers, BUT DO NOT reboot yet, just let that question box sit for a moment while you..
1a. Delete the C:\NVIDIA directory
1b. do a search for nv*.* and delete every file you find. (It will be alot and it won't let you touch 2 or three of them like nv4mini.sys, and nv4inst.dll.
1c. When those files are all gone, then reboot and when the system brings up the found hardware dialogue, cancel out of it without loading any drivers!!!
2. Do another search on nv*.* and delete the last of the files. Just to be sure, empty you recycle bin.
3. Reboot again just to be sure you're starting fresh, again canceling the found new hardware screen without installing drivers.
4. Run the setup program for the new driver series you want to install and go ahead and reboot when prompted.
Probably not the easiest, but definitely the best way I've found.
DreamingWolf, THANKS A LOT.
This seams very reliable. Therefore the easiest - no troubleshooting needed...
I assume that the first step should be done in safe mode?
p.s. I had problems with my prevouse update - it hang during reboot and then it wouldn't boot, so I had to repair the system and resintall SP2...
Do I need DirectX 9 for detonator 42.51? Or is it going to run just fine with DirectX 8.1?
01-28-03, 07:50 PM
The only time I needed to do the first step in Safe Mode was when I hadn't discovered this process yet and my system kept crashing:mad: Since I've followed these steps I've always been able to do them all in regular mode start to finish.
As for DirectX, I would assume (and you what that means;) ) that the drivers are all backwards compatible for at least 2-3 generations of DirectX as not everyone updates to the latest drivers as soon as they are out. (I know, I find that hard to believe too)
PS I've actually run the latest drivers with DirectX8.1 so I can say they worked fine for me. (PNY G4 4600, Dragon+,512PC2700RAM) Just went back to 30.87 though so I could play some more with my 3D glasses.
Thanks a lot again.
Here is something in return.
I also have 3D glasses and had to use them with 30.87. I just found out there are hacked drivers for stereo 3D for 41.09
on Guru3D (http://www.guru3d.com/files/detonator/) here (http://www.guru3d.com/files/pafiledb.php?action=category&id=22).
I haven't tried them. But they may work... I didn't see version for 42.51.
You may already know that. :beer:
01-28-03, 08:16 PM
Actually had and tried them last week but couldn't get them to work. However, I was also in the midst of getting my new network set up and had all kinds of things messed up (couldn't even get the 30.87s to work) So I did what I always end up doing, FDISK reinstall and start fresh. 3Ds working fine with the old drivers now, and as my network is FINALLY settling in, I'll probably try later this week to see if I can get the newer drivers to work as well. Thanks for the thought though:)
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