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#Actualsamoth

Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:23 AM

Updating nVidia drivers is extremely easy and failsafe in my opinion.

Type "nvidia driver" into Google, which will bring up the download page as the first hit. Assuming you have Javascript enabled, it automatically makes the right selections in the form (although that form is nonsense, they only have a single driver anyway). Download, and double-click the installer.

Either just hit "OK", or if you're like me, hit "Custom" and disable everything except "Display Driver" (who needs PhysX and desktop extensions anyway). That's all to it. I've updated by 9800GT drivers maybe 40 or 50 times, never any problem whatsoever.

If the tray icon and the superfluous desktop menu entry annoy you, you can disable them in the "Desktop" menu inside the nVidia control panel.

If, like me, you're concerned about every crap that is launched at startup being too much, you can use autoruns to disable the NvMediaCenter and the NvDaemon thingie. I'm always doing that, except when I forget. Not sure what they even do, having or not having them seems to make no difference either way. Of course if you want the "guaranteed, working" set of features, you should not manually disable services of which you have no idea what they're doing.

Note: Usually, there is a temporary folder C:\NVIDIA (except when you specify something else in the self-extracting zip thingie) that remains after installation. Somehow this is never getting automatically deleted, although I guess it should be. Just delete it manually.

#2samoth

Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:19 AM

Updating nVidia drivers is extremely easy and failsafe in my opinion.

Type "nvidia driver" into Google, which will bring up the download page as the first hit. Assuming you have Javascript enabled, it automatically makes the right selections in the form (although that form is nonsense, they only have a single driver anyway). Download, and double-click the installer.

Either just hit "OK", or if you're like me, hit "Custom" and disable everything except "Display Driver" (who needs PhysX and desktop extensions anyway). That's all to it. I've updated by 9800GT drivers maybe 40 or 50 times, never any problem whatsoever.

If the tray icon and the superfluous desktop menu entry annoy you, you can disable them in the "Desktop" menu inside the nVidia control panel.

If, like me, you're concerned about every crap that is launched at startup being too much, you can use autoruns to disable the NvMediaCenter and the NvDaemon thingie. I'm always doing that, except when I forget. Not sure what they even do, having or not having them seems to make no difference either way. Of course if you want the "guaranteed, working" set of features, you should not manually disable services of which you have no idea what they're doing.

#1samoth

Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:18 AM

Updating nVidia drivers is extremely easy and failsafe in my opinion.

Type "nvidia driver" into Google, which will bring up the download page as the first hit. Assuming you have Javascript enabled, it automatically makes the right selections in the form (although that form is nonsense, they only have a single driver anyway). Download, and double-click the installer.

Either just hit "OK", or if you're like me, hit "Custom" and disable everything except "Display Driver" (who needs PhysX and desktop extensions anyway). That's all to it. I've maybe updated by 9800GT drivers maybe 40 or 50 times, never any problem whatsoever.

If the tray icon and the superfluous desktop menu entry annoy you, you can disable them in the "Desktop" menu inside the nVidia control panel.

If, like me, you're concerned about every crap that is launched at startup being too much, you can use autoruns to disable the NvMediaCenter and the NvDaemon thingie. I'm always doing that, except when I forget. Not sure what they even do, having or not having them seems to make no difference either way. Of course if you want the "guaranteed, working" set of features, you should not manually disable services of which you have no idea what they're doing.

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