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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:11 PM
Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:14 AM
Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:18 AM
Edited by samoth, 09 November 2012 - 05:23 AM.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:57 PM
Updating nVidia drivers is extremely easy and failsafe in my opinion.
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.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:50 AM
Edited by samoth, 10 November 2012 - 07:51 AM.
Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:54 PM
Hi samoth, thanks for the answer,
The computer crashing is something that should not happen, ever, under normal circumstances.
A bug in the installer should at best make the installer crash and Windows showing a "Error 0x0000000C" or "Program has stopped responding" or similar error, but that is unlikely to happen. Missing access rights could make the install fail, but should show an error alert, but should not even crash the installer (I'm boldly assuming that the nVidia guys check for at least such very obvious error conditions).
The installer used is not something that's written for only one driver, but a tool that is reused many times for many driver revisions, and something that has been thoroughly tested both before releasing it and "in the field" by millions of users. It's extremely unlikely that it has any show-stopper bugs.
A driver bug (endless loop) could in principle of course cause the computer to bluescreen, but only after the driver has been installed and the computer was restarted, not while the installer is running. At least, this is in principle possible under Windows XP (in later versions, it would only cause the desktop manager to kill and restart the driver, the computer should not crash). But even if such a thing is in principle possible, it is extremely unlikely because drivers have such a huge install base (which is a gigantic field test). It is nearly impossible that such a thing goes unnoticed for longer than a day or two.
The by far most probable reason is faulty hardware. Black lines are another such thing that shouldn't happen except if the hardware is faulty. You're not overclocking, are you?
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:41 AM
although that form is nonsense, they only have a single driver anyway
Posted 12 November 2012 - 06:32 AM
But that's an entirely different thing. It's not "black lines", and it's not just the graphics card. If the mouse cursor won't go into that area, it's simply the edge of the screen.
The black lines I witnessed weren't as severe as some of the black lines I've read about. They don't go through the entire screen or anything. Right now, at the current resolution, there's a black rectangle at the top of the screen, and I can't move my mouse cursor past it. The tip of the cursor will stop right at the black line. So I'm pretty much losing 10-20 pixels off the top of my screen, which isn't much of an inconvenience, but I'm still curious about what the problem is. As I said, the size of the lines depends on the resolution. If I recall correctly, they'll only spawn on the top/bottom of the monitor, not anywhere else.
Edited by samoth, 12 November 2012 - 06:32 AM.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:56 PM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:04 AM
“If I understand the standard right it is legal and safe to do this but the resulting value could be anything.”