Tuesday, August 12th 2008

NVIDIA Releases 177.83 Forceware, Offers Powerpacks

Strategically timed, NVIDIA released a new Forceware driver package, version 177.83 Forceware. This package weighing nearly 120 MB packs the PhysX API runtime, and brings about a host of changes. With this release, NVIDIA devised what is known as a "Powerpack" approach to deliver software and promote sales of its products. NVIDIA is giving away several goodies for free that are exclusive to users of the GeForce accelerators, most of them being exclusive demos of games such as Nurein, Metal Knight Zero. Warmonger, the full game is given away as a free download. Other parts of this pack includes the GeForce Folding @ Home client, a 30-day fully functional trial of the Badaboom Video Transcoding software and Unreal Tournament 3 PhysX mod. Two technology demos are also included. Users can customise on what should download, in essence make their own Powerpacks from what's available, following which depending on the web-browser used, the page launches an ActiveX or Java based download manager to deliver the software.

The NVIDIA Powerpack web page can be reached here.
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80 Comments on NVIDIA Releases 177.83 Forceware, Offers Powerpacks

#1
FilipM
Do I need to un-install the "older" version of PhysX and then put the new drivers, or just install the drivers on top of the thing?
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#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Like any new driver, it replaces an older driver. Not sure about PhysX though. My pack is getting downloaded.
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#3
KieranD
uninstall both physx and drivers then restart then use driver sweeper then restart then install drivers restart then install physx

EDIT: well seen after i make a thread in the graphics section the news appears, i should just wait for the news to appear first
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#4
truehighroller1
Are the 8800gts 512 (g92) cards supported yet officially? If not then f nvidia.
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by: truehighroller1
Are the 8800gts 512 (g92) cards supported yet officially? If not then f nvidia.
yes
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#6
truehighroller1
Sweet.. I will be installing when I get home tonight.
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#7
newtekie1
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by: truehighroller1
Are the 8800gts 512 (g92) cards supported yet officially? If not then f nvidia.
The 8800GTS 512 has been supported since day one. So stop your trolling, you do this in every PhysX thread, and in every PhysX thread we tell you the same thing. If you are really pissed off that your card isn't on the official supported list for an entirely free bonus feature, that was never part of the deal when you bought the card, then go out and buy an ATi card. At least then, you won't have to worry about being on the supported list for PhysX as there is no ATi cards that will ever be on the list.
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#8
ShadowFold
truehightroller1 calm down man..

If this PhysX thing does take off I'm gonna sell my 4850 and get a 260..
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#9
alexp999
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by: ShadowFold
truehightroller1 calm down man..

If this PhysX thing does take off I'm gonna sell my 4850 and get a 260..
GTX 260 ftw! :rockout: :D

Apparently nvidia are gonna release a version of phyx that allows you to use a second geforce card like a separate physx card. No sli mobo needed! :D
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#10
zubai
Is 8800gts 320mb supported?
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#11
ShadowFold
All DX10 Nvidia GPU's are I'm pretty sure.
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#12
csendesmark
The old download page was much better, I hope the driver will work fine :)
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by: alexp999
GTX 260 ftw! :rockout: :D

Apparently nvidia are gonna release a version of phyx that allows you to use a second geforce card like a separate physx card. No sli mobo needed! :D
That is already done . These drivers have it .

However there is a Vista limitation, You have to hook up 2 monitors to get it working, which can easily be done by hooking up both connections of a card to the same monitor.
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btarunr
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by: zubai
Is 8800gts 320mb supported?
Anything from GeForce 8200 to GeForce GTX 280.
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#15
Tatty_One
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by: ShadowFold
truehightroller1 calm down man..

If this PhysX thing does take off I'm gonna sell my 4850 and get a 260..
Get buying then! We now have 2 hybrid cards non SLi'd, recognised as multi GPU's working outta 2 slots one dedicated to 3D rendering (main) and one for Px only, and working with members in this forum......as well of course as the single GPU solution. :toast:
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#16
timta2
by: wolf2009
That is already done . These drivers have it .

However there is a Vista limitation, You have to hook up 2 monitors to get it working, which can easily be done by hooking up both connections of a card to the same monitor.
Can you use two different cards? Like a 8600 for PhysX and 8800 for the display?
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#17
lohoutlaw
Thanks m8,

I installed the drivers and got an error after reboot,(nVidia something) cant remember.
Will work on it when i get home :)
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#18
newconroer
by: KieranD
uninstall both physx and drivers then restart then use driver sweeper then restart then install drivers restart then install physx

EDIT: well seen after i make a thread in the graphics section the news appears, i should just wait for the news to appear first
Hahah yep! Don't mess with the news team, they might go all emo on your ass :)


Pretty neat design Nvidia has here as it's customizable.
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#19
ShadowFold
If I get a 9800GTX+ and a 8400GS I can set the 8400GS to a PhysX dedicated card right?
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#20
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: ShadowFold
If I get a 9800GTX+ and a 8400GS I can set the 8400GS to a PhysX dedicated card right?
Yup, I guess you can keep the HD 4850, and still have a 8400 GS do PhysX.
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#21
ShadowFold
by: btarunr
Yup, I guess you can keep the HD 4850, and still have a 8400 GS do PhysX.
I can do that?? Anyone test this yet? I wish I still had that 9600GT :banghead:
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#22
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: KieranD
uninstall both physx and drivers then restart then use driver sweeper then restart then install drivers restart then install physx

EDIT: well seen after i make a thread in the graphics section the news appears, i should just wait for the news to appear first
I didn't do that, just ran the .exe, it worked. Driver cleaning isn't really required, optional.

by: newconroer
Hahah yep! Don't mess with the news team, they might go all emo on your ass :)
You're the one laughing, exhibiting 'emotion'....who's emo now?
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#23
Tatsumaru
Can anyone tell me how to do this install/uninstall thing ?
so I uninstal my Nvidia Driver first ?
then restart right?
then I uninstal the phsyx ..
then install a new Nvidia Driver restart and install the new physx drivers.?
Is it right or safe to do so ??
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#24
newtekie1
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by: ShadowFold
I can do that?? Anyone test this yet? I wish I still had that 9600GT :banghead:
Yes, that should be supported, though I haven't tested it myself yet.

by: Tatsumaru
Can anyone tell me how to do this install/uninstall thing ?
so I uninstal my Nvidia Driver first ?
then restart right?
then I uninstal the phsyx ..
then install a new Nvidia Driver restart and install the new physx drivers.?
Is it right or safe to do so ??
I just installed the new driver right over the old, it install both the video and physx driver all at once.
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#25
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
I'm trying this:

My mobo lacks two long (x16) slots. So I'm buying a 8400GS, creating a notch after the bars of the first PCI-E lane on the card's PCI-E interface, so as to fit it into a PCI-E x1 slot. 250 MB/s looks enough bandwidth for a GPU that's just crunching PhysX and handling the second display head, since PhysX cards used PCI at one point.
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