Thursday, September 25th 2008

NVIDIA GeForce Driver Version 178.13 Released

NVIDIA released today GeForce driver release 178.13, the latest official WHQL driver with support for GeForce 6-series, 7-series, 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs, including the newly released GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, 9500 GT, and 9400 GT GPUs. This release is available for both Windows XP 32-bit/64-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit. For more information, please read the full story.

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Release Highlights
  • WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 6-series, 7-series, 8-series, 9-series, and 200-series GPUs, including the newly released GeForce 9800 GTX+, 9800 GT, 9500 GT, and 9400 GT GPUs.
  • Adds support for NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on all GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory (this driver package installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v8.09.04).
  • Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in several full games and demos today by downloading the GeForce Power Pack.
  • Adds support for 2-way NVIDIA SLI technology with GeForce GTX 200-series GPUs on Intel D5400XS motherboards.
  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9 and OpenGL.
  • Supports CUDA.
  • Supports Folding@home distributing computing application. Download the high performance client for NVIDIA GPUs here and join the NVIDIA team: #131015.
  • Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
  • Includes several 3D application performance improvements. The following are examples of improvements measured with v178.13 WHQL versus v175.19 WHQL driver:
  • - Single GPU increases up to 11% in 3DMark Vantage (performance preset)
    - Single GPU increases up to 11% in Assassin's Creed DX10
    - Single GPU increases up to 15% in Bioshock DX10
    - Single GPU increases up to 15% in Call of Duty 4
    - Single GPU increases up to 8% in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    - 2-way SLI increases up to 7% in Bioshock DX10
    - 2-way SLI increases up to 10% in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts DX10
    - 2-way SLI increases up to 12% in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    - 2-way SLI increases up to 10% in World in Conflict DX10
  • Includes numerous 3D application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.
Source: NVIDIA
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33 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce Driver Version 178.13 Released

#1
Mussels
Moderprator
could someone find or create modded versions of these for laptop users?

I have a friend with an Nvidia 8600M GT in his laptop and i cant find a premodded INF for these drivers yet. The tards on drivers from 2006 :banghead:
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#2
pagalms
by: Mussels
could someone find or create modded versions of these for laptop users?

I have a friend with an Nvidia 8600M GT in his laptop and i cant find a premodded INF for these drivers yet. The tards on drivers from 2006 :banghead:
I'll check what i can do :)
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#3
Baum
go to http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/ and download driver + the inf file ( wich describes the Laptop GPU's ) extrac the driver wich is in 7z selfextracting format (exe that means you don't need 7zip prog) and replace the inf inside that new folder with the modified finish!
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Baum
go to http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/ and download driver + the inf file ( wich describes the Laptop GPU's ) extrac the driver wich is in 7z selfextracting format (exe that means you don't need 7zip prog) and replace the inf inside that new folder with the modified finish!
they dont have it. their latest file is in the 176 range.

edit: 177.98 Vista 32bit - NOT the latest.
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#5
iStink
I'm getting sick of driver cleaner. Can I just do the lazy method and install these over my current ones?
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#6
dsdsdk
I stopped using drivercleaner long time ago (a year or so). Just uninstall old driver, reboot, install new driver.

if you run into problems, THEN use drivercleaner.

Btw, I have not had one single problem with drivers the last year. actually ever :-)
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#7
1c3d0g
The Release Notes link doesn't work. :(
"Page Not Found

The page you tried was not found. You may have used an outdated link or may have typed the address (URL) incorrectly.

Etc. etc."
Edit: Now they seem to be working again. :)
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#8
kid41212003
I guess this is the WHQL version of 177.92 Beta, they both have the same release note.
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#9
alexp999
Staff
by: Mussels
could someone find or create modded versions of these for laptop users?

I have a friend with an Nvidia 8600M GT in his laptop and i cant find a premodded INF for these drivers yet. The tards on drivers from 2006 :banghead:
I have always used the ati version of this for my laptop, they have now created an nvidia one too:

http://www.driverheaven.net/nvmodtool.php

They work fantastic, has worked on every release I ever threw at it

:toast:
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#10
Konceptz
by: iStink
I'm getting sick of driver cleaner. Can I just do the lazy method and install these over my current ones?
Try this.

Uninstall your old display drivers, then before you reboot go to my computer, C: drive, nvidia folder and then locate which folder has the old drivers it'll be 17x.xx and delete that folder,reboot, install the new drivers, and then under device manager, locate the display adapter right click and choose update drive, and then specify the .inf file in C:nvidia(whatever it says)17x.xx.inf. Do the same for all cards if running SLI and then reboot.

Has worked flawless me for everytime
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#11
phanbuey
by: Konceptz
Try this.

Uninstall your old display drivers, then before you reboot go to my computer, C: drive, nvidia folder and then locate which folder has the old drivers it'll be 17x.xx and delete that folder,reboot, install the new drivers, and then under device manager, locate the display adapter right click and choose update drive, and then specify the .inf file in C:nvidia(whatever it says)17x.xx.inf. Do the same for all cards if running SLI and then reboot.

Has worked flawless me for everytime
i dont even do that... i just double click the install file, click 'next' as frantically as possible, and then reboot...

works everytime!
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#12
theJesus
by: phanbuey
i dont even do that... i just double click the install file, click 'next' as frantically as possible, and then reboot...

works everytime!
same here, I do that every time I update any drivers.
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#13
..'Ant'..
by: kid41212003
I guess this is the WHQL version of 177.92 Beta, they both have the same release note.
Yep because I dont see an improvement between the two.


The best way to uninstall GPU drivers:

Easiest method below.
D/L Driver Cleaner Pro or Driver Sweeper and install it.
1) R/Click My Computer
2) Select Manage> Device Manager
3) Expand Display Adapter> R/Click NVIDIA GeForce xxxx/ATI Radeon xxxx
4) Select Uninstall> Confirm Device Removal> OK
5) Restart Computer
6) Enter Safe Mode..Tap F8 during Post
7) Once in Safe Mode> Run Driver Cleaner Pro or Driver Sweeper > Select nVidia (not nForceChipset/For ATI select ATI, ATI CCC, ATI WMD)> start Cleaning
8) Do step 7 Twice with Driver Cleaner Pro - With Driver Sweeper do it once.
9) Restart Computer> Cancel out of New Found Hardware Wizard
10) Navigate to the Location of your Drivers and Install.
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#14
theJesus
Yeah, I'm aware of the driver cleaner/sweeper stuff and all that, buuuut, I'm too damn lazy to bother. :p
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#15
iStink
yeah me too. Anyways, I just installed right over my old ones and I see a good improvement in COD4.
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#16

iStink what gpu so you have and what drivers were you peviously using?
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#17
dsdsdk
Ant, you forgot "vacuum the computer", "unmount all fans and check function", "spit over your right shoulder before clicking Next".. :-D
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#18
phanbuey
by: dsdsdk
Ant, you forgot "vacuum the computer", "unmount all fans and check function", "spit over your right shoulder before clicking Next".. :-D
hahaha... what ? you mean you dont do that ?

on a second note, these dropped my vantage scores substantially, and then i was about to go back to 177.89's (the fastest so far ~same as 177.92) but decided to test them on crysis warhead- these are the smoothest at 35-50 fps on enthusiast...

my "test" turned into an hour long gaming session... but has anyone else's score dropped in the synthetics like that?
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#19
iStink
I have an 8800gt and I was using the 177.8somethings prior. Previous ones came with physx and were posted on techpowerup's main page.

I just played Crysis and could tell it was smoother as well. They did a good job with these, but why so late in the game? I wish I had these from day one! lol
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#20
Wile E
Power User
[quote="..'Ant'.., post: 990645"]Yep because I dont see an improvement between the two.


The best way to uninstall GPU drivers:

Easiest method below.
D/L Driver Cleaner Pro or Driver Sweeper and install it.
1) R/Click My Computer
2) Select Manage> Device Manager
3) Expand Display Adapter> R/Click NVIDIA GeForce xxxx/ATI Radeon xxxx
4) Select Uninstall> Confirm Device Removal> OK
5) Restart Computer
6) Enter Safe Mode..Tap F8 during Post
7) Once in Safe Mode> Run Driver Cleaner Pro or Driver Sweeper > Select nVidia (not nForceChipset/For ATI select ATI, ATI CCC, ATI WMD)> start Cleaning
8) Do step 7 Twice with Driver Cleaner Pro - With Driver Sweeper do it once.
9) Restart Computer> Cancel out of New Found Hardware Wizard
10) Navigate to the Location of your Drivers and Install.
[/quote]Ummm yeah, that's a bit overkill for a simple driver update. Completely unnecessary.

I just use the built in uninstaller, reboot, then double click the exe for the new driver package, wait till it's done, reboot again.

The only time I've ever had to run driver cleaner is when switching brands.
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
i havent even uninstalled a forceware in years. i've had ATI drivers stick, but never nvidia.
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#22
alexp999
Staff
Did that mobility modder work for what you wanted to do, Mussels?
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#23
Mussels
Moderprator
by: alexp999
Did that mobility modder work for what you wanted to do, Mussels?
Havent asked the guy if it worked, but i have linked him to this thead and sent him offlines re: the PM's people have sent me.

I'll let you guys know when i hear from him.
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#24
alexp999
Staff
by: Mussels
Havent asked the guy if it worked, but i have linked him to this thead and sent him offlines re: the PM's people have sent me.

I'll let you guys know when i hear from him.
No, I meant this:

by: alexp999
I have always used the ati version of this for my laptop, they have now created an nvidia one too:

http://www.driverheaven.net/nvmodtool.php

They work fantastic, has worked on every release I ever threw at it

:toast:
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#25
Mussels
Moderprator
yeah the guy has the laptop not me, so i've linked him to this thread. I cant do it myself without the laptop.
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