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NVIDIA GeForce 290.36 Beta Drivers Released

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    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    The latest beta drivers and the first in the 290 series have been released by NVIDIA today, supporting all graphics cards since the venerable 6-series. Their main new feature are official support for enabling ambient occlusion settings in the control panel separately for specific games and enabling NVIDIA Surround on the new X79 SLI-certified motherboards. Ambient occlusion (AO) is settable for uber-popular games The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. So, what does AO do? We'll let Andrew Burns of NVIDIA explain:
    What he doesn't say of course, is how it kills your frame rate, especially on lower end hardware. Anyway, there's all the usual goodies in this release: 3D Vision game profiles for games such as MW3, Diablo 3 & LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (yes really). There's a HD audio update and nine fixes too, including one for random flickering of the Windows boot logo as it's loading or fading away and a fix for the mouse cursor flickering and shaking in games such as Crysis 2 & Deus Ex when SLI is enabled when using 3DTV Play. The NVIDIA product release page is here and they have a snazzy-looking driver selector here. The release notes follow.

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    NVIDIA Ambient Occlusion

    - Adds NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
    - Adds NVIDIA Control Panel ambient occlusion support for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.


    NVIDIA PhysX

    - Updates PhysX System Software to version 9.11.1107 for the best PhysX experience in Batman: Arkham City.


    NVIDIA Surround

    - Enables NVIDIA Surround support for Intel X79 SLI-certified motherboards.


    NVIDIA SLI

    - Added or updated SLI profiles for Crysis 2, Heroes and Generals, Inversion, Stronghold 3, and Syndicate.


    3D Vision

    - Adds support for 3D Vision over native DisplayPort 1.1 connection - available on BenQ XL2420T and BenQ XL2420TX monitors.

    Added or updated the following 3D Vision game profiles:

    - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Rated Good
    - Cang Sheng – Rated Good
    - Diablo 3 – Rated Good
    - Fei fei – Rated Good
    - Final Combat – Rated Good
    - L.A. Noire – Updated Rating To 3D Vision Ready
    - LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – Rated Fair
    - Qian Nv You Hun Online – Rated Good
    - QQ Xi You – Rated Good
    - Sonic Generations – Rated Good
    - Xian Tu – Rated Good
    - Yong Bing Tian Xia Online – Rated Good


    HD Audio

    - Updates HD Audio driver to version 1.3.9.0.


    Bug Fixes

    - Fixes random flickering as Windows boot logo is loading or fading away.
    - Fixes corruption in Crysis 2 with SLI and lower quality shadow settings.
    - Fixes ability to set Surround resolutions to 5760x1080 using custom resolutions.
    - Fixes some random instances of triangular artifacts when playing Battlefield 3.
    - Fixes corruption and flickering of some objects in Battlefield 3 in the New York single-player level when anti-aliasing is enabled.
    - Fixes corruption seen in Settlers 7 with the NVIDIA 275.33 drivers.
    - Fixes playback of videos or live TV using Window Media Center resulting in a black screen.
    - Fixes the issue where 1920x1080 @60Hz PC resolution mode switched down to @59Hz.
    - Fixes mouse cursor flickering and shaking in Crysis 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Deus Ex and Civilization V when SLI is enabled when using 3DTV Play.

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    i wonder of AO in skyrim performs just the same when its forced compared to older drivers?
     
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    I think performance is the same. I switched it from quality to high quality and it was the same outside but I took a few fps hit inside.
     
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    I updated to these, and after the initial restart, my display FREAKED out. It was displaying fuzzy vertical bars which were half my actual screen and half colorful patterns. It was impossible to tell what I was doing, but I managed to restart it, and it looks fine now. Just figured I'd post in case anybody else has the same issue. Running my spec'd rig through a Displayport cable.
     
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    Increasing a graphics setting hurts framerates, especially on low end hardware! OMG, to the Romero copter!
     
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    wow i am going to try my evga 9800gx2 with this driver .... I hope it works
     
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    How do I make it find Skyrim after I install this driver so that I can force AO through the Control Panel?
     
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    option is in control panel itself like it used to be a while back. Just switch it on and you're good to go. The link in the op gives a bunch of tips for graphics in skyrim as well ---> http://www.geforce.com/News/articles/nvidia-geforce-290-36-beta-drivers-released
     
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    Thank You.

    I had to uncheck the box for the "Show only programs found on this computer." I do not know why I have to do that, since I do have Skyrim installed :confused:
     
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    I clean installed these yesterday and after enabling SLI my screen went blank. The display kept trying to power up but didn't find a signal. Had to uninstall them in safe mode to fix it. Latest whql's work just fine.
     
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    I had a bsod after trying to enable SLI:( Was forced to re-install windows...
     
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    Seriously? :twitch: Usually these can be fixed in safe mode, but you had some seriously bad luck. Sometimes the Betas are just fine, but seems like this one isn't one of those.
     
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    Hope these help with the driver not responding screen blanks/crashing issue. Still happens to me every few days.
     
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    Well, managed to install these, and enable sli. Except, my sli profiles got wiped out, and it won't let me re-add a bunch. Did some research around the net, and it seems I'm not the only one. Bad drivers! Rolling back.....
     

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