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Old 25th Jun 2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Question new Nvidia drivers and old games?

OK, guys, I just tried installing GRID yesterday and it keeps giving me BSODs and all the other games still work. So, it's either the game not liking my system or I need to update the Nvidia drivers from 182.06 (latest stable at the time for UT3 and works with all other older games I have installed, so never updated). I will be installing Rage finally later this summer, so I decided to wait to update the drivers until that time.

My question is will I have any problems once I upgrade my Nvidia drivers to run GRID and Rage? Basically, will I have any problems running UT3, UT2004, UT2003, UT, Unreal Gold, Quake 3 Arena, Quake 4, Doom3 or Painkiller with the new drivers? I'm still running XPSP3 with a GTX280 card, C2D E8600 CPU, Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P MB, 4GB Corsair RAM, Audigy2 sound, and 850W PSU.
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Old 25th Jun 2012, 03:46 PM   #2
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301.42 is problematic for older cards. Do not update to that driver. It halved my performance in almost everything, and it's primarily targeted towards SLI users.

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Old 25th Jun 2012, 04:07 PM   #3
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Cool

Thanks for the heads up! I guess I'll just have to find the latest drivers that work well with my card (GTX-280).
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Old 25th Jun 2012, 06:36 PM   #4
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9800GT here, same problems. I wish I had never upgraded. Going to roll back as soon as I get time to do it properly. Don't fix it if it ain't broke.
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Old 26th Jun 2012, 12:04 AM   #5
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BlueScreenView v1.45 - View BSOD crash information stored in dump files.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html

*NOTE*
Don't forget to make sure your Chipset drivers are as up-to-date as possible, BEFORE updating any graphics or sound drivers, or you may run into issues.

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Old 26th Jun 2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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Would the chipset drivers be upgraded on an old MB at all? Actually, I just checked and it looks like the ones I have installed are from 2008-2009 and there is one from 2010, so I'll upgrade to the new one first. Thanks.

Since the 301.42s are out and the 285.58s were released around the same time as Rage, then it looks like I have two choices (296.10s or 295.73s).
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Old 26th Jun 2012, 11:01 AM   #7
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I've found multiple reports of the newer drivers breaking embedded video, causing the video driver to crash and reboot. This is happening to me too since updating my driver and is my main reason for rolling back. Gives Break.com a brand new meaning....
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Old 26th Jun 2012, 01:21 PM   #8
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let me know which one you end up using; hopefully, it will be one that works with Rage also.
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Old 11th Jun 2013, 08:00 PM   #10
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Question update

I'm still stuck in the UT world and have also split and have temporarily defected to the WOTs world; I'm assuming World of Tanks won't be the game with the problem once drivers are updated. Thought I'd update this thread and find out what's up with the latest Nvidia drivers. Thoughts...ideas?

Yes, Rage might be a disappointment, but I still want to find out.

OK, so I'll upgrade chipset drivers first, then Nvidia drivers and do both correctly of course. But obviously the next thing below will be done first.

Then, I need to make sure the new drivers not only work with Rage and GRID, but also my older games (UT3, UT2004, UT2003, UT, Unreal Gold, Quake 3 Arena, Quake 4, Doom3 or Painkiller). Anyone have any problems with newer drivers and know which ones to avoid or maybe which one will work fine with all these games or even the last driver that doesn't break embedded video? Thanks!
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