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NVIDIA GPU and MCP Driver Questions for Windows Vista
General Vista Questions
NVIDIA GPU and MCP Driver Questions for Windows Vista

Q: I'm having a problem running Windows Vista using the latest NVIDIA Replace Text drivers. Where can I file a bug?
A: NVIDIA has created a Vista Quality Assurance Page for users to report any issues they may have with their NVIDIA-based graphics products in Windows Vista.

You can find it here: http://www.nvidia.co.in/object/vistaqualityassurance_in.html

Q: Can I run Windows Vista drivers on Windows XP?
A. No, Windows Vista drivers cannot be installed on Windows XP or any other operating system.

Q: When will NVIDIA release a WHQL driver for the GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS GPUs?
A: The WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 8800 is available now from nvidia.com. This driver is fully certified for the Windows Vista Premium Device logo.

Q: When will a Windows Vista WHQL driver for the GeForce 7 series and 6 series be available to download?
A: Replace Text v100.65.is WHQL certified today and is available to download from NVIDIA.co.in for Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit. This driver is fully certified for the Windows Vista Premium Device logo and allows OEMs to configure Windows Vista Premium Systems for end users to purchase.

Q: Are there Windows Vista drivers that support the GeForce FX series?
A: Replace Text v96.85 is WHQL certified for these products and is available to download from NVIDIA.com for Windows 32-bit and Windows 64-bit.
http://www.nvidia.co.in/object/winvista_x86_96.85_in.html

http://www.nvidia.co.in/object/winvista_x64_96.85_in.html

Q: Are you working on new GeForce FX drivers for Vista?
A: GeForce FX GPUs will be supported from the Replace Text Release 95 driver until the end-of-life of the product.

Q: I see different NVIDIA products use different versions of Vista drivers, is NVIDIA no longer supporting the Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) model?
A: We are continuing to support UDA in all future drivers for GPUs. Products that are very mature and do not support or benefit from new feature updates are removed from the current Replace Text Release branches. For example, GeForce 6, 7 and 8 products are supported in Release 100 of the UDA, while GeForce FX is supported by the Release 95 UDA driver.

Q: Why are previous generation GPUs such as the GeForce 4 series and GeForce 3 series not supported under Windows Vista drivers?
A: The newfeatures found in Windows Vista require a GPU that supports DirectX 9.0. All GPUs before the GeForce FX series do not support DirectX 9.0.

Q: Is OpenGL fully functional under Windows Vista?
A: Yes, NVIDIA OpenGL drivers are available in all driver kits since Windows Vista Beta1, in early 2006. NVIDIA is fully committed to providing full OpenGL support for all of our GPUs families in order to ensure a seamless end user experience across all applications.

Q: How is the performance of OpenGL games like Doom 3 and Prey affected by Vista?
A: Architecturally, Windows Vista does not impact OpenGL application performance when compared to Windows XP. However, we have measured our performance on a variety of 3D applications and benchmarks in Windows Vista with the latest Release 100 drivers, and performance can be lower when compared to Windows XP.

Keep in mind we had more than three years of driver optimizations after Windows XP launched in 2001 to achieve the XP performance level we enjoy now, and our performance is excellent. We have software engineers who do nothing but figure out how to get games to run better and faster. It will take time, but NVIDIA will continue to work on optimizing our drivers to ensure maximum performance for OpenGL and DirectX. We're working hard to get there as soon as possible.

Q: Does NVIDIA SLI deliver improved performance with Windows Vista Aero?
A: A single Vista Premium-capable GPU is fast enough to run Aero. NVIDIA is currently investigating to see if NVIDIA SLI will provide additional performance benefits when running Windows Aero.

Q: One of your stated goals is to deliver Windows Vista performance that is comparable to Windows XP in games. Realistically how long do you think it will take to truly accomplish this goal?
A: Optimizing drivers for any new operating system is a key focus for a core team of software engineers here at NVIDIA. We've had a long time to work on some of the major driver model architectural changes in Windows Vista without focusing solely on performance, and that's why our initial drivers were slower on some applications compared to Windows XP. Now, we are making sure performance optimizations are at the top of our list. We expect to deliver frequent driver updates in the spring and summer of 2007 that will show strides in performance for top 3D applications and games.

Q: Can I still access the NVIDIA classic control panel under Windows Vista?
A: Windows Vista supports the new NVIDIA Control Panel that was the primary user interface in Replace Text Release 90 and Release 95 drivers. This new control panel is designed using Microsoft user interface research to closely match the new Windows Vista user-centered design.

Q: Are all of the features of the NVIDIA Control Panel available in the new NVIDIA driver?
A: The core features of the NVIDIA Control Panel will be available in the drivers available on January 30, 2007. These features include:

  • 3D performance and quality settings
  • Application profiles
  • Multi-display settings
  • Display change resolutions
  • PureVideo post processing settings (but not video color controls)
  • Display rotation
  • Desktop color settings
  • NVIDIA SLI settings
A future driver update will add support for more features, such as
  • Flat panel scaling
  • Video color controls
  • NVIDIA SLI taskbar notifications

Q: Are there Control Panel features that were available under Windows XP that are no longer available on Windows Vista?
A. There are some Windows XP features that will no longer be available on Windows Vista due to changes in the core operating system. These features are:
  • Horizontal and Vertical desktop span multi-monitor modes (note: Dual View and Clone mode display options are still available)
  • NVKeystone display correction
  • Full screen video mirror
  • Video zoom

Q: Where can I get nForce drivers for Vista?
A. WHQL-certified nForce drivers for Vista are available now from www.nvidia.co.in for all nForce4, nForce5, and nForce 600 series products. These drivers include Raid support. Vista actually includes driver support for all nForce products out of the box, but the drivers that come with Vista do not support Raid features. 

Q: What about Vista drivers for nForce 2 or nForce3-based motherboards?
A. Given the hardware requirements for Windows Vista, NVIDIA recommends that you upgrade your platform to PCI Express. If you do not have a certified Vista platform, such as nForce4, nForce5, or nForce 600 series MCP, you will not be able to take advantage of the NVIDIA-designed features that are integrated into the NVIDIA MCP drivers.

If you cannot afford to upgrade your platform or simply wish to try Vista with your current nForce2 or nForce3 platform, you can upgrade to Vista with the drivers that come with Vista. However, there are a few technical issues you should be aware of that may impact your overall Vista experience.

Audio - nForce2 and nForce3-based platforms utilized AC'97 audio codecs. You will need to check with the audio codec manufacturer to determine whether they have released a driver for Vista. NVIDIA bears no responsibility with regards to audio support. You may also want to check with audio add-in card vendors to see if they have comparable products with Vista drivers. All AC'97-based platforms are affected by the transition to Vista.

Storage - Unfortunately, NVIDIA RAID is not supported under Vista for nForce2 and nForce3-based platforms, but PATA and SATA storage will work using the integrated Microsoft Vista storage drivers. Please be aware that there are known Vista issues with some ATAPI devices. Microsoft RAID support is included in the box as well.

Networking - Networking support is included with Vista. Firewall support is built into Vista. NVIDIA Firewall, first introduced with nForce3, will not function under Vista and is not supported.

There is a known issue with ATI AGP cards with NVIDIA nForce3 and Vista. This is currently being looked into and will likely be resolved with an MCP driver update.

Q: I have a notebook with an NVIDIA 6 or 7-series GPU. What drivers do I need and where do I get them?
A: At this time, the drivers available on NVIDIA.com do not support notebook GPUs. Many NVIDIA notebook GPUs have Windows Vista drivers already built into the operating system and install the first time you run Windows Vista. Notebook GPU driver support is provided directly from the manufacturer, so please consult your manufacturer for an updated NVIDIA notebook GPU driver.

Q: How do I overclock my processors on Windows Vista?
A: A new version of NVIDIA nTune (v5.05.25.00) that supports Windows Vista is available on Nvidia.com. NVIDIA nTune allows end users to monitor GPU temperatures and overclock their GPU. NVIDIA nTune was recently updated to work with all motherboards, but support for advanced motherboard monitoring and overclocking features are available only for NVIDIA nForce-based motherboards. For more information and to download nTune, please visit this website: http://www.nvidia.co.in/object/ntune_5.05.25.00_in.html



General Vista Questions

Q: What are the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Vista and for running Windows Aero?
A:A Windows Vista-capable PC includes at least:
  • A modern processor (at least 800MHz).
  • 512 MB of system memory.
  • A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.
A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:
  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
  • 1 GB of system memory.
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum), Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
  • DVD-ROM Drive.
  • Audio output capability.
  • Internet access capability.
Microsoft has also built a tool called the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor which can help you determine if your Windows XP-based PC can run Windows Vista and if your graphics processor can run Windows Aero. Upgrade Advisor can also help you choose the edition of Windows Vista that best fits the way you want to use your computer.

To download the Upgrade Advisor and find out if your PC can run Windows Vista and Windows Aero, please visit the following website: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeadvisor/default.mspx

For those interested in gaming, NVIDIA has developed The Way It Is Meant To Be Played Windows Vista Readiness Tool that will give users a good idea of how their PC will run the world’s most popular PC games under Windows Vista. Please view this tool at http://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_vista_test.html.

Q: Where should I go for technical support for my graphics card?
A: You should contact the manufacturer of the NVIDIA-based product in question. Our partners have all agreed to support their NVIDIA-based products.

Q: Does my video card need to support DirectX 10 to run Windows Vista?
A: No, the minimum hardware requirement for Windows Vista Premium is DirectX 9 support. However, DirectX 10 will enable the next generation of games and applications that take full advantage of Windows Vista's graphics capabilities.

Q: Can I run DirectX 10 on Windows XP?
A: No, DirectX 10 is currently only supported on Windows Vista.

Q: What DirectX 10 content is available?
A: NVIDIA has released the world's first interactive Microsoft DirectX 10 application, known as the NVIDIA Cascades demo. The Cascades demo allows consumers with NVIDIA GeForce 8-series graphics cards and Windows Vista to experience stunning Direct X 10 graphics features on their computers for the first time.

You can find the Cascades demo at:
http://www.nzone.co.in/object/nzone_cascades_home_eu.html

In addition, many of the most anticipated titles of 2007 will be DirectX 10, including Crysis, Hellgate: London, Age of Conan, and Unreal Tournament 2007.

 
 
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