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NVIDIA GPU driver v191.03 released

September 28th, 2009 No comments

NVIDIA has released it’s newest driver revision for GeForce 100, 200, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000 GPUs. The download is approx. 100MB, this beta Windows XP/Vista/7 driver delivers the following changes:

  • Adds support for OpenGL 3.2 for ION, GeForce 100, 200, 8000 and 9000-series GPUs.
  • Big anti-aliasing or SLI performance improvements for a handful of titles.
  • For graphics cards supporting multiple clock states, 3D clocks correctly return to 2D clocks after exiting a 3D application. This will have big power savings for impacted users.
  • Adds support for DirectX 11’s DirectCompute (Compute Shaders) API on GeForce 8000, 9000, 100 and 200 GPUs.
  • Added support for 3D Vision Discover, a feature to enable stereoscopic 3D for games.

This is a fairly important release, particularly due to the inclusion of the DirectCompute API. Note that this does not mean the compatible GPUs are DX11-ready; DirectCompute merely requires stream processors, and all recent GPUs have them. It can be expected that ATI will do the same thing with their next driver release.

Download

Windows Vista & 7 x86-32: Here
Windows Vista & 7 x86-64: Here
Windows XP x86-32: Here
Windows XP x86-64: Here

Camera Drivers for Windows XP

September 28th, 2009 No comments

Need drivers for your digital camera? (If you want to download the pictures from your digital camera to save, print or email, you first need to install the drivers onto your  computer.) The drivers that you need usually come in the original camera box on a CD. You can also download them from your camera manufacturer’s web site.

To get the pictures off your camera, either take the memory card out of your camera and plug it into a card reader, or plug your camera into your computer using a USB cable. Most of the CDs that are included in your camera package also include an editing software and also a digital photo album.

Click Here for a list of popular digital camera manufacturers and the links to their driver download pages.

Realtek AC’97 Driver Update (Windows Vista / Windows 7)

September 25th, 2009 No comments

You may want to anticipate some things when you buy a new computer. With the latest package in new systems, this means that you receive a new degree of convenience that you couldn’t get from bulky DIY solutions. Of course, more people today would go build their own computers in order to have better handling over the specifications of their own machines. This is a common characteristic among gamers as well as die-hard PC enthusiasts, who enjoy assembling and disassembling computers and putting in new parts to boost their system’s performance.

The constant journey of enhancing their settings means there will always be something new. If you do buy a motherboard, you will notice that onboard multimedia supplier would be the latest Realtek audio drivers that come with well-known motherboard providers. This is a fair entry and a base level audio chip solution for most audio multimedia and needs.

However, many use the PC to hook it up to plasma TVs or LCDs. As a solution for a home entertainment theatre, Realtek’s audio driver may not be enough. Another problem that people face when they purchase a motherboard is that drivers are sometimes missing. Therefore, in order to resolve the issue, they have to install the appropriate drivers that come with the CD, and they would usually get the onboard audio drivers.

If the installer is not available, then try to visit the manufacturer’s website or download the latest Realtek AC’97 driver update 6.0.1.6305 (September 25, 2009) from this site. This driver works on systems running on Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit as well as Windows Vista 64-bit.

You could also flash the bios to get a full update to your entire system. It may also be a compatibility issue if the operating system fails to spot the onboard audio drivers, which could mean that you have to perform a clean install or know how to troubleshoot the problem online. Usually, you will experience problems and will find the most effective solution in tech forums. In most cases, you face common problems, so there are various options to go through before you return the hardware to the store.

One way to determine if all your hardware drivers are up to date is by downloading the Driver Update Utility. You can simply go to this link to proceed.

 

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How to find the best driver for your hardware

September 12th, 2009 No comments

Are you confused about drivers? Do you have a device that keeps throwing errors or restarting itself? Ready to pull your hair out? Here are some tips on how to find the best drivers for your hardware.

Usually, the best drivers are found on the manufacturer’s website. Find the support page of the manufacturer’s web site. Most manufacturer’s will have a button for drivers and updates. Search for your device name/model number and the website will list drivers/updates available for you to download. If after downloading and installing the driver you continue to have problems, try sending the manufacturer an e-mail detailing the issues you are having. Many updates are developed because of user complaints.

If your hardware is fairly old, the manufacturer might not have the drivers for it in their database of drivers. Try searching the Internet for different websites that have drivers available for download. Include your device manufacturer’s name and model number, and you might find other people posting comments on message boards about what issues/fixes they have found for the same device.

Downloading the latest drivers for your device usually solves the problem. However, there are cases in which the driver will not work. Even a driver from the manufacturer’s website might not work (on rare occasions). You can try to roll back the driver to an older version. Sometimes it won’t have all the new features, but at least your device might work. Are you hesitant to try the older version of your driver? Newer doesn’t necessarily mean better, the best driver is the one your hardware performs best with! Again, try searching the Internet for message boards to see what other people have experienced.

Sometimes you will encounter a problem because the driver files are corrupted. You can solve this by just reinstalling the driver. (It isn’t necessary to upgrade or roll back your driver.) Errors can also be caused by faulty hardware installation. Hardware drivers from the manufacturer’s website should be trusted and preferred over drivers picked randomly off the Web!

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Installing the wrong driver

September 3rd, 2009 No comments

Hardware drivers are a very important part of Windows. If drivers are installed correctly and frequently updated, your hardware device will work at its full capacity. Windows will run smoothly and no errors should occur. However, things can quickly change when you install the wrong hardware driver. Sometimes Windows can even install the wrong driver.

To make an idea regarding the gravity of the situation, take a look at some of the problems people experienced:

  • “Every startup gets an error window: Cannot load the dll CnxtSdk.dll”
  • “Windows installed a driver that it thought was right for my network card. Yet it isn’t right. It installed a 3com driver instead of a Realtek driver. Now, when I go to change the driver I choose to select it from a location. I choose the correct inf file, and Windows gives me an error.”
  • “I accidentally installed a wrong VIA audio driver. Now the PC keeps restarting! I try to uninstall the drivers but, after reboot, Windows XP installs them again. Although I managed to install the correct driver, I receive errors caused by the wrong old VIA drivers.”

If you install the wrong driver, your computer will act crazy. You will probably see errors, it will reboot on it’s own or even worse, it will not even turn on. If your problem is that severe, you might need to reinstall Windows. Hopefully your problem isn’t that severe and you can find and uninstall the wrong driver and install the correct one. This should take care of the problem.

There are some cases in which the errors will continue to appear. You can try to talk to Microsoft – maybe they can help you. Send them an error report including the error code and error text. Although this may seem an easy way to solve the problem, don’t put too much hope in Microsoft. They receive thousands of error reports daily, so their response will be generic, copy pasted, or even automated. So this might not work at all. You can also contact the manufacturer of your device. Some drivers are poorly written or have bugs. This is one of the reasons you’ll see driver updates from time to time on the manufacturer’s website.

Be careful when you are installing drivers onto your machine. Take the time to make sure it is the correct driver for your device/operating system. You’ll save yourself a huge headache in the future!

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