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Updating nVidia Graphics Card Drivers for Windows XP

August 16th, 2011 No comments

As the march of technological progress continues, so too does the technical quality and complexity of the media from which we derive our entertainment. Movies and TV shows now come not just in high-definition, but sometimes in 3D as well, while video games are now so visually stunning as to almost perfectly mimic real life. Of course enjoying the full benefits of all these advances means having the right hardware to be able to render all that beautiful eye-candy.

This means having a mid-range to high-end video card installed in your system, most likely one from one of the industry’s giants in graphics processing: nVidia. nVidia graphics cards are arguably the most advanced in the world, but that doesn’t mean that they are perfect. Sometimes the card might not be able to deliver all the raw graphical processing power it is supposed to, have key features impaired or missing, or in the ultimate extreme, not appear to work altogether.

While hardware failure does account for a small fraction of these failures, the culprit is almost always the software, or drivers that govern how your graphics cards operate and interact with the rest of your system. The drivers for graphics cards tend to be updated far more often than most devices as manufacturers are always trying to tweak and improve its performance as well as providing the best possible support for the newest games and media out there. So updating your video card’s drivers doesn’t just help resolve any technical issues you might be having, but also makes sure you get the most out of it as well.

Getting the latest set of drivers for your video card can be a bit of a chore even under the best circumstances, but it can be downright frustrating if you’re running an older operating system such as Windows XP. Even at over a decade old, this workhorse OS is still used in around 40% of PCs around the world, but it has begun to show its age, especially in the realm of hardware support. Finding the right drivers to get the latest devices, gadgets, and peripherals to work with Windows XP has become an increasingly difficult task, and video cards are no exception.

The first thing you need to do is determine exactly what model of video card you have installed on your computer. You can do this simply by going to the Control Panel, accessing the Device Manager, and expanding the Display Adapters category. Once you’ve identified exactly what model you need, simply visit this website, select the appropriate series of video cards yours falls under, and then download and install the driver. A system restart is required before any changes can take effect.

If you don’t wish to do this sort of thing manually, then you’ll be glad to know that there’s a hassle free way to keep your nVidia video card drivers updated. Try out ourDriver Scan Tool and let it automatically detect whenever a new version of the driver comes out, and can update it in an instant while leaving you free to work or play. Download it now and experience hassle-free computing today!

 

NVIDIA GeForce 6200 Series Driver Update

April 28th, 2011 No comments

The GeForce 6200 series is part of the sixth generation family of video cards from nVidia. This graphics hardware manufacturer usually diversifies every generation of its video cards into low, mid and high range models. The 6200 series is one of several lines that belong in the budget category. As such 6200 video cards have only 4 pixel pipelines, have no memory compression, and don’t support Scalable Link Interface, a feature that allows two video cards to be used in tandem and is a capability found in higher sixth generation GeForce models.

To make video card driver updating more convenient for users, nVidia releases its updates in the form of driver packages where each package already covers a range of models in a series. This particular update belongs to the batch labeled Release 270 that was brought out for distribution in April 28, 2011. This covers versions 270 to 274 and is WHQL Certified. All sixth generation GeForce video card models, including those of the 6200 series, can use this update. It is compatible with systems running on Windows 98, ME, 2000, 2003, Windows NT, XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

Click here to update your nVidia GeForce 6200 video card.

NVIDIA GeForce2 Series Driver Update

April 28th, 2011 No comments

GeForce2 is the second generation of the GeForce brand of video cards by nVidia. This series, now considered to be legacy, came out in three categorical releases based on feature and price range. These were MX, GTS, and Ultra. GeForce2 GTS and Ultra were respectively the mid-range and high-end models while GeForce2 MX was for the entry-level low-end market. This WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certified driver update is made for the following models: MX, MX 100, MX 100/200, MX 200, and MX 400.

The update is version 93.71 and was released in April 28, 2011. This is actually the last update for this particular GeForce video card series. It includes among other upgrade features support for the H.264 or MPEG-4, MPEG-2 HD, and VC-1 video codecs. Additionally, this final update provides the nVidia Control Panel, a utility software that allows users to perform more finely tuned adjustments of the video card’s advanced settings and properties. Operating system compatibility requirements are Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Click here to download the latest driver update for your nVidia GeForce2 MX video card.

 

Download nVIDIA Graphics Driver-270.61

April 28th, 2011 No comments

NVIDIA graphics driver (270.61) is one of its first WHQL- certified from the Release 260 family of drivers (270.61). This graphics driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, and 400-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

Before getting started, you may want to download this tool to make sure all of your drivers are up to date.

New things in this version:

The package adds support for the newly released GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPUs
It also increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v266.58 WHQL drivers.
And it adds NVIDIA Update feature.

Installation Instructions:

Click this link to start the download process. Make sure that you download the appropriate driver based on your hardware and operating system.

Click Agree and Download if you accept the terms of the agreement (after you have read everything of course). Then you can either open the file or save it for later use.

Then open the NVIDIA driver installation .EXE file to launch the NVIDIA InstallShield Wizard.

Lastly, is to simply follow all the instructions in the NVIDIA InstallShield Wizard to complete the download process.

Download file name: 270.61-desktop-winxp-32bit-english-whql.exe

Date Released: April 18, 2011

Operating System Specifications: Windows XP, Windows XP Media Center Edition

Devices supported: video cards

nVidia Graphics (Windows Vista 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit) Driver Update

April 19th, 2011 No comments

This is the latest nVidia graphics driver release for Windows Vista/7 64-bit. Released last April 19, 2011, this WHQL-certified and a member of release 270 family of drivers is the 270.61 version.

This software package adds 3D Vision Controller driver and also supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

New features of the update:

GPU Support

  • This graphics driver update adds supports for the newly released GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPUs.

Performance

  • This computer program update enhances the performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v266.58 WHQL drivers.

nVidia Update

  • This graphics driver update keeps your nVidia drivers updated.  A notification will be given every time a new driver update is available.

Before downloading this nVidia graphics driver update, check first if your operating system is compatible with the driver update. This means that your must have installed the Windows Vista or Windows 7 64-bit operating system.

 

nVidia Graphics (Windows XP/Media Center Edition) Driver Update

April 18th, 2011 No comments

This nVidia Graphics driver (Version 270.61) was released last April 18, 2011 and supports Windows XP and Windows XP Media Center Edition. It is also a WHQL (Windows High Quality Labs) certified driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, and 300-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.

New Features:

  • This version supports the newer release of GeForce (GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPUs)
  • It enhances performance of the older release of GeForce (GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs) in many PC games vs v266.58 WHQL drivers.
  • It also has an added feature that informs the users when a new driver or a driver update is available.  The user has an option to download the driver or disregard it.

Limitations:

This driver update only supports notebook PCs with Windows XP but not with Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Thus if you are using a notebook PC or any computer with Windows XP OS, you can download the latest update of your graphics driver here.

 

nVidia Graphics (Windows Vista 32-bit / Windows 7 32-bit) Driver Update

April 18th, 2011 No comments

Last April 18, 2011, nVidia released their WHQL-certified driver (Version 270.61) under the Release 270 family drivers.

This version supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. The driver package has also an additional 3D Vision Controller driver.

Features:

GPU Support

  • Additional feature that supports the newly released GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPUs.

Performance

  • The update increases the performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v266.58 WHQL drivers.

nVIDIA Update

  • This driver update has additional nVidia update feature (which is also available in future driver releases). This addition notifies the user if a new driver release is available. The user will then be redirected to www.nvidia.com and will be given an option to download the driver update.

Make sure that your graphics driver is always updated and download the latest driver update here.

 

 

nVidia Graphics (Windows XP Professional x 64 Edition/Server 2003 x64 Edition) Driver Update

April 18th, 2011 No comments

This driver package is a member of the 270 (versions 270.xx) family of drivers and is certified by Windows High Quality Labs (WHQL). The package works with GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, and 300-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.

The new version (270.61) and was released last April 18, 2011. This driver update is compatible with Windows 2003 64-bit and Windows XP 64-bit

New Features:

  • This driver update supports the recently released GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPUs.
  • It improves the performance of GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in many PC games vs v266.58 WHQL drivers.
  • It includes nVidia update feature that automatically give messages whenever a new driver is released.

Limitation:

The driver update is not compatible with any notebook PCs with Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system.

Finally, click here to update your outdated graphics driver.

 

 

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

Windows XP USB 2.0 Drivers

Here’s how to check if you have the latest Windows XP 2.0 USB Drivers installed on your system:

Click Start then right click on My Computer.

Click Start then right click on My Computer.

Click on Properties then click on the Hardware tab. Next click on the Device Manager button.

Click on Properties then click on the Hardware tab. Next click on the Device Manager button.

Towards the bottom of the list you should see a line that reads "Universal Serial Bus Controllers." Click the small plus sign to expand the list. To see if you have USB 2.0, look for a line that says "USB2 Enhanced Controller." The exact entry will vary slightly, just don't confuse it with "USB Universal Controller"

If you see a yellow exclamation ( ) next to the line, this indicates there is a problem with the device. To fix the problem, right click on the entry and select Properties. Click on the ‘Troubleshoot’ button and follow the prompts. In most cases this will help find a solution. The alternative is to right-click and select ‘Update driver’ while your computer is connected to the Internet.

If you do not see the”USB2 Enchanced Controller”, then you don’t have the USB 2.0 driver installed. You need to install either Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or Windows XP Service Pack 3. After you have installed the Service Pack, restart your computer, then go back to the Device Manager and check the status of the USB Controllers. If you see the USB2 Controller, (without the yellow exclamation point) you’re good to go.

If not, you’ll need to find the specific USB 2.0 driver for your system. The six manufacturers of USB 2.0 controllers: Acer Labs, Intel, NEC, SiS, VIA and nVidia (which may appear as ‘Standard Controller’), but sometimes they are re-branded by other companies. In this case, you will need to find out which Controller is on your system and visit the manufacturers site for an update or special instructions.