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New NVIDIA Reference Drivers

NVIDIA now offers new version 310.70 GeForce reference drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards. These include previously realized performance enhancements for Far Cry 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Assassin's Creed III. Thanks MajorD.

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55. Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers Dec 4, 2012, 19:41 shihonage
Shok wrote on Dec 4, 2012, 18:29:
shihonage wrote on Dec 4, 2012, 18:20:
NVidia drivers under Win8 may be experiencing a similar problem to what's happening under WinXP.

Here's something that may work for you (the only thing that worked under XP for me, and I tried everything from safe mode to manual driver installs):

1) start normal nvidia install
2) at about 80% of the install, go to task manager and end process tree for nvidia setup stuff
3) reboot

It really works... at least on XP. There's some bug in the installer that uninstalls the driver at the very end, so stopping it beforehand works.

No, just no. That is some of the worst advice you could give someone. You don't go pulling the rug out from under an installer while it is updating device drivers. See comment 31 from Soulburner, that is the best solution here:

Soulburner wrote on Dec 4, 2012, 16:02:
To anyone that has problems with the installer failing - you have to:
1. uninstall the current drivers and reboot
2. extract the drivers installer with Winrar or 7zip
3. open Device Manager and find your graphics card. Double click it and select the "update driver" button, then point it to the extracted files
4. The system will install the driver only - reboot just in case
5. NOW, run the installer normally. It will complete without failing.

It's weird. Earlier, I've tried only uninstalling the drivers and running DriverSweeper, but that did not help.

I understand that I am just some dude on the Internet and you have no reason to believe my expertise, but I've done absolutely everything OTHER than what I posted, before resorting to it.

The aforementioned standalone driver install is one of the FIRST THINGS I tried on XP. What followed then were clean uninstalls, EVERYTHING THAT COULD BE POSSIBLY DONE IN SAFE MODE, various driver cleaners, manual scanning of registry, until I finally found the "80% abortion" method on some obscure Internet forum.

And... it WORKED. Nothing else did.

So, if this is the case with SOMEONE - where the obvious things don't work - try the 80% method. Or, you'll be stuck with old drivers. Forever.

P.S. By the time installer passes 80%, the driver installation (and associated screen blink) is long complete.
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