New NVIDIA Reference Drivers

New WHQL-certified GeForce/Ion reference drivers are now available for NVIDIA graphics cards, adding support for new GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 560 Ti and GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPUs. Word is the new version 270.61 drivers increase "performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. v266.58 WHQL drivers." There are new drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, and Windows XP 64-bit. Thanks Charles.
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Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers
Apr 19, 2011, 12:23
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Bludd wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 16:38:
For the second time after I reinstalled Windows last time, these drivers wanted me to restart after install. I think it is because of it tried updating NVIDIA Update and they haven't coded a proper installer that can actually shut down NVIDIA Update before installing the update.

Edit: Also, when NVIDIA Update notifies you of a new driver version, it starts iexplore.exe when you click on it no matter if you have changed default browser.

Very annoying.

edit: sorry misread that - and I agree!

This comment was edited on Apr 19, 2011, 13:01.
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Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers
Apr 18, 2011, 17:04
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Drayth wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 15:54:
You have a better chance of not having to restart if you have everything thing closed when you go to install. Generally if Windows is using the drivers in some way (in a process) you'll have to restart since the drivers can't swap out something that's in use (and wont terminate).

..or maybe I'm just making all that up..?
No, that's correct. On WinVista/7, GPU driver installers can replace the drivers without a reboot as long as it can close every graphical context for a moment to replace the drivers. DWM allows this, so as long as there's nothing else open using the GPU it works.
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Apr 18, 2011, 16:53
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Suckage wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 16:47:
Come to think of it I haven't installed the Nvidia Update app. Maybe that's why I was spared having to reboot.
It was a mandatory install option in my case, no checkybox to deselect it.
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Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers
Apr 18, 2011, 16:47
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Come to think of it I haven't installed the Nvidia Update app. Maybe that's why I was spared having to reboot.
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Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers
Apr 18, 2011, 16:38
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Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers Apr 18, 2011, 16:38
Apr 18, 2011, 16:38
 
For the second time after I reinstalled Windows last time, these drivers wanted me to restart after install. I think it is because of it tried updating NVIDIA Update and they haven't coded a proper installer that can actually shut down NVIDIA Update before installing the update.

Edit: Also, when NVIDIA Update notifies you of a new driver version, it starts iexplore.exe when you click on it no matter if you have changed default browser.

Very annoying.
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Apr 18, 2011, 16:17
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I'm using the beta drivers too. It'll be interesting to test myself when I get home.

..but I'll be too lazy to report.
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Apr 18, 2011, 15:55
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Kevin Lowe wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 15:44:
Did you do a clean install? That's usually when it asks me to restart.
Nope. Normal install, nothing open.

edit: Thinking about it, it could have been because I was using the geforce beta drivers, maybe. But I'm too lazy to do a test install.

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Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers
Apr 18, 2011, 15:54
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Apr 18, 2011, 15:54
 
You have a better chance of not having to restart if you have everything thing closed when you go to install. Generally if Windows is using the drivers in some way (in a process) you'll have to restart since the drivers can't swap out something that's in use (and wont terminate).

..or maybe I'm just making all that up..?
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Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers
Apr 18, 2011, 15:44
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Apr 18, 2011, 15:44
 
Did you do a clean install? That's usually when it asks me to restart.
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Apr 18, 2011, 15:32
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Suckage wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 15:20:
That's curious. I've installed them and haven't been asked to restart.
Well I am using win7, but it did a no-user restart to install the driver.
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"For every human problem,
there is a neat, simple solution;
and it is always wrong."
--H.L. Mencken
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Apr 18, 2011, 15:20
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Apr 18, 2011, 15:20
 
That's curious. I've installed them and haven't been asked to restart.
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Apr 18, 2011, 14:51
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Apr 18, 2011, 14:51
 
These drivers will do automatic restart before installing.
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"For every human problem,
there is a neat, simple solution;
and it is always wrong."
--H.L. Mencken
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