Sign in to follow this  
Dark Moment

ATTN: Windows XP Users....

Recommended Posts

Have any of you installed the Windows Update titled "NVIDIA display software update released on May 02 2003."If so what has been your experience? How does this differ from the WHQL drivers released by nVidia?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

Hi Stiff,I saw a similar update for my nForce soundchip. After installing it, I wanted to roll back to my previous driver, but ended up having to re-download it from the nVidia website. And there I found the information (buried deep down somewhere), that the driver on the Windows update site is in fact a lot older than the date suggests, and the more recent one was the one I previously had - but for some reason Windows update wouldn't detect that.It might be worth having a look through the nVidia website before installing that driver.Cheers,Gosta.http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/images/wxrebeta.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have download from Windows update site in the past and had no problems. Of course drivers come out through Nvidia and or 3DGuru sites a whole lot faster than through Microsoft.One thing I did notice is that the file size at Microsoft Windows site is 11.3 Mb and the file from Nvidia is 18.8 Mb. Sounds like Microsoft's version is missing something, doesn't it?I would have expected Microsoft to have the larger file as they are known for adding extras to updates which usually foul up your computers operation.Terry

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the reply Gosta.My curiousity got the better of me and I selected that option in the Windows Update. It turns out that it installs the nVidia 44.03 drivers. I had been using the 29.42 drivers since I only have a Geforce 3 card, but these new drivers are a huge improvement. I noticed the difference in clarity and crispness as soon as I rebooted...then I checked the driver properties and noticed it had changed from 29.42 to 44.03.Now, what is puzzling is that the 44.03 WHQL driver set on the nVidia website is about 18.8 MB in size while the Microsoft download was only 11 MB.The only minor irritant I've noticed so far is that now the nVidia Media Center applet is installed although i suppose I can turn it off even though its not in my Startup folder.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Terry, we posted the same observation about the file size at the same time. I'm guessing that Windows Update scans the computer and only installs what is necessary rather than the entire driver package which covers a wide range of display cards.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Stiff,>Now, what is puzzling is that the 44.03 WHQL driver set on the nVidia website is about 18.8 MB in size while the Microsoft download was only 11 MB.:).Glad the driver is working fine for you. Just one thing - was there also a discrepancy in the date between the nVidia driver and the Windows update version, like there was for the nForce one?Cheers,Gosta.http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/images/wxrebeta.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Windows Update version of the 44.03 drivers was created on Friday, May 02, 2003, 3:19:00 PM.By comparison, the nVidia version was RELEASED on May 14, 2003. Since I had never installed this version I don't know when it was created.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gents ... I think what you're talking about is a display software update, not a driver update. That is also there, separately, on the Windows Update page. Depending on your setup, of course. No time to explain more at this moment ... check the page ... I'm rebuilding my hard drive just now!Mark "Dark Moment" Beaumonthttp://www.swiremariners.com/newlogo.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Mark,how is your computer doing? Did you finally get the Compaq CD? As to the display software, it seems that on Stiff's computer it did actually install the driver, as his driver properties changed - but the MS terminology can be somewhat confusing sometimes...Cheers,Gosta.http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/images/wxrebeta.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Isn't a driver for nVidia based video displays a "display software update?"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nope...this download installed both the 44.03 driver and the nVidia Media Center (Control Panel).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know you pointed that out earlier and I wasn't taking issue with your comment.I was disputing Mark's suggestion that somehow there was a difference between a "display software update" and "a driver update."I carefully examined the Windows Update page and I could find no mention of what he suggested earlier. All I saw was the "display software update."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Stiff,just for the hell of it I ran Windows update :), and listed on the 'Driver Updates' page was this:>NVIDIA Corporation multimedia software update released on May 12 2003.*http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/images/wxrebeta.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So based on your hardware configuration, you're likely to see differing options. :-)There's got to be a better way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi fellasWindows Update tailors itself for your own computer, does it not, so this thread is a bit academic. When I went there yesterday to update my new hard drive from scratch, I downloaded 36 critical updates, 12 Windows XP updates, six driver updates, etc. However, the ones from Nvidia were the display software update - "Nvidia Media Center" - and a driver update: the one it suggested for me was 29.42! I actually run 30.82s for two reasons; one, I run a pair of GeForce2s so don't really need more and, two, the combination of 30.82 main and stereo drivers is the most reliable I've found for my 3D. And I've tried the lot! Horses for courses, though.Mark "Dark Moment" Beaumonthttp://www.swiremariners.com/newlogo.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Mark,>the one it suggested for me was 29.42! I actually run 30.82shttp://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/images/wxrebeta.jpg P.S.: I forgot to add: Did you get some beer, or was all the money spent on a full version of XP :)?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Stiff, I noticed its called an "international driver", maybe the size difference is that nvidia includes folders for differing language's for the O/S, and like is said the microsoft update scans for your particular computer config.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok I hate to be the party dropper but how are the 44.03's with the Geforce4 cards?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this