Do Macbooks receive nVIDIA driver updates?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by nachtxeule, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. nachtxeule macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    I used to update my drivers for my graphics card on windows on a monthly basis, here however... I don't know what's going on?

    care to explain :confused:
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    We don't get updates. That's that. Really should have put this in the appropriate forum, too.
  3. nachtxeule thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    k there boss.

    lol forums...

    whisper: there is a life outside the internets

    now since i know you are a moderator ;], perhaps you should learn how to post properly and tell me why there isn't updates... since i asked for the reasoning...
  4. Slowstick macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2008
    As far as I know, Apple will deliver graphics updates if necessary.
  5. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    Since there's a lot less demand for it, drivers aren't updated at the same rate - not sure how it works on the windows side of things, though I imagine Nvidia and Ati are exclusively responsible for driver maintenance and push out updates regularly to give a "value added" proposition for their products. For Mac versions, Apple writes all the drivers for Nvidia cards (and manufactures them too, or at least puts Nvidia's parts together) and collaborates with Ati on their drivers. So the drivers are only updated when there's a specific need or OS update regularly scheduled - when Apple feels like it. Apple's never paid a whole lot of attention to GPUs, though I have hopes that this will change with their OpenCL initiative and the movement towards GPGPU computing.
  6. nachtxeule thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    thank you strudel,

    isn't snow leopard going to be better for opengl?

    i just don't get apple sometimes... if you get the gamer crowd, you sell lots of computers... or..... am i not understanding something here? ;\
  7. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000


    Oct 15, 2007
    Graphics card drivers will show up in Apple Software Update. Sometimes they're by themselves but usually they're hidden in bigger updates. For instance, 10.5.6 had updated drivers for ATI cards in the aluminum iMacs.

    PS-If you're running Boot Camp, update the drivers just like you used to: manually downloading from the manufacturer's site.
  8. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Tallest Skill is not a moderator, and he does have a point - this is the Mac Pro forum, not the MacBook forum. ;)

    But to answer your question, updates on the OS X side of things are often rare to nonexistent as far as NVIDIA and ATI go. They do happen, yes, but they're not weekly/monthly events like they are on the Windows side of life.

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