Have I got this right - I can try new nVidia drivers on my MBP?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by AVR2, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

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    I've seen several threads suggesting that if people are getting poor games performance from the official Bootcamp video drivers, they can download the most recent nVidia XP/Vista drivers and try those. Am I actually reading that correctly? Even though my graphics card in my MBP 2.16 is the ATi Radeon X1600, I can use nVidia drivers?
     
  2. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    No...you can't use nVidia drivers for an ATI Card.

    They're probably referring to the newer Macbook Pro's which now have an nVidia graphics card.
     
  3. weckart macrumors 68040

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    I had problems using the ATI Vista drivers in Bootcamp and had to revert to the Bootcamp ones instead, so I think there may be a difference linked to the fact the that the graphics card in the MBPs has to interact with an EFI rather than a BIOS - i.e. the firmware on the MBP graphics card is different from that on the stock ATI cards sold for PC users.
    This means, unless anyone knows better, that you will always be reliant upon Apple to update both the Windows and OS X graphics drivers.

    I don't want to bork my Vista setup so has any brave soul tried the NVidia drivers for the 8600 and how did you get on?
     
  4. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That would make sense :)

    Still, it's not a huge deal. I have video issues trying to play the original Hitman game, but both Half-Life 2 : Episode 1 and Hitman : Blood Money play fine.
     

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