Installing the WHQL 186 drivers on Windows 7 64-BIT (BootCamp)

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  1. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    Hey, I've bought and installed into my computer the NVidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB for Mac, it's a great card, I'm on Windows 7 at the moment, if I install the WHQL 186 drivers, will it affect anything on the Mac side? does it manipulate the card or do anything that would make it windows only or damage it etc..?

    This is the link: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_32bit_186.18_whql.html

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  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    How would affect anything on OS X? It'll be limited to Windows. Enjoy the good drivers.
     
  3. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Great, I was just thinking, some things can "over clock" or modify the graphics card, it won't do that will it, change any settings on it? or something?

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  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Unless you're modifying the BIOS it's all in software.
     
  5. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Can't the software (drivers) do it without me knowing though? I just want to double check to make sure that this won't happen, I'm not modifying anything, but I do know you can download programs that OC stuff (from NVidia), I want to make sure there new driver software that improves everything isn't modifying the card..

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  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I don't see where your concern is coming from. It requires significant user intervention to overclock the card via software and even more so for modifying the video BIOS.

    What gave you this idea in the first place?
     
  7. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Just worrying I guess, I don't understand much about how things are modified, I do know drivers are software though, so it can't effect OSX but I was worried it might change graphics card stuff!

    At the bottom of the page on the link I provided it says:

    Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.

    so I thought if software can change it, perhaps that's something the drivers might do..

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  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That driver packages comes with NVIDIA's System Tools. The video card can be overclocked via software using it.
     
  9. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So if I don't use them, I'm fine...

    Although, if I did, could it break it o_O?

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  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I've already covered all this in my previous posts.

    I said can and not will. I also mentioned the amount of user intervention required to overclock a video card.
     
  11. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Alright, great, thanks a lot of your help :)

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