nvidia geforce 8600m gt drivers

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by drugs!, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. drugs! macrumors regular

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    This may have been answered before but...

    I have a macbook pro 2.4 with the geforce 8600m gt graphics card. Im running a few games (crysis, gears of war, etc) through bootcamp on windows xp sp2 and believe i need to update the drivers. I understand the card i have isn't top of the line and i should expect to tweak the graphic options in order to play, however, for example, when playing crysis, the shader must be set to high or else only eyeballs are visible (no character/object models). Being the shader is a very demanding graphical tweak, it makes it that i have to turn every other option all the way down in order to play.

    Anyone know where i can find the most up to date driver since the one i am running is from may 07 and i assume apple does not provide drivers for a windows partition.

    thanks
     
  2. drugs! thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    I use 163.67 on Vista 32-bit. I don't keep on the cutting edge of drivers but you definitely need better ones than what Apple gives you and laptopvideo2go is the place to get them.
     
  4. drugs! thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok thanks, how difficult/long is the entire process


    worst case i guess i could set a system restore point right before i attempt
     
  5. jeff^d macrumors member

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    Excuse my ignorance, but is there any disadvantage to getting your drivers through the manufacturer's website?

    For NVIDIA: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us. The most current are 163.75.

    I'm a long-time PC user about to switch. I've always had good luck using the most current drivers available directly from the manufacturer. Seems to be the most logical choice, too -- they make the product.

    Generally the process is download, execute, reboot, and you're good to go. Setting a system restore point wouldn't hurt, but it's not a part of my normal "driver update" routine.
     
  6. drugs! thread starter macrumors regular

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    nvidia does not support nor distribute laptop drivers
     
  7. jeff^d macrumors member

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  8. drugs! thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks and bump for anyone who has worked through this issue
     
  9. rezenclowd3 macrumors 6502a

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    I have just installed the v169.17 XP 32bit driver with modded INF on my Bootcamp partition running Winblows XP 32bit edition. So far no problems, but the latest game I have to try is Stalker and Supreme Commander. Both games run better with higher quality.

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    Also undervolted my laptop in Windows, it works quite well and has substantially reduced the temp of the computer when under load.
     
  10. Frivil macrumors newbie

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    I'm having an issue installing drivers initially on my MBP. I'm running VMWare Fusion and can't get any of the drivers installed. Even tried updating the .inf files. I keep getting an error saying the location doesn't contain information about my hardware. It's an NVIDIA 8600m GT.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  11. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    That's because VMWare is virtualization software. Basically, the video card is emulated. As far as what type of video card is emulated, I don't know. So while physically, you have an 8600m GT, the guest OS sees whatever VMWare is emulating. I don't think that the video card that VMWare emulates even supports the Aero interface of Windows Vista, so the video card that's emulated isn't a very high end video card. I personally wouldn't dream of trying to play games on a virtual machine.

    Basically, to get around this, you'll need to use Boot Camp. This will also allow you to play games at full speed and with all of the features (I think VMWare only supports up to DX8.1 for games).

    I have never used VMWare, as what I need to do in Windows won't work well in a virtual machine.
     
  12. Frivil macrumors newbie

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    Is Boot Camp something I install from the OSX interface or from the Fusion install of Windows XP?
     
  13. amirsharifloo macrumors newbie

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    need help

    I wants a driver for geforce 8600m gt vista 64bit.
     
  14. wgilles macrumors 6502

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    You do it through OS X. It's in Utilities under Applications, it's self explanatory once you open it up.
     
  15. wgilles macrumors 6502

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  16. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You should install XP as boot camp and then you can use it in Fusion as well. If you install it in Fusion, you can't use it in boot camp.
     
  17. Firebrawn macrumors newbie

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    Hello my friends.

    I am also currently using a MacBook Pro with a Geforce 8600M GT graphics card... I also have Windows (i am using boot camp) and I cannot update my graphics card. I have tried for a whole day but I cannot find the appropriate answer to help me update the graphics card. I have tried what some have suggested on this web page, but after I restart my computer it still says my driver version is 6.14. Even if i don't restart, it doesn't say it has been upgraded.

    I visited the website http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=15381

    I downloaded the driver there, I copied the INF file to the folder created by the driver .exe (replacing the OLD INF file). I used the special approach of updating the driver (my computer -> properties -> hardware -> device manager ETC...) and it still does not seem to update. I even tried uninstalling my old drivers and THEN installing new ones, but no work.

    This much frustrates me, and i wish someone can help me. Thank you, i look forward your reply.
     
  18. superspiffy macrumors 6502a

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  19. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

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    Alternatively, use Omega Nvidia drivers. They got a selfextracting exe file that sets up the folder all by itself then you just select it to update.
     
  20. ickledude321 macrumors newbie

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    any help

    i know this is a little off topic, but does anyone have a copy of the mac drivers for this card? am in need of them
     
  21. alphaod macrumors Core

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    And what do you intend to do with the Mac drivers? I think they are built into the kernel.
     
  22. ickledude321 macrumors newbie

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    use them, cos they arent in my version
     
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  24. alphaod macrumors Core

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    What gives you the impression they are not? Have you tried updates?
     
  25. pr5owner macrumors 65816

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    again, no laptop support, dont waste your time

    only ATi cards are supported by omega for laptops
     

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