Nvidia releases official notebook drivers for the first time ever!!! (Windows)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wolfpup, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Nvidia.com! They've got notebook drivers up officially, that support a whole ton of notebooks...INCLUDING APPLE'S!

    Now I was able to use their desktop drivers fine on last gen hardware, but still.

    Go grab 'em, and let us know how they work!

    Unfortunately Sony's stuff isn't supported, for some reason. Don't know whose fault that is :-/
  2. Tastannin macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2003
    Whats the difference using the Nvidia drivers and the Apple BootCamp drivers?
  3. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    They're up to date. Apple's drivers are outdated. They probably work okay for a lot of things now, but will get worse and worse and worse and make the system near worthless for a lot of things.

    This is *HUGE* news. One of the biggest things to happen to computers this year. Maybe the biggest really. I just hope it continues on.

    Weirdly, Sony and Leveno are the only companies not involved in it. I mean it's awesome even Apple is, and Windows isn't even their gig!
  4. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    That's pretty cool, no need to use hacks and workarounds to get up-to-date drivers on my system anymore.

    Thanks :).
  5. TheCakeIsALie macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    Another good news is that nVidia says that Hybrid SLI support is coming in an update some time later, which means hopefully that we'll be able to switch from 9600M GT to 9400M card on the new unibody MBPs.
  6. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Let me know how well they work and what hardware you've got! 'Cause I'm close to buying a computer, and was leaning towards a Sony AW...but then these get released, and Sony is one of only two companies not supported!
  7. ProFont macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2007
    Thanks for posting this. I've been running on hacked drivers, so it's great to see properly supported ones.
  8. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    I noticed the install file for XP 32 bit says "beta" in the name. So does that make the driver beta or just the install itself?
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I've been using beta drivers from NVIDIA for a long time.
  10. kamin99 macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2008
    are these drivers for windows if used on Apple machine or are they for OSx as well
    Many thanks
  11. tsvb macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
  12. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    Yes those are beta drivers
    I've heard bigger news ...

    Before you could get drivers for notebooks from here. I don't really see why such an excitement. :confused:
  13. tri3limited macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    I agree with Tex-Twil... There has been far far bigger news than this.

    I'd say the Internet Explorer vulnerability has to be up there, this is great for some but tbh most the time a driver update isn't going to make that much difference to the system. The companies invest far more time and money into new products than adding a slight performance change to a current driver.
  14. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    So these are beta drivers then? Not officially released yet?
  15. ProFont macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2007
    These drivers are actually tested and supported by someone other than some random guy from the internet. I used laptopvideo2go as well, but that can only be a good thing.
  16. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006

    Actually sometimes performance increases can be massive, even more than doubling performance. But the main issue is compatibility. It's incredibly lame if you spend thousands on hardware that becomes a door stop only because of a lack of drivers.

    And a software vulnerability? Web browsers have had trillions of problems fixed every year since there were web browsers. That's not even beginning to approach the level of a GPU company finally being able to offer driver support for mobile GPUs. That changes so much for notebooks.
  17. mosx macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2007
    I remember you posted on another forum stating that you manually installed the drivers, bypassing the nvidia installer. Nvidia uses an installer for a reason and you're very lucky you didn't cause yourself any massive problems.
  18. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    You've never installed graphics drivers manually in Windows?

    I'd stay away from Guru3D! ;)
  19. mosx macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2007
    I've been building PCs longer than most here have owned Macs ;)

    Manually installing nvidia drivers is never a good idea. You miss out on hardware specific tweaks and features, as well as additional software like nvidia's control panel.

    Plus you might not get proper power management.
  20. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    You don't lose Nvidia's control panel, that gets installed too. Why is it a bad idea? IMO it's a better idea that using 3rd party software of unknown function or quality to do the same thing.

    EDIT: I should say, if you know something about it, I'd like to know because this whole area is weird...but it seems to me manually installing the desktop drivers is probably the way to go prior to these new official drivers.
  21. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Talk about a huge ego :eek:

    Most of the best "tweaked" drivers out there in the community require a manual install.
  22. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I read about this today. It's nice not to have to point people to the horrors of manually installing drivers anymore. :rolleyes:
  23. desantii macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2006
    Aurora, IL
    I updated the drivers seamlessly in my early 08 MBP, in Vista 64 went from driver version 167 to 179


    08 Peryn MBP 17" 6gb ram 320gb HD
  24. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Glad to hear it worked!

    I'm hoping these work okay with Blu Ray too. I'm kind of leaning towards getting a Macbook Pro again :)
  25. macrem macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2008

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