nVidia Updates Laptop Drivers for Windows 185.81 (still beta)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by madog, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. madog macrumors 65816

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    I just increased my Windows partition and was going back through my regular Windows updates when I just came across nVidia's updated graphics drivers. Located here, nVidia previously did not offer drivers for notebooks, forcing one to download unsupported drivers from laptop2video.

    Apple has not updated their own bootcamp drivers for at least a year, and only recently did nVidia offer drivers for notebooks. I personally had used the previous drivers for a couple weeks, and had no problems what so ever, and even gained several FPS on the games I play in bootcamp. I did not install them first, I did it over the original bootcamp drivers (after making a restore point, of course) as others have.

    Of course, these drivers are not technically designed for bootcamp, so you may run into problems. However, for all intents and purposes these drivers should do just fine.

    As a side note for Windows installations, I also discovered an app called nLite for XP. Using your original XP disc, you can download and integrate service packs, hotfixes, anything from Windows Update ("slipstreaming"), add specific drivers, and even insert your Windows product key, user name, password, and many other things for a hands-off ("unattended") that XP lacks. It will then make an ISO that you can burn and use to replace your aging XP installation. I even found a handy guide at one of my favorite site, Lifehacker. I finally got to remove MSN AND MESSENGER!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just discovered nLite before my reformat, and absolutely fell in love with it. I didn't have to sit and babysit the XP installation for the first time in my life (of which I've installed dozens and dozens of times). I just wish I had discovered the app a long time ago.

    Anyway, hope you guys enjoy the info! :D
     
  2. cathyy macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the update, but Nvidia has had drivers for their notebook GPUs for quite a few months now. Also, all Nvidia notebook drivers support Boot Camp. :)
     
  3. madog thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I know they have been out for a bit now, but the they were fairly old drivers from a couple months ago. The desktop drivers were far ahead of the notebook ones, and the update today was a fairly large increase... at least in terms of version numbers. Also, I have never seen anything at nVidia's website that says boot camp is officially supported. It could be there, but their official stance before was that notebook drivers were required from the notebooks manufacturer, so I would be surprised if Boot Camp is on the list at this point.

    Otherwise, Apple has been using 167, nVidia just had 17x (something) out. nVidia drivers might be old news, but then again this isn't really a post for those people :)
     
  4. marzolia macrumors newbie

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    So if I download the driver for my Boot Camp I will be able to run software like 3d Studio max?
    thanks.
     

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