Driver Update: nVidia ForceWare 100.59 beta

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The developers of nVidia have released a new set of beta drivers called ForceWare for the video cards equipped with a GeForce chip. According to the release notes supports GeForce chips from the 6100 series up to and including an 8800 series. The version number is listed at 100.59 and is only suitable for Windows Vista, both 32- and 64-bit. The list of changes from the release notes is as follows:

3D Feature Support

Single GPU

  • DirectX 9 support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs
  • DirectX 10 supports for GeForce 8800 GPUs
  • OpenGL support for GeForce 6/7/8 series GPUs

NVIDIA SLI Technology

  • DirectX 9 support for GeForce 8800 GPUs only
  • OpenGL support for GeForce 8800 GPUs only

DirectX 9 and OpenGL NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs, and DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800 GPUs will be available in a future driver.

NVIDIA SLI Technology

On SLI‐ready systems, the NVIDIA Control Panel now includes SLI controls in the 3D Settings Category task page. This driver has limited support for NVIDIA SLI technology on top DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL applications for GeForce 8800 GPUs only. NVIDIA will continue to provide driver updates for NVIDIA SLI on an ongoing basis to add new product support.

Fixed Issues–Windows Vista 32-bit

  • Rotation position is not preserved across changes in multi‐display modes.
  • When viewed over component-out, the Media Center interface in full-screen mode flashes when the mouse cursor is moved across the screen.
  • On some systems, the NVIDIA Control Panel cannot be launched.
  • Doom 3 hangs when set to Ultra High and 16x AA.
  • GeForce 8 Series, GeForce 7 Series: The Restore Defaults function does not work on the “Video & Television‐>Adjust Video Color Settings” page.
  • GeForce 8800 GTS: The display goes blank when launching an MPEG file or DVD after resuming from Sleep mode.
  • GeForce 8800 GTX: The display goes blank when connecting an HDTV to the component-out connection.
  • GeForce 6800 GT/Ultra: There is flickering at the bottom of the video when playing MPEG2 HD files.
  • GeForce 8800 GTX: Dual-link mode high resolutions are not available on the 30” Apple display.

Fixed Issues–Windows Vista 64-bit

  • GeForce 8800 GTX: Dual-link mode high resolutions are not available on the 30” Apple display.
  • GeForce 8800 GTS: The display goes blank when launching an MPEG file or DVD after resuming from Sleep mode.
  • GeForce 8800 GTX: Corruption and stair‐case effect results while playing a video in full‐screen mode.

[break]The driver is available in the following two flavors:
nVidia ForceWare 100.59 beta – Windows Vista 32-bit
nVidia ForceWare 100.59 beta – Windows Vista 64-bit

Version number 100.59beta
Operating systems Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64
Website nVidia
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License type Freeware
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