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NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M Update


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#1 black069

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 09:23 PM

Hi.



I have a question about whether an update that is always recommended for my laptop's video card (on FileHippo's UpdateChecker) is actually compatible or not.



My video card (aka display adaptor) is the following type: NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M. Device Manager says that the Driver Date is 5/7/08 and the Driver Version is 6.14.11.7575. When I click Driver Details, it lists the following files:



C:\WINDOWS\help\nvcpl.hlp

C:\WINDOWS\help\nvwcplen.hlp

C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS/nv4_mini.sys

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv4_disp.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvapi.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvcod.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvcodins.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvcpl.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvcuda.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvdisps.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvdispsr.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvgames.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmccs.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmccss.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmccssr.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmctray.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmobls.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvoglnt.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvvitvs.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvvitvs.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvvitvsr.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvwddi.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvwss.dll

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvwssr.dll



Each of the above files lists in device manager the following:

Provider: NVIDIA Corporation

File Version: 6.14.11.7575

Copyright: NVIDIA Corporation.

Digital Signer: Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility



….except for the four files in bold above.



For the first two in the list (\help…)

Provider: Unknown

File Version: Unknown

Copyright: Unknown

Digital Signer: Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility



And for the two \nvcod… files, everything is the same as the rest of the files except for the file version, which instead of 6.14.11.7575 is listed as "1 . 3 . 0. 14".



I have FileHippo's UpdateChecker installed and run it weekly. For the last several weeks, if not months, it has listed the following as a recommended update:



NVIDIA Forceware xxx.xx WHQL XP

with the most recent version being xxx.xx = 195.62



So what confuses me is that, to the best of my knowledge, I don't have any 'Forceware" devices installed on my computer. But perhaps my current video card has the ability to be updated/upgraded to Forceware. At any rate, I don't know what this means, whether my system could handle it, or whether I would benefit from it. I am not the hardcore-video game type, but I do like to watch DVDs and streaming video on my laptop.



My computer specs are below:

Dell Precision M6300

Intel 2 Duo CPU

2 GB of RAM

Windows XP Pro SP3

Intel PROSet/Wireless 3945 ABG Network Connection

Sigmatel High Definition Audio CODEC

NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M


Thanks in advance,

Scott



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#2 garmanma

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 11:18 PM

FWIW I only replace or update a driver if I'm having problems
Just because some program says it's out of date is not a good idea and might cause more problems than it's worth
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