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#1 brc2000

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:48 PM

Hi,

I want to know that when I want to update the driver whether I need to uninstall it form "Device Manager" (under display driver) first or is that only necessary when changing the card itself?. I did it without doing it and it worked fine, but I rolled back and thought I should check first. When I uninstall the driver, I'm unable to get the update. I need the update because I don't seem to have the NVIDIA control panel otherwise. Thanks.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:50 PM

It's preferable to uninstall the old version first, but in most cases it isn't a firm requirement.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:53 PM

It's kind of weird, because when I uninstall the driver (and the "display monitor" logo disappears from the list of intsalled drivers), I'm unable to actually install the new driver. The NVIDIA instructions state that I should uninstall the driver from "Programs and Features" in control panel, but there was no NVIDIA software. Uninstalling it does change the display, but otherwise it's like it's not even there (no control panel or anything).

Edited by brc2000, 12 January 2012 - 06:56 PM.


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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:56 PM

And you rebooted?

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:57 PM

Rebooting causes the drivers to re-install automatically.

I think I may just update without uninstalling. It seemed to go smoothly before and a games that weren't running properly before worked better as well.

Edit: Another thing that may be worth mentioning is that with the current driver it shows "NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.1)", but after updating the part in brackets didn't show.

Edit 2: the picture shows the message I get from the installer when I uninstall the driver from "Device Manager". I have to either reboot or "scan for hardware changes" for it to reinstall. Is it a problem or am I fine just updating it like any other software?

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:35 PM

Ok. I just read this from the NVIDIA website:

Q: Do I need to uninstall my older driver first?
A: No. It used to be the case that an uninstall was first required. Today the recommended method is to overinstall the newer driver on top of your older driver. This will allow you to maintain any current NVIDIA Control Panel settings or profiles.

Didn't find that earlier after hours of looking. I think I'll go ahead with it.

Thanks for the responses.




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