I'm working on this HP dv7-3183c and am a total noob to all this graphics stuff. Sure I've heard and read all kinds of posts saying to use the Driver from the OEM as that is the one that is designed for the pc. I've tried a few different things over the years as far as graphics drivers, and believe it or not have good luck with MS Drivers over the OEM ones.
Just did a Clean Install of Windows 7-64bit Retail version, so had to install all the drivers, and always wonder if I would get better performance with the newer drivers straight from Nvidia. I've done mostly older, lower end AMD stuff, and the MS Drivers always seem to work the best on those. Now been working on more old Nvidia stuff so need to learn a little. Unfortunately the MS Drivers don't tell you a version number that coincides with Nvidia, ditto the HP Drivers. I see that the MS Driver is from 2016, but Nvidia has very current drivers available, just this month, May 9th.
So now I have a few questions if you guys don't mind. I don't need the real Technical Scoop, but maybe just the layman's run down.
This is the model: NVIDIA GeForce G105M
1. Is there any benefit to using the latest driver from Nvidia? I suppose so, but when would it matter?
I do notice some screen tearing (but very little) while scrolling in Google Chrome.
2. Why are they still making drivers for this old hardware?
Just last month they Updated it again, and quite often. Is this a security thing?
3. Is the MS Driver actually from Nvidia?
And any other info that would help me understand what, why, when and where I should be installing some current drivers. This an't no super computer LOL, and it an't no gaming machine, but it is a nice little pc, and something good for me to learn about Nvidia on. It's sucks to work on some of these donated computers, and then have to donate them forward, after all the work done on them I start to appreciate them even more. Gen One i5 and a 17" screen an't so bad on this old laptop!