I'll lay down straight, I have no idea how to update my GFX card driver for my 7800GS.
The one link the cards software gives me under "update drivers" link to a page where it gives me a whooole bunch of different selections, none of them specific. I downloaded the 7 series drivers or whatever but that wasn't it or so it said.
I'm really just looking for someone to point me in the right direction. I'd appreciate it.
specs: BFG 256 7800GS OC
This will work for XP and 2000 (but not for Meida Center Edition) http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_93.71.html
cc.;3526037it gives me a whooole bunch of different selections, none of them specific.
One hint to getting the right nvidia driver is that for as long as I can remember, the most common graphics driver people (probably >95% of us) are looking for is the top choice in those selection menus as highlighted in the pic below (the selections I presume you were referring to):
Indeed. It is a GeForce card, therefore you get the GeForce drivers. This applies to all GeForce's apart from the 8800 series which get its own driver package based on it's DX10 support.
The 7 series ones you were speaking of are 'Go' drivers. Which is a notebook chipset.
Note that sometimes, you'll have to get drivers from the manufacturer itself rather than from nVidia, whose drivers simply won't work for an unknown reason ; I had the case sometimes (lately, with an old GeForce 2 Pro GTS made by Leadtek... and yes, I had checked the chip compatibility list for the driver version on nV's website ^^ ).
I've heard it's particularly common with laptops, also.
I don't think that's the case, because nVidia develop the chipsets which require the drivers. The manufacturers (ie- Leadtek) simply slap them on a pcb.
nVidia use Forceware, ATi use Catalyst. Simple as that.
Well, that would be logical, but sometimes no ^^
ConstanceJillNote that sometimes, you'll have to get drivers from the manufacturer itself rather than from nVidia, whose drivers simply won't work for an unknown reason
It should not matter what manufacturer the card is made by, it will still be using the exact same specifications (clock speeds don't count) as the reference designs from Nvidia or ATI. The official drivers from Nvidia or ATI will work with any of that companys card thats in the compatability list.
There are some card manufacturers that have requested that nVidia remove support for their specific card from their UDA (Unified Driver, aka ForceWare) - this is done to force customers to visit the reseller's website for drivers, instead of heading straight to nVidia's support centre. It's a common request from some of the larger OEMs, as well as the larger players in the notebook market. My ASUS GeForce Go! 7300, for example, will only accept drivers available from ASUS' website.
One of the consequences of OEMs not using nVidia's UDA is, unfortunately, delayed driver releases - you may well find yourself being forced to use a build several versions older than what is currently available.
I have to go to Sony to get drivers for my laptop as well. I don't think it affects most desktop cards, just quite a bit of the Go laptop range and some of the strange cards that some manufacturers release.