NVIDIA To Blame For Early Vista Issues?

NVIDIA To Blame For Early Vista Issues?

It is no secret that Windows Vista had a less than smooth launch, and when it comes to trying to discover the real reasons behind the launch issues everyone seems to point the finger at everyone else.  Today, the theory making the media rounds is that NVIDIA was somehow to blame for the major problems:

“The main early adopters of Vista were PC enthusiasts; the hardware of choice for PC enthusiasts at the time was NVIDIA G80 GPUs so it would be natural that more crashes would be logged as caused by a NVIDIA driver. Ars Technica also points out that the Microsoft data doesn’t specify if the crashes logged are from multiple machines or a group of particularly error prone computers experiencing multiple crashes.“

We're not entirely convinced that NVIDIA is to blame.  Microsoft sets standards for device drivers, and thus they share in the responsibility of getting that information into the hands of key players in the industry early enough for them to do something productive with it.

The other problem with this theory is that the entire GeForce 8 series was indeed popular at the time, but there were other video cards out there too.  We don't have any specific data on the hardware composition of the machines providing the early crash reports, but we can't help but wonder if they were honestly dominated by NVIDIA products, or if there was a fairly wide representation of everything from integrated Intel/SiS graphics to AMD/ATI in there as well.
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Well i dont know for sure if they were to blame for some of it but I have to agree Nvidia's drivers were Aweful at launch for my aging Nforce 4 platform. My lan connection would randomly disconect me and games saw 20fps decrease not counting lock ups and what not and I do fully attribute those problems to nvidia. My system has been very stable since then though with driver revisions. However they could definately do more work on nforce 4 driver its been a year and still no updates.

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I actually heard rumors that were was a class-action lawsuit being brought up against nVidia a few months after Vista's launch due to their plethora of driver issues so I can definately see why this article could come about -- as I remember, I think the people bringing about the lawsuit eventually had their case barried by nVidia through overwhelming amounts of papers/appeals/settlements etc...

But this is just heresay so take it with a grain of salt...

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I heard that as well

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Since they have written-off their older nForce platforms (nForce2) and have chosen not to develope Vista drivers for them, nVidia is definitely to blame for me not upgrading to Vista...and I am inclined not to purchase nVidia products anymore. Why? I have to wonder if today's nVidia products will have drivers compatible with tomorrow's Windows 7 operating system. It seems nVidia abandons it's loyal customers quite quickly once the product-cycle is completed. Poop on them.No

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