New Forceware Driver For Vista Coming Soon

NVIDIA just gave us a heads up to say that there will be a new Windows Vista Beta driver release available for download in the next few days. This driver will support GeForce 6, 7, and 8 series graphics boards. Here is a summary of new features and bug fixes this new beta driver addresses:

New Features

  • GeForce 7 series SLI support
  • GeForce 6 series SLI support
  • GeForce 7950 GX2 support (both GPUs are now operational)

Key Bug Fixes

  • Improved OpenGL performance
  • Improved NVIDIA SLI performance at high resolutions
  • Brief corruption (flickering, boxes) on screen at Windows Vista login, CTR-ALT-DEL (Task Manager), or other function that requires Vista User Account Control
  • Playback issues when playing TV/DVD/video in Media Center with Aero enabled
  • Outputting via TV-Out shows only a black and white display
  • HDTV output does not keep HDTV resolution after restart
  • Adjusting Video Color settings from the NVIDIA Control Panel are not getting applied.
  • Change Flat Panel Scaling page does not correctly work in the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  • Brightness, Contrast and Gamma values remain the same in Adjust Desktop Color settings once closing and opening the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  • Corruption on DVI monitor while going to hibernation from standby
  • Call of Duty 2 has no performance gain when SLI is enabled
  • Madden NFL 07 while playing the screen will freeze, but the game will continue to run and you hear the in-game sounds.
  • General application compatibility fixes

Products Supported

  • GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS
  • GeForce 7 series
  • GeForce 6 series

When the driver is available, the driver Release Notes will include a full list of bugs fixed, known driver issues, products supported, and operating system and application limitations.

NVIDIA also said that the new drivers do not support GeForce Go mobile GPUs. Notebook users should continue to check with their notebook manufacturers for a new driver for GeForce Go GPUs. And GeForce FX users should continue to use the v96.85 driver.

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