Release Notes

Release Notes
Release 346 Graphics Drivers
for Windows - Version 347.09
RN-W34709-01v01 | December 17, 2014
Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1
Release Notes
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 Introduction to Release Notes.................................................... 1
Structure of the Document ........................................................ 1
Changes in this Edition ............................................................. 1
2 Release 346 Driver Changes ...................................................... 2
Version 347.09 Highlights .......................................................... 2
What’s New in Version 347.09 ................................................. 3
What’s New in Release 346 ..................................................... 5
Limitations in This Release ..................................................... 6
Advanced Driver Information .................................................. 8
Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 347.09.................................... 12
Open Issues in Version 347.09 .................................................... 13
Windows Vista/Windows 7 32-bit Issues..................................... 13
Windows Vista/Windows 7 64-bit Issues..................................... 13
Windows 8 32-bit Issues........................................................ 14
Windows 8 64-bit Issues........................................................ 14
Windows 8.1 Issues ............................................................. 14
Not NVIDIA Issues................................................................... 15
Windows Vista Considerations ................................................ 15
Windows 7 Considerations ..................................................... 15
Unsupported Features.......................................................... 16
OpenGL Application Issues .................................................... 17
Application Issues............................................................... 18
Operating System Issues ....................................................... 20
Known Product Limitations ....................................................... 21
GPU Temperature Reported Incorrectly on Optimus Systems............ 22
Damaged or Missing WMI Service Prevents NVIDIA Driver Installation .. 22
Screen Turns Black During Clean Overinstall of NVIDIA Drivers on Windows
8.1 Optimus Notebook ......................................................... 23
Flickering Black Screen Occurs After NVIDIA Drivers Installed on Windows 8
23
Total Available Graphics Memory Reported Incorrectly ................... 25
Increasing 4-way SLI/Multi-GPU Performance .............................. 26
3D Vision USB Driver Does Not Get Installed................................ 26
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No PhysX Acceleration Using the GPU ....................................... 27
NVIDIA PhysX System Software Cannot Be Installed or Uninstalled in
Windows Safe Mode ............................................................ 27
3DMark 11 Does Not Run in Stereoscopic 3D Mode ........................ 27
Do Not Use Windows Rollback for Graphics Drivers ....................... 28
Uninstalling Drivers Using Device Manager is Not Supported ............ 28
Changing Primary Display Across SLI GPUs Takes Longer Than Expected 28
Understanding the DirectX Version Shown in the NVIDIA System Information
Window ........................................................................... 29
Using HDMI Audio with Displays That Have a High Native Resolution... 29
Using HDMI Displays That Do Not Support Audio ........................... 30
Using HDMI/DisplayPort Audio in Dualview or Clone Mode ............... 31
Flat Panel Scaling Controls Not Functional for Some TV Modes in Some
Displays........................................................................... 31
GPU Runs at a High Performance Level (full clock speeds) in Multi-display
Modes ............................................................................ 32
1280 × 1024 @ 60 Hz Not Available on BenQ FP241W Monitors .......... 32
Image Sharpening Control Not Available with GeForce 8 Series and Later
GPUs .............................................................................. 32
Gigabyte GA-6BX Motherboard ............................................... 33
3 The Release 346 Driver...........................................................34
About the Release 346 Driver .................................................... 34
Hardware and Software Support................................................. 35
Supported Operating Systems................................................. 35
Supported NVIDIA Desktop Products ......................................... 35
Supported NVIDIA Notebook Products ....................................... 38
Supported Languages........................................................... 41
Driver Installation.................................................................. 41
Minimum Hard Disk Space ..................................................... 41
Before You Begin ................................................................ 42
Installation Instructions........................................................ 42
Appendix: Mode Support for Windows ...........................................44
General Mode Support Information.............................................. 45
Understanding the Mode Format ............................................. 46
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GeForce 900, 700, 600, 500, and 400 Series GPUs ........................ 47
GeForce 400M, 500M, 600M, 700M, 800M, 900M Series, and Quadro M
Notebook GPUs .................................................................. 49
Modes Supported by TV Encoders ............................................... 51
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Table 3.1 Supported NVIDIA Desktop GPUs ................................................ 35
Table 3.2 Supported NVIDIA Notebook GPUs .............................................. 38
Table 3.3 Supported NVIDIA NVS and Quadro NVS M GPUs .............................. 40
Table 3.4 Supported NVIDIA Quadro M and Quadro FX M GPUs......................... 40
Table A.1 Modes Supported for High Resolution Displays ............................... 45
Table A.2 Non-standard Modes Supported ................................................. 45
Table A.3 Mode Support for S-Video and Composite Out................................ 51
Table A.4 Mode Support for Component YPrPb Out and DVI Out....................... 51
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1 INTRODUCTION TO RELEASE NOTES
This edition of Release Notes describes the Release 346 family of graphics drivers (versions
343.xx to 345.xx) for Microsoft® Windows® Vista and later1. NVIDIA provides these
notes to describe performance improvements and bug fixes in each documented version
of the driver.
Structure of the Document
This document is organized in the following sections:
 “Release 346 Driver Changes” on page 2 gives a summary of changes, and fixed and
open issues in this version.
 “The Release 346 Driver” on page 34 describes the NVIDIA products and languages
supported by this driver, the system requirements, and how to install the driver.
 “Mode Support for Windows” on page 44 lists the default resolutions supported by
the driver.
Changes in this Edition
This edition of the Release Notes for Windows Vista and later1 includes information about
NVIDIA graphics driver version 347.09, and lists changes made to the driver since the
Release 340 driver version 340.52. These changes are discussed beginning with the
chapter “Release 346 Driver Changes” on page 2.
1. Includes Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
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This chapter describes open issues for version 347.09, and resolved issues and driver
enhancements for versions of the Release 346 driver up to version 347.09.
The chapter contains these sections:
 “Version 347.09 Highlights” on page 2’
 “Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 347.09” on page 12
 “Open Issues in Version 347.09” on page 13
 “Not NVIDIA Issues” on page 15
 “Known Product Limitations” on page 21
Version 347.09 Highlights
This section provides highlights of version 347.09 of the NVIDIA Release 346 Driver for
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
 What’s New in Version 347.09
 What’s New in Release 346
 Limitations in This Release
 Advanced Driver Information
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What’s New in Version 347.09
The latest GeForce Game Ready driver, release 347.09 WHQL, ensures you'll have the
best possible gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite:
Dangerous. See also “What’s New in Release 346” on page 5.
Note: GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GTX 970M SLI notebooks are not supported
with this driver. With SLI enabled on these notebooks, a black screen
will occur upon uninstalling this driver. To workaround this issue,
disable SLI before uninstalling the driver.
Game Ready
Best gaming experience for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Elite: Dangerous.
Application Profiles
Added or updated the following profiles:
• Project CARS
3D Vision Profiles
Added or updated the following profiles:
• Alien: Isolation - Not recommended
• Elite: Dangerous - Not recommended
• Escape Dead Island - rated as Fair
• Far Cry 4 - Not recommended
• Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes - Not recommended
• Middle-Earth - Shadow of Mordor - Not recommended
• Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Disabled
• The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - rated as Fair
3D Compatibility Mode Support
Support for 3D Compatibility Mode has been added for the following games:
• Alien: Isolation - rated as Excellent
• Elite: Dangerous - rated as Excellent
• Escape Dead Island - rated as Excellent
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• Far Cry 4 - rated as Excellent
• Middle-Earth - Shadow of Mordor - rated as Good
Software Modules
 NVIDIA PhysX System Software - version 9.14.0702
 HD Audio Driver - version 1.3.33.0
 CUDA - version 7.0
 GeForce Experience - 16.18.9.0
Fixed Issues
 See “Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 347.09” on page 12 for a list of other
changes and resolved issues in this driver version.
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What’s New in Release 346
The section summarizes the driver changes in Release 346, including previous Release
343 drivers:
Application Profiles
Added or updated the following profiles:
• Project CARS
3D Vision Profiles
Added or updated the following profiles:
• Alien: Isolation - Not recommended
• Elite: Dangerous - Not recommended
• Escape Dead Island - rated as Fair
• Far Cry 4 - Not recommended
• Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes - Not recommended
• Middle-Earth - Shadow of Mordor - Not recommended
• Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Disabled
• The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - rated as Fair
3D Compatibility Mode Support
Support for 3D Compatibility Mode has been added for the following games:
• Alien: Isolation - rated as Excellent
• Elite: Dangerous - rated as Excellent
• Escape Dead Island - rated as Excellent
• Far Cry 4 - rated as Excellent
• Middle-Earth - Shadow of Mordor - rated as Good
These games must be run in DirectX 10/11 mode to see improvements. Not compatible
with 3D Vision Surround mode. See “3D Compatibility Mode” on page 8 for more
information.
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Limitations in This Release
The following are features that are not currently supported or have limited support in
this driver release:
 Surround Gaming with 3-way SLI
Surround gaming is not supported on a 3-way SLI system using GeForce GTX 200
series GPUs. [681228/683943]
 NVIDIA Control Panel Display Category
The Graph tab on the Adjust Desktop Color Settings page is not available.
 Negative LOD Bias Clamp
Negative LOD bias clamp for DirectX applications is not supported on Fermi-based
GPUs and later.
 Hybrid Power
Support for Hybrid Power, a Hybrid SLI technology, is discontinued and not available
with this driver.
 Legacy Support for GeForce 6-series and GeForce 7-series GPUs
GeForce 6-series and GeForce 7-series GPUs have moved to legacy support with the
GeForce Release 304 drivers. These products are no longer supported beginning with
the GeForce Release 310 drivers.
 3D Vision Legacy Support Notification for Windows Vista
Support for 3D Vision under Windows Vista is discontinued beginning with the
Release 313 drivers. 3D Vision and 3DTV Play functionality will not be available with
these drivers.
NVIDIA will continue to support basic 3D Vision and 3DTV Play functionality for
Windows Vista with Release 310 or earlier drivers. Basic functionality includes fullscreen viewing of 3D games, pictures, and movies on 3D Vision monitors, notebooks,
and 3D TVs (with 3DTV Play software installed).
 Legacy Support for Tesla architecture GPUs
Beginning with Release 343, the NVIDIA graphics drivers no longer support the Tesla
generation of NVIDIA GPUs. These products are identified in the section Supported
NVIDIA Desktop Products and Supported NVIDIA Notebook Products.
The Release 340 drivers will continue to support these products until April 1, 2016,
and the NVIDIA support team will continue to address driver issues for these
products in driver branches up to and including Release 340. However, future driver
enhancements and optimizations in driver releases after Release 340 will not support
these products.
The following is a summary of legacy products beginning with Release 343 drivers:
• GeForce 8 & 9 Series Desktop Products
• GeForce 100/200/300 Series Desktop Products
• GeForce 7/8/9 Series Notebook Products
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• GeForce 100/200/300 Series Notebook Products
• Quadro FX/CX/VX Workstation products
• Select Quadro NVS Workstation products
• Quadro FX and NVS Notebook Products
• Quadro Plex 2200
See the section Supported NVIDIA Desktop Products and Supported NVIDIA
Notebook Products for specific products.
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Advanced Driver Information
This section contains the following additional information about the driver:
 Differing GPU Voltages in SLI Mode
 3D Compatibility Mode
 Help for Resizing Your HDTV Desktop
 Dynamic GPU Performance Mode
 Power Efficiency Optimizations
 Understanding the DirectX Information Shown in the NVIDIA System Information
Window
Differing GPU Voltages in SLI Mode
When non-identical GPUs are used in SLI mode, they may run at different voltages. This
occurs because the GPU clocks are kept as close as possible, and the clock of the higher
performance GPU is limited by that of the other. One benefit is that the higher
performance GPU saves power by running at slightly reduced voltages.
An end-user gains nothing by attempting to raise the voltage of the higher performance
GPU because its clocks must not exceed those of the other GPU.
3D Compatibility Mode
3D Compatibility Mode is an NVIDIA proprietary rendering mode for 3D Vision that
improves the 3D experience for many key DirectX 10 and 11 games. NVIDIA continues
to add game support with new driver versions.
Requirements and Compatibility
 Games must be run in DirectX 10 or DirectX 11 mode.
 Not compatible with 3D Vision Surround.
Switching Compatibility Modes
Games with 3D Compatibility Mode will launch in this mode by default. You can switch
between 3D Compatibility mode and standard 3D Vision mode as follows:
1 Before starting the game, enable Advanced In-game Settings in the NVIDIA Control
Panel:
a Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to the Stereoscopic 3D->Set up
stereoscopic 3D page and click Set Keyboard Shortcuts.
b Click the Show advanced in-game settings arrow if the section is not expanded, then
select Enable advanced in-game settings.
c Click OK.
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2 Press Ctrl+Alt+F11 during the game to toggle between 3D Compatibility mode and
standard 3D Vision mode.
Help for Resizing Your HDTV Desktop
The best way to resize the screen in order to view the entire content is to use the controls
provided by the display hardware.Click the link on the Size tab to view a guide to
changing the settings on your display hardware.
The resize controls on the NVIDIA Control Panel are provided in case satisfactory results
cannot be achieved using the controls on the display.
After resizing the HDTV desktop using the NVIDIA Control Panel Resize controls, the
new custom resolution created is now added to the list of available resolutions for that
display, and also added to the resolution list within the game or application.
In Release 190 and later drivers, the method for resizing the HDTV desktop has changed
to provide better image quality when applying underscan. This method results in a new
custom resolution being created which needs to be selected from games or applications to
apply the resizing. In the example displayed in the following screen shot, the underscan
has created a new resolution (1216 × 682). Although this resolution looks different, it is
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still in HD format. Remember to select this resolution in your game or other application
in order to take advantage of it.
Note:
tion.
Some games or applications may not support the new resolu-
Dynamic GPU Performance Mode
With the Release 280 drivers, NVIDIA GPU clock speeds will increase more quickly in
response to increased graphics demands. Conversely, with lower graphics use the GPU
clock speed slows down more quickly, conserving as much power as possible.
In the Release 280 drivers, some users reported a noticeable fluctuation in clock speeds
while engaging in various tasks on the PC. With the Release 285 and later drivers,
adjustments have been made to reduce the sensitivity to levels similar to the R275 driver.
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Power Efficiency Optimizations
Release 310 drivers introduced power-optimizing enhancements. As a result of these
enhancements, you may notice that GPU core clock speeds are different with this driver.
For example, the GPU core clock might be faster when the GPU is in idle mode than in
previous drivers. Or you may notice higher GPU core clock speeds after closing or
opening certain games than in previous drivers.
This is because the reported GPU core clock frequency is no longer correlated to GPU
power-saving states. Instead of lowering the GPU core clock frequency, the hardware and
software use other methods to put the GPU into a low power state when the GPU is idle
or in response to changing application requirements. This ensures optimum power use
while continuing to provide high graphics performance.
Understanding the DirectX Information Shown in the NVIDIA System
Information Window
The System Information window–accessed by clicking System Information at the bottom
left corner of the NVIDIA Control Panel–provides technical information about the
NVIDIA graphics cards and driver installed in the system.
It also provides the following system information:
 Operating system: For example, “Windows 7 Enterprise, 64-bit”
 DirectX runtime version: For example, “11.0”
In order to use the version of DirectX reported in the System Information window, the
NVIDIA GPU and graphics driver must also support that DirectX version.
This information is provided in the Graphics card information section of the System
Information window as follows:
 DirectX support
(Provided in previous driver versions)
This is the DirectX version that is supported by the NVIDIA graphics hardware and
driver.
 Direct3D API version
(Provided in later driver versions, for Windows 7 and later)
This is the Direct3D version that is supported by the NVIDIA graphics hardware and
driver. The API version is expressed in terms of Direct3D – the graphics subsystem
component of DirectX.
 Direct3D feature level
(Provided in later driver versions, for Windows 7 and later)
Direct3D feature levels describe a subset of features within the Direct3D API version
that are supported by the NVIDIA graphics hardware and driver.
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Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 347.09
Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 347.09
The following sections list the important changes and the most common issues resolved
since version 340.52. This list is only a subset of the total number of changes made in this
driver version. The NVIDIA bug number is provided for reference.
Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 Fixed Issues
 Windows 8.1: After resuming from S4 after S3, the system’s internal panel won't
display TV if there is an external HDMI 4K monitor. [1576842]
 344.48: Following a driver update, the GPU outputs fuzzy lines over DisplayPort after
a period of time. [1571179]
 344.48, Windows 7 x64: Distortion around mouse cursor if DSR enabled. [1569959]
 340.52, GeForce GTX 750 Ti: Characters have black faces in Risen 2: Dark Waters.
[1547033]
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Open Issues in Version 347.09
Open Issues in Version 347.09
As with every released driver, version 347.09 of the Release 346 driver has open issues
and enhancement requests associated with it. This section includes lists of issues that are
either not fixed or not implemented in this version. Some problems listed may not have
been thoroughly investigated and, in fact, may not be NVIDIA issues. Others may have
workaround solutions.
For notebook computers, issues can be system-specific and may not be seen on your
particular notebook.
 “Windows Vista/Windows 7 32-bit Issues” on page 13
 “Windows Vista/Windows 7 64-bit Issues” on page 13
 “Windows 8 32-bit Issues” on page 14
 “Windows 8 64-bit Issues” on page 14
 “Windows 8.1 Issues” on page 14
Windows Vista/Windows 7 32-bit Issues
Single GPU Issues
 [Video][Notebook][Internet Explorer][Stage Video]: Stage Video picture-in-picture
content cannot be played within Internet Explorer. [999929]
 GeForce 500 series, [Need for Speed: The Run]: During the race the sun flickers and
there are bright blips and black patches. [909577]
Windows Vista/Windows 7 64-bit Issues
Single GPU Issues
 Dragon Age Inquisition runs poorly (stutters) on NVIDIA hardware. [1588023]
 GeForce 500 series, [Need for Speed: The Run]: During the race the sun flickers and
there are bright blips and black patches. [909577]
 GeForce 400 series: [Total War: Shogun 2]: The sun and surrounding area within the
game flicker. [807036]
 NVS 4200M, Optimus, [F1 2011]: The game hangs while selecting “Quit To Main
Menu” during gameplay. [879537]
Multi-GPU Issues
 347.09, 3D Vision/3DTV: Windowed mode stereo is not working. [200065284]
 [SLI], GTX Titan Z, [The Crew]: With SLI enabled, pressing Alt+Tab causes the
desktop screen to keep flashing. [200055622]
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 [SLI], [Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor]: With SLI enabled, there is heavy flickering
in the game after switching from windowed mode to full-screen mode. [892264]
 [SLI], GeForce 500 series: With SLI enabled, the secondary Dualview display may go
blank after hot-plugging the DisplayPort monitor and then rebooting the system.
[906810]
 [SLI], GeForce 500 series, [Dragon Age II], DirectX 11: Shadows flicker in the cutscene
when SLI is enabled. [849235]
Windows 8 32-bit Issues
 [Video][Notebook] [Internet Explorer]
• [YouTube]: The NVIDIA Control Panel video color settings have no effect on
YouTube flash video playback within Internet Explorer 10. [999485]
• [Stage Video]: Stage Video picture-in-picture content cannot be played within
Internet Explorer. [999929]
 [Video][Notebook] [Hulu Desktop]: When attempting to play videos using Hulu
Desktop, there is audio but no video. [1000017]
Windows 8 64-bit Issues
 [Optimus][Notebook]: After installing the driver, the Device Manager includes an
entry for the NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device but the entry has a yellow bang.
The NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device is not needed nor used on Optimus notebooks, so there is
no effect on your notebook function. To remove the yellow bang, reboot your notebook.
 [Guild Wars 2]: Ambient Occlusion effect disappears at different camera angles and
when using supersampling. [1023202]
Windows 8.1 Issues
 [3DVision]: While a stereoscopic 3D video with stereoscopic 3D enabled is played, the
monitor refresh rate switches to 60 Hz after changing the resolution using the
Windows control panel. [1314811]
 With a 3DTV connected and the resolution set to an HD3D resolution through the
NVIDIA Control Panel, the display flickers constantly after installing the driver via
INF over driver version 320.49. [1315116]
 [Surround][GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3x]: HDCP error occurs while playing Blu-ray disc in
Surround mode when accessory display is attached. [1429829]
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Not NVIDIA Issues
This section lists issues that are not due to the NVIDIA driver as well as features that are
not meant to be supported by the NVIDIA driver for Windows Vista/Windows 7.
 “Windows Vista Considerations” on page 15
 “Windows 7 Considerations” on page 15
 “Unsupported Features” on page 16
 “OpenGL Application Issues” on page 17
 “Application Issues” on page 18
 “Operating System Issues” on page 20
Windows Vista Considerations
These are behaviors that may be different from Windows XP and are related directly to
the Windows Vista operating system.
 NVIDIA TurboCache
Windows Vista now controls the allocation of system memory to the GPU for
TurboCache functions. The Windows Vista Display Properties pages show the shared
system memory (SSM), or how much memory is allocated for NVIDIA GPUs to use for
TurboCache.
For more information on graphics memory reporting under Windows Vista, visit
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/display/graphicsmemory.mspx.
Windows 7 Considerations
Hotplug Action
Unlike the hotplug activity under Windows Vista, the default settings are not applied
when a new display is hotplugged, and there is no message balloon alert stating that a
new display was detected. Under Windows 7, all display connection and detection events
are handled through the Windows 7 Connecting and Configuring Displays (CCD)
mechanism.
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NVIDIA Control Panel Rotate Display Page
The rotation radio button labels are changed slightly under Windows 7 to be consistent
with the Microsoft panel
Table 2.1
NVIDIA Control Panel Rotation Page Radio Buttons
Clockwise
Windows 7 Label
Windows Vista Label
0 degrees
Landscape
No rotation (Landscape)
90 degrees
Portrait
90 degrees to the right (Inverted
Portrait)
180 degrees
Landscape (flipped)
180 degree rotation (Inverted
landscape)
270 degrees
Portrait (flipped)
90 degrees to the left (Portrait)
Rotation
Limitation
 When switching the refresh rate from 59 Hz to 60Hz, the refresh rate remains at 59 Hz.
See the Microsoft KB article KB2006076 at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2006076.
Unsupported Features
The following are features and functionality that were available in driver releases
supporting Windows XP, but are not–and will not be–available in driver releases for
Windows Vista/Windows 7:
 High resolution scaling desktop (HRSD)
 MultiView Display Mode (for NVIDIA Quadro NVS graphics cards)
 NVKeystone
 Unified back buffer (UBB) controls
 OpenGL Video Overlays
This is an operating system limitation.
Vista window manager features will provide new ways of accomplishing overlays,
but will require application porting.
 Overclocking
GPU overclocking is no longer supported in the default GPU driver control panel.
This feature is available in the NVIDIA System Tools software, which you can
download from NVIDIA.com.
 GPU Temperature Monitoring
Temperature monitoring is no longer supported in the default GPU driver control
panel. This feature is available in the NVIDIA System Tools software, which you can
download from NVIDIA.com.
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 AGP Settings Adjustment
 Video Zoom
 Pan & Scan - the process of panning across the desktop in order to display a desktop
on a monitor with lower resolution
 Per-display Desktop Color Setting Adjustments
For Clone mode, the desktop color setting adjustments through the NVIDIA Control
Panel can only be made across all displays in a system, and not on a per-display basis.
 Per-display Video Color Setting Adjustments
For Dualview mode, the video color setting adjustments through the NVIDIA Control
Panel can only be made across all displays in a system, and not on a per-display basis.
 Edge Blending
 Run display optimization wizard
 Run multiple display wizard
 Run television setup wizard
 nView Horizontal and Vertical Span Modes
Due to architectural changes in the new Windows Vista Window Display Driver
Model (WDDM), span mode cannot be supported in NVIDIA graphics drivers.
NVIDIA recommends using the built-in Windows Vista multi-display modes.
 Display/Connection Wizard (such as was provided with Windows Media Center
Edition)
 DVD/MPEG Extensions (such as was provided with Windows Media Center Edition)
 Audio Extensions (such as was provided with Windows Media Center Edition)
 NVIDIA nView Desktop Manager
The nView Desktop Manager will not be included in drivers for GeForce products.
OpenGL Application Issues
The following are known compatibility issues for OpenGL applications developed under
Windows XP:
 Mixed GDI and OpenGL rendering does not work.
A number of applications use GDI to render UI components and object highlighting.
This is not supported in the Windows Vista driver model.
NVIDIA recommends converting GDI rendering to OpenGL.
The following are some applications that are known to have this issue:
• Maya 7.01
 Applications, Tools, and Benchmarks not Supported Under Windows Vista
• GLperf
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• 3ds max 8 (later releases may be supported)
• CATIA V5R15 (V5R16 is supported)
• PTC’s CDRS 2001
 Front buffered rendering may be slow, especially when DWM is enabled.
Flushing the rendering queue while rendering to the front buffer may cause the
window manager to recomposite. Applications should therefore minimize the
frequency with which they flush the rendering queue.
Application Issues
 [Surround][Crysis 3]: With Surround enabled, the mouse cursor is restricted to one of
the displays after launching the game. [1331143]
 Adobe Flash 10.x/11.x–1080p video content stutters during browser playback in full-
screen mode.
The issue is resolved with Flash 11.0.1.83 and later.
 GeForce 500 Series: Crysis 2 (DirectX 11 mode)–with 16x Antisotropic filtering set
using the NVIDIA Control Panel, there is LOD distortion and other issues with AF.
[848406]
 GeForce 400 Series: Dirt 2–the game does not show any 3D-rendered objects when
multisample antialiasing is increased to 16xCSAA or higher. [644651]
 GeForce 400 Series: Aliens vs Predator (DirectX 11)–there is ghosting in the sky
textures.[660817]
 GeForce 400 Series: S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky–there is flickering in the background
when Sun Shadow is enabled. [667627]
 Dirt2–distant terrain is clipped. [644821]
 Dark Void–if you experience issues playing Dark Void, NVIDIA recommends the
following steps:
a Install all game patches.
Retail box owners can get the patch here: http://download.nvidia.com/downloads/
nZone/patches/DarkVoid_PhysX_Update_Patch.exe
b From the Windows Control Panel->Add/Remove programs, uninstall NVIDIA
Game System Software 2.8.1.
c From the Windows Control Panel->Add/Remove programs, right-click NVIDIA
PhysX and then click Repair.
If you still experience problems after performing these steps, then either enable VSync or skip the cut-scenes by pressing [Enter] twice at the cut-scene.
 Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising–the game crashes to the desktop when it starts
to load.
This is an issue in the application–the problem does not occur if you disconnect your internet
cable.
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 World of Warcraft–if you have run the 3D Vision setup wizard, then the game
automatically enables 3D stereo even after you disable it.
To work around this issue, you must uninstall the 3D Vision driver.
 Counter Strike–the application crashes to the desktop if the resolution or bit-depth is
changed from the in-game video options menu. [416582]
This is an application issue, but the problem does not occur if you change the resolution or bitdepth from the game’s main menu and not while in a game.
 Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 2–the game fails to launch, and an
“application has stopped working” error message appears. [420115]
This occurs because the application is not able to interpret the driver version correctly.
 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2007–Fly-by shot before each hole blacks-out textures.
[274697]
NVIDIA is working with the developer to resolve this issue.
 City of Heroes–The mouse cursor does not display. [259256]
This is an application issue that can be worked around in full-screen mode by adding
“compatible cursors 1” to the City of Heroes desktop shortcut.
NVIDIA is pursuing a fix with the application developer.
 Sims 2–“Smooth Edges (AA)” option is not available with Release 100 drivers.
[272477]
This occurs because of an incorrect driver version check in the application.
NVIDIA has worked around this issue in the operating system by changing the way the driver
version is reported to this application.
 Warhammer 40k Dawn of War (all versions) does not run with Release 100 drivers.
[273154]
This occurs because of an incorrect driver version check in the application.
NVIDIA has worked around this issue in the operating system by changing the way the driver
version is reported to this application.
 Need for Speed Carbon–After upgrading with patch 1.3, the game crashes when
launched. [290506]
This is an issue with the application patch under Windows Vista.
 Nascar Simracing–the game crashes when launched. [270792]
This is an issue with the application under Windows Vista.
 Call of Duty 2–Only solid colors render during game play when 4xAA is enabled.
[257454]
The application is not applying antialiasing properly. Please try selecting 2x AA, disabling
antialiasing, or using NVIDIA Enhanced application or Override antialiasing modes.
NVIDIA is pursuing a fix with the application developer
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Not NVIDIA Issues
 Age of Empires III–the game has rendering artifacts, such as textured squares for
smoke. [258036]
 Flight Simulator X–pressing Alt+Tab to switch to the desktop does not work. [293729]
 Everquest 2– with NVIDIA driver versions 100.xx, the following error message
appears: [273346]
“You currently have a (7.15.11.120) video card installed. We recommend that you
download version 7772 drivers before playing Everquest.”
This occurs because the application is not checking the driver version correctly, but this does
not affect game play. Please select “Continue Anyway” to launch the game. The problem does
not occur with a previous Release 95 driver (xx.xx format).
NVIDIA is pursuing a fix with the application developer.
 Windows Vista 64-bit, [PhysX]: TheGameCreators PhysX Screen Saver doesn't get
installed properly. [491613]
This is not an NVIDIA issue, but a bug in Vista 64-bit OS that affects the installation of many
screen savers. To work around, locate the corresponding.scr file for the screen saver, then rightclick and select Install.
Note: PhysXscreensaver.scr is located in <system root>\\windows\SysWOW64.
Operating System Issues
Windows Vista
 Direct-X diagnostics tool (DXDIAG) may report an unexpected value for the display
adapter’s memory. [673360]
See the Microsoft KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2026022.
 When S-video and DVI displays are set up in Clone mode and rotated 90 degrees, the
screen turns black.[304267, 283546]
This is an issue with DirectX.
Windows 8 Issues
 When upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8, the system fails to retrieve the
installed WHQL display driver. [1024416]
See the Microsoft KB article KB2743349 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2743349.
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Known Product Limitations
This section describes problems that will not be fixed. Usually, the source of the problem
is beyond the control of NVIDIA. Following is the list of problems and where they are
discussed in this document:
 “GPU Temperature Reported Incorrectly on Optimus Systems” on page 22
 “Damaged or Missing WMI Service Prevents NVIDIA Driver Installation” on page 22
 “Screen Turns Black During Clean Overinstall of NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1
Optimus Notebook” on page 23
 “Flickering Black Screen Occurs After NVIDIA Drivers Installed on Windows 8” on
page 23
 “Total Available Graphics Memory Reported Incorrectly” on page 25
 “Increasing 4-way SLI/Multi-GPU Performance” on page 26
 “3D Vision USB Driver Does Not Get Installed” on page 26
 “No PhysX Acceleration Using the GPU” on page 27
 “NVIDIA PhysX System Software Cannot Be Installed or Uninstalled in Windows Safe
Mode” on page 27
 “3DMark 11 Does Not Run in Stereoscopic 3D Mode” on page 27
 “Do Not Use Windows Rollback for Graphics Drivers” on page 28
 “Uninstalling Drivers Using Device Manager is Not Supported” on page 28
 “Changing Primary Display Across SLI GPUs Takes Longer Than Expected” on
page 28
 “Understanding the DirectX Version Shown in the NVIDIA System Information
Window” on page 29
 “Using HDMI Audio with Displays That Have a High Native Resolution” on page 29
 “Using HDMI Displays That Do Not Support Audio” on page 30
 “Using HDMI/DisplayPort Audio in Dualview or Clone Mode” on page 31
 “Flat Panel Scaling Controls Not Functional for Some TV Modes in Some Displays” on
page 31
 “GPU Runs at a High Performance Level (full clock speeds) in Multi-display Modes”
on page 32
 “1280 × 1024 @ 60 Hz Not Available on BenQ FP241W Monitors” on page 32
 “Image Sharpening Control Not Available with GeForce 8 Series and Later GPUs” on
page 32
 “Gigabyte GA-6BX Motherboard” on page 33
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GPU Temperature Reported Incorrectly on Optimus Systems
Issue
On Optimus systems, temperature-reporting tools such as Speccy or GPU-Z report that
the NVIDIA GPU temperature is zero when no applications are running.
Explanation
On Optimus systems, when the NVIDIA GPU is not being used then it is put into a lowpower state. This causes temperature-reporting tools to return incorrect values.
Waking up the GPU to query the temperature would result in meaningless
measurements because the GPU temperature change as a result.
These tools will report accurate temperatures only when the GPU is awake and running.
Damaged or Missing WMI Service Prevents NVIDIA Driver
Installation
Issue
“Install failed” or “Install Failed, could not find compatible graphics hardware” message
may appear during installation, even if the system has a compatible graphics card. This
can occur when installing the NVIDIA driver or GeForce Experience software.
Cause
This issue could be the result of a corrupt WMI service on your system. The NVIDIA
Installer requires the WMI service to properly install the driver or other NVIDIA
software.
Resolution
You must repair the WMI service on your system in order to successfully install NVIDIA
drivers. A future driver release will alert the user during installation that there is a
problem with the WMI service on the system.
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Screen Turns Black During Clean Overinstall of NVIDIA
Drivers on Windows 8.1 Optimus Notebook
Issue
After installing a Release 325 driver earlier than version 326.09 on an Optimus notebook
running Windows 8.1, a subsequent clean overinstall of a later driver results in a black
screen. The screen turns black when the driver uninstalls the older driver.
Typically, you may encounter this when attempting to upgrade the NVIDIA driver after
installing Windows 8.1. While installing Windows 8.1, Windows Update installs NVIDIA
driver version 326.01, then during the clean overinstall the black screen occurs as the
older driver is uninstalled.
Workaround - Prevention
To avoid the issue during the initial installation of Windows 8.1, do not reboot the system
after Windows Update installs the NVIDIA driver. Then perform the custom clean
overinstall of the newer driver.
Resolution
This issue does not occur after installing an NVIDIA driver version 326.09 or later for
Windows 8.1. When driver version 326.09 or later is installed, performing a clean
overinstall with a newer driver will not result in a black screen.
Flickering Black Screen Occurs After NVIDIA Drivers Installed
on Windows 8
Issue
After installing the NVIDIA drivers on Windows 8, the subsequent reboot results in a
black or flickering screen.
Root Cause
This occurs because Windows Update performed a background installation of a Release
304 driver, which requires a reboot to complete the installation. After installing the
Release 313 driver and then rebooting the system, installation of both the Release 304 as
well as the Release 313 is completed, resulting in conflicting driver binaries and the black/
flickering screen.
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Workaround - Prevention
To avoid the issue, reboot the system before installing the Release 313 driver.
Alternately, you can check the driver status under the Device Manager and perform the
reboot if the Device Manager indicates that a restart is needed. Then install the driver.
Workaround - Recovery
If you did not perform the necessary reboot prior to installing the driver and now
encounter the black screen, do the following:
1 Reboot in Safe Mode.
2 Uninstall the driver.
3 Disconnect from the internet and then restart the system.
4 In normal mode, install the new driver.
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Total Available Graphics Memory Reported Incorrectly
Background–TAG Memory
In the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM), Total Available Graphics (TAG)
memory is reported as the sum of
• Dedicated Video Memory (video memory dedicated for graphics use)
• Dedicated System Memory (system memory dedicated for graphics use), and
• Shared System Memory (system memory shared between the graphics subsystem
and the CPU).
The values for each of these components are computed according to WDDM guidelines
when the NVIDIA Display Driver is loaded.
Issue
Some TAG-reporting APIs represent video memory using 32-bits instead of 64-bits, and
consequently do not properly report available graphics memory when the TAG would
otherwise exceed 4 gigabytes (GB). This results in under reporting of available memory
and potentially undesirable behavior of applications that rely on these APIs to report
available memory.
The under reporting can be extreme. For example, 6 GB might be reported as 454 MB, and
8 GB might be reported as 1259 MB.
Driver Action for GeForce-based Graphics Systems
On graphics systems with less than 2.75 GB of advertized physical memory, the NVIDIA
display driver typically limits the Shared System Memory to maintain a TAG memory
value of less than 4 GB1.
 This results in reliable reporting of sub-4 GB TAG memory on systems with less than
2.75 GB of advertized physical memory.
 On systems with 2.75 GB or more of advertized physical memory, you may see
different reported TAG memory values between the NVIDIA Control Panel and other
reporting APIs.
1. The WDDM guidelines dictate minimum and maximum values for the components, but the display driver may further constrain the values that are reported (within the allowed minimum and
maximum).
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Increasing 4-way SLI/Multi-GPU Performance
Issue
With some games and applications, you may experience little to no performance gain or
even a performance drop with 4-way SLI or multi-GPU configurations.
Resolution
1 Open the NVIDIA Control Panel, then click Manage 3D Settings from the navigation
pane.
2 Click the Global Settings tab, then scroll to the Power management mode feature, click the
corresponding list arrow and select Prefer maximum performance, then click Apply.
3D Vision USB Driver Does Not Get Installed
Issue
After installing the NVIDIA graphics driver, if the 3D Vision USB emitter was not
plugged in, the 3D Vision USB Controller driver does not get installed. If you plug in the
emitter after installing the driver, the indicator light on the emitter will flash red and will
not turn green.
Resolution
To fix this issue, NVIDIA recommends performing a driver re-install with the 3D Vision
USB emitter connected. Please download the latest drivers and follow these steps:
1 Plug in the 3D Vision USB emitter.
2 Re-install the NVIDIA driver.
Select Custom (Advanced) and then select Perform a clean Installation during the
driver installation.
3 Reboot.
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No PhysX Acceleration Using the GPU
If after installing the PhysX System Software you find that there is no PhysX acceleration
on supported applications, repeat the PhysX setup as follows:
1 Reboot the PC.
2 Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and then, under 3D Settings, click Set PhysX
configuration to open that page.
3 Under Select a PhysX processor, verify that either auto-select or a specific NVIDIA
GPU is selected.
4 Click Apply.
NVIDIA PhysX System Software Cannot Be Installed or
Uninstalled in Windows Safe Mode
Issue
Beginning with Release 280, the NVIDIA PhysX System Software is not included in the
NVIDIA driver installation/uninstallation under safe mode.
Explanation
The NVIDIA PhysX System Software installer is not compatible with Microsoft's policy
for Windows safe Mode. Consequently, installation or uninstallation of the PhysX System
Software under safe mode would fail. To allow installation or uninstallation of the
graphics driver under safe mode, the NVIDIA PhysX System Software is blocked from
the process.
3DMark 11 Does Not Run in Stereoscopic 3D Mode
Issue
When attempting to run 3DMark 11 with NVIDIA 3D Vision enabled, the benchmark
may hang, present a black screen, or in other ways not appear correctly.
Explanation
3DMark 11 is not compatible with running in stereoscopic 3D. To facilitate running the
benchmark, recent drivers will run it in monoscopic mode, even with 3D Vision enabled.
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Do Not Use Windows Rollback for Graphics Drivers
To reinstall a previous or older NVIDIA graphics driver, do not use the Windows
rollback feature. This method will not reliably restore all the previous driver files.
Instead, use the Windows Add and Remove programs to remove the current driver, and
then install the older driver using setup.exe.
Uninstalling Drivers Using Device Manager is Not Supported
Issue
On all supported versions of Microsoft Windows, uninstalling the NVIDIA driver using
the Windows Device Manager may not remove associated files or applications.
Explanation
Microsoft has confirmed that this behavior is by design. If you wish to uninstall the
NVIDIA driver, it is recommended that you do so using Add and Remove programs.
See the Microsoft KB article 2278714.
Changing Primary Display Across SLI GPUs Takes Longer
Than Expected
Issue
On an SLI system, switching the primary (or SLI focus) display when each display in the
SLI group is connected to a different GPU takes longer than expected.
Explanation
On an SLI system with each SLI GPU driving a display, the display connected to the slave
GPU is the primary display (also the SLI focus display). In order to switch the primary
display to the one connected to the other GPU, the master and slave GPU configuration
must also switch. In order to reassign which GPU is the master and which is the slave,
the driver must be reloaded. It the process of reloading the driver that takes the
additional time.
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Understanding the DirectX Version Shown in the NVIDIA
System Information Window
The System Information window–accessed by clicking System Information at the bottom
left corner of the NVIDIA Control Panel–provides technical information about the
NVIDIA graphics cards and driver installed in the system.
It also provides information about the Windows version as well as the DirectX version
that is installed.
However, in order to use the version of DirectX reported in the System Information
window, the NVIDIA GPU and graphics driver must also support that DirectX version.
For example, driver version 197.45 and Windows Vista (with available patch) support
DirectX 11. But only NVIDIA graphics cards based on the Fermi architecture released in
2010 support DirectX 11. So your system must have one of these cards installed in order
to take advantage of DirectX 11 performance.
Using HDMI Audio with Displays That Have a High Native
Resolution
To use HDMI audio with some displays that have a native resolution higher than 1920 × 1080,
you must set the display to a lower HD resolution.
Some HDMI displays have a native resolution that exceeds the maximum supported HD
mode. For example, displays with a native resolution of 1920 × 1200 exceed the maximum
supported HD mode of 1920 × 1080.
Applying this native mode results in display overscan which cannot be resized using the
NVIDIA Control Panel since the mode is not an HD mode.
To avoid this situation and provide a better user experience, the driver treats certain TVs–
such as the Viewsonic VX2835wm and the Westinghouse LVM- 37w3–as a DVI monitor
when applying the native mode. Because the driver does not treat the TV as an HDMI in
this case, the HDMI audio is not used.
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Using HDMI Displays That Do Not Support Audio
Some HDMI displays do not support audio, or have issues with GeForce 9 series and earlier, and
GeForce GTX 200-series NVIDIA graphics cards.
The NVIDIA driver attempts to identify such displays and automatically disables the
audio. For example, the NVIDIA driver disables HDMI audio for all Philips HDMI TVs,
as these have been identified as having issues with GeForce 9 series and earlier, and
GeForce GTX 200-series NVIDIA graphics cards.
There may be cases where either the driver disables audio even though there is no
problem, or does not disable the audio when in fact the audio does not work. The
following sections describe these situations and provides guidance for handling them.
Corrupted video and no audio
The driver has not disabled audio and the display’s audio signal is incompatible with the
graphics card, causing video corruption.
With a different display connected in order to establish video, disable audio for the
HDMI display using the NVIDIA Control Panel-> Set Up Digital Audio page. Click the
arrow for the problem display and then click Turn off audio.
Video but no audio
 Check the display list for the problem connection on the NVIDIA Control Panel->Set
Up Digital Audio page.
 If Turn off audio is selected and you want to test whether your HDMI audio does, in
fact, work, then click the list arrow and select the name of the display.
The driver will prompt you with instructions for testing HDMI audio with that
display.
 If the display name is selected, then the driver has not successfully detected that an
incompatible display is connected.
Future drive versions will properly identify such displays and disable audio.
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Using HDMI/DisplayPort Audio in Dualview or Clone Mode
Two Audio-enabled Ports
In a multi-display configuration where both HDMI/DisplayPort audio ports are enabled,
only the primary display will provide the audio.
One Audio-enabled Port
In a multi-display configuration where only one audio port is enabled, such as when one
display is a DVI display, then the HDMI/DisplayPort display can provide the audio
whether is it the primary or secondary display.
Flat Panel Scaling Controls Not Functional for Some TV
Modes in Some Displays
The NVIDIA Control Panel flat panel scaling controls on the “Adjust Size & Position”
page are not intended to be used for TV modes, and normally the controls are not
available for TV or HDTV displays.
However, Microsoft requires that certain TV/HDTV modes be available for all digital
displays, including DVI and HDMI, even if they are not HDTV.
While the NVIDIA flat panel scaling controls are available for those displays, they will
not be functional for the TV modes that appear in compliance with the Microsoft
requirements. The affected modes are as follows:
 1920 × 1080i @ 50/59.94/60 Hz
 1280 × 720p @ 50/59.94/60 Hz
 720 × 480p @ 59.94/60 Hz
 720 × 576p @ 50 Hz
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GPU Runs at a High Performance Level (full clock speeds) in
Multi-display Modes
This is a hardware limitation with desktop and older notebook GPUs, and not a software
bug. When multiple displays are connected and active, the GPU will always operate with
full clock speeds in order to efficiently drive multiple displays–even when no 3D
programs are running.
Note: NVIDIA notebook GeForce 5xxM series and later GPUs do not
have this limitation. For those GPUs the driver can adjust the performance level, depending on demand, even when driving multiple
displays.
1280 × 1024 @ 60 Hz Not Available on BenQ FP241W Monitors
Even though the monitor EDID lists 1280 × 1024 @ 60 Hz, the screen turns blank when
using an HDMI connection. This is an issue with the monitor and not the NVIDIA driver.
Because of this issue with the monitor, the NVIDIA driver blocks the problem mode
(1280 × 1024 @ 60 Hz) and makes it unavailable.
Image Sharpening Control Not Available with GeForce 8
Series and Later GPUs
With GeForce 8 Series and later graphics cards, the Image sharpening slider on the
NVIDIA Control Panel-> Display->Adjust Desktop Color Settings page is grayed out.
This control is intentionally disabled because image sharpening is not supported on
GeForce 8 series and later GPUs.
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Gigabyte GA-6BX Motherboard
This motherboard uses a LinFinity regulator on the 3.3 V rail that is rated to only 5 A—
less than the AGP specification, which requires 6 A. When diagnostics or applications are
running, the temperature of the regulator rises, causing the voltage to the NVIDIA chip
to drop as low as 2.2 V. Under these circumstances, the regulator cannot supply the
current on the 3.3 V rail that the NVIDIA chip requires.
This problem does not occur when the graphics board has a switching regulator or when
an external power supply is connected to the 3.3 V rail.
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3 THE RELEASE 346 DRIVER
This chapter covers the following main topics:
 “About the Release 346 Driver” on page 34
 “Hardware and Software Support” on page 35
 “Driver Installation” on page 41
About the Release 346 Driver
This driver release is from the Release 346 family of drivers (versions 343.xx to 345.xx).
This driver package supports the GeForce 400, 500, 600, 700, and 900-series desktop
GPUs. See “Supported NVIDIA Desktop Products” on page 35 for the list of specific
products supported in this release.
As part of the NVIDIA Notebook Driver Program, this is a reference driver that can be
installed on supported NVIDIA notebook GPUs. However, please note that your
notebook original equipment manufacturer (OEM) provides certified drivers for your
specific notebook on their website. NVIDIA recommends that you check with your
notebook OEM about recommended software updates for your notebook. OEMs may not
provide technical support for issues that arise from the use of this driver.
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Hardware and Software Support
 “Supported Operating Systems” on page 35
 “Supported NVIDIA Desktop Products” on page 35
 “Supported NVIDIA Notebook Products” on page 38
 “Supported Languages” on page 41
Supported Operating Systems
This Release 346 driver includes drivers designed for the following Microsoft® operating
systems:
 Microsoft Windows® 8.1, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
 Microsoft Windows® 8, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
 Microsoft Windows® 7, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
 Microsoft Windows® Vista, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Supported NVIDIA Desktop Products
The following table lists the NVIDIA products supported by the Release 346 driver,
version 347.09:
Table 3.1
Supported NVIDIA Desktop GPUs
Consumer Products
Notes
GeForce GTX TITAN Z
GeForce GTX TITAN Black
GeForce GTX TITAN
GeForce GTX 980
GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 780 Ti
GeForce GTX 780
GeForce GTX 770
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 760 Ti (OEM)
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
GeForce GTX 750
GeForce GTX 745
GeForce GT 740
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Table 3.1
Supported NVIDIA Desktop GPUs
Consumer Products
Notes
GeForce GT 730
GeForce GT 720
GeForce GTX 690
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 670
GeForce GTX 660 Ti
GeForce GTX 660
GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST
GeForce GTX 650 Ti
GeForce GTX 650
GeForce GT 645
GeForce GT 640
GeForce GT 630
GeForce GT 620
GeForce GT 610
GeForce 605
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 SE
GeForce GTX 560
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 555
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
GeForce GT 545
GeForce GT 530
GeForce GT 520
GeForce GTX 480
GeForce GTX 470
GeForce GTX 465
GeForce GTX 460 SE and 460 SE v2
GeForce GTX 460 v2
GeForce GTS 450
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Table 3.1
Supported NVIDIA Desktop GPUs
Consumer Products
Notes
GeForce GT 430
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Supported NVIDIA Notebook Products
The following tables list the NVIDIA notebook products supported by the Release 346
driver, version 347.09:
Note:
Notebooks supporting Hybrid Power technology are not supported. (NVIDIA
Optimus technology is supported.)
The following Sony VAIO notebooks are supported: Sony VAIO F Series with
NVIDIA GeForce 310M, GeForce GT 330M, GeForce GT 425M, GeForce GT
520M or GeForce GT 540M. Other Sony VAIO notebooks are not supported.
(Please contact Sony for driver support.)
Fujitsu notebooks are not supported. (Fujitsu Siemens notebooks are supported.)
Table 3.2
Supported NVIDIA Notebook GPUs
Consumer Products
Notes
GeForce GTX 980M
GeForce GTX 970M
GeForce GTX 880M
GeForce GTX 870M
GeForce GTX 860M
GeForce GTX 850M
GeForce GTX 840M
GeForce GTX 830M
GeForce GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 770M
GeForce GTX 765M
GeForce GTX 760M
GeForce GT 755M
GeForce GT 750M
GeForce GT 745M
GeForce GT 740M
GeForce GT 735M
GeForce GT 730M
GeForce GT 720M
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Table 3.2
Supported NVIDIA Notebook GPUs (continued)
Consumer Products
Notes
GeForce 710M
GeForce GTX 670MX
GeForce GTX 680M
GeForce GTX 675MX
GeForce GTX 675M
GeForce GTX 670MX
GeForce GTX 670M
GeForce GTX 660M
GeForce GT 650M
GeForce GT 645M
GeForce GT 640M LE
GeForce GT 640M
GeForce GT 635M
GeForce GT 630M
GeForce GT 625M
GeForce GT 620M
GeForce GT 610M
GeForce GTX 580M
GeForce GTX 570M
GeForce GTX 560M
GeForce GT 555M
GeForce GT 550M
GeForce GT 540M
GeForce GT 525M
GeForce GT 520MX
GeForce GT 520M
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Table 3.2
Supported NVIDIA Notebook GPUs (continued)
Consumer Products
Notes
GeForce GTX 485M
GeForce GTX 480M
GeForce GTX 470M
GeForce GTX 460M
GeForce GT 445M
GeForce GT 435M
GeForce GT 425M
GeForce GT 420M
GeForce GT 415M
GeForce 820M
GeForce 610M
GeForce 410M
Table 3.3
Supported NVIDIA NVS and Quadro NVS M GPUs
Consumer Products
Notes
NVS 5400M
NVS 5200M
NVS 4200M
Table 3.4
Supported NVIDIA Quadro M and Quadro FX M GPUs
Consumer Products
Notes
Quadro 5010M
Quadro 5000M
Quadro 4000M
Quadro 3000M
Quadro 2000M
Quadro 1000M
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Supported Languages
The Release 346 Graphics Drivers supports the following languages in the main driver
Control Panel:
English (USA)
German
Portuguese (Euro/
Iberian)
English (UK)
Greek
Russian
Arabic
Hebrew
Slovak
Chinese (Simplified)
Hungarian
Slovenian
Chinese (Traditional)
Italian
Spanish
Czech
Japanese
Spanish (Latin America)
Danish
Korean
Swedish
Dutch
Norwegian
Thai
Finnish
Polish
Turkish
French
Portuguese (Brazil)
Driver Installation
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Desktop
The hard disk space requirement for 32-bit is minimum 220 MB for English-only, and 300
MB for International.
The hard disk space requirement for 64-bit is minimum 320 MB for English-only, and 400
MB for International.
Notebook
The hard disk space requirement for 32-bit is minimum 300 MB.
The hard disk space requirement for 64-bit is minimum 400 MB.
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Before You Begin
nTune
If you have previously installed NVIDIA nTune, NVIDIA recommends that you uninstall
nTune before installing this driver. After the driver install is complete, you can reinstall
NVIDIA nTune.
Notebooks
 Check to make sure that your notebook has a supported GPU (see “Supported
NVIDIA Notebook Products” on page 38).
 It is recommended that you back up your current system configuration.
 If you own a Dell Inspiron 1420, Dell XPS M1330, Dell XPS M1530, or Dell
Latitude D630 or D630c, it is highly recommended that you first install this Dell
software update.
Installation Instructions
1 Follow the instructions on the NVIDIA.com Web site driver download page to locate
the appropriate driver to download, based on your hardware and operating system.
2 From the driver download page, click the Download button.
The Download Confirmation page appears.
3 If you agree to the “License For Customer Use of NVIDIA Software”, click the Agree
& Download button to begin the download.
The File Download dialog appears.
4 Either click Save to save the file and then run it from your PC, or click Run.
An extraction path dialog appears prompting you to specify where on your PC you
want the driver files to be installed.
5 Click OK to use the default location, or click the folder icon and specify an alternate
location to install the driver files.
The files are extracted and then the NVIDIA Installer is launched automatically.
6 At the License Agreement page of the Installer, click Agree and Continue.
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7 Follow the instructions in the NVIDIA Installer to complete the installation.
Note: The driver presents game screenshots while the driver is
installing. If you are not connected to the internet during the installation, you may see a “Navigation to the webpage was cancelled” message instead. The message can be ignored and does not affect the
installation. The message won’t appear if the browser cache is
cleared.
Note: The NVIDIA PhysX System Software will not be included in the
installation if the same version or a later version is already installed.
Note: After the driver installation, Windows may default to 16-bpp
color and disable the Desktop Window Manager (DWM). To work around
this issue, set the color to 32-bpp and then reboot the PC.
See also the installation/uninstallation considerations explained in “Known Product
Limitations” on page 21.
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APPENDIX: MODE SUPPORT FOR
WINDOWS
This chapter details the Windows modes supported by the Release 346 driver for
NVIDIA products. It contains these sections:
 “General Mode Support Information” on page 45
 “Default Modes Supported by GPU” on page 46
 “Modes Supported by TV Encoders” on page 51
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General Mode Support Information
The NVIDIA graphics driver includes a standard list of display modes that are supported
by default. These modes are listed in the section “Default Modes Supported by GPU” on
page 46.
The actual modes available depend on the capabilities of the display. In addition, the
NVIDIA graphics driver has a “dynamic EDID detection” capability and will make
available additional modes that are listed in the display EDID, provided the graphics
hardware can support it.
The NVIDIA graphics driver also supports the high resolutions available with the
displays listed in Table A.1 as well as the non-standard modes listed in Table A.2.
Table A.1
Modes Supported for High Resolution Displays
Display
Maximum Resolution
Apple 30” Cinema HD Display
(Dual link DVI)
2560 × 1600 @ 60 Hz
Dell WFP 3007 (Dual Link DVI)
2560 × 1600 @ 60 Hz
HP LP3065 dual-link DVI flat
panel
2560 × 1600 @ 60 Hz
Table A.2
Non-standard Modes Supported
Resolution
1680 × 1050
1366 × 768
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Default Modes Supported by GPU
This section lists the modes that are included by default in the driver INF for the
following product families:
 “GeForce 900, 700, 600, 500, and 400 Series GPUs” on page 47
 “GeForce 400M, 500M, 600M, 700M, 800M, 900M Series, and Quadro M Notebook
GPUs” on page 49
Understanding the Mode Format
Figure A.1 gives an example of how to read the mode information presented in this
section.
Resolution
Example entry: 1024 x 768
Meaning:
32
Color Depth
Refresh Rates
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200
Resolution:
1024 x 768
Color depth:
32 bpp
Refresh rates: 60 Hz, 70 Hz, 72 Hz, 75 Hz, 85 Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz,
140 Hz, 144 Hz, 150 Hz, 170 Hz, and 200 Hz
Figure A.1 Mode Format
Note:
• Horizontal spanning modes of 3840 × 1080 and above, and vertical spanning modes
of 1920 × 2160 and above generally require at least 32 MB of video memory at 32
bpp.
• An “i” next to the refresh rate indicates an interlaced refresh rate.
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GeForce 900, 700, 600, 500, and 400 Series GPUs
This sections lists the supported display resolutions, color depths, and refresh rates for
the products listed in “Supported NVIDIA Desktop Products” on page 35.
Standard Modes
640 x
480
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
720 x
480
8
60
720 x
576
8
50
800 x
600
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1024 x
768
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1152 x
864
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200
1280 x
720
8
60
1280 x
768
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
800
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
960
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x 1024
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1360 x
768
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1600 x
900
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150
1600 x 1024
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1600 x 1200
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1680 x 1050
8
60
1920 x 1080
8
60
1920 x 1200
8
60 70 72 75 85 100
1920 x 1440
8
60 70 72 75 85
2048 x 1536
8
60
-----------------------------------------------------------------640 x
480
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
720 x
480
16
60
720 x
576
16
50
800 x
600
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1024 x
768
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1152 x
864
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200
1280 x
720
16
60
1280 x
768
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
800
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
960
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x 1024
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1360 x
768
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1600 x
900
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150
1600 x 1024
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1600 x 1200
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1680 x 1050
16
60
1920 x 1080
16
60
1920 x 1200
16
60 70 72 75 85 100
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1920 x 1440
16
60 70 72 75 85
2048 x 1536
16
60
-----------------------------------------------------------------640 x
480
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
720 x
480
32
60
720 x
576
32
50
800 x
600
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1024 x
768
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1152 x
864
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200
1280 x
720
32
60
1280 x
768
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
800
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
960
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x 1024
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1360 x
768
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1600 x
900
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150
1600 x 1024
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1600 x 1200
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1680 x 1050
32
60
1920 x 1080
32
60
1920 x 1200
32
60 70 72 75 85 100
1920 x 1440
32
60 70 72 75 85
2048 x 1536
32
60
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GeForce 400M, 500M, 600M, 700M, 800M, 900M Series, and
Quadro M Notebook GPUs
This sections lists the supported display resolutions, color depths, and refresh rates for
the products listed in “Supported NVIDIA Notebook Products” on page 38.
Standard Modes
640 x
480
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
720 x
480
8
60
720 x
576
8
50
800 x
600
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1024 x
768
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1152 x
864
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200
1280 x
720
8
60
1280 x
768
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
800
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
960
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x 1024
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1360 x
768
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1600 x
900
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150
1600 x 1024
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1600 x 1200
8
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1680 x 1050
8
60
1920 x 1080
8
60
1920 x 1200
8
60 70 72 75 85 100
1920 x 1440
8
60 70 72 75 85
2048 x 1536
8
60
-----------------------------------------------------------------640 x
480
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
720 x
480
16
60
720 x
576
16
50
800 x
600
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1024 x
768
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1152 x
864
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200
1280 x
720
16
60
1280 x
768
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
800
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
960
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x 1024
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1360 x
768
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1600 x
900
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150
1600 x 1024
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1600 x 1200
16
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1680 x 1050
16
60
1920 x 1080
16
60
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1920 x 1200
16
60 70 72 75 85 100
1920 x 1440
16
60 70 72 75 85
2048 x 1536
16
60
-----------------------------------------------------------------640 x
480
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
720 x
480
32
60
720 x
576
32
50
800 x
600
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1024 x
768
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1152 x
864
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200
1280 x
720
32
60
1280 x
768
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
800
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
960
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x 1024
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1360 x
768
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1600 x
900
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150
1600 x 1024
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1600 x 1200
32
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1680 x 1050
32
60
1920 x 1080
32
60
1920 x 1200
32
60 70 72 75 85 100
1920 x 1440
32
60 70 72 75 85
2048 x 1536
32
60
-----------------------------------------------------------------640 x
480
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
720 x
480
64
60
720 x
576
64
50
800 x
600
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1024 x
768
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200 240
1152 x
864
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170 200
1280 x
720
64
60
1280 x
768
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
800
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x
960
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1280 x 1024
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1360 x
768
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150 170
1600 x
900
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120 140 144 150
1600 x 1024
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1600 x 1200
64
60 70 72 75 85 100 120
1680 x 1050
64
60
1920 x 1080
64
60
1920 x 1200
64
60 70 72 75 85 100
1920 x 1440
64
60 70 72 75 85
2048 x 1536
64
60
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Modes Supported by TV Encoders
Table A.3 and Table A.4 list the NTSC, PAL, and HDTV TV-Out modes supported by the
NVIDIA driver.
Table A.3
Resolution
Mode Support for S-Video and Composite Out
Bit
Comments
depth
320 × 200
8, 16, 32
DirectDraw mode; not selectable as a Windows
desktop
320 × 240
8, 16, 32
DirectDraw mode; not selectable as a Windows
desktop
640 × 400
8, 16, 32
DirectDraw mode; not selectable as a Windows
desktop
640 × 480
8, 16, 32
720 × 480
8, 16, 32
Overscans (for video)
720 × 576
8, 16, 32
Overscans (for video)
800 × 600
8, 16, 32
1024 × 768
8, 16, 32
Table A.4
Resolution
Conexant 25871 only
Mode Support for Component YPrPb Out and DVI Out
Comments
480i (SDTV)
480p (EDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i
(HDTV)
Supported on graphics boards with Conexant 875 or Philips
7108 TV encoders and compatible connectors, and
compatible GeForce 8 Series and later GPUs.
576i (PAL)
576p (PAL)
The driver supports manual overscan correction for component and DVI outputs. See the
online NVIDIA Control Panel Help for instructions on how to use the overscan correction
features.
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