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[dailytech] NVIDIA Drivers Caused Lions Share of Early Vista Crashes

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Microsoft data shows NVIDIA caused bulk of Vista crashes


When Windows Vista first hit market, some driver issues were to be expected as hardware manufacturers moved existing components to the new OS from Windows XP. As is natural for new items, the enthusiast community was among the first to embrace the new operating system.

The incompatibilities were part due to Vista incorporating Microsoft’s DirectX 10 promising better graphics and physics in PC games. At the time, the high-end G80 graphics cards were some of the most popular graphics cards on the market including the NVIDIA 8800 GTS, GTX, and Ultra.

NVIDIA had driver problems with of Vista and DirectX 10 from the get go and delayed their first driver from a December 2006 release to a January 2007 release. Even once the driver hit market, there were wide spread reports of crashes because of NVIDIA drivers.

The problem with reports of buggy drivers is that no one can really tell if the drivers are actually at fault, or if the computer experiencing the driver crash has some other underlying problem contributing to the crash.

As part of the ongoing Vista Capable class action lawsuit, Microsoft released data on exactly what drivers caused the bulk of logged Windows Vista crashes. The number one culprit of Vista crashes related to driver failure was NVIDIA at 28.8%. Microsoft only broke logged crashes out for a few companies including NVIDIA, Intel (8.8%) and ATI (9.3%). Microsoft’s data shows that it was responsible for 17.9% of logged crashes.

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.
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My nVidia drivers crash all the time, mostly in Crysis but it has happened in CoD4.

Infact, the drivers have crashed at least ten times, second only to hl2.exe which doesn't want to start.
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Do you just like surf for news 24/7?

Lets see how far Microsoft gets with this
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I actually expected this, i had ridiculous amounts of problems with my nVidia cards drivers. Now that i'm using my 3870 i've not had a single problem yet.
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yeah the new drivers for my 9800GX2s crash all the time.
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He gets the best news I've ever seen. It's like he invented the news... lol
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Really puts it into perspective.
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I've had an endless amount of crashes with my new Nvidia card. When I had my 2900xt I never had a single crash. The performance is just to good to pass up though.
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Thanks the pie chart. Mate. Appreciate this.
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