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Alrighty, just downloaded (last night) the 175.16 drivers. I used them on my sig rig, and an 8800GTS 320MB card in my fiance's rig. After the "update", both rigs started freezing, random BSOD, games were glitchy.....just absolutely HORRIBLE.

Now my sig rig is still running these drivers, however my fiance's rig is now back down to 169.25's. Her's works FLAWLESSLY, mine is still really glitchy.

Is there any possible way that these drivers are designed to cripple the 8 series cards, thus forcing more people to buy the 9 series...thinking that their cards are dying?

Just wondering if anybody else has had problems with these drivers.
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Yeah, when I installed mine and rebooted into windows a SECOND time (after the installation reboot), I would get no video. Maybe an issue with Rivatuner and clock settings, but it has never happened before with a new driver.

That, and I got a random BSOD in xp. Not Vista, xp. Funny, usually new drivers from Nvidia are slightly better, if not more stable.
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I just loaded this driver last night on my sig rig, but did not get a chance to play around with the system yet. I will check mine tonight for any flaky operations.

Given nVidia's history this is a little surprising if they are broken. They usually do a bang up job on the drivers. Funny how things have changed. It _used_ to be that ATI had the better hardware and crappy drivers, now nVidia has the better hardware and need to work on the drivers. I am still waiting for them to fix the GoW issue with the 8800gts 640... (at least all info I have seen pointed to the drivers).
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I've been running these drivers for a couple weeks in my sig rig. I haven't had any problems. I'm also running rivatuner with these drivers without a problem. I don't have any advice as to why you're having problems and I'm not. Did you update over the old drivers or uninstall old drivers first then install the new. If you didn't do the latter, then I suggest uninstalling and reinstalling.
    
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I know personally I tried 174.74 when they first came out and benched them, I lost 2000 SM2.0 test points on 3dmark06 with a G80 GTS 320 KO as well as visible IQ. Since then I haven't tried any 17x.xx series drivers on my 8 series cards. I use 169.44 on my SLI GT's and on the GTS 320 in my son's rig.

Has anyone done any comparison benches with 169.44 and this new 175.16?
Edited by mtbiker033 - 5/29/08 at 9:05am
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well even though i don't own any of the 8 series anymore, with my 9800GTX using 175.16 i didn't see anything affect me as in performance wise, but it completely ****ed Steam on my rig, and I had to delete everything, reinstall, and MAKE it reconize that I have online access.
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I tried the 175.16 driver for my 8500 GT and started having problems. Whenever I'd boot into Windows, my display would blink really fast, the driver would crash, and then it'd BSOD after a few driver crashes. I think the newer drivers aren't very friendly to overclocks. I'm back at 169.25 until the newer drivers can handle my overclock.
 
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i haven't had a single problem with .16. they've been working flawlessly for me. did you guys install it correctly? uninstall drivers, run driver cleaner, install new drivers in safe mode?
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i haven't had a single problem with .16. they've been working flawlessly for me. did you guys install it correctly? uninstall drivers, run driver cleaner, install new drivers in safe mode?
Is your video card overclocked though?
 
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3dmark06

169.25: 17, 021
175.16: 16, 640

The new setting..."max pre-rendered frames"?...may be the issue. Haven't really found good info re: how to tweak (numerous opinions, no solid info).
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