Originally Posted by Majestic_Lizard;11714573
Again someone who did not read the thread (or even the original post).
Drivers embed themselves into the registry? Really? Thank you, Captain Obvious.
Originally Posted by Majestic_Lizard;11714620
As much as I hated having to use the Driver Sweeper, the card does seem to be running fantastic now. I had to do this sort of thing when installing ATI HD 3XXX cards on other systems. I never thought I would need to do it with Nvidia's cards. Those days are over. AMD/ATI's drivers and Nvidia's unfortunately appear to be reaching equal footing.
While it's greatly appreciated to share your experiences with others on OCN, as we all learn from other's PC experiences to troubleshoot our own and others problems, it's a bit unnecessary to be so blasé with pretty much every reply to this thread.
While it might be deemed "a pain" to have to do more than simply click Uninstall
in Programs & Features or Add/Remove Programs, the simple Uninstallation process of Windows has pretty much always left underlying parts of drivers and registry embodiments on the computer.
If you look at the nVidia or ATi/AMD threads, when people are experiencing problems, one of the first things they're asked is if they used Driver Sweeper or another Driver Cleaner, in Safe Mode
, before installing their new Drivers.
I don't really remember much about what I did when I had my Vodoo2 or MX440, but I do know it's been better practice to remove all traces of the Drivers since my 7600GS, when installing a new card and new Drivers.
I've said it before, it's more how Windows stores the Drivers, rather than the previous Drivers being compatible with newer Drivers forcing changes in the way the card works with the PC and performance levels.
If the Drivers were crap, you wouldn't be experiencing a greater time now you've done what alot of people here at OCN call common practice.
Yes, maybe they could develop them so when you Install newer Drivers, if any older sets are found in the registry, they could overwrite or remove them, but I dunno how problematic that'd be integrating that into the Drivers.
As it stands however, it's the way it's been for a while.
I used only Add/Remove Programs on my brothers PC when installing newer Drivers, after experiencing nothing but problems as time went by, I noticed the space they took up was like 3.8GB in the listing.
That's alot of Driver clashing.
Keep in mind, the PC's I look after, I usually do a full wipe and fresh Windows Install every year.
Originally Posted by onoz;11714977
OCN is full of [insert insulting word here] fanboys that can't stand to hear their brand of choice being insulted.
Insult nVidia or ATi/AMd or whoever, I aint gonna cry about it.
But when someone's doing things people are used to doing by nature, expect people to get a bit iffy about it.
Driver Sweeper should have worked once the first time round, to ascertain whether OP ran it correctly in Safe Mode or in normal mode would've been a good start instead of the carry-on that ensued. Don't you think?
nVidia Drivers aint perfect, but to blame them for something that's been common practice here, without considering the aspect of how the Operating System retains information, is a bit much IMO.
Glad you got your card working well though, all's well that ends well.