New Nvidia graphics card; Reinstall driver?

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Gripper, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. Gripper

    Gripper Guest

    Hi all,
    I have a motherboard with both AGP and PCIe slots. (ASRock DualVsta775).
    Currently using a 6800GT Leadtek graphics card.
    I'm waiting for delivery of a MSI 7900GTO PCIe graphics card.
    I'm wondering if I should remove the current driver, install the new card
    and reinstall the driver (Forceware 93.71), or just bung the new card in,
    seeing as it will use the same driver......
    Anyone done this???
    Gripper, Feb 13, 2007
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  2. Remove the current driver > shutdown > install new graphics card > boot >
    reinstall the driver

    Don't assume Windows can't **** something as simple as this up.
    Nick Le Lievre, Feb 13, 2007
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  3. Gripper

    Gripper Guest

    yeah I suppose the extra 5 minutes it takes is worth it to avoid trouble.

    Well, it's arrived, from Ebuyer, even thought the Citylink online tracking
    still shows "on route to delivery branch"!

    Thanks Nick
    Gripper, Feb 13, 2007
  4. Yeah I learned the hard way trying to upgrade from a Geforce 2 GTS to
    Geforce 4 Ti4200 a few years back... although not quite the same as what
    your doing I thought I could save some time by just removing the card and
    installing the new one without uninstalling any drivers... what happened was
    I got a blank screen at logon. Windows XP registry was corrupted from prior
    multiple installs over the top of existing drivers without uninstalling the
    old ones first (using nvidia drivers this was very bad) becuase of this I
    couldn't install the Ti4200 without a complete OS reinstall the whole thing
    had been so badly damaged. What started out as a 20 minute job turned into a
    week exercise where I struggled to try and get the Ti4200 working under the
    existing build because it had everything running the way I wanted. In this
    case even if I had uninstalled the drivers first I doubt I could of then
    installed the Ti4200 properly becuase I had messed things up so bad. Chances
    are you'd get away with it the first time you tried to screw around with the
    drivers but its better to do things the recommended way it'll save you
    trouble in the long run.
    Nick Le Lievre, Feb 13, 2007
  5. It depends on the drivers the nvidia detonators were notoriously difficult
    to remove so its suicide to not even attempt to uninstall the drivers from
    the control panel > add/remove programs before installing a new nvidia
    graphics card. There are even programs developed with nvidia in mind which
    you can download to remove the traces of previous driver installs that are
    sometimes left behind by accident by not uninstalling in the correct fashion
    I found these tools usefull but they couldn't save me in the situation I
    referred to above. You might find you can swap without uninstalling a few
    times before it does any real damage or that it depends largely on the
    graphics manufacturer nvidia were particularly tricky. I thought it would be
    the same as windows98 where you could just remove the card regardless of
    drivers and install the new one and apply the new drivers but becuase
    Windows XP has the fast user switching the way it works with drivers is very
    different. You could probably go many years and never expierience a problem
    whilst not uninstalling the drivers properly I don't know but I will always
    uninstall them first from now on - its sometimes the last thing you think of
    when faced with the excitement of a new graphics card upgrade but its a
    worthwhile step.
    Nick Le Lievre, Feb 13, 2007
  6. Gripper

    Gripper Guest

    Well that all went pretty painlessly! New card in and running..
    Just ran 3DMark05- with the old 6800GT it gave a score of 5815
    With the new 7900GTO it's giving 10031
    and that's before overclocking :)
    Now to find out how to get rid of the stupid new control panel thingy and
    get the old one back...
    Thanks again
    Gripper, Feb 13, 2007
  7. Shiny toys! I ended up running everything at twice the resolution,
    which kind of set me right back to where I was. Never mind.
    It's a choice at driver installation time, IIRC.

    Cheers - Jaimie
    Jaimie Vandenbergh, Feb 13, 2007
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