Chrispy_ wrote:The driver from windows update IS an nVidia driver. It'll be the latest WHQL-qualified driver certified by Microsoft so it could easily be a few months old, but it's just the bare drivers.
You'll lose the Nvidia control panel and other Geforce "driver" features like nView desktop management software and PhysX/Cuda installers but they're not technically drivers, just bloat that gets pushed out by nVidia under the guise of "driver updates". Technically you can download them seperately and run the installers individually too, if you want.
The actual driver is miniscule, and by using windows update to install the driver you'll have the same driver you'd have been using a couple of months ago anyway. The only difference is that it's older because it's taken a month or two to go through Microsoft's WHQL testing/certification before being added to the windows update service.
canoli wrote:Thanks Cr -but I think I must've confused you - or myself! I never mentioned Windows Update so I'm not sure why you're addressing that. But no matter, in any case I have Windows set to "never install drivers."
canoli wrote:I never mentioned Windows Update so I'm not sure why you're addressing that. But no matter, in any case I have Windows set to "never install drivers."
canoli wrote:Now I can boot into Windows but only 1 monitor is active. I have 2 HP 24" displays connected but only 1 works and (right-click desktop>screen resolution) 1600x1200 is the highest res listed, although the native resolution on these monitors is 1920x1200. Is this the limit of the MS driver? It's strange (to me) that I don't see Display Adapter or VGA, nothing related to Display Devices listed in Device Manager.
Glorious wrote:The generic VGA driver for windows only uses standard(ish) VESA modes. Widescreen resolutions like 1920x1200 aren't among them (but a big 4:3 resolution such as 1920x1440 likely is). Windows is giving you the best resolution available between what your monitor's EDID lists and what the driver can provide, which is 1600x1200.
That's really the only difference (other than 32-bit color support), graphically, between what you are doing now and actually running in safe-mode.
Likewise, you only have a single monitor because the generic VGA driver doesn't have any dual-head support either.
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