Mobile GeForce, Ion users get new drivers


— 3:03 PM on December 4, 2009

Hot on the heels of its latest desktop GeForce driver release, Nvidia has released a new batch of drivers aimed at its mobile GPUs. The new Notebook Release 195 (a.k.a. 195.62) drivers are available right now for Windows Vista and Windows 7 x86, Vista and Win7 x64, and Windows XP.

These drivers bring the following changes:

  • Adds GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Learn more here.
  • Adds support for DirectCompute with Windows 7.
  • Adds support for OpenGL 3.2.
  • Adds support for OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language).
  • Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
  • Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for many top new gaming titles including Borderlands, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA Soccer 10, and more.
  • Includes numerous bug fixes including improved performance for Need for Speed: Shift. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
  • Installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v9.09.0814.
  • You can install the drivers on a broad range of integrated and discrete Nvidia GPUs in the Quadro and GeForce 8M, 9M, 100M, and 200M lineups, although Nvidia mentions "some exceptions." You'll want to check the "products supported" tab on the driver page to make sure you don't download that 116-144MB driver installer for nothing. Also, Nvidia urges folks with Dell Inspiron 1420, XPS M1330, XPS M1530, and Latitude D630 or D630c laptops to install a Dell SBIOS update before installing the 195.62 release.

    By the way, this almost marks the one-year anniversary of Nvidia's first direct mobile GPU driver release. The initial set of mobile drivers only worked with some notebooks, but support looks to have improved quite a bit since then. Nvidia still isn't releasing laptop drivers at quite the same frequency as desktop updates, though—the last notebook release came out in late August. (Thanks to TR reader SH SOTN for the heads up.)

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