6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 20, 2012 3:00 PM by Jeff Bellune

    New Nvidia GTX285 driver - upgrade?

    FamilyLegacyVideo Level 1

      I recently received a notice of an upgrade for the GTX285 video card driver. I haven't upgraded my Nvidia card since installing Premiere Pro CS5 because this and a previous upgrade look they're focused on improving video game performance. I hesitate to upgrade the driver while the card seems to be working fine. Has anyone installed these upgrades and noticed an improvement in performance with Premiere Pro CS5? Thanks!

        • 1. Re: New Nvidia GTX285 driver - upgrade?
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          If it isn't broken... why try a fix?


          If you do decide to "upgarde" a working system, first make a full backup to an external hard drive so you may easily restore


          Hardware crashes or virus infections or simple software problems happen, so you should buy AND USE software to make a full backup of your hard drive to an external USB hard drive... plus, making step-by-step backups during a new install or major program addition makes it easy to go back a step if something doesn't work


          This backup and then restore is, of course, only to the same computer with a new drive (or the same drive as long as you don't mind writing over everything) since doing a restore to a new computer won't work due to Windows and many programs having activation information that is keyed to your hardware (which is why Windows will force you to RE-Activate if you change very much hardware)


          The product I use is at http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-linux.htm


          Image runs off of a bootable CD via Linux (the Zip you download includes a program to make the bootable CD) and it reads EVERYTHING on the drive, even the hidden registration information, so everything is restored when needed... and you may restore the image to a brand new drive in case of a crash, and not have to re-install anything


          Please note that I own no part of Image, and I don't get a referral fee (that is just a plain web link) but I use the program and it has saved me a LOT of trouble when I had a hard drive die... and I was able to restore everything and not have to re-install or re-activate a single program, from Windows on up

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          • 2. Re: New Nvidia GTX285 driver - upgrade?
            Jim_Simon Level 9

            I have a hell of a time getting nVidia drivers to install properly.  Every time I try it's a headache.


            If it works, I'd leave it alone.

            • 3. Re: New Nvidia GTX285 driver - upgrade?
              FamilyLegacyVideo Level 1


              Thanks for letting me know about your trouble with nVidia driver upgrades. I share the same instincts about this as you and John and plan to leave my nVidia driver as is.

              Cheers, Steve

              • 4. Re: New Nvidia GTX285 driver - upgrade?
                Jeff Bellune Level 6

                By way of comparison, I just upgraded the nVidia drivers on 3 systems to 296.10.  I chose the Custom installation and selected only the Graphics driver and the Update components.  I also chose the "Perform a clean installation" option.


                All 3 went smooth as glass without a single problem.  6 reboots later (2 per system) all 3 systems are stable and performing well.



                • 5. Re: New Nvidia GTX285 driver - upgrade?
                  Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

                  Jeff, I just this week also went to 296.10 on my GTX 580 system and I did the same as you and installed only the one item, the graphics driver.  Now if someone would tell me how to get rid of the three nVidia processes that show up every startup so I do not have to manually kill them I would be much happier.

                  • 6. Re: New Nvidia GTX285 driver - upgrade?
                    Jeff Bellune Level 6

                    I don't know that you can kill the 2 driver helper services or the user experience service (if that's the third one you see).  I also have nvtray and and a daemon process, which I figure are part of the update service.