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Message 10728 - Posted: 20 Jun 2009 | 13:40:39 UTC

From the notes:

This is a WHQL-certified driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION GPUs.

New in Release 186.18

* Numerous bug fixes. More information can be found in the release documentation.
* Installs the new PhysX System Software version 9.09.0428.
* Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here.

New in Release 185/186 drivers:

* Adds support for Ambient Occlusion – the newest NVIDIA Control Panel feature to offer enhanced 3D gaming realism exclusively to GeForce GPUs.
* Adds support for CUDA 2.2 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. See CUDA for more details.
* Expands GPU hardware acceleration for the NVIDIA Video Encoding library to GPUs with less than 32 cores. Applications using this library include CyberLink PowerDirector 7, Nero Move it 1.5, Loilo SuperLoiloScope MARS, and CyberLink MediaShow Espresso.
* Accelerates performance in several 3D applications. The following are examples of improvements measured with Release 185/186 drivers vs. Release 181 drivers (results will vary depending on your GPU, system configuration, and game settings):
o Up to 25% performance increase in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
o Up to 22% performance increase in Crysis: Warhead with antialiasing enabled
o Up to 11% performance increase in Fallout 3 with antialiasing enabled
o Up to 14% performance increase in Far Cry 2
o Up to 30% performance increase in Half-Life 2 engine games with 3-way and 4-way SLI
o Up to 45% performance increase in Mirror’s Edge with antialiasing enabled
* Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #3. Download these FREE PhysX and CUDA applications now!

Existing Support:

* Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel X58-based motherboards.
* Includes full support for OpenGL 3.0.
* Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce graphics card. Use one card for graphics and dedicate a different card for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. Learn more here.
* Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.

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GeForce GTX 295
GeForce GTX 285
GeForce GTX 280
GeForce GTX 275
GeForce GTX 260
GeForce GTS 250
GeForce GT 140
GeForce GT 130
GeForce GT 120
GeForce G100
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9800 GTX+
GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 9800 GT
GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 9600 GS
GeForce 9600 GSO
GeForce 9500 GT
GeForce 9500 GS
GeForce 9400 GT
GeForce 9400
GeForce 9300 GS
GeForce 9300 GE
GeForce 9300
GeForce 9200
GeForce 8800 Ultra
GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS 512
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GT
GeForce 8800 GS
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8600 GS
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8400 SE
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8400
GeForce 8300 GS
GeForce 8300
GeForce 8200
GeForce 8100 / nForce 720a
GeForce 7950 GX2
GeForce 7950 GT
GeForce 7900 GTX
GeForce 7900 GT/GTO
GeForce 7900 GS
GeForce 7800 SLI
GeForce 7800 GTX
GeForce 7800 GT
GeForce 7800 GS
GeForce 7650 GS
GeForce 7600 GT
GeForce 7600 GS
GeForce 7600 LE
GeForce 7500 LE
GeForce 7350 LE
GeForce 7300 SE
GeForce 7300 LE
GeForce 7300 GT
GeForce 7300 GS
GeForce 7200 GS
GeForce 7100 GS
GeForce 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i
GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i
GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a
GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a
GeForce 6800 XT
GeForce 6800 XE
GeForce 6800 Ultra
GeForce 6800 Series GPU
GeForce 6800 LE
GeForce 6800 GT
GeForce 6800 GS/XT
GeForce 6800 GS
GeForce 6800
GeForce 6700 XL
GeForce 6610 XL
GeForce 6600 VE
GeForce 6600 LE
GeForce 6600 GT
GeForce 6600
GeForce 6500
GeForce 6250
GeForce 6200SE TurboCache™
GeForce 6200 TurboCache™
GeForce 6200 LE
GeForce 6200 A-LE
GeForce 6200
GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
GeForce 6150 LE
GeForce 6150
GeForce 6100 nForce 420
GeForce 6100 nForce 405
GeForce 6100 nForce 400
GeForce 6100

* Windows 7 Release Notes (v186.18)
* Windows Vista Release Notes (v186.18)
* Control Panel User's Guide

They're on the nVidia website, released Thursday. Please comment if you try them. Hopefully the issues from the previous driver set are resolved.

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Message 10803 - Posted: 23 Jun 2009 | 21:48:40 UTC - in response to Message 10728.

Vista Ultimate x64
BOINC 6.6.36
GTX 260 (216)

No errors.

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Message 10805 - Posted: 23 Jun 2009 | 23:21:03 UTC - in response to Message 10803.

got it the day it came out, no problems once so ever...

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Message 10818 - Posted: 24 Jun 2009 | 12:22:56 UTC - in response to Message 10805.

got it the day it came out, no problems once so ever...


Be warned
will kill any WUs that are in progress ever if manager is turned off.
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Message 10819 - Posted: 24 Jun 2009 | 12:36:45 UTC - in response to Message 10818.

[quote][quote]got it the day it came out, no problems once so ever...

Be warned
will kill any WUs that are in progress ever if manager is turned off.
Ross
can't any new WUs at this time claims work request to big
will moniter developments and if nessceary go back to old driver.
Just a thought has anyone done a system restore to before the change of drivers?
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Message 10823 - Posted: 24 Jun 2009 | 16:21:19 UTC
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Am I alone with my problem?

http://www.gpugrid.net/result.php?resultid=869426
http://www.gpugrid.net/result.php?resultid=869124
http://www.gpugrid.net/result.php?resultid=864098

And so on all my WUs are became faulty.

Win XP x64

For SETI all GPU processed WUs are OK. Have no idea what to do besides rollback to old driver...
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Message 10842 - Posted: 24 Jun 2009 | 23:39:14 UTC - in response to Message 10823.

Same problem here on Win Vista 32. Gone back to 182.50
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Message 10866 - Posted: 26 Jun 2009 | 11:35:44 UTC - in response to Message 10842.

Before Upgrading to a new driver, finish all existing tasks, or you WILL lose them!
Then close Boinc, install the update, and restart the system.
You might also want to reset the project before asking for new tasks.

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Message 10941 - Posted: 1 Jul 2009 | 9:04:18 UTC - in response to Message 10866.

So you are going OK with 186.18?
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Message 10948 - Posted: 2 Jul 2009 | 1:16:21 UTC - in response to Message 10941.

Some have issues, some do not. There doesn't seem to be much to predict which you'll be. I have not seen any issues with this driver and BOINC on my own system. You might no be so lucky.

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