Nvidia Graphic Drivers not working properly??

  simonsup 21:12 18 Feb 2009

Hi after installing the latest nvidia graphics card drivers 182.06 for my xp machine when i click on nvidia control panel the preview box wont open and the pc wont respond anymore, i have to hard boot the pc and uninstall them,
But if i install the oct2008 drivers 172.24, no
problem the pc is fine, are these latest drivers
My specs:
Amd64 Athlon3400+ 754skt 2.4mhz cpu
Abit KV80 mobo
2gig (2x 1gig sticks) PC3200DDr400 memory
Gainward Geforce6800GS 512meg AGPx8 Graphics Card
Creative XFi Gamer Sound Card
Haulpage usb2 tv tuner HPR900
320 gig pata hardrive
Maxtor 500gig usb external hard drive
Jeantec 600watt psu.
Windows XP Pro o/s
i had the same problem with the nvidia January
graphics update aswell, basically any driver after
172.24 wont work :(
Any Idears?

  citadel 21:53 18 Feb 2009

use driver cleaner to get rid of all traces and start again.

  simonsup 22:53 18 Feb 2009

hi, whats driver cleaner?

  Stuartli 22:56 18 Feb 2009

What I suspect citadel means is Drive Cleaner Pro (freeware) which I have mentioned many times.

If you read this comprehensive and excellent tutorial on installing nVidia graphics cards (there's also one for ATi), you will almost certainly cure your problems:

click here

  Bob The Blob 23:17 18 Feb 2009

No, Citadel is right. He means driver cleaner click here
Give that a go.
Also are you sure you downloaded the 32bit drivers and not the 64bit ones?

  Stuartli 00:07 19 Feb 2009

We are both right. The icon on my Desktop states Drive Cleaner Pro (it's Version 1.5)...:-)

The "r" went missing somewhere.

  gazzaho 00:39 19 Feb 2009

Driver cleaner isn't really necessary in my opinion, from using Revo Uninstaller I've found that nvidia drivers uninstall cleanly, no traces left in the registry. But as your having problems you might want to try it anyway, I guess a problem could arise installing one driver over the top of another without removing the old one first so it wouldn't hurt to try.

Could it be to do with PhysX by any chance? Try switching it off to see if it makes a difference.

  simonsup 19:01 19 Feb 2009

i read the help files on installing nvidia drivers
and i raed that the agp apeture size on my pc was
set at i gig, nvidia recomend 128 so i set it at 128 rebooted installed the latest drivers again
and they worked fine :)
thanks for the input peeps.

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