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Nvidia Geforce 174.74 beta drivers officially released

post #1 of 156
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http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_174.74.html

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp64_174.74.html

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_174.74.html

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x64_174.74.html

New beta drivers, supports 6/7/8/9 series on XP and Vista. WHQL drivers shouldn't be far off now.
post #2 of 156
Levels expansion bug still there ... back to 163.75 for the nth time!
post #3 of 156
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Originally Posted by Tulli View Post

Levels expansion bug still there ... back to 163.75 for the nth time!

What card are you using, and what bug are you experiencing?

I have an 8600 GT in my desktop connected to a DVI monitor and this driver version expands video to RGB levels, whereas previous drivers would not. Using Vista.
post #4 of 156
8600gts/Vista x32 Sp1.

I only get correct colour levels on VMC. PDVD, WMP and TT all expand (crushed blacks and whites).

I guess a reg fix is what we need, like with ATI.
post #5 of 156
1080p is now supported on my HDTV via VGA athough I cant seem to stretch to fit screen. Man, just when I thought 1080p was going to work.....NOT!!! Come on Nvidia, get with the HD program!!!
post #6 of 156
Wow, custom resolutions are now built-in. I'm running the vista 64 bit version using a 8800gt and I can set my resolution, timings etc.

Now could someone fill me in - how do I know what my timings etc should be?
post #7 of 156
Keep this thread alive people. Post your thoughts on this beta driver please.

Can someone help me fix my problem? I set the resolution via VGA to 1920X1080@60 and the screen will not fit my widescreen. VGA output settings in the Nvidia CP doesn't help.

I've been waiting since building this HTPC to configure 1080p.

I have a 8600GTS 512mb card.

1080i fits the screen fine via HDMI. My Samsung 5678HLRw only outputs 1080p through VGA, not HDMI.

Reverting back to 169.
post #8 of 156
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Originally Posted by Tulli View Post

Levels expansion bug still there ... back to 163.75 for the nth time!

I tried the 174.16 drives and using DVE found they were clipping BTB, this was solved in 174.70. Haven't tried 174.74s yet.

There was a trick to force video levels through DVI:

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1 Launch regedit and determine the current primary display card by looking in
HKey_Local_Machine\\Hardware\\DeviceMap\\Video
and note the GUID (global unique identifier assigned by Windows), which is the long string in brackets { } at the end of the entry
"\\device\\video0".
2 Look in
HKey_Local_Machine\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\Vide o\\ {GUID}\\0000
where {GUID} is the number derived from the previous step.
1. DVI-only means only one display is connected, and it is to the DVI output.
16 N V I D I A C o r p o r a t i o n
: O p e n I s s u e s i n V e r s i o n 9 1 . 4 7 f o r 3 2 - b i t O p e r a t i n g S y s t e m s
3 Open the "0000" directory and create a new DWORD called VMRCCCSStatus and give it a value of
0x3 - to force use of the standard YUV range of 16-235
0x1 - to force use of the extended YUV range of 0-255

{F24E04BD-0BDD-4EF1-BD4B-481BADD6C7DD}\\0000
==================================================

Have you tried it?
post #9 of 156
Yes, no success.
post #10 of 156
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Originally Posted by Tulli View Post

Levels expansion bug still there ... back to 163.75 for the nth time!

Version 163.75 doesnt have the level expansion bug? Thanks.
post #11 of 156
I have to say, one of their open issues that has been bugging me for awhile is

GeForce 8600: HD resolutions higher than 720p are not available.[308627]
post #12 of 156
I have the same issue as Diehard has. I purchased the 8600GTS for my HTPC and every driver update since the original drivers, that came with the card, have only been available in 720 form. The original drivers do not always work with HD content and I must use the newer 720P only drivers to play all of my HD movies.

Funny thing is that I can put in my 8500 card and get a much higher quality picture because it is not restricted to 720P.

I really don’t want to go to ATI but I really feel cheated.
post #13 of 156
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Originally Posted by diehardii View Post

I have to say, one of their open issues that has been bugging me for awhile is

GeForce 8600: HD resolutions higher than 720p are not available.[308627]

diehardii, I had 1080p working for a little while. But I couldnt get it to fill the screen. It was like stuck in 4:3. Had it working VIA VGA set at 1920X1080@60.

Has anyone gotten it to work??
post #14 of 156
I find it pretty annoying that the card advertised as being the best for video playback can't do this. That being said, I hate everything currently on TV so I guess its not that big of a deal!
post #15 of 156
Does anyone know if this driver fixes the judder issues when running an 8600GT at 1080p/24?
post #16 of 156
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Originally Posted by diehardii View Post

GeForce 8600: HD resolutions higher than 720p are not available.[308627]

This statement does not make sense. Is it supposed to say that no 8600 series card of any variety can be made to output, e.g., 1080p? If it is, it's patently false. I have an 8600GT connected to an HC5000 projector and running 1080p@60, and have never had any problems. I'm currently using 174.74. Before that, it was 163.75. And before that, it was something else. I have never had any sort of problem with 1080p. Indeed, I have never had to do anything to get it working: install and run. Some versions ago I was even asked if I wanted the driver configured to 1080p but these days it just works.
post #17 of 156
Consider yourself one of the few lucky ones. I've had it working, but wont fit the screen.Im very annoyed by this. Why isn't it plug and play for Vista. The issue addressed earlier with the error code is for Vista. XP doesn't have this issue.
post #18 of 156
I would find it very odd that an 8600GT couldn't do any res you ask of it (within res).

But it should certainly be able to output 1920x1080@60/50/30/25/24 Hz to my knowledge.
post #19 of 156
I used a few 8600GTS' in HTPC builds and they all work fine for 1080p output. I dont think that there are any diff between the GT and GTS for HT use.
post #20 of 156
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Originally Posted by flu!d View Post

Does anyone know if this driver fixes the judder issues when running an 8600GT at 1080p/24?

It doesnt fix the judder issue. Further I cannot get a custom resolution with 1920 x 1080/60, just impossible with the new driver. Its crazy!!!
And plenty of judder
post #21 of 156
[sigh] Oh well, guess i'll just stick with 1080p60 then....
post #22 of 156
With the new control panel what happens if you go into the Adjust Video Image Settings option and check the Use Inverse Telecine option? Does it effect the judder option at all?
post #23 of 156
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Originally Posted by walford View Post

With the new control panel what happens if you go into the Adjust Video Image Settings option and check the Use Inverse Telecine option? Does it effect the judder option at all?

I tired both: click and unclick, no use
Back to using the previous version
post #24 of 156
None of the release notes for recent Vista releases have listed 1920x1080 60p or another 1920x1080 progressive resolution as one of the available resolutions. Most of them have listed 1920x1080 30i however as well as 1920x1200 60p
I was hoping that 1920sx1080 @60 would be possibloe with the custom resolution capability of the 174.74 drivers.
post #25 of 156
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Originally Posted by Tulli View Post

8600gts/Vista x32 Sp1.

I only get correct colour levels on VMC. PDVD, WMP and TT all expand (crushed blacks and whites).

I guess a reg fix is what we need, like with ATI.

I am anxious to get this fixed as well. It's either 163.75 with Vista SP1, or NO SP1 and the color levels are correct in VMC and PowerDVD with the latest drivers.
In SP1, Microsoft claims to have fixed a bug with VMC and level expansion, go figure who is to blame - nVidia or Microsoft.
post #26 of 156
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Originally Posted by vddobrev View Post

I am anxious to get this fixed as well. It's either 163.75 with Vista SP1, or NO SP1 and the color levels are correct in VMC and PowerDVD with the latest drivers.
In SP1, Microsoft claims to have fixed a bug with VMC and level expansion, go figure who is to blame - nVidia or Microsoft.

Before applying SP1 only VMC expanded in my setup.

Anyway I don't like 163.75. I have a dual display setup and want to change gamma only on the HDTV, but most of the time it doesn't even work at all!

I've tested all possible 174.xx out there and none fixes the expansion bug, so I've finally swapped the nvidia for the ati 2600xt.

My experience with the latest ATIs, especially the HD3850, has been completely satisfactory. PQ is slightly, but definitely, better than nvidia's.

This will be the first time in 5 years, I think, that an nvidia card is not in any of my two htpcs!
post #27 of 156
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Originally Posted by Tulli View Post

Before applying SP1 only VMC expanded in my setup.

Anyway I don't like 163.75. I have a dual display setup and want to change gamma only on the HDTV, but most of the time it doesn't even work at all!

I've tested all possible 174.xx out there and none fixes the expansion bug, so I've finally swapped the nvidia for the ati 2600xt.

My experience with the latest ATIs, especially the HD3850, has been completely satisfactory. PQ is slightly, but definitely, better than nvidia's.

This will be the first time in 5 years, I think, that an nvidia card is not in any of my two htpcs!

Yeah, I got tired of waiting on nVidia... no WHQL driver for the 8 series cards since December. I went to the store today and got an ATI 3450. While the card is less powerful than my 8600GT, I am happy to say that it correctly displays video content in VMC and PowerDVD including blu-ray and hd-dvd. The image is definitely better than nVidia.
I am ditching nVidia after 7 years of loyalty, the last 3 of which were a strugle with nVidia on my HTPC. ATI may have their own problems, but at least the card will display video content with correct levels universally across applications.
The 3450 was just for a test, I think it is a bit underpowered, I will get a passively cooled 3650 or 3850.
post #28 of 156
I also was waiting forever for this driver update that would let me set screen position. I'm on vista 32bit, 8600GTS card. I'm using component output because I want to use my ht receiver and it only does switching for component (yes I know, it's outdated but works perfectly!).
SO I get this driver installed and there is no option to reposition the desktop. Unlike some in this thread though, I've always been able to run at 1080i.
One big improvement of note - even though the option I was looking for isn't showing up, prior to this driver - World of Warcraft was running at max of 60fps (which was good) -- now it's running at 80fps (which is AWESOME)!
post #29 of 156
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Originally Posted by Tulli View Post

8600gts/Vista x32 Sp1.

I only get correct colour levels on VMC. PDVD, WMP and TT all expand (crushed blacks and whites).

I guess a reg fix is what we need, like with ATI.

What ATI registry fix are you referring to? Do you have link?
Last night I posted that ATI 3450 expands both in VMC and PowerDVD, but I am finding out that it does only for HD content, and SD video and DVD is not expanded.
post #30 of 156
You only need to add the string UseBT601CSC to the registry and set it to 1.

1. Just download and run the excellent ATI HD Registry Tweaks 0.13 by Exdeus:

http://exdeus.home.comcast.net/~exdeus/ati-hd2x00/

For HD3x00 you only need the UseBT601CSC key.

2. Reboot.

3. Go to CCC->Avivo Video->Basic Color and set

Brightness to 16
Contrast to 86

Uncheck "Use apllication setting" and press OK.

This way you'll get uniform video levels for all applications.
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