Hello, I'm a bit confused as to how I'm supposed to update my video graphics card correctly. I know from looking up in computer specs that I have the NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M Graphics card for my notebook (running Vista 64-bit). I was told (via Diablo III) that my graphics card was out of date. So I naturally went to the Nvidia website, navigated to here (http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us) Only one field I wasn't sure of, the "Download Type" I have no idea how to find out which it is. Choosing the bottom 4 didn't give me any drivers to download, and I don't think it's the partner certified one. So it's probably one of the top 2. Though I read on the nvidia support, that if I am dealing with their driver that was included within a computer I purchased, go the manufacturer's website (and here I am). So I went to Support > Drivers and Downloads (here http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19), then to select my computer(Dell Latitude E6500), operating system(Windows Vista 64-bit) and category(Video) of the driver. Came back with 2 results, not the same as on the nvidia website, seemingly different:
Verde 296.10 Driver
Version 296.10 - WHQL
Release Date Tue Mar 13, 2012
Operating System Windows 7 64-bit
Windows Vista 64-bit
Language English (US)
File Size 202.6 MB
Quadro NVS-series notebook GPUs (only those that support DirectX 10 or higher)
The NVS 160 Supports DirectX 10, Shader 4.0
OpenGL 2.1, max. 1920x1200 (digital) bzw 2048x1536
HOWEVER this is a REALLY LOW END GPU.
It only has 8 shaders.
That Alone may cause the DIABLO3 installer to DENY Compatibility for your GPU.
It is based on the GeForce 9300M GS but features special drivers which are optimized for AutoCad Etc.
You should install the June 2010 Directx patch BEFORE installing these drivers.
Mar 13, 2012 – As part of the NVIDIA Verde Notebook Driver Program, this is a reference driver that can be installed on supported NVIDIA notebook GPUs.
New in Release 296.10
Highlight Summary for the R295 Family of Drivers
New features and performance since R285 WHQL-certified driver
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Welcome to the Community,
The driver which you see on the Dell support website A11_R288480.exe (89MB) is a Dell validated (tested) driver for NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M Graphics card on your system model.It means Dell has tested this driver version to make sure it works with other drivers/software's preinstalled on the system.
The one which you see on the Nvidia website surely is an updated version but it has not been tested or validated by Dell.It is just a generic driver for NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M Graphics card.
If the system is not having any issue with the Graphics card and if you're just trying to update the driver, you can install the one available on Dell support website.However if there is a problem and if you are looking to apply a particular fix which is given on the Release Highlights under the driver details on Nvidia website than, you can install the driver from the Nvidia website using the link below:
Hope this helps,
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Thanks for the prompt response. Sounds like a plan. I will let you know how it turns out when I get a chance to make these changes. I was curious about a couple things you said. Could you explain what you meant by,
"It only has 8 shaders.
That Alone may cause the DIABLO3 installer to DENY Compatibility for your GPU."
Does that mean my graphics card isn't the best and because of that it would raise problems(notify me about the graphics card) when trying to run Diablo III?
Hey Roshan, Thanks for clarifying my question. Though I was wondering if you could shed some light on the answer that SpeedStep gave me a bit earlier. An answer I didn't quite expect, but then again I don't know a whole lot about this kind of stuff. Do you think what he told me would work just as good? Both the drivers look like they would be OK (both support my graphics card), though I'm not 100% sure. Same goes for this Direct X patch, seem like a good idea as well?
Though the chip is above the minimum requirements for the game, it doesn't come anywhere near the recommended level of graphics for play. So - - it may work, but it likely won't work without reducing some of the video settings -- or without a big performance compromise.
The answer to the rest: no, it cannot be upgraded.
I didn't want to ugrade it, I want to update it. Did you read what I posted?
Yes, I did. The problem is that no update is going to solve the problem that while the video chip you have meets the minimum for that game, it doesn't come anywhere near the level recommended by the game publisher.
You can try the update - and the game may run - slowly, and at reduced video settings.
Understood, I know it's not the best. But I was also having other problems (graphics wise I guess). Mainly pertaining to Youtube videos had a sudden decrease in quality, everything was noticeably pixelated. By everything I mean the video player (the actual video iteself and the buttons on the player)
You can certainly follow the suggested steps given by SpeedStep.You can use the links given on his post to download and install both Direct X and Video card driver.
After updating the driver please confirm if the Youtube video quality is better.
I updated using the link you showed me. The youtube video quality was the same. Today I'm going to try just the Direct X patch, and see if things improve. Not sure if I'm going to update the Driver SpeedStep provided. I started playing Diablo 3, and there was indeed some lag. Though I'm not sure if it's a graphics problem or just since the servers are running on very high capacity. As I was playing at around a consistent 350-400 ms latency. Didn't use up a lot of my processor (~20% CPU for all processes), which is the problem I have with other game(WoW, LoL, which both run at around 40 ms).
How is the video on your system now? Did you update the Direct X patch and the driver from the Nvidia website?
I did. I updated my driver from the link you gave me, and I did update the DirectX. As for Diablo, I knew it was still going to be bad since my graphics card is still so terrible. I also did a "can you RUN it" (http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/intro.aspx) and found out that it was indeed my graphics card that is lacking. Unfortunately it did not increase the quality of my youtube videos. That has been on ongoing problem for me for the past 2 months, it was sudden too. Who knows maybe my graphics card all of a sudden went bad. This is the best I can show you on how it looks (http://i.imgur.com/61Vdy.jpg) the text on the bottom right didn't used to look like that, it's pretty pixelated
So is it just the Youtube video which has this quality issue or does it happen with any online video?
Try playing sample video from your system (or any DVD ) and confirm the video quality.Also check if adjusting the resolution makes any difference.