Confusing as hell isn't it? On one hand it's simple, on the other one, a
complicated mess for those not completely familiar with graphics driver
It's damn lucky that people have newsgroups like this one full of those with
the know how to straighten it all out.
"Larry L." wrote in message
There is actually a THIRD official set of instructions from nvidia
in the readme that comes packed with the file. The first step (not
mentioned by nvidia) is to use a program like Winzip to unpack the files
a temporary directory. Here are the instructions from the readme.
1. These drivers must be installed by a user with Windows 2000/XP
privileges. Please consult your system administrator or Microsoft
Windows 2000/XP User's Manual for more information on Administrator
2. Start Microsoft Windows 2000/XP.
3. From the Start menu, select Settings.
4. Select Control Panel.
5. Select System.
6. Select Device Manager.
7. Under Display adapters, select the name of the NVIDIA adapter you have
installed. If you do not see a Display adapters option, or if your
adapter is not listed, under Other Devices, select Video Controller
8. Select the Driver tab.
9. Select Update Driver.
10. Select Next.
11. Select Next.
12. Verify that "Specify a location" has a check mark next to it. If it
not, click in the box next to "Specify a location" to place a check
in the box. Select Next.
13. Enter the path to the NVIDIA drivers in the "Copy manufacturer's
from:" dialog. Select OK.
14. If you get a dialog box that states "A suitable driver for this
is already installed.", click in the box next to "Install one of the
other drivers" to place a check mark in the box, then select Next.
Otherwise, select Next, then proceed to step 16.
15. Select the following driver from the list. NVIDIA RIVA TNT is used
example; make sure to select your NVIDIA adapter from the list.
Description Provider Manufacturer Location
----------- -------- ------------ --------
NVIDIA RIVA TNT NVIDIA NVIDIA a:\nv4_disp.inf
16. Select Finish.
17. Select Close.
18. Windows 2000/XP will ask if you wish to restart the computer. Select
"Dudley Henriques" wrote in message
I've noticed that on Nvidia's site, in two different places they
two different ways to install detonators, one on the driver download
and the other on their support/faq's page. I've pasted both in below. I
realize that you can just execute the file these days, but can someone
me why Nvidia tells you to just execute the file in one place, then
you you have to uninstall the old driver first before you execute the
in another place.
Here they are...the two opposing suggestions. WHY?
On the Nvidia driver download page for 52.16 ;
"Before installing new drivers make sure you uninstall all NVIDIA
drivers from the Windows Control Panel. Browse to the Start Menu
Control Panel Add/Remove Programs and search for "NVIDIA Windows
Drivers" or "NVIDIA Display Drivers" and select remove".
Now from the Nvidia support/faq's page;
""The NVIDIA Detonator drivers are self-installing drivers. This makes
very easy for end-users to upgrade their drivers to the latest version.
Simply download the appropriate drivers from the NVIDIA Web site at
www.nvidia.com, and save the file to your hard drive. Make sure you are
running any download utilities in the background. This tends to corrupt
drivers if not disabled.Once the file is on your hard drive, disable any
anti-virus programs running in the background. Certain anti-virus
will prevent you from making any changes to your system files and can
corrupt your drivers. Once you have prepared your system for the driver
installation, simply run the drivers you have downloaded by
on the file. The drivers will automatically update your current drivers
make the necessary changes to your system. If you are running Windows
it will ask you which graphics card you are installing. This is because
Windows NT4 cannot correctly detect your graphics card make and model.
the drivers have been installed, Windows will ask you to restart your
computer to complete the changes. Allow Windows to restart. Once you are
back in Windows, you are done with the driver installation.
These two suggested ways to install Nvidia drivers are clearly
One says you have to uninstall the old driver, the other says to just
execute over the old one. WHY?
It's just confusing to a lot of people......me included :-))