Nvidia releases WHQL-certified ForceWare 196.21 drivers

By on January 19, 2010, 7:14 PM
Nvidia has rolled out WHQL-certified Forceware drivers v196.21 for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200 and Ion-series GPUs running on Windows XP, Vista or 7. The update brings multi-GPU support for many new (and some unreleased) games, including Avatar Demo, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, City Bus Simulator, Dirt 2, Ferrari Virtual Race, GREED: Black Border, Mass Effect 2, Mortal Online, Ninja Blade, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Demo, Planet 51, RUSE, Serious Sam HD, and Wings of Prey.

Version 196.21 also upgrades the PhysX System Software to version 9.09.1112 and offers a variety of bug fixes in 3DMark06, Allied Force Falcon, BioShock, DiRT 2, Left 4 Dead, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Risen, Shattered Horizon, The Sims 3, and World of Warcraft. If you want to take an in-depth look at the changes, check out Nvidia's release notes for Windows XP and Windows Vista/7 -- or just grab your download below:

XP 32-bit | XP/2003 64-bit | Vista 32-bit | Vista 64-bit | 7 32-bit | 7 64-bit




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treeski treeski said:

Can someone explain what WHQL-certified means?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Windows Hardware Quality Labs.

It means that the driver has passed MS Windows testing and deemed compatible with the operating systems the driver is designed for (XP, Vista , 7). It's Microsoft's seal of approval.

Downloaded...driver swept...installed

ken777 said:

If you use the Nvidia system tools to over/underclock, you might have problems with this release. Installed it last night and the only choice I have for custom clock speeds now is 0 MHz. Looked around and a bunch of other people are having this problem too.

Guest said:

So it's another buggy release from nVidia then?

Guest said:

Buggy!!!!! The control panel just keeps crashing since installation. I never had to do a clean removal of the previous versions before installing a new one... Maybe I will do that with this version and see if the problem continues or not.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Guest said:

Buggy!!!!! The control panel just keeps crashing since installation. I never had to do a clean removal of the previous versions before installing a new one... Maybe I will do that with this version and see if the problem continues or not.

Installing a driver over the top of an existing one isn't probably the best way of installing. Take an extra three minutes is uninstall the old one first.

No problems with W 7 Ultimate x64. But then, I use EVGA Precision GPU adjusting and monitoring.

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