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Windows 7: Using drivers straight from Nvidia on Dell PC

04 May 2015   #1
Computer0304

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Using drivers straight from Nvidia on Dell PC

Is it ok to use drivers direct from Nvidia for my GPU instead of from the Dell website? Does it matter? Is it possible there could be a driver that is incompatible with my computer? My GPU is GTX 745 (OEM only)
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04 May 2015   #2
oscer1

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Hi

are you having problems with the current driver?
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04 May 2015   #3
LMiller7

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Generally you should stick with drivers from the OEM, in your case Dell. These systems often use customized hardware that may not be fully compatible with the generic drivers supplied by device manufacturers like Nvidia or Intel. Intel warns about this issue on their website.
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04 May 2015   #4
AddRAM

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If it`s a laptop, yes go the manufacturer`s website.
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04 May 2015   #5
Arc

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You may get the driver from nvidia straight.
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05 May 2015   #6
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
If it`s a laptop, yes go the manufacturer`s website.
It's a desktop, the XPS 8700.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Generally you should stick with drivers from the OEM, in your case Dell. These systems often use customized hardware that may not be fully compatible with the generic drivers supplied by device manufacturers like Nvidia or Intel. Intel warns about this issue on their website.
Well, so far, my current driver which is from Nvidia and not from Dell, is working fine. Even GeForce Experience seems to work. I used to update drivers with GeForce Experience but not anymore since now I know it is not always good to update drivers unless I have to.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oscer1 View Post
Hi
are you having problems with the current driver?
No problems currently, just wondering if it is risky to use drivers straight from Nvidia.

@Everyone The odd thing is that the Dell website doesn't even have drivers for my GPU in my XPS. They have a driver for GTX 645 but not GTX 745 which is what I have. In fact, their drivers are for 600 Series even though their current XPS 8700 configs all have a 700 Series Nvidia GPU.
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05 May 2015   #7
Boozad

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Follow post #5.
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05 May 2015   #8
Computer0304

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Follow post #5.
Yes, I see that. I am just wondering about everyone's opinions.
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05 May 2015   #9
Boozad

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That was my opinion.
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05 May 2015   #10
Computer0304

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
That was my opinion.
Ok, well thanks for your opinion. I want some more people to say their opinions.
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