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Windows 7: Use the same driver for 2 cards?

03 Mar 2010   #1
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Use the same driver for 2 cards?

I have been using a 9500GT video card and I just got a good deal on a GTS250. They both use the same driver on Nvidia's website. (196.75 is the latest...and I am running it)

NVIDIA DRIVERS 196.75 WHQL

Could I shut down, switch cards, and fire my machine back on and be running? I can't imagine it would be that easy....does anyone know?

Thanks


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03 Mar 2010   #2
adt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I don't really know but when I switched from my 9600GT to GTX285 I removed the drivers and re-installed them again just to be sure. I would remove and re-install as it would only take you like 10-15 minutes so it would save you from future problems.
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03 Mar 2010   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adt View Post
I don't really know but when I switched from my 9600GT to GTX285 I removed the drivers and re-installed them again just to be sure. I would remove and re-install as it would only take you like 10-15 minutes so it would save you from future problems.
Probably a good idea, i was just wondering. I'll bet it would work. I don't even know if it would cause any problems. Maybe I'll try it and see what happens....If I wasn't already running the latest version....it would be different.
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03 Mar 2010   #4
adt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adt View Post
I don't really know but when I switched from my 9600GT to GTX285 I removed the drivers and re-installed them again just to be sure. I would remove and re-install as it would only take you like 10-15 minutes so it would save you from future problems.
Probably a good idea, i was just wondering. I'll bet it would work. I don't even know if it would cause any problems. Maybe I'll try it and see what happens....If I wasn't already running the latest version....it would be different.
I think it would work but you will probably have performance issues and crashes in games.
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03 Mar 2010   #5
markymark69

windows 7 Home Prem x64
 
 

i would remove the drivers, shutdown, install the card, boot up and install them again for sure, well thats what ive always done anyway!
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03 Mar 2010   #6
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks a lot guys....I will take your advice, but I may see what happens first with the existing driver since it's the same, thanks for the input.
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03 Mar 2010   #7
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

My two cents,

When I switched from an ATI 4850 to a 4890 I was forced to reinstall the drivers due to performance issues. Initially I hadn't done since as you say they were the same drivers. Bottom line - it's alway safe to just reinstall the drivers when making hardware changes such as these.

My two cents.
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03 Mar 2010   #8
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
My two cents,

When I switched from an ATI 4850 to a 4890 I was forced to reinstall the drivers due to performance issues. Initially I hadn't done since as you say they were the same drivers. Bottom line - it's alway safe to just reinstall the drivers when making hardware changes such as these.

My two cents.
Thanks you for your response. This is what I was looking for. I have never been in this situation before. I will try it the "safe" way and un-install as it only takes a few minutes.
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03 Mar 2010   #9
Jo6Pak

7 Ultimate
 
 

i need to do this also (with a new 1080p monitor as well).
does THIS sound right:


Connect OLD monitor to mobo VGA connector

Start Windows, uninstall OLD Nvidia drivers

Shut down, remove OLD card, install NEW card

Connect NEW monitor to NEW card.

Start Windows, install NEW Nvidia drivers


sorry, but i'm old and have a serious case of 'CRS' ('Can't Remember Sh*t').

THANKS!
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03 Mar 2010   #10
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Thanks you for your response. This is what I was looking for. I have never been in this situation before. I will try it the "safe" way and un-install as it only takes a few minutes.
Glad I was able to help.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jo6Pak View Post
i need to do this also (with a new 1080p monitor as well).
does THIS sound right:

Connect OLD monitor to mobo VGA connector

Start Windows, uninstall OLD Nvidia drivers

Shut down, remove OLD card, install NEW card

Connect NEW monitor to NEW card.

Start Windows, install NEW Nvidia drivers


sorry, but i'm old and have a serious case of 'CRS' ('Can't Remember Sh*t').

THANKS!
You can still connect to new monitor to the old card and still do all the above.

"does THIS sound right" - Yes
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