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Windows 7: Enabling SLi in 64bit

02 Sep 2009   #1
MrHillMichael

Windows Vista 32bit & Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Enabling SLi in 64bit

Right, tried windows 7 before but nothing serious so ive made a partition and decided i wanted to use all 4GB of my ram so ive installed the 64bit version!

First thing ive done... nvidia! graphics drivers, downloaded version 190.62... they install and work great... Then i click Enable SLi.. Screen goes black for a few seconds then to 800x600 resolution and the nvidia display properties have gone from my right click menu on the desktop and i have to reinstall the drivers!


Common?


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02 Sep 2009   #2
Everlong

 

I've not had much luck with the 190.xx drivers, don't really find them to be very good. I'm still on 185.85, though when I have used 190.xx drivers, I've never had what you do.

How do you install your drivers? Do you install them in safe mode or normal mode?
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03 Sep 2009   #3
MrHillMichael

Windows Vista 32bit & Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I install in normal mode, and they install fine and everything appears fine... until.. I enable SLi
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03 Sep 2009   #4
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong18 View Post
I've not had much luck with the 190.xx drivers, don't really find them to be very good. I'm still on 185.85, though when I have used 190.xx drivers, I've never had what you do.

How do you install your drivers? Do you install them in safe mode or normal mode?
please note that the drivers pre-190.x memory leak with that 3D glasses service that gets installed...
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03 Sep 2009   #5
MrHillMichael

Windows Vista 32bit & Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Im wondering if its something to do with my 2 cards having different BIOS'

One is a 8800GT OC and the other is an 8800GT OC2... SLi runs in vista fine but im looking into flashing the BIOS of them so i can get them identical!
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03 Sep 2009   #6
digitalrurouni

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrHillMichael View Post
Im wondering if its something to do with my 2 cards having different BIOS'

One is a 8800GT OC and the other is an 8800GT OC2... SLi runs in vista fine but im looking into flashing the BIOS of them so i can get them identical!
I think that could be it dude.
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04 Sep 2009   #7
MrHillMichael

Windows Vista 32bit & Windows 7 64bit
 
 

right, ill get on that and report back!
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04 Sep 2009   #8
MaDDN3ss

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrHillMichael View Post
Im wondering if its something to do with my 2 cards having different BIOS'

One is a 8800GT OC and the other is an 8800GT OC2... SLi runs in vista fine but im looking into flashing the BIOS of them so i can get them identical!

I don't think that is the issue. As long as both cards share the same core (i.e. both 8800GT) you will be fine in SLI, regardless if they are from different manufacturers or if it is factory overclocked from the manufacturer.

There is good info on Nvidia's SLI site. www.slizone.com

I will be going SLI soon as well as I have just bought a second card so I'll let you know if I encounter any issues similar.
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05 Sep 2009   #9
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Well this is not incouraging as I'm getting back anew replacment 9800gt from XFX in a couple of days and was really looking forward to running SLI if anyone has any information on probems or fixes please post them. Mine unlike the above post are the same cards bought orignaly at the same time so no bios issue. Once I recive it I'll post back.
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05 Sep 2009   #10
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
please note that the drivers pre-190.x memory leak with that 3D glasses service that gets installed...
185.85 doesn't come with 3D vision drivers. It's 186.18 and upwards, and as far as I'm concerned, the memory leak is still there when playing some games, especially Star Wars Galaxies.
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