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Windows 7: Flickering in old games on Nvidia (very strange problem)

22 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Flickering in old games on Nvidia (very strange problem)

Hello, I’ve got a very strange issue with several old games, and I'm trying to find a solution. I'll do my best to describe my issue.

I’m sitting on laptop, Lenovo Y580, packed with i7 quad core cpu and Nvidia Optimus system (intel hd 4000 + nvidia 660m). It’s all working on Windows 7 x64 (SP1 + All updates). All drivers are fresh and Nvidia driver is 332.21.

My problem is that in some old games (direct x 6 and 7 era) 2d elements flicker horribly, i'm talking about interface, menus and so on. 3d is ok. And that’s all only on Nvidia.

I saw this problem in several different games:

Rainbow Six (1998)
No One Lives Forever (2000)
Blood 2 (1998)
Gabriel Knight 3 (1999)

I've got a friend with the same laptop, the only different thing is that he has Windows 8 installed, no flickering. Same driver for nvidia.
I also have another friend with Nvidia Optimus laptop from another vendor and he is on Windows 7, he has flickering.
Aaaand i also found this guy in the interent with the same exact problem:

So, i’m trying to understand what unites games mentioned above? (directx 6-7 i suppose?)
And what has changed in Windows 8, so flickering is gone?

p.s. I was able to launch NOLF and Blood 2 in window mode, flickering was gone, other games don’t have windowed mode.

p.s. i’m Russian, sorry for my English.

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22 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I also need to say that modern games run perfectly on my laptop. And also there are no flickering on Intel graphics, but it has some other issues which are not important :)
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22 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I would look to see if there is a patch for the game you are having an issue with.
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22 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

No there are no patches for 15 years old game. And these are different games on different engines. Its more like microsoft broke smth in their direct x
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04 Feb 2014   #5

windows 7 64bit

how did you get the game to run in window mode?
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