Changes to 3D Vision driver installation in Release 260 drivers

Answer ID 2765
Published 08/20/2010 08:18 AM
Updated 09/13/2010 11:10 PM

Changes to 3D Vision driver installation in Release 260 drivers


Starting with Release 260 drivers, NVIDIA has made changes to the 3D Vision driver kits and installation process to make new driver updates easier. Please read this FAQ for full details.

What is changing

The biggest change in Release 260 is that baseline 3D Vision driver which includes core driver, game profiles, setup wizard, and control panels will be included in the core GeForce driver download. There will then be a separate driver for the 3D Vision IR emitters which users install separately. This allows users to install new GeForce driver updates and get the new 3D Vision features without having to change the USB 3D Vision IR emitter driver which lead to some 3D Vision systems no longer working.

Driver names

The NVIDIA 3D Vision driver names have changed in Release 260. The following table illustrates the name changes that you will see during driver installation, add/remove programs and control panel entries.

Old Driver name

New Driver Name

Description

NVIDIA Drivers

NVIDIA Graphics Driver

This driver kit contains the NVIDIA GeForce core driver components and control panels.

NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver

NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver

This driver kit contains the core 3D Vision driver, game profiles, setup wizard, and control panels. With each new GeForce Graphics Driver you install, the NVIDIA 3D Vision driver will always be updated.

NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver

NVIDIA 3D Vision Controller Driver

This driver kit contains the 3D Vision IR emitter driver only. You can update your GeForce Graphics driver without having to uninstall and install this driver again. NVIDIA may release new 3D Vision Controller Drivers which contain fixes or new features that will require a driver install.

These pictures illustrate the differences that you will see in the Windows Control Panel > Programs and Features page.

Figure 1. Release 256 and older drivers

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Figure 2. Release 260 and newer drivers

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What to download

NVIDIA will now provide three driver kits for 3D Vision users:

Name

Description

GeForce Driver

This driver kit will contain the NVIDIA GeForce driver and the 3D Vision driver. Users that have successfully installed the Release 260 3D Vision Controller Driver will only need to install this driver when updating to newer drivers. There is no need to install the new 3D Vision Controller Driver unless there are new fixes in that driver.

3D Vision Controller Driver

This driver kit contains the 3D Vision IR emitter driver only. You can update your GeForce Graphics driver without having to uninstall and install this driver again. NVIDIA may release new 3D Vision Controller Drivers which contain fixes or new features that will require a driver install.

3D Vision Full Driver CD

This driver kit contains the GeForce Driver and 3D Vision Controller Driver packaged together into a single kit. NVIDIA provides this CD for users that want to install all components from a single install CD.

Recommended installation instructions for Release 260 driver

Remove all old GeForce graphics drivers and 3D Vision drivers. Refer to Figure 2 for a list of older drivers to uninstall

Download the Release 260 GeForce driver kit and the 3D Vision Controller Driver

Install the GeForce Graphics Driver. You may be promoted to uninstall older drivers first.

After installation, you should see a message that says the Install has finished and the GeForce Driver and 3D Vision Driver are now installed

Figure 3. Installation Complete of Release 260 drivers

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      Install the 3D Vision Controller Driver

      Browse to the NVIDIA Control Panel > Set-up Stereoscopic 3D page and click the button to Enable Stereoscopic 3D to start the 3D Vision Setup Wizard and complete setup.

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