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Where To Find Old Nvidia GeForce Drivers

Many sites these days are making it a hassle to download drivers for your GeForce Video card by making you have to register or install some kind of shady program before you download. You need the driver or Nvidia control panel software when you facing a problem to your graphics card. The worst sites are the ones that make you have to pay to download a video driver! That is like paying to use a pay toilet when you can go for free if you just put a little effort into finding a store bathroom.

Old Nvidia Drivers
Old Nvidia Drivers

Here are some links that The Nvidia Video Card Source has compiled for your convenience. These places allow you to quickly find and download your Geforce Driver without any of the hassles.

Nvidia’s Official Website

This is, of course, the most obvious place to look. See if you can find the Geforce driver you’re looking for here. If you have a new Nvidia video card, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a current driver to install.

Alternative Drivers

If you cannot get Nvidia’s own drivers to work properly with your graphics card, how about using a 3rdparty driver? Omega Drivers is an alternate choice for those who are seeking another option. Omega Drivers work for all Geforce Video Cards, old and new, you just have to find the right version. Sometimes these drivers perform better than Nvidia’s own drivers and sometimes they don’t…it depends on the Omega driver version and the model of the video card. These drivers are free and safe to download without any spyware.

Very Old Drivers

What many people have the hardest time looking for are usually the very old GeForce drivers. This place here has many of those, especially if you are looking for a specific Dell video card driver. The site has some old Geforce 2 and GeForce 4 drivers as well. Scroll halfway down the screen and you will find a list of drivers.

The Most GeForce Drivers anywhere!

Guru3D has a comprehensive list of free GeForce Drivers to download. If you can’t find it here, then you probably won’t be able to find it anywhere else. Anywhere where you don’t have to pay, that is.

Video Cards Glossary

Video Card Definitions

GPU

Graphical Processing Unit. The component found on a video card dedicated to rendering graphics that are seen on the screen. It is the heart of the video graphics Card.

Shaders

A set of software instructions that is used to create rendering effects. Shaders help provide an application with nice visuals without having to do more coding than necessary

Shader Clock

Sets the clock speed of individual shader processors

Stream Processors

Processors that support parallel processing, letting more instructions be carried out simultaneously

Memory Bandwidth

is the rate at which data can be read from or stored into a semiconductor memory by a processor

DDR SDRAM

double data rate synchronous dynamic random access memory. A class of memory that came after the SDR SDRAM used by video cards and computers.

Core Clock

core clock is the speed at which the graphics processor on the video card operates

Video RAM

The RAM that is used by a video card. Video cards are not dependent on computer ram like integrated graphics accelerators.

Drivers

A program that interacts with hardware like video cards. Updated drivers usually help improve the performance of the hardware it was made for.

Heatsink

A metal object that absorbs the heat and dissipates it from the GPU of the video card.

Fan

A device that usually sits on top of the video card GPU and heatsink to cool down the temperature.

PCI

Peripheral Component Interconnect. Slots on a motherboard used to connect peripheral devices with. Slower and older Nvidia video cards use PCI

AGP

Accelerated Graphics Port. A port dedicated to video cards. Video Cards designed for AGP have access to more data bandwidth than normal PCI slots allowing for speedier performance. AGP has been replaced with PCI Express on newer computers.

PCI Express

A computer expansion card interface format that has replaced AGP. Video cards using PCI Express has a transfer rate of more than a couple of gigatransfers as opposed to AGP’s maximum transfer rate of 2133 MB/s

Pipeline

architecture mapped onto a video card that allows information to be broken down to smaller stages and be processed quickly. Shaders are used to program pipelines on video cards for a variety of rendering effects.

DirectX

An industry standard application programming interface created by Microsoft for handling tasks related to multimedia, game programming and video on Microsoft platforms.

DVI

Digital Visual Interface that allows for maximum visual quality to be displayed on LCD screens. Video cards connected to a screen with DVI will have a sharper picture than one connected to with analog.

HDMI

A fast interface that transfers both audio and video through uncompressed data streams giving digital audio/video sources the best possible combination of picture and sound.

SLI

Scalable Link Interface. Nvidia’s solution for linking multiple video cards together to increase the graphical processing power by parallel processing.

Texture Fill Rate

a measure of the speed with which a particular card can perform texture mapping.

Nvidia

An american company best known for developing graphics processors for use in video devices like video graphics cards for computer gaming. Nvidia Control Panel.

TV-Out

A port on a video card that allows for an analog signal from a television, allowing a user to view television from their computer.

Memory Bus

A set of wires on the video card that transfers information between the GPU and the CPU.

RAMDAC

Random Access Memory Digital-to-Analog Converter. A portion of a video card that converts the digital data to an analog signal.

CardBus Connector

The pins on the bottom of the video card that connects to a slot on the computer motherboard.

The First Ever Nvidia Video Card: the NV1

The weak built-in graphics accelerator that you find on computer motherboards these days can run circles around Nvidia’s first video card. Back in 1995, Nvidia released their first product, the NV1, with a retail price ranging from $249 to $300. It was sold under the name Diamond Edge 3D and was to be installed through a PCI slot. The NV1 used VRAM, which was the standard at the time before the better SDRAM came along. The video card came in two series, the 2000 series, and the 3000 series. It was available with either 2 megs of memory or 4. And you thought the 32 megs of memory on your old Geforce 2 was puny!

Nvidia nv1
Nvidia nv1

Good Old PC Games – Part 2 (Finished)

This article is part of Good Old PC Games. On the previous article, there are some games that don’t need high PC specs. Below is the next of Good old PC Games. This game doesn’t need a high-end graphics card. Furthermore, you don’t need any extra software like Nvidia Control Panel to get the best settings.

Starcraft

Nothing needs to be said about this game but we will try. This game by Blizzard Entertainment changed the gaming industry like no other PC game before it. When Starcraft was first showcased in a beta, it was deemed as unimpressive so the developers got to retooling it. They must have gave it their all because when it was released, it went on to become one of the greatest game of all time, picking up numerous awards. To this day, it is being played by players around the world, especially those in South Korea where the game has turned into a national past time. Professional Korean players are idols in their homeland and there are a couple of channels in South Korea dedicated to this legendary game. Starcraft is a Sci-fi RTS game that is situated in parts of deep space. Three different factions are involved; the Terrans, who are descendants of Human outcasts from Earth; the hive mindarthropodalZerg; and the psionichumanoidProtoss warriors. The game is extremely well balanced for competitive gaming and the story campaign is engaging as any other. Starcraft is a game older than even Half-Life so the resources needed for this Starcraft is extremely puny and can be played on even Pentium 1 computers.

Good Old PC Games – Part 1

Okay. So you can’t afford a new Nvidia video card because you are a broke college kid. And the computer your parents got for you when you were in Junior High is still the same computer you’re using right now and it’s barely running.

Not to worry! There are many old PC games out there that are still waiting to be discovered. Many of them are even better than the current crop of games out in terms of gameplay. They might not have the graphics of Crysis. Crysis isn’t that fun anyway (actually it is). Here is a list of games that will work on your old computer and your old video card. The requirements for these games are very minimal. If you have a Geforce 2 computer graphics card and 256 megs of SDRAM, you should be able to run all of them without a hitch.

Let’s start with the obvious.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Nvidia Video Card

So you plunked down your hard earned dough for a new Nvidia Video Card. The first one you bought in a long time and you are excited at the speed and power your new Video Card posses. You run your Nvidia video card through the latest 3DMark software. And you noticed the frame rate is kind of sluggish. You compare your score to other testers who have the same video card. And you see that your score is way below theirs and you are sick to your stomach. What happened?

Best Settings for Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy is the most successful game’s franchise in the world. Since it’s first version (Final Fantasy I) released in 1987, there are 15 series of the game. From 2D to 3D graphics, this game always got a lot of fans. The most successful story is when the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) in the series released. That is  Final Fantasy XI. As a result, many game developers make different MMORPG game because of its successfully game.

As of November 2016, the series includes the main installments from Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy XV, as well as direct sequels and spin-offs, both released and confirmed as being in development. Most of the older games have been remade or re-released on multiple platforms. So it can engage more users.

Final Fantasy for PC

Because this game provides high-quality graphics so it needs more hardware resources. Here are the minimum requirements:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4GHz
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM (4GB if 64-bit)
  • Graphics Card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GTX 750
  • Graphics Card (AMD): AMD Radeon R7 260X

The list above is the minimum requirements. Consequently, you will face some problems if you have the minimum specifications. To get the best experience we recommend you to use the below specifications.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 3GHz
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics Card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GTX 970
  • Graphics Card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 480

Best Nvidia Hardware for Final Fantasy

Basically, Graphics cards recommendations for Final Fantasy is depended on the resolutions. This game offers 3 different resolutions 720p (HD), 1080p (Full HD) and 4k (Ultra HD). We recommend different NVidia Graphics Cards for each resolutions.

720p Resolutions

For the lowest resolutions, we recommended using GTX 1050. This graphics card will bring more power for Final Fantasy Graphics. Square Enix only advise this would hit an average of 30 FPS at 720p in Final Fantasy XV. If you don’t satisfied with those resolutions try higher hardware below.

1080p Resolutions

In full HD resolutions (1080p) we recommended using GTX 1060 6GB. At these resolutions, we need more power for Final Fantasy. This graphics card will work perfectly for most 1080p games.

4k Resolutions

For the monster graphics quality, we need the best hardware. Because at these resolutions we need a lot of horsepowers. The best hardware at these resolutions is GTX 1080 Ti. This graphics cards offer monster power. You will get the best 4k gaming experience. This cards will serve 60-FPS, 4K gameplay in Final Fantasy XV.

Final Fantasy Settings for Ultra Resolutions

Display Options

To get the best experience in FF ultra resolutions you have to change some settings. The first area to change is Display Options. Here are the best display settings for FF Ultra.

  • Resolutions : 2560 x 1440
  • Fullscreen : On
  • V-sync : Off
  • FPS : Off
Display Options
Display Options

The second area to change is graphics options. Here are the best graphics settings for FF ultra.

  • Framerate : 120 FPS
  • Resolution : 100%
  • Assets : On
  • Model LOD : High
  • TRAM : Highest
  • Anisotropic Filtering : High
  • Geomapping : On
  • Lighting : Highest
  • Shadows : Highest
  • Ambient Occlusion : High
  • Anti-aliasing : TAA
  • Motion Blur : On
  • Filtering : Highest
  • Nvidia Hairworks : On
  • Nvidia TurEffects : On
  • Nvidia ShadowLibs : On
Graphics Options
Graphics Options

Nvidia Control Panel Settings

Another thing to change is the Nvidia Control Panel Settings. These settings are used to tweaking Graphics Card performance. The first settings to change is 3D settings. On the left menu, choose 3D Settings. Expand the tree menu, and choose Adjust Image Settings with Preview. on The right box, tick the Use 3D Advanced Image Settings.

Missing Control Panel Client Folder [Solved]

Do you ever face a problem with the Nvidia control panel missing from the program files folder? This problem occurs when updating the windows. This also can happen if there is a crash on the Nvidia Control panel application. That makes the nvcplui.exe and its folder (“Control Panel Client”) disappear from the Windows “Program Files” folder.

Control Panel Client
Control Panel Client

Updating driver using third party software like DriverEasy and the other also can make this problem. Because sometimes it conflicts with the official driver and makes crash on Nvidia Control Panel.

How to Solve Missing Control Panel Client Folder

If your PC / Laptop has this problem, don’t be a worry. There are some troubleshooting tips to solve this problem.

  1. Try to reinstall VGA drivers using the manufacturer disk.
  2. You need 3 file Intel VGA, NVidia VGA, and Nvidia Graphics Application.
  3. Install the three of file.
  4. If reinstall doesn’t work, use windows search tools.
  5. Search for “nvcplui.exe”
  6. If Windows search doesn’t work, go to the Windows root folder (C:/).
  7. On the “View” Tab tick the “Hidden Items” setting.

    View Tab
    View Tab
  8. Then go to “Users” Folder.
  9. Go to your computer username folder. In this example is “Dell”

    Users Folder
    Users Folder
  10. Find the “AppData” Folder and go inside.
  11. Go to the “Local” folder.
  12. Then go to “CrashDumps” folder.
  13. If nvcplui.exe found in this folder, it’s mean you have crashdumps on the Graphics Drivers.
  14. Just go to Microsoft official website and download the Nvidia Control Panel App.
  15. Install the app.

Crashdump can happen when a few portions of the processor’s data or RAM memory are erroneously copied to one or more files.

Nvidia Control Panel Missing or Not Showing [Solved]

Nvidia control panel missing or not showing is the most common problems. This happens when you accidentally exit or delete this software. This panel is different from drivers. When the drivers are mandatory software. Control panel is a complementary device. So when you lose the software, your graphics card is still working. But you lose control to the graphics cards. Because of this software control any settings to the graphics card from the basic to the advanced settings.

Nvidia Control Panel Missing
Nvidia Control Panel Missing

If you lose the software, you can’t set or optimize the feature of the graphics cards. For many gamers, they don’t satisfied with the default settings of the software. So they change many settings of the graphics card using the Nvidia Control Panel.

Furthermore, if you lost the software, you don’t have to worry. Before you solve this problem, please remember have you been deleted or just exit the program from the taskbar. Because you have to identify where the problem comes from. The different problem source, the different solutions.

Nvidia Control Panel Missing (Deleted)

If you just delete or uninstall this program, you have to reinstall the software. All you need is searching for DVD/CD came with your Graphics Card purchase box. Likewise, you can download the software from the official site by following this link. The software is freeware so you won’t be a worry about the payment. Use the model number of your graphics card to search the software on the official site.

Control Panel is not Showing (Exited)

The second problem source is you just exit the software from the icon tray. This is a simple problem because you don’t need to reinstall the software. Below is the step by step guide to starting or showing the Control Panel software.

  1. Open windows explorer
  2. Go to the root folder of your windows (usually C:/)
  3. Go to program files folder (C:/Program Files)
  4. Search for Nvidia Corporation folder (C:/Program Files/Nvidia Corporation)
  5. Open the Control Panel Client folder (C:/Program Files/Nvidia Corporation/Control Panel Client)
  6. Click on the nvcplui application
The nvcplui
The nvcplui

Voila, the control panel software is launched. As a result, you can change the settings of your Nvidia Graphics Card. You can also tweak the performance of your graphics card by read on this article.