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HL2 - New Video Card blues.

CantidoCantido Registered User regular
edited February 2007 in Games and Technology
I just purchased a video card, a Geforce 7600 GS so I can play DEFCON and Touhou without them running like shit, and now they run at the speed of awesome. There was a celebration with much nuclear fallout and danmaku. I'm gonna reinstall Starscape and Myst 4 soon. It feels good to be playing modern PC games for the first time in 3 years.

However, with Half life 2, there is a wierd visual error which is actually rather creepy. All the models in the game are twisted, with polygons stretching out all over the face.

GMan never looked so scary! ( I can't show you because something's wrong with my web account at the moment. )

Is anyone familiar with this problem?

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    SushisourceSushisource Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Sounds like outdated drivers to me.

    Make sure you have the newest ones from NVIDIA.

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    CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I'm gonna call em today. There are no drivers available for my model card.

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    RookRook Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Cantido wrote: »
    I'm gonna call em today. There are no drivers available for my model card.


    Yes there are. http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_93.71.html

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    CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    So they have *one size fits all* drivers? I should still be able to look up MY card and find the damn thing, but thank you for showing me this, I'm going to try it and see if it fixed my HL artifacts.

    Edit : That didn't do the trick. I called tech support and left a message. I expect them to get back to me never.

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    TetraNitroCubaneTetraNitroCubane The Djinnerator At the bottom of a bottleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Cantido wrote: »
    So they have *one size fits all* drivers? I should still be able to look up MY card and find the damn thing, but thank you for showing me this, I'm going to try it and see if it fixed my HL artifacts.

    Edit : That didn't do the trick. I called tech support and left a message. I expect them to get back to me never.

    nVidia's been releasing drivers for all (well, at least most) of their video cards in a single package for years now. Typically the only difference between the downloadable options is the operating system.

    You might try uninstalling all video card drivers, then reinstalling the newest ones from nVidia once the old ones are gone. Usually having two types of drivers installed at once is a bad thing. The official nVidia drivers are pretty good about installing over old versions, but if you were using out-of-the-box drivers provided by the manufacturer, I wouldn't have quite so much faith.

    Running driver cleaner pro is usually a really, really good idea if you've changed video cards recently. Unfortunately they seem to have discontinued the free version, or else I can't seem to find it.

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    CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Holy shit I call back and there is an unprofessional message saying "This number is not in service." I'm thinking I should return this thing.

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    megabytemegabyte Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    nVidia's been releasing drivers for all (well, at least most) of their video cards in a single package for years now. Typically the only difference between the downloadable options is the operating system.

    You might try uninstalling all video card drivers, then reinstalling the newest ones from nVidia once the old ones are gone. Usually having two types of drivers installed at once is a bad thing. The official nVidia drivers are pretty good about installing over old versions, but if you were using out-of-the-box drivers provided by the manufacturer, I wouldn't have quite so much faith.

    Running driver cleaner pro is usually a really, really good idea if you've changed video cards recently. Unfortunately they seem to have discontinued the free version, or else I can't seem to find it.

    QFT,

    If none of those things work, I would recommend Omega Drivers http://www.omegadrivers.net. They release tweaked versions of the nvidia and ati driver sets, normally decreasing bloatware and doing minor optimizations. I've had some luck in the past on ATi cards with omega drivers actually fixing errors similar to what your experiencing now.
    Cantido wrote: »
    Holy shit I call back and there is an unprofessional message saying "This number is not in service." I'm thinking I should return this thing.

    Chillax, your in good hands here at the PA forums. Just try the solutions we've provided and you are extremely likely to have positive results. Calling a hardware manufacturers tech support line is almost never recommended unless you're positive the card is fried, then you're just fishing for an RMA.

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    RaereRaere Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I wouldn't reccomend using Omega drivers for nVidia as they haven't updated them for quite some time, and the latest ones from nVidia are your best best.

    Download Driver Cleaner and install it. Uninstall your nVidia drivers from Add/Remove in the control panel. Reboot, and run Driver Cleaner to clean nVidia drivers. Install latest nVidia drivers from their site, then reboot again. Voila?

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    TetraNitroCubaneTetraNitroCubane The Djinnerator At the bottom of a bottleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Raere wrote: »
    I wouldn't reccomend using Omega drivers for nVidia as they haven't updated them for quite some time, and the latest ones from nVidia are your best best.

    Download Driver Cleaner and install it. Uninstall your nVidia drivers from Add/Remove in the control panel. Reboot, and run Driver Cleaner to clean nVidia drivers. Install latest nVidia drivers from their site, then reboot again. Voila?

    Awesome - I couldn't find the link for some reason. Listen to this man.

    Though with one minor alteration: After you uninstall your drivers from Add/Remove programs and reboot, reboot into safe mode. Run Driver cleaner from there, just as described by Raere. Then reboot back into normal mode and install the new drivers. Should be good fom there.

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    CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Well the Omega thing fucked up my computer, but I probably did it wrong. But I used Driver Cleaner Pro to fix it and reinstall the Nvidia, NON MANUFACTURER drivers, and the computer is back to normal and I can play DEFCON and Touhou again.

    Half Life 2 still has crazy artifacting though. I did not try to reinstall the drivers in Safe Mode. What difference does that make and what do you hold down while you reboot to get it.

    (On a side note, now that Touhou 7, 8 and 9 run at 60 FPS, I have not beaten any of them once since I got this card.) I now know I suck at shumps.

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    augustaugust where you come from is gone Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    It might not be the drivers. He might need to dump all his local conetnt and redownload HL2.

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    CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Actually I was one of the suckers who bought a Vivendi HL2 Box. (Mine is the GMAN BOX.)

    I suppose I could uninstall HL2 and *cough* keep Steam.

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