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Nvidia Verde Notebook 3D Vision Driver CD v1.24 Was Just Released

March 29th, 2010 · 7 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


It seems that Nvidia has decided to finally update the notebook drivers to the latest version 197.16 to have the latest features and performance improvements and to bring official support for the GeForce 300M series GPUs that are starting to appear. Also the mobile drivers now seem to be called Nvidia Verde Notebook Drivers, probably to have something to differentiate them from the desktop drivers. Along with that Nvidia has released an updated driver CD version 1.24 that includes the latest GPU driver version 197.16 along with the 3D Vision Driver version 197.16. What is interesting in this driver is the first to officially support 3D Vision usage on a laptop (other than the 3D-ready Asus G51J 3D) with the help of an external display. This driver also supports the Asus G51J 3D laptop that has a built-in 120Hz LCD panel, so you should update if you already have one of these laptops as the latest driver CD for it was 1.17 which is already quite old.

Now what came as a bit of disappointment is the fact that the new Nvidia Verde Notebook 3D Vision Driver CD v1.24 is intended for supporting only notebooks using the latest GeForce 200M and 300M series GPUs (but that is according to Nvidia). Another interesting bit of information on the support page for the new driver CD suggests that the Blu-ray 3D playback (3rd party software required) is going to work only on the mobile 300M series of GPUs. I’ve tried to install the new driver on my Dell XPS M1730 laptop with dual 9800M GT in SLI and I everything installed smoothly and worked like a charm. The GPU driver recognized the video cards and installed without problem, then the 3D Vision driver complained (before connecting the external 120Hz display) of not finding a compatible panel. The interesting thing is that after that there was no Stereoscopic 3D panel present in the NVIDIA Control panel, but after connecting an external 120Hz LCD monitor the Stereoscopic 3D control panel appeared and the stereo 3D mode was working just fine.

Currently the 3D Vision driver for notebooks supports the usage of external 3D projector, 3D-ready DLP HDTVs or 120Hz LCD, but with the upcoming availability of the NVIDIA 3DTV Play software we are probably going to get support for also using our notebooks as a source for 3D content after connecting them through HDMI to the TV set (no need to have HDMI 1.4 on the laptop, only on the TV). This will however probably require you to purchase the 3DTV Play software, although this is still not very clear as Nvidia has promised to provide the software for free to current 3D Vision owners.

And the stupid thing of actually not being able to enable the free 3D Vision Discover mode on your laptop is still present as you get the quite well known error message that your laptop LCD panel is not qualified for 3D Vision as it is not 120Hz. But then again for anaglyph mode you don’t need a special panel, so forget about trying out the “free” anaglyph mode with the 3D Vision on your laptop once again (or go for an older 3D Vision drivers and modify them to work on your laptop)… but then again it is easier to go for other alternatives also offering free anaglyph mode that actually does work!

To download the latest Nvidia Verde Notebook 3D Vision Driver CD v1.24…

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Coldscooter // Jun 9, 2010 at 18:56

    Hi, please could you give an indication of what kind of framerate and general performance you were getting while testing the M1730 with 3D vision in games?

    I have the dual core 2.2 and the 9800GTX in SLI. 4gig of Ram.

    I’m thinking of buying the glasses/monitor bundle this week, but am a little concerned about performance.

    Thanks in advance

  • 2 Bloody // Jun 9, 2010 at 19:17

    Coldscooter, I’ll need some time to do short performance test with different games running on the laptop in 3D. But most of the not so demanding games are playable at maximum details (without AA) with stereo 3D enabled (over 30 fps) and for some more demanding games like Metro 2033 and Just Cause 2 you of course need to go to lower detail levels, but usually going to Medium details makes the heavier titles playable in stereo 3D mode…

  • 3 Coldscooter // Jun 9, 2010 at 23:03

    Thanks for the response. I’ll keep checking back for your test results. So you’ll be testing with the 9800m GT? How much ram?

  • 4 Coldscooter // Jun 14, 2010 at 20:30

    I finally bought the kit. I’ve reviewed it here:

    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=171436

  • 5 Hellcry // Jun 29, 2010 at 18:36

    Hi, can u plz tell me if the 3d vision works on a laptop with VGA/DisplayPort only ? (m15x)

    I know the gtx260m is good enough for it but i cannot find a solid answer to whether it will work with those ports..

    Thx allot in advance =)

  • 6 Bloody // Jun 29, 2010 at 19:54

    Directly with a 3D LCD monitor – No, with a 3D-capable projector – Yes. And maybe with a Display Port to Dual-Link DVI adapter it might also work with a 3D LCD monitor, but no guarantees on that…

  • 7 Hellcry // Jun 30, 2010 at 12:31

    Thx for the fast reply m8, ill bug nVidia’s tech about it xD

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