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New nVidia Video Drivers 186.18 and 3D Vision 186.18 Too

June 19th, 2009 · No Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


You can say that nVidia has released a new version of the GeForce 3D Vision drivers (186.16) without saying too much about it and even without updating the download section of the 3D Vision drivers on their website. The only way you can get the 3D Vision driver version 186.18 is by downloading the appropriate new video driver for your card that is designed for Windows Vista or Windows 7. Then you’ll have the latest Video driver, a PhysX driver and a 3D Vision driver all in one package – just run the downloaded Exe file and you’ll find the other installers in the C:\NVIDIA folder where the driver package gets extracted by default. There isn’t much information what is new in this driver, but probably we get new profiles for games, support for ViewSonic’s recently announced PJD-6210-3D and PJD-6220-3D GeForce 3D Vision-compatible DLP projectors and it seems some new applications will support 3D with the new version (Cooliris for instance)…

Update: Just installed and played a bit with the 186.18 drivers. I’ve found out about a big fault in them, nVidia had forgotten to include the USB device driver for the IR transmitter so after you install the drivers you’ll get a not working 3D Vision system. The solution is just to install the USB driver from the old version of the drivers that do have the device driver in them… we’ll probably see a fix if somebody notices that.

Update 2: nVidia will release an updated separate driver for GeForce 3D Vision that will have the missing USB driver for the IR transmitter… probably they didn’t include it, because the video drivers bundle version is intended mainly for use with paper or plastic anaglyph glasses… ;)

Download the latest nVidia Video Drivers 186.18 for Vista or Windows 7 with the 3D Vision update…

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The Latest Drivers Needed for GeForce 3D Vision

June 17th, 2009 · No Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


Here is a summary of links for all the drivers you might need in order to run your GeForce 3D Vision setup. Here is a list of all the drivers you might need for Windows Vista and Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating systems. First the monitor drivers for ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion and Samsung 2233RZ, them the nVidia video card drivers and finally the GeForce 3D Vision drivers…

Monitor Drivers:
– ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion: Vista x86 DriversVista x64 Drivers
– Samsung 2233RZ: Windows 98/ME/2K/XP/X64/Vista Drivers

Video Card Drivers:
– For Windows Vista v185.85: 32-bit64-bit
– For Windows 7 v185.85: 32-bit64-bit

GeForce 3D Vision Drivers:
– For Windows Vista x86/x64: 3D Vision 1.08
– For Windows 7 x86/x64: 3D Vision 1.08

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Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision System Requirements

June 17th, 2009 · No Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


There are a few things that are very important and that you must know if you are interested in obtaining and using Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision – these are the system requirements you should be able to meet. For instance you should know that the 3D Stereo drivers for GeForce 3D Vision are only available for Windows Vista and the upcoming Windows 7 (yes they already support it and work as good as they work in Vista). So if you are still using Windows XP for instance you should start thinking of upgrading and the better solution is to go directly for Windows 7 (there is already a public Release Candidate available) and later this year to obtain a full copy of the final Windows 7 operating system. But there are some other important system requirements that you should meet in order not to use the 3D vision, but also to get the maximum enjoyment out of it…

Nvidia recommends to have a high-end computer configuration with a faster nVidia-based videocard and this requirement is a must, because GeForce 3D Vision will only function on nVidia-based GPUs and only on some newer and faster models. Here is a full list of all nVidia-based video cards that are supported by 3D Vision, have in mind that only the following models from the GeForce 8, 9 and GTX 200 series are currently compatible:
GeForce GTX 200 Series: GeForce GTX 295, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 275, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce GT 140.
GeForce 9 Series: GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX+, GeForce 9800 GTX, GeForce 9800 GT, GeForce 9600 GT.
GeForce 8 Series: GeForce 8800 Ultra, GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS, GeForce 8800 GT.

Of course the faster the video card – the better, because it will be able to provide higher framerate with more details and even AA and AF turned on so that you’ll be able to fully enjoy each game with noth only a depth perception, but also the maximum possible quality of the graphics. Your PC also has to be quite powerful with at least a fast Intel or AMD dual-core processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM, the faster the better…

As for the displays, I’ve already mentioned that the GeForce 3D Vision LC-shutter glasses provide the best experience with the 120 Hz Samsung 2233RZ or ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion LCD monitors, but also any CRT display that can provide at least 100 Hz with a good resolution should provide good results. Now if you are going to use an old CRT monitor you have lying around you better check that it not only provides high enough resolution at 100 Hz refresh rate, but also check the maximum brightness it can provide. You should know that the LC-shutter glasses block some of the light when you are wearing them and playing in 3D Stereo mode and thus the image on the screen looks a bit darker that without the glasses. By default CRT displays provide lower maximum brightness than a typical LCD and after they have been used for quite some time all monitors loose some of their brightness and become dimmer. And if your CRT is quite old (and it probably is) it might not be able to provide high enough brightness level for comfortable and detailed picture when you put on and activate the 3D stereo glasses.

Apart form the two 120 Hz LCD displays and old CRT models you can also use GeForce 3D Vision in conjunction with the following Mitsubishi 1080p DLP Home Theater TV sets: WD-57833, WD-60735, WD-60737, WD-60C8, WD-60C9, WD-65735, WD-65736, WD-65737, WD-65C8, WD-65C9, WD-65833, WD-65835, WD-65837, WD-73735, WD-73736, WD-73737, WD-73833, WD-73835, WD-73837, WD-73C8, WD-73C9, WD-82737, WD-82837, L65-A90. The other supported and compatible hardware is a DepthQ HD 3D Projector by LightSpeed Design, but there are more compatible products that will be coming out later this year. For instance there is information that other bigger LCD monitor manufacturers are already preparing 120 Hz products that will be available as an alternative to Samsung 2233RZ and ViewSonic VX2265wm FuHzion.

One final not that you should be aware of is that the LCD TV sets that you see being marketed as 100 Hz, 200 Hz or even the new top products in the form of 600 Hz Plasma TVs (PDP) are not compatible with GeForce 3D Vision. The reason for that incompatibility is that these TV sets use some sort of internal algorithms to reach higher framerates from a video content with much lower framerate, but you cannot set such high refresh rate when using the TV set as a computer monitor. So don’t get your hopes too high in getting such a high refresh rate display with much bigger screen size than the currently available 22-inch monitors.

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