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NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2013-10-19, 6:36 AM

After installing Windows 8.1, I have been unable to use the NVIDIA graphics drivers. My Thinkpad W520 has NVIDIA Optimus with the Intel HD 3000 and the NVIDIA Quadro 1000M. I have tried to install various drivers, including the most recent one from Lenovo (made for Windows 8), the most recent one from the NVIDIA website, and the version in Windows Update. All three of them quit halfway and fail to install the driver. Windows Update gives this error: Code 8007000D.

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Re: NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2013-10-20, 8:53 AM
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Windows-8/LIST-Can-I-upgrade-to-8-1-Compatible-models-and-possible-fixes/m-p/1272015#M4387

Try a clean install of the Nvidia drivers.

Make sure the Intel HD drivers are working correctly before installing the Nvidia driver as the W520 is Optimus enabled. Installation may be refused if the Intel HD driver is not correctly installed.

Install latest Intel HD driver from www.intel.com
Install latest Nvidia Driver from www.nvidia.com (use clean install method)

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Re: NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2013-10-20, 9:15 AM

I've already tried a clean install, but it has the same result. On your suggestion I tried to install the latest Intel HD Graphics 3000 driver, but it also failed to install. The current driver that I have for the Intel HD seems to work though.

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Re: NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2013-10-20, 13:35 PM

 

Hi,

 

Try either 327.23-quadro-notebook-winblue-win8-win7-64bit-international-whql.exe which is beta or 327.23-notebook-win8-win7-64bit-international-whql.exe which is whql. Both driver sets install fine and things mostly seem to work but you will get this 8876086a Unable to create the D3D device when running winsat. So you may have problems with directx. Nvidia and Lenovo need to get some 100% working win 8.1 video drivers released for W520 and Quadro. I am pretty amazed there are only beta drivers for Quadro after the win 8.1 release date. In addition to the directx problems I also noticed some serious lags with the 327.23 drivers for 8.1.

 

 The windows 8 320.92 drivers do work on 8.1 and for checking directx winsat formal -v works. You may need to do a custom install and then tick the selection to do a clean install. People should generally do this anyway. One problem I have noticed in using the 320.92 drivers on Windows 8.1 is that when switching primary displays apps don't move to the new primary display like they should.

 

There are some other updates in the w520 driver matrix that should be installed for 8.1. Just look at the dates and you can see which ones. Additionally the latest intel drivers for wireless, wired ethernet, widi and graphics do work. For bluetooth, if you have problems with the microsoft bluetooth stack, e.g. devices pair but do not connect, the broadcom stack does work.

 

Chris

 

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Re: NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2013-10-20, 19:01 PM

That version was one of the ones I tried, but it has the same problem. If it helps, it seems that the NVIDIA card isn't showing up at all on my Device Manager, not even as an unknown.

 

EDIT: Just kidding, the NVIDIA card does show up on the Device Manager, just as an unknown device. However, I also tried updating a mouse driver, and it also failed. So it seems that my Windows 8.1 is unable to install ANY driver.

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Re: NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2013-10-23, 11:25 AM
This seems a nasty triangle: MS took all drivers under win8.1 + Lenovo/Nvidia integrate 2 GPUs under Optimus + Intel ultimately controls the video buffer and the DP/TB output to screens. Adding Lenovo to the classic MS+Nvidia+Intel triangle doesn't help, as Lenovo's drivers lag sometimes by 1/2 yr behind Nvidia.
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Re: NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2013-11-08, 8:19 AM

No luck yet on my end.

 

Using Windows Pro 8.1, the OS installs version 9.18.13.2702 which produces the following issues:

1) No NVIDIA Control Panel

2) Booting in Discrete Mode produces blackscreen/bluescreen.

 

If I install the NVIDIA Quadro/NVS/Tesla/GRID Desktop Driver Release 331.65 from the nvidia.com, I get the NVIDIA Control Panel, but:

1) The dropdown selector for 'the preferred graphics processor for this program' is grayed out.

2) Booting in Discrete Mode produces blackscreen/bluescreen.

 

I didn't realize 8.1 would be so revolutionary!

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Re: NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2014-07-29, 22:33 PM

I'm having the exact same problem! I was was able to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 with "Optimus Mode", but it had two significant issues:

1) every time I booted up the main display when into the wrong resolution

2) The primary and secondary display were unable to clone each other. This meant I couldn't use the laptop as needed with projectors - completely impractical. I found another thread mentioning this in regards to Windows 7. Its solution was to enable Clone mode manually through the Nvidia control panel. That was a true pain, but actually didn't work on Windows 8.1 at all and only worked with older driver versions on Windows 7.

 

After the failure of the (2) solution for Windows 8.1, I decided to switch to Discrete mode in the bios. I'd rather have  a reliable machine that worked with projectors even if it shortened battery life. Well, that resulted in BSOD after a couple reboots. Never worked right.

 

So, then I tried doing another clean install of Windows 8.1 with the Discrete mode from the very beginning. Again, major problems include BSOD and later a black screen that wouldn't allow me to interact with the OS.

 

Right now I'm back to running Windows 7 in pure Discrete mode. Works well, but I REALLY want to switch back to Windows 8.1 and to be able to have the display driver work right and to work with projectors. I practically give presentations for a living. I NEED the w520 to work right with projectors!

 

Can anybody offer a solution????

 

Thanks

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Re: NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2014-07-29, 23:26 PM

Hello.

 

Since my initial Windows 8 installation on my W520 (installation guide linked above in this thread), I've once switched back to Windows 7, due to unrelated compatibility issues, f.e. constant WLAN drops, but I've switched completely over to Win8.1.1 now, and what I've always done regarding my GPU setup in Windows is keeping it on Optimus in BIOS, then installing the latest Optimus drivers from Lenovo: (The Win8 drivers work perfectly in 8.1), and then updating the nVidia drivers through their latest driver package. (Currently running 333.11 and I have no reason to upgrade)

 

One thing to be mindful of, do not allow Windows Update to upgrade your Intel or nVidia drivers. Stick to the Lenovo drivers completely for the Intel HD and to the nVidia drivers for the Quadro. Through my experience with all my ThinkPads, allowing Windows Update to upgrade hardware drivers has lead to nothing but trouble.

 

1. NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 8 (64-bit)

 

2. QUADRO DESKTOP/QUADRO NOTEBOOK DRIVER RELEASE 340

 

(During the nVidia install, I recommend selecting Custom Installation and checking perform a clean install, thus eliminating any conflicts with older drivers/settings)

 

Instead of Step 1., you can also allow the ThinkVantage System Update to handle all your initial driver installs before upgrading the display drivers for the Quadro, it's basically the same thing, but the TVSU does everything for you in a single swoop, and is very handy.

 

Hope this helps out. Cheers!

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Re: NVIDIA Drivers on Windows 8.1

2014-07-30, 6:18 AM

Thanks! Can you confirm that you're able to clone your primary screen to a projector on your Windows 8.1 install?

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