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NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 10 (64-bit) - ThinkPad W520

2021-01-08, 10:20 AM

Hi.

 

I am having a problem updating my NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 10 (64-bit) - ThinkPad W520 from version 377.55 to version 391.25. the installation says,   Nvidia installer cannot continue, the graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware. I have a Nvidia Quadro 1000M graphics card which is said to be supported on Lenovo Support and download page. On the description section the device I have is said to be supported as well as the laptop, a Lenovo Thinkpad W520.

 

Kindly please assist in case I am missing something.

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Re:NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 10 (64-bit) - ThinkPad W520

2021-01-08, 21:10 PM

https://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us hints that 377.55 is the last driver to support Quadro 1000M

 

EDIT: The main Nvidia download page lists also 377.83:

 

https://www.nvidia.com/Download/driverResults.aspx/130177/en-us

 

On my T430 I use 392.62, you could try that. Perhaps you could force it on (unsupported) by tweaking some info file.

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Re:NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 10 (64-bit) - ThinkPad W520

2021-01-10, 13:44 PM

I have a different version of the Quadro card on a P43s and have been using the latest Nvidia drivers from Nvidia for it for a long time. Once I did have trouble upgrading and that was solved by reverting back to the base version that Lenovo installed and then upgrading with the Nvidia download. You can also try uninstalling all drivers then installing the latest Nvidia download.

 

I was hesitant to use Nvidia downloads initially but they all work so smoothly. Have also installed all the latest Intel graphics drivers with no issues.

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Re:NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 10 (64-bit) - ThinkPad W520

2021-01-11, 2:26 AM

I have a W530 with K1000m graphics. Not W520, but still K1000m. But obviously different firmware in the laptop.

Lenovo support site for W530 provides an Optimus Nvidia/Intel driver package showing nVidia driver 425.91, release date Sept 5, 2019. I run my W530 BIOS in "discrete" mode and have been using nVidia retail drivers forever. Having always run in "discrete" I do not use the Lenovo Optimus driver package and never have.

At some point in the past year or so I must have downloaded a newer retail version from the nVidia site, because the currently installed K1000m driver in my W530 is 426.78 dated May 29, 2020. That's definitely newer than the 425.91 imbedded in the official Lenovo Optimus driver package.  But that's what shows in my W530 nVidia Control Panel as well as Device Manager. I can't seem to find that installer, but it obviously was installed somehow, perhaps 4-5 months ago based on its date.

A little online research shows a driverscloud.com download URL for that official nVidia WHQL 426.78 driver which is dated June 2, 2020 So that must have been the version I had installed earlier this year, but using the official retail version still available from nVidia at that time. They do appear to have purged several years worth of Quadro Notebook drivers for some reason, since at the moment it certainly is true that the "latest" version for the K1000m from the official nVidia site is 377.55 dated back at July 24, 2017, which of course makes no sense to me.

 

Anyway, just my own information again. I'm operating a W530 with K1000m, BIOS set to "discrete" and using only nVidia retail drivers ever since the W530 was purchased back in 2013. And currently operating driver is 426.78, dated May 29, 2020. I've never had any problem running the official retail nVidia driver installers on my W530 in conjunction with "discrete" in the BIOS.

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Re:NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 10 (64-bit) - ThinkPad W520

2021-01-13, 12:36 PM

Please note that Quadro 1000M in W520 is older than K1000M in W530.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Quadro-K1000M-vs-Quadro-1000M-vs-Quadro-M1200_3238_2437_7704.247598.0.html

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Re:NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 10 (64-bit) - ThinkPad W520

2021-01-15, 7:52 AM

No luck with that one unfortunately for me. I still get the message no compatible hardware device found. I went to the link and downloaded the 426.78 version. Thanks all the same.

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Re:NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 10 (64-bit) - ThinkPad W520

2021-01-17, 18:03 PM

Pls Try: 377.83:

 

https://www.nvidia.com/Download/driverResults.aspx/130177/en-us

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