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    The description in the services list says: "Provides system and desktop level support to the NVIDIA display driver". What exactly that means, I'm not sure. I have searched the web many times for a detailed explanation of what it does and so far I've found very little. Almost universally, the comments I've found posted in many forums say this service doesn't seem to have any essential function and that it can be safely shut down without causing any difficulties or any reduced functionality whatsoever. I've also read of users saying that disabling this service improves Windows startup/shutdown times and improves general performance however I've not been able to confirm any of that. I've been setting it to disabled for a long, long time and have experienced no ill effects at all by doing so. I do it just in the interests of maintaining a "clean" machine and to make sure that no more resources are consumed than absolutely necessary. If, by the way, you are not comfortable in setting the display driver service to "Disabled", you can instead set it to "Manual". That way it won't start automatically on boot, but if it is ever needed for any reason, it will start. If ever I find some detailed info on exactly what the Nvidia display driver service does, I'll be sure to add it to Note #4 of my driver installation guide.

    .....Noell

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    I really appreciated your detailed explanation of video driver installation. I have not installed drivers prior to reading this and I was able to follow it without any difficulty. Cheers.
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 @ 3.4GHz. MOTHERBOARD: Asus P5B Deluxe Pro.
    RAM: 2X 1GB Corsia XMS2, DDR2-1066. GRAPHICS CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS, 640MB, PCI Express. PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower WO131, 850W ATX.

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    Thanks for the feedback and glad you found the guide useful.

    ....Noell

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    Does the installation of new mobo drivers (eg NVidia nForce 20.08) require a similar procedure? If so, what is that procedure?

    Thanks

    Theo

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    All I've ever done to update Nvidia nForce drivers is:

    1 - Open Add/Remove programs.
    2 - Select NVIDIA Drivers.
    3 - In Vista, click Uninstall/Change. In XP, click Uninstall/remove.
    4 - The "Remove NVIDIA Components" window will open.
    5 - Select to remove only the Nforce drivers and click Remove.
    6 - Reboot.
    7 - Run the installer for the new drivers.
    8 - Reboot.


    ....Noell

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    Default Mobo driver installation

    Thanks

    Theo

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    Very lllllllllloooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Thanks, Alexander. It was absolutely meant to be that way!

    ........Noell

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    @Noell,
    Hi
    very long indeed,
    BUT very good - very informative - very complete..
    thank you very much for your effort

    in one of your latest posts you desribed the essential procedure:

    to cut the long story very short
    to obtain shortest and essential description-extract, but just not for beginners, of course
    1) remove first the old nvidia drivers
    2) reboot
    3) now install the new nvidia drivers
    4) reboot

    thanks again and happy landings

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    The primary purpose of the video driver installation section of my guide is to provide a very detailed step-by-step guide that absolutely guarantees a clean driver installation. From feedback I've received, it seems to have done that and in a manner that even a rank beginner can follow.

    Sure, you can shorten it up and if it works for you in a consistently reliable manner, go for it.
    IMO, though, at least the use of a driver cleaner program should be part of whatever procedure you use.


    .....Noell
    Last edited by noell; 11-24-2008 at 02:38 PM.

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