NVIDIA Drivers: How Do You Tell Which Version You Have?

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  1. tabten5

    tabten5 Notebook Geek

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    Throughout the GPU cooling debates, I have seen people post the driver versions for their NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS in their M1330s.

    This is, no doubt, a stupid question, but how does one ascertain which driver version is installed on your laptop? When I go to Computer > System Properties > Device Manager > Display Adaptors > (right-click 8400M GS) > properties > Driver > , I see the following for my driver version: 7.15.11.5669 (from 4/10/2007). How does that translate into the "167.xx" or "175.xx" drivers that people are mentioning in the forums?

    Apologies for the stupid question - just cannot figure this one out!
     
  2. Wishmaker

    Wishmaker BBQ Expert

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    Open Nvidia Control Center/Panel whatever. You will have a tab on the bottom left corner. Something like system information. Can't remember exactly, my laptop broke down before I got aquainted with Nvidia :p. Click on that you and you will get the info required :).
     
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    Download GPU-z for all gpu info.

    Or you can go device manager and look at the gpu driver version (the last 5 digits)
     
  4. tabten5

    tabten5 Notebook Geek

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    @wishmaker: I don't believe I have an NVIDIA control centre.

    @flipfire: as I said, I have already looked in the device manager, and it shows a driver version of 7.15.11.5669. How does that square with the convention, in these forums, of naming drivers like "167.xx", etc?
     
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    If the control center is missing then you have the driver only.

    Start-Run-Dxdiag. Does the 167.XX pop up there?
     
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    @wishmaker: most probably. I did a clean install when I received the laptop, and deliberately left out as much as I could (hey, I only have 64GB to play with!)

    In any event, I did download GPU-z, and it shows my driver version is 156.69. Thanks all.
     
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    Yup, it's 156.69 , it's always the last 5 digits
     
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    7.15.11.5669.

    As i said, last 5 digits!
     
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    I have a question about this, I ran Dx-Diag and DirectX mentions that I'm using 6.14.0011.6921 and I have the install file for drivers 181.22 these are not the same drivers, correct ?
    Doesn't nVidia have some notification for when new drivers come out they notify you via email or something ? The only problem with that is that sometimes the newest drivers can cause problems.
     
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