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About Nvidia Drivers:
This page discusses Nvidia Drivers and how to properly identify and download them. It also explains the importance of keeping your drivers up-to-date and some of the challenges with updating Nvidia Drivers. Note: You can automatically download the correct Nvidia Drivers by downloading the DriverUpdate™ Utility below.

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About Nvidia Drivers

Nvidia is a pioneer in computing technology. Founded in 1993, the American based computer electronics manufacturer is the inventor of the graphics processing unit (GPU). Nvidia manufactured the first GPU in 1999 and today it has evolved past it's humble origins to a level of speed and power that surpasses the graphical processing capabilities of a traditional processor. Nvidia's researches, develops and manufactures GPU's, wireless communication processors and core logic chipsets for PC motherboards. Nvidia GPU's are used by nearly every 3rd party name in the business and have become an essential staple in custom built computers amongst many enthusiasts.

Nvidia GPUs are a component of a larger device that supplies the functionality for computer displays. These devices are commonly known as video cards or graphics cards. An Nvidia video card is equipped with one or more Nvidia GPUs. In order for the video card to function as designed, the hardware is not enough. Nvidia provides a proprietary software package with the physical hardware device known as a driver. A driver is a small piece of software that provides functionality for the accompanying hardware device. The driver creates compatibility amongst the various other hardware parts that comprise a computer and the video card itself, as well as enabling the video card to communicate with the operating system. The Nvidia device driver allows the Nvidia device to bridge the gap between hardware and software compatibility by providing the hardware with the software instructions for communication.

Nvidia drivers are proprietary software developed in-house at Nvidia's research laboratory. Nvidia does not offer open documentation for their hardware devices so there are no open-source drivers readily available for Nvidia devices. This practice closes out all open-source development, but ensures the highest level of quality possibile when developing Nvidia device drivers. Nvidia continues the development of drivers for pre-existing hardware in an effort to achieve a greater level of performance and efficiency. These driver updates are offered freely to Nvidia device owners, but applying the updates is a challenge for many users.

Nvidia device driver updates are hosted on Nvidia's website and can be obtained freely. However, locating the correct driver and implementing the software may be challenging for many users. In order to find the appropriate driver, users must have intimate knowledge of their product specifications. Once the driver is obtained, it must be installed to the correct location. Many users find the process of finding, downloading and updating drivers is a time consuming hassle. Furthermore, many users who are attempting to update the Nvidia device driver due to device or driver errors, often are faced with further issues due to complications with the device driver installation.

Common Problems with Nvidia Drivers

Nvidia device failures and errors often originate from driver issues. If the driver is not present or has become corrupted, the device may behave unexpectedly or may not function at all. Nvidia device driver errors can most easily be corrected by updating the driver, yet many users have experienced further errors due to improper driver installation or attempting to replace the Nvidia device driver with the incorrect driver.

Common symptoms of Nvidia device driver failure...

  • The Nvidia device is not recognized by Windows.

  • The Nvidia device is producing errors.
  • The Nvidia video device is generating anomolies in the display.
  • The Nvidia device produces irregular results.
  • The Nvidia device takes a long time initiate a function/request.
  • The computer randomly shuts down during operation.

If you are experiencing symptoms like or similar to the ones listed above, it is very likely that there are errors with the Nvidia device driver. It is not uncommon for Nvidia device drivers to become corrupted and produce errors, especially if the device is not operating with the most current available driver. These errors can be produced for many reasons but the main causes of Nvidia driver failure are...

Common causes of Nvidia device driver failure...

  • The driver is out-of-date.
  • The driver is missing or corrupt.
  • The driver does not match the installed device.
  • A previously attempted update failure.
  • Windows version incompatibility.

The first and best step to take when troubleshooting Nvidia device driver errors is to update the driver to the most current available version. Not only will the resolve the problem but it will also improve the Nvidia devices performance. To learn how to manually update Nvidia device drivers, read our Guide to Updating Nvidia Device Drivers. An alternate, easier method for updating Nvidia device drivers is to use an automated driver update utility that will streamline the process of finding, downloading and installing all of your drivers with a single click. To learn how to easily update your Nvidia device drivers and all other device drivers with an automated utility, continue reading below.

How to Easily Download Nvidia Drivers

The easiest and safest way to download the Nvidia drivers your system requires is to use an automatic tool to install the correct drivers for your specific hardware. Since finding the correct Nvidia drivers manually can be time-consuming and installing an incorrect driver could potentially crash your PC, using software that does all the hard work for you is a much faster and safer option.To ensure you get the right drivers for your Nvidia device, we Strongly Recommend using the automated tool, DriverUpdate.

DriverUpdate will automatically determine the official drivers your system needs and download them in the correct order. This guarantees your computer won't encounter errors from incorrect or out-of-date drivers in the future and makes your current driver issues a thing of the past.

The hours spent manually researching, and the inherent risks associated with installing drivers on your computer make using DriverUpdate the best solution.
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