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ForceWare 169.21 drivers released for Windows XP

Yesterday NVIDIA rolled out a new driver for Windows XP users called ForceWare 169.21 for Windows XP and XP Media Center Edition. The new driver supports everything from the 8800 Ultra and new 8800 GT and 512MB GTS to the old GeForce FX 5100.

The driver uses the new NVIDIA control panel introduced in October of 2006. This latest driver release fixes a myriad of issues for a variety of single and dual GPU NVIDIA systems. Notable fixes for all GPUs are the repair of the control panel run display optimization wizard back button that didn’t work, flickering puddle reflections in FEAR and a crash in Star Wars: Republic Commando when starting new games.

A few fixes for the new NVIDIA 8800 GT cards are added to the drivers including an issue with Bioshock where a small black square appears during part of the intro sequence when antialiasing is enabled. An issue on the 8800 GTX with Blu-ray color settings not taking effect has been repaired as well.

Issues with SLI have been addressed in the new driver as well with a fix for Stalker with SLI 8800 GTX cards where game performance didn’t improve much. NVIDIA has a PDF document that details all the fixes provided in the 169.21 driver update.

Windows XP users looking for the new driver can get it here.





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