Swapping Nvidia GPUs - What To Do About Drivers?

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  1. Posts : 102
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    Swapping Nvidia GPUs - What To Do About Drivers?


    I currently have an Nvidia Geforce 210 graphics card installed. It was a temporary, used replacement because the original GPU (which is integral to my desktop's motherboard, I am told) failed. It's fan bearings are now very noisy. If I want to install an Nvidia Geforce GT730 GPU, what do I do about the driver? Will the current driver for the 210 recognise and change for the new GPU? I have Geforce Experience installed, can this be used to change the driver to one for the new GPU? Or do I have to uninstall the old driver and download a new one?

    Also, as the new GPU will be the PC's third one, should I run a DDU before installing it? I am thinking this would be good to remove any traces of previous drivers which may poss corrupt things? But I don't know. Many thanks for any advice.
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  2. Posts : 2,208
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
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    You can uninstall the old driver if you want but that is not necessary. When you install the Geforce GT730 the old driver will probably not be compatible but that is OK. Windows will install a basic driver for it. After you boot up and log in install the latest Nvidia driver as indicated below.

    Geforce 210 latest driver:
    Version: 342.01 WHQL
    Release Date: 2016.12.14
    Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
    GeForce 342.01 Driver | 342.01 | Windows 10 64-bit | NVIDIA

    Geforce GT730 latest driver:
    Version: 474.44 WHQL
    Release Date: 2023.6.26
    Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 11
    GeForce Security Update Driver | 474.44 | Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 11 | NVIDIA
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  3. Posts : 102
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
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    MisterEd said:
    You can uninstall the old driver if you want but that is not necessary. When you install the Geforce GT730 the old driver will probably not be compatible but that is OK. Windows will install a basic driver for it. After you boot up and log in install the latest Nvidia driver as indicated below.

    Geforce 210 latest driver:
    Version: 342.01 WHQL
    Release Date: 2016.12.14
    Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
    GeForce 342.01 Driver | 342.01 | Windows 10 64-bit | NVIDIA

    Geforce GT730 latest driver:
    Version: 474.44 WHQL
    Release Date: 2023.6.26
    Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 11
    GeForce Security Update Driver | 474.44 | Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 11 | NVIDIA
    Thanks for your reply, MisterEd. Do you recommend that I use a DDU to remove the old driver(s) - bearing in mind that the new GPU I install will be the PC's third one? Or should I just uninstall or poss use my Revo uninstaller?
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  4. Posts : 2,208
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
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    woodbine said:
    Thanks for your reply, MisterEd. Do you recommend that I use a DDU to remove the old driver(s) - bearing in mind that the new GPU I install will be the PC's third one? Or should I just uninstall or poss use my Revo uninstaller?
    I have been using Nvidia GPUs for over 20 years. When replacing a GPU I have never uninstalled the old driver. Some people do it out of habit or when they are having a problem. It is your decision to uninstall it.
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  5. Posts : 102
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    Thread Starter
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    MisterEd said:
    I have been using Nvidia GPUs for over 20 years. When replacing a GPU I have never uninstalled the old driver. Some people do it out of habit or when they are having a problem. It is your decision to uninstall it.
    OK, so if I download the GT730 driver, then install the GT730 GPU in my PC, will the new card automatically start using the new driver? Or do I need to somehow disable the old 210 driver and enable the new GT730 driver?

    Apologies for the painfully basic questions? This isn't my area. Reason for swapping the GPU is because I'm having problems that are identical (BSODS, screen freezing, won't restart - just black flashing screen after each restart) to when my previous GPU failed. I'm trying to eliminate the GPU that's in now, because it wasn't new when installed and the fan bearings were noisy from the start - so I'm guessing it's high mileage.

    Thanks again.
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  6. Posts : 2,208
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
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    woodbine said:
    OK, so if I download the GT730 driver, then install the GT730 GPU in my PC, will the new card automatically start using the new driver? Or do I need to somehow disable the old 210 driver and enable the new GT730 driver?

    Apologies for the painfully basic questions? This isn't my area. Reason for swapping the GPU is because I'm having problems that are identical (BSODS, screen freezing, won't restart - just black flashing screen after each restart) to when my previous GPU failed. I'm trying to eliminate the GPU that's in now, because it wasn't new when installed and the fan bearings were noisy from the start - so I'm guessing it's high mileage.

    Thanks again.
    Just install the GT730 and boot the computer. Windows will probably install a generic driver for it. Once you log in install the new NVIDIA driver for the GT730. It is that simple.
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  7. Posts : 2,732
    Windows 10
       #7

    It really is as simple as described, no need for DDU or Revo at all.

    Download the new Nvidia driver and store it somewhere.

    Remove the old Card and install the new one, it will get a driver from Windows updates be it generic or an older Nvidia driver.
    Does not matter, just install your new downloaded driver.

    I have been using Nvidia Graphics cards for 22 years at least.
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  8. Posts : 102
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Thanks to you both. Will try the new GPU and driver and see how I get on.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I have another basic question. I visited the Nvidia site for downloads -

    Official GeForce Drivers | NVIDIA

    When I enter my details of my new card and system details in the driver search (Geforce GT730 GPU, Windows 10 64 Bit OS and game ready option) I get a long list of different options for downloads. The top 7 results are for something called 'Geforce Security Update Driver'. Then below these there are several game ready drivers listed.

    What is a Geforce Security Update Driver? Is this actually just a driver for my new GPU, or something else? Is this the driver I need? Do I pick the top one on the list, ie. the latest version? Or do I need one of the older game ready drivers further down the list.

    I'm confused by all the options. I'm not really a gamer, but there isn't a browsing and watching porn ready driver listed on the Nvidia site. Maybe there's a gap in the market. Please help me in my confusion as to which driver download I need.
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  9. Posts : 2,208
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
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    Nvidia releases new drivers every few months. You are seeing a list of the most recent ones. Download the latest one which is at the top of the list.

    GeForce Security Update Driver - WHQL
    Driver Version: 474.44 - Release Date: 2023 June 26
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  10. Posts : 102
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
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    OK, thanks again. So they're all graphics drivers then. Really appreciate your help. And patience.
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