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  1. jaxxxx's Avatar
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    GeForce 341.95 Driver - WHQL - Seems Unstable?


    I have an older PC running Windows 10 winver 1511. I couldn't do the November 2015 update from the previous version of Windows 10, so I did a clean install. All worked out okay, just had to mess around with Creative Labs to finally get the audio drivers working properly. I also have a partitioned drive, with Windows 7 SP1, Enterprise Version. That works very well still, of course MS is forcing me to update that to Windows 10, but I rather keep it on the partitioned drive since I have Windows 10 already.

    My question: I have installed the latest Nvidia drivers,
    GeForce 341.95 Driver - WHQL

    I feel or it seems the driver is a bit unstable. Every now and then, I see the monitor turn opposite colors when I click on a certain function, usually something that takes up too much resources, being this has an old CPU - Intel D 2.8 GHz. When I had the previous version of Nvidia drivers for the older version of Windows 10 (the first version), I never experienced the unstable-ness I do now. I almost feel the PC is at the point where I am going to get the blue screen of death! But in all my work I do on here, it is working well, other than every now and then, this blinking of the monitor, real fast, and then back to normal. All OS files are clean, install is clean, scan shows nothing but healthy. I also had the PC shutting off on its own after 10 minutes or so, but I think I solved that issue, as it doesn't, so far, do it anymore.

    Should I uninstall the latest Nvidia Driver for the GeForce 9400 GT card, and use an older version, the last version, that still supported by Windows 10, or just ignore this and pray this PC lasts a bit? I'm really on a bad budget now, I cannot afford a new PC, at least a new one that has a discreet Nvidia graphics card with a decent i5 or i7 core processor. So I need to use this PC and my laptop, which works perfect, even though the laptop too is old, and has a partitioned drive, Windows 8.1 (works flawlessly) and the older Windows 10 version. By the way, all my versions of Windows (All 4 on 2 machines) are PRO, except Enterprise of Windows 7 on this PC. All of the PCs came from Windows XP SP3 originally.

    I hope I am making some sense? Maybe just ignore it and wait till another update or version is released from Windows 10 and Nvidia? Don't install a driver that is about 6 months old?

    Isn't it amazing though, these PCs are still running rather well with the latest OS and software?
    The Desktop has a 64 bit architecture (ready) but I dare not use 64 bit Windows because all my cards and hardware will probably not work, correct? It is sad to have 6 GB's of RAM installed on the PC when only 3.24 can be used.
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    Imho, the questions you should ask yourself before going 64-bit are :
    1. Is the OS truly 64-bit ready ?
    2. Does the hardware have 64-bit drivers available ?

    I can answer to the first question : yes. XP 64 is far away now

    Now to the hardware : it should be no problem for the 9400 GT since Nvidia has a 64-bit driver available. I don't know for the rest, but some old hardware may be missing such drivers.

    EDIT :
    Brink said:
    If you like, you might see how NVIDIA version 368.22 does for you. It's been pretty stable for me so far.
    OP has a legacy Geforce 9400 GT, which is unsupported by 368.22. I would not try it personally, as it likely would do nothing at best, and become a mess at worst. 341.95 must be a different branch now...
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    NovHak said:
    Imho, the questions you should ask yourself before going 64-bit are :
    1. Is the OS truly 64-bit ready ?
    2. Does the hardware have 64-bit drivers available ?


    I can answer to the first question : yes. XP 64 is far away now

    Now to the hardware : it should be no problem for the 9400 GT since Nvidia has a 64-bit driver available. I don't know for the rest, but some old hardware may be missing such drivers.
    Yea, I get that, I know 64 bit XP is VERY old, basically was asking if being I sense some stability issues on the graphics end, should I install the older version of Nvidia Graphics drivers that was released back in November 2015 when Windows 10 did their last major update to winver 1511?

    If I did download a 64 bit Windows 10 version now on this PC, the CPU would support it, but the rest of my hardware would not, too bad though, I get a better running machine, even though it is old. This PC was very well maintained by me, and still chugs along very well all things considered. I just am concerned with this little bit of instability with the graphics drivers...


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    jaxxxx said:
    jds63, thanks! I am going to try that! There is just a feel with this last install I feel the PC is getting beyond able to handle that latest driver for some reason or another. Thanks again!
    Welcome, you do have an older system and it can be many other reasons besides the driver doing this it can even be hardware or other drivers and software.

    Make sure you received all Windows updates after a clean install before diagnosing problems, chances your system has no new system drivers from the manufacturer, but may get them from Windows.
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    jds63 said:
    Welcome, you do have an older system and it can be many other reasons besides the driver doing this it can even be hardware or other drivers and software.

    Make sure you received all Windows updates after a clean install before diagnosing problems, chances your system has no new system drivers from the manufacturer, but may get them from Windows.
    Very true, and thanks for the welcome.

    I did make sure all is up to date, both Windows and all drivers on all my hardware. I have seen others who have a similar system like mine, or a similar graphics card - who express the same issues, especially the timing out or shutting off the display on its own after 5-10 minutes in idle, or at higher ended video usage. It could be I am - at times (when I have several tasks running) that I am maxing out my resources and when I click on a new task, I am at the limit, but it is odd, I didn't have this experience before updating to the latest Nvidia drivers, and also, on the other end of my partition, Windows 7, that works flawlessly. I just don't like Windows 7 anymore,

    Darn - wish I could just up and buy a new Gigabyte or MSI with a neat new 1000 series Nvidia card, an I7 skylake, with 16 GBs of DDR4... Oh boy, am I dreaming!
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    Say the driver right before 341.95 works fine you have no issues at all then ?
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    jds63 said:
    Say the driver right before 341.95 works fine you have no issues at all then ?

    Yes, but that was with the older version of Windows 10. I waited to install 1511 because I could get the darn update to run after 32 percent. So I finally ruined all my apps and did a clean install. But yes, before this latest version of GeForce 341.95 Driver - WHQL, it worked perfect!
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    jaxxxx said:
    Yes, but that was with the older version of Windows 10. I waited to install 1511 because I could get the darn update to run after 32 percent. So I finally ruined all my apps and did a clean install. But yes, before this latest version of GeForce 341.95 Driver - WHQL, it worked perfect!
    I could NOT get to update to 1511, I meant, so I did a clean install on a partitioned drive.
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  9. jds63's Avatar
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    jaxxxx said:
    I could NOT get to update to 1511, I meant, so I did a clean install on a partitioned drive.
    Option one here has the latest ISO you can use rather then hassling with the update process or media creation tool option.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/9...-download.html

    Good to have the ISO anyway but might mean doing another clean install on that partition. Wondering with the media creation tool if can update it have to look again or think about that. New version is version 1511 - 10586.318
    Matters what disc you are using too, what version it is.
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    jaxxxx said:
    Yes, but that was with the older version of Windows 10. I waited to install 1511 because I could get the darn update to run after 32 percent. So I finally ruined all my apps and did a clean install. But yes, before this latest version of GeForce 341.95 Driver - WHQL, it worked perfect!
    What older version 10240 ?
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