can a bad driver cause graphic artifacting. quick question...

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  1. overlordmike

    overlordmike Member

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    i picked up a 1070 founders edition a few months ago to replace my 970. has been working great at everything i throw at it.

    it is at stock clocks. and the temps are always fine and well cooled .

    i installed the latest nvidia driver 2 days ago and all seemed well. i played hours of final fantasy 14 and wow on max settings at a stable 60fps with vsync on (hate screen tear).

    temps were still good. but when i loaded up dc universe online. i got some triangle white shapped artifacting,

    i realized i just installed the driver 2 days prior and havent played the game since i installed it. so i went to reinstall the driver.

    no more artifacting now. which makes me wonder. can a bad driver install cause artifacting? would like to confirm for sure.

    thank you for ur time
     
  2. overlordmike

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    I will also note that dcuo is a 8 year old game so maybe it could be bad coding as well. forgot to mention i also ran a repair on the game client well the drivers were reinstalling
     
  3. -Tj-

    -Tj- Ancient Guru

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    Yes.
     
  4. cryohellinc

    cryohellinc Maha Guru

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    Potentially yes. However check if issues do not occur in other games.

    First of all run all key benchmarks and push your card in terms of temps - if there will be no issues then most likely its modern drivers/card not working well with the old game.
     

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    i played around 8 hours of wow this evening with no issues, as well as around 2 hours of the game in question without issues as well. also ran black desert online for about an hour (my most demanding game) to see if that would trigger it. nothing happened tho guessing it was a bad driver install. i havent used DDU in awhile so maybe old files were causing issues? ive been installing the drivers thru the geforce app and only using ddu if i run into issues (which this has been the first sinse ive gotten the card).
     
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    cryohellinc Maha Guru

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    DDU is a fantastic tool to delete/ reinstall drivers regardless of you having issues or not having them. I use it mandatory on every new driver, and would advise you to do the same.
     
  7. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    Yes; mostly on old out-dated titles though.

    If it's just a single game and no others it may be that.
     
  8. CrazyBaldhead

    CrazyBaldhead Master Guru

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    Of course it can.
     
  9. AsiJu

    AsiJu Ancient Guru

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    Ditto.

    Also faster to uninstall with DDU than with default uninstaller if you have multiple driver components installed (nvidia).

    Just reboot to safe mode, run DDU, reboot to normal mode, install new driver. Neat!

    Never had any issues with DDU.
    It's also basically mandatory for W10 Home users to prevent Windows auto-reinstalling drivers upon reboot after uninstalling drivers (unless you do a registry tweak to stop it).

    As for the topic question, bad driver or driver install can cause graphics glitches for sure.
     
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  10. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Your thread title asks a different question.

     

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