ForceWareUltra - News, updates, about, download & discuss

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA Modified Drivers' started by Menion, May 1, 2006.

  1. Menion

    Menion Member Guru

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    ForceWareUltra BETA

    Under development: 2.0.1
    Latest installer version: 1.2.4 (outdated)
    Latest driver set (x86): 84.66
    Latest driver set (x64): 84.56

    Note: ForceWareUltra 1.2.x only works on 2000/XP. Vista support will be included in the upcoming release.

    Driver sets (32-bit)
    Driver sets (64-bit)
    Note: The number in the paranthesis is the installer version used for that set.

    Problems while installing?
    If you get "Device could not be found"-error or similar, try to install original drivers, and the run the installation. When asked to clean-up, skip it! The clean-up doesn't seem to work correctly on every machine... I've added numerous fixes to the latest version but if you still get this problem please contact me on MSN - marcus@ekwall.nu.

    Problems with Sedona showing up empty
    This is not my fault. This is NVIDIA releasing different versions of the new control panel that aren't compatible with each other. To be sure to make the new control panel functional you need to uninstall anything that uses the Sedona control panel (such as nTune and nForce drivers may install it as well).

    Tweak and driver highlights for latest release
    • NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder (for cards that support it, 6th generation or later)
    • Pixel/vertex shader control optimizations (improves high-end pixel shading performance)
    • VMR (Video Mixing Renderer) is enabled by default
    • VDS (Virtual DMA Support) is enabled by default
    • OpenGL/D3D texture precache is enabled by default
    • AMD Dual Core and Intel Hyperthreading optimizations
    • VSync and TV/HD-out support for SLI-rigs
    • Usability enhancements when connecting to an HDTV
    • Optional to install new NVIDIA control panel (Sedona)
    • Optional to install Direct Access Panel
    • Optional to install Media Center Tray
    • Optional to install Driver Helper Service
    • And alot more...
    Installer features
    • Standalone installer - no wrapper for the bloaty InstallShield setup
    • Super small size - only ~9MB (~13.5MB with Sedona) by using state-of-the-art compression
    • Only compability modifications made to the .inf - no tweaks
    • Added support for nearly all NVIDIA cards
    • Choose between Quality, Balanced and Performance tweak profiles
    • Install 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation CoolBits
    • Get more contrast and saturation with Vivid Colors tweak
    • Full driver clean-up - even superior to DC Pro
    • Apply fixes through the installer if you have problems
    • Download and install third party applications
    Planned features
    • Support for NVIDIA Mobile GPUs
    • Apply tweaks without reinstalling
    • Part drivers, tweaks and installer - download latest driver and tweak sets inside the installer
    Changelist for Installer v1.2.4
    • Fixed: Major bug! Many people that didn't have english version of Windows got the "device not found"-error.
    Changelist for Installer v1.2.3
    • Fixed: Major bug! Everyone without a nForce-based motherboard couldn't install! (Thanks to Aaron123)
    Changelist for Installer v1.2.2
    • Added: Added support for the latest NVIDIA cards
    • Added: New NVIDIA Control Panel (Sedona) - Can be found under 'Driver fixes'
    • Fixed: Stupid resolution changes after installation
    • Fixed: Secondary driver installation method didn't kick in as it was meant to do
    • Fixed: More checks to the clean-up and installation processes to eliminate errors
    Changelist for Installer v1.2.1
    • Added: Secondary driver installation method (kicks in if primary fails)
    • Added: Better logger - logs versions and continue logging after reboot
    • Added: Set better resolution after installation (bit buggy)
    • Added: Game fixes in component page (under fixes)
    • Added: Far Cry profile fix into Game fixes (thanks to DocSEAL)
    • Added: Remove OEM-files in cleaner/uninstall (thanks to DocSEAL)
    • Fixed: Major installation bug! AGP-users could not install (thanks to aar88)
    • Fixed: Compatibility-bugs for some cards that couldn't be detected
    • Fixed: Various cleaner-bugs
    • Fixed: Driver uninstallation
    Changelist for Installer v1.2
    • Added: Some new tweaks and removed some unused ones
    • Added: New tweak profile: Balanced (Recommended)
    • Added: Improved installer graphics
    • Added: OS check (64bit can't install 32bit and vice versa)
    • Fixed: Control panel settings will now get affected by tweak profiles
    • Fixed: Moved alot of stuff from the driver into the installer (check fixes)
    • Fixed: Improved the clean-up method
    • Fixed: A bug where the tweaks might not get installed on some machines
    Changelist for Installer v1.1
    • Added: Tweak profiles (Quality and Performance)
    • Added: Continue installation from last state after clean-up reboot
    • Added: Better error handling and logging capabilities
    • Fixed: GUID will now be recognized properly on all machines
    • Fixed: Clean-up will correctly remove drivers
    • Fixed: Moved Direct Access panel (nvmccs.dll) from default driver install to optional installer component (under driver fixes)
    What is Sedona?
    Sedona is the codename for the new NVIDIA Control Panel. It's a module based control panel that works a bit like the Microsoft Management Console. It's still under heavy development and still contains alot of bugs. For example, the latest nTune (which also uses Sedona) will not be compatible with the Sedona being shipped with the drivers. Don't fret, even if you choose to install the new control panel, you'll be able to switch back to the classic one without reinstalling.

    About the drivers
    No tweaks have been added to the .inf-file itself, only compatibility for more cards and resolutions. The tweaks are added by the installer during the installation. Nearly all NVIDIA cards are supported (there might be some problems with earlier generations, but it doesn't hurt to try!). Mobile GPUs are still not supported, but will be added at a later stage.

    What's with the Ultra?
    The idea behind these drivers are to create a small sized driver set that will attract users that want either performance and/or improved quality. It will leave it's beta stage when the major bugs are squashed to enter the release candidate stage. The name ForceWareUltra is just a placeholder for now, it might change, it might not. Though I am getting quite fond of the name, I might hold on to it. As I am still looking for people that can improve the installer (add more tweaks and fixes), don't hesitate in contacting me.

    Guru3D - Home sweet home!
    These drivers will have their home here, and can be discussed here. I will try tro release new driver sets as soon as they've been released by NVIDIA. So you'll see some fast releases!

    Beta installer - Disclaimer
    This installer is in beta, so there might be bugs. I don't take any responsibility for what might happen to you or your computer by using it. You may wonder why I don't wait to release until it's stable. The answer is simple; I need your help to be able to make it stable. Since I'm no super mega corporation like NVIDIA with nearly unlimited funds I don't have the insane range of hardware to test on. So if you want to help me beta test, you're welcome to play the part as Guinea Pig!

    Best regards,

    Menion
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2008
  2. Cry

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    Hi,

    Would you like a host for you files? I would be more than happy to host them on my website for you?

    Feel free to contact me:

    email: steve@mcneice.net
    msn : admin@linnisworld.com

    Regards
    Steve
     
  3. Phyxion

    Phyxion Banned

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    If you need more hosting, you can always PM me, I already uploaded the lastest set to my 100MBit :)
     
  4. mirecek1965

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    I dont know why it is, but when i play Dreamfall, only Dreamfall, this often goes to BSOD and says nv_disp is causing an error. This experienced only with Ultra set of drivers prior to 84.56. This set i dont try, because i have bad feeling of it. I try NGO 84.56 set and everything goes fine. Any suggestions?
    Sorry for my english, its no my native lang.
     

  5. Alfaneo

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    very dear Menion
    please do something for the ones who are in digital editing.
    I dont play games but Im director I edit (better then games thx God)
    I use your drivers Im happy with them. But for digital editing there might be something more. :dave:
    do Iwant much.
    thx Menion
     
  6. mirecek1965

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    I trying install this set, but its not install on my AGP 6800GT. Says no device or something similar. Best regards :)
     
  7. Old_Fart_UK

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    Still not installing on my AGP6800GT my friend.....

    :(

    but then again, the size of the installer hasn't changed, so can you confirm that the NEW file is actually being hosted, and not the older version??
    Steve
     
  8. pmanipole

    pmanipole Master Guru

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    tried these drivers and oblivation locks up after several minutes. the game gets real laggy first then black screen of death.
     
  9. orgnlprankster7

    orgnlprankster7 Master Guru

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    ive noticed that almost everyone with a 6800gt or 6800 can install this driver. witch is a shame couse i really want this.
     
  10. Menion

    Menion Member Guru

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    They who still can't install, please contact me through msn so we can fix this problem together! I don't have a 6800-card available so I have no idea what's wrong...

    Thanks
     

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    This driver kicks butt, but i had take of antialiasing ect.. off :)
     
  12. Menion

    Menion Member Guru

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    I'll be leaving in about 20 days for summer work. I'll be gone for three months or more, depends really... During this time I won't be able to access internet, so I can't update with any upcoming driver sets.

    During this time it would be nice to have someone else to update the driver sets for me ;) It's not that hard! So if anyone would be intrested just contact me, and I can teach you how to do it.

    Regards,

    Menion
     
  13. kokotovicjebavs

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    It is giving me error message 'Display device not found' or sth similiar
    GF6600, AOC19 something, XPSP2.. any advices?
     
  14. Menion

    Menion Member Guru

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    I am working on a new driver set (84.66) and a new installer (1.2.2).

    The new driver set will include the new control panel (Sedona) and the new installer will hopefully address some of the problems that people are having right now (device could not be found etc.).

    EDIT: Well, I've released it now ;)

    Regards,

    Menion
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2006
  15. juke

    juke Maha Guru

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    Would you please add cards that are not included in the original forceware release? It's a real hassle to install your modified drivers since you did not used a common exe or archiving program.

    You can use this thread to add the cards to the list. Thanks
    http://forums.guru3d.com//showthread.php?t=171843

    Also, please re-release your previous versions with the better card support list. Thanks.
     

  16. Menion

    Menion Member Guru

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    I've already added card support, it's been there from the first release. The problem with the "device could not be found" has nothing to do with that. It was a bug in the installer that messed up the device ID if the user didn't have a nForce-based motherboard.
     
  17. kokotovicjebavs

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    After reboot windows device dialog shows and it doesnt find any display device (its saying Unknown display device or something) and than the installator just **** up and wont continue. Had no problems with any driver b4so far. XP SP2 CZE, AOC 19 FLAT (dunno #), Asus GF6600 AGP 8x (on asus motherboard K8V-X, Via chipset, using newest Via drivers)

    ForceWareUltra Installer log
    Installer version: 1.2.3
    Driver set: 84.66 (x86)
    Date: 14-5-2006
    Beginning of log
    [15:01:37] Installer initialized
    [15:01:53] Checked if driver clean-up has been made. Returned:
    [15:01:57] User chose to do a driver clean-up
    [15:01:57] Looking for display device...
    [15:01:58] Found: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00F2&SUBSYS_81B11043&REV_A2
    [15:01:58] Removing old drivers...
    [15:02:24] PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00F2&SUBSYS_81B11043&REV_A2\4&3600494A&0&0008: Removed on reboot
    [15:02:24] Deleting remaining driver services.
    [15:02:24] Done.
    [15:02:25] Added RunOnce registry entry.
    [15:02:34] Installation finished.
    [15:02:34] Cleaning up...
    [15:02:34] Rebooting.
    --- Continuing after reboot
    [15:04:10] Installer initialized
    [15:04:11] Checked if driver clean-up has been made. Returned: 1
    [15:04:11] Driver clean-up was skipped.
    [15:04:22] Looking for display device...
    [15:05:09] Display device could not be found! Aborting.
    [15:05:09] Installation aborted.
    [15:05:09] Cleaning up...
    End of log
     
  18. juke

    juke Maha Guru

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    @Menion

    I think you forgot to add some cards.


    Your driver's supported cards list:

     
  19. juke

    juke Maha Guru

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    Wolverine69r's list:

     
  20. juke

    juke Maha Guru

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    Anyway, please re-check the list if you have more spare time. It would really help newbies looking for the best driver/s. Your mod could easily be in the top 2 or 3 based on the feedback alone.

    I didn't look for specific cards lacking in your list. I just did a quick page down. Your list was 5 page downs, the other list is 7. :)
     

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