Tunning your laptop graphics

I recently bought an Acer Aspire 5920G laptop. It is my first laptop and it comes with a nice GeForce 8600M GT graphics card. Although the GeForce 8600M is not the most powerfull graphics card on the market it is a good one for a laptop, being able to handle DirectX10 and Shader Model 4.0 pretty well.

One of the things that drew my attention on this laptop was how old its drivers were, and I mean REALLY OLD! Its graphics card driver dates April 2007. My first thought was “lets check for new graphics driver at nVidia” but after some searching I found that many graphics drivers for laptops are provided directly by their vendor (this is because each laptop may use a modified driver version). Going to Acer driver download page I found that I was already using their latest drivers… O.o

Because nVidia has a Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) I thought it might be possible to install their latest drivers on my laptop and after some search I found the solution at laptopvideo2go. There you can find modded INF files that allows you to intall the latest nVidia drivers on your laptop. I tried their Forceware 177.35 driver mod for Windows Vista and it worked great! If you have a laptop make it a try.

Comments (3)

  1. Olá Bruno,

    Acompanho o seu trabalho a algum tempo e gostaria de parabenizá-lo.

    Aproveitando, gostaria de sugerir uma seção no site com alguns livros que você recomenda a leitura (tópicos diversos relacionados a programação de jogos, etc).

    Eu particularmente gostei muito do OpenGL Superbible (a quarta edição), do 3D Math Primer for Graphics and Game Development e do Expert C Programming.

    Abraços.

  2. Oi Vitor,

    Uma maneira legal de ter referências de artigos e materiais recentes relacionados a jogos é seguir blogs, e twitters de pessoas que trabalham na indústria.

    Eu gosto de livros, mas salvo algumas exceções (como oReal Time Rendering), o material geralmente está desatualizado em mais de um ano.

    Na área de CG, os livros mais recentes e que recomendo são: Real Time Rendering, GPU Gems, ShaderX e GPU Pro.

    Abraços

  3. É verdade.

    Nestas horas o twitter ajuda bastante a encontrar outros profissionais.

    Obrigado Bruno.

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