Friday, 7 September 2007

Patch me up.

Well i must admit i am thoroughly enjoying playing Bioshock, some may argue my current position within the game for the amount of time ive been playing it, but id rather take it in fully rather than rush through it!

If you are interested by any means im pretty much on the Neptunes level after using the camera to snap shot spider splicers. One thing that would be nice to know is... can you retrieve your camera pictures from anywhere as itll make for some pretty cool screen shots, being as XFire seems to fail point blank with its screenshot system (which i believe is something to do with it being a 64bit system?

One thing that is still annoying me about Bioshock is the frequant crashes i am still sustaining :-( the game IS playable, but keeps suffering the odd artifact and graphic crashes, although nothing like the greif myself and others have had from the 162.22 drivers! And i can nearly always count on it when i try to pick up a Tonic within the game that i will suffer an complete system lockup! I was also getting this when using the clown vendor things but that seems to have subsided.

The only thing is i have resorted to saving the game very often, which has helped me out quite a few times so far! :-D

On another note i decided to have a driver hunt to see if anything new has been released. Starting off with NVIDIA themselves, no new graphics drivers but i have found a newer version of the nForce drivers (15.08) so theyll be going on soon.

Also on the NVIDIA site i found a link regarding Vista hotfixes relating to some Direct X 10 and SLI problems encountered in Vista.

There are 4 in total, and checking on my installed updates, 2 had already made it down through Windows Update, but i have been missing the other 2. A quick trip to the MS website and a a download later i have them ready to go. If im lucky i may have some results, as one of the is to help fix a problem with SLI dual graphics cards, where the 2nd card is not utlilsed correctly, which is one thing ive been convinced of with my system for a while now!

Heres the link to the NVIDIA site itself -> http://www.nvidia.com/object/windows_vista_hotfixes.html

And heres the extract itself... (the two hotfixes im concerned with are the first two... 940105 and 936710)

 The following hotfixes are recommended for GeForce 6, 7, and 8 series customers running 3D applications on Microsoft Windows Vista:
1) Hotfix for GeForce customers running DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 applications:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940105. This hotfix resolves abnormal application behavior such as crashes and extremely low frame rates when running some 3D applications at very high graphics settings. This issue is not limited to, but has been most commonly noticed on high-end graphics cards and the following applications: Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, Civilization IV, Company of Heroes, Half-Life 2, Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II, Supreme Commander, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas.

In order for this hotfix to be effective, GeForce customers must also update to the latest ForceWare Release 163 drivers:

Windows Vista 32-bit
Windows Vista 64-bit


2) Hotfix for SLI customers running DirectX 10 applications:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936710. This hotfix resolves occurrences of low frame rates on some DirectX 10 applications when SLI is enabled. Performance improvements will vary depending on the application and the graphics driver version.

3) Hotfix for GeForce customers:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938194. This hotfix improves the compatibility and reliability of Windows Vista. It can be downloaded from this link or from Windows Update.

4) Hotfix for GeForce customers:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938979. This hotfix improves the performance and reliability of Windows Vista. It can be downloaded from this link or from Windows Update.
 

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