DJT Feb 20 @ 2:50pm
Do I really need to update my graphics card drivers before playing?
Reading the system requirements, this game is tested to work with nvidia driver 327.23. I'm on 314.22. I never update the driver for my graphics card because, to be honest, I don't want to fix what ain't broken and sometimes when I hear stories of folks who update their drivers, I heard of bad things that could happen like their graphics card getting fried or etc.

Will I be ok if I play without updating the driver or if I should, any precautions I should take? Sorry I'm a bit worried.
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Spawk Feb 20 @ 2:58pm 
Video card drivers are updated in order to increase performance and compatibility, not to make things worse. You're much worse off not updating them, especially in your case, since your driver version is almost a year old. The vocal minority on the internet who always claim they are having trouble with the latest drivers are usually experiencing issues that go beyond just their video card drivers.

You're also not going to fry your graphics card with drivers. If you're gonna fry your graphics card, it's going to be because of hardware failure, not because of official software written specifically for your video card by people working for the company that created your video card :)

Anyway, if you really do feel that a particular driver version isn't working for you (which is unlikely) you can always just revert to the previous version. It's not like you'll be stuck with it. It's not some sort of life-changing decision.
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Blutgrätsche777 Feb 20 @ 5:40pm 
old cyber proverb says: never touch a running system.
in that sense i understand his worries.
only answer i have at that point is: go try, it should run. why wouldnt it!?
if not try the update.^^


as to constantly download patchworkx of different type for nearly each and every software running on systems out there: i think its overestimated.... since every new update may force followup issues in some cases, which then have to be fixed again and as then the next patch comes out, there will be some sort of bounces again which will surely be sorted next time and so on... ^^ loop
DJT Feb 21 @ 9:01pm 
I started playing. It runs beautifully and smoothly but there are some framerate drops in some areas. Otherwise it's playable. My first guess was because V-Sync is on by default in the game's graphics settings. I turned it off but then I noticed some tearing. In other words, when in motion, the image with split horizontally in 1 second. The refresh rate of my monitor is 60hz. If I buy a new monitor with a higher refresh rate, would it make the difference?
Spawk Feb 21 @ 9:47pm 
Originally posted by Wheel of Torture:
I started playing. It runs beautifully and smoothly but there are some framerate drops in some areas. Otherwise it's playable. My first guess was because V-Sync is on by default in the game's graphics settings. I turned it off but then I noticed some tearing. In other words, when in motion, the image with split horizontally in 1 second. The refresh rate of my monitor is 60hz. If I buy a new monitor with a higher refresh rate, would it make the difference?
It would help, but not with this game, since the frame rate is hard capped at 63.

Anyway, the tearing is easy to fix. Enable V-sync ingame, then download and install RivaTuner[downloads.guru3d.com]. Open D3DOverrider in your RivaTuner install folder (RivaTuner v2.24 MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 edition\Tools\D3DOverrider), select AC4BFSP from the list and select 'force triple buffering'. No more frame drops due to V-sync and no more tearing.
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greg8west(OCN) Feb 21 @ 10:47pm 
You should really take 30 minutes out of your day to learn how a computer works, especially if you plan to play games on one :I
DJT Feb 21 @ 11:59pm 
Originally posted by Ultimacy:
Originally posted by Wheel of Torture:
I started playing. It runs beautifully and smoothly but there are some framerate drops in some areas. Otherwise it's playable. My first guess was because V-Sync is on by default in the game's graphics settings. I turned it off but then I noticed some tearing. In other words, when in motion, the image with split horizontally in 1 second. The refresh rate of my monitor is 60hz. If I buy a new monitor with a higher refresh rate, would it make the difference?
It would help, but not with this game, since the frame rate is hard capped at 63.

Anyway, the tearing is easy to fix. Enable V-sync ingame, then download and install RivaTuner[downloads.guru3d.com]. Open D3DOverrider in your RivaTuner install folder (RivaTuner v2.24 MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2009 edition\Tools\D3DOverrider), select AC4BFSP from the list and select 'force triple buffering'. No more frame drops due to V-sync and no more tearing.

I forgot to mentioned I never updated my driver before playing. It's still playable so far other than the minor issues.

Originally posted by greg8west(OCN):
You should really take 30 minutes out of your day to learn how a computer works, especially if you plan to play games on one :I

It's good to learn new things but the question is, am I able to remember everything I learn?
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Sminky_Get Feb 23 @ 10:35am 
I've had newer Drivers totaly ruin older games so i'm with the OP. I'm very unliklyto update anytime soon.
46 and 2 Feb 23 @ 10:36am 
you need to update because they make changes to the driver code to make the game run better and smoother.
Spawk Feb 23 @ 10:58am 
Originally posted by Sminky_Get:
I've had newer Drivers totaly ruin older games so i'm with the OP. I'm very unliklyto update anytime soon.
What games would that be?
ᵏᶤᵚᶤ‰ Feb 23 @ 12:26pm 
depends on the card
an older 5 series card will be fine on 314
Devastator Feb 23 @ 2:47pm 
Originally posted by Wheel of Torture:
I started playing. It runs beautifully and smoothly but there are some framerate drops in some areas. Otherwise it's playable. My first guess was because V-Sync is on by default in the game's graphics settings. I turned it off but then I noticed some tearing. In other words, when in motion, the image with split horizontally in 1 second. The refresh rate of my monitor is 60hz. If I buy a new monitor with a higher refresh rate, would it make the difference?

I used a 144Hz monitor..not always..depends no ur gpu, if you can output 144 frames ;)
46 and 2 Feb 24 @ 2:06pm 
but that 314 might not be opmized for cod ghosts.
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LeadStarDude Feb 24 @ 10:21pm 
UPDATE NOW!!! The latest WHQL driver 334.89 is awesome. I have actually gained a significant performance boost in all of my games. Also my 3D Mark Fire Strike benchmark test results went up over 60 points with this new driver compared to 332.29.

Why in the world would you stick to such an old driver? Every new driver gives better performance & adds more games to compatibility. You don't lose anything at all. You only gain from new drivers...
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