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GeForce Drivers Control Panel Quick Start Guide

Driver Release 177 for Windows NVIDIA Corporation June 2008

Published by NVIDIA Corporation 2701 San Tomas Expressway Santa Clara, CA 95050 Copyright 2008 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. This software may not, in whole or in part, be copied through any means, mechanical, electromechanical, or otherwise, without the express permission of NVIDIA Corporation. Information furnished is believed to be accurate and reliable. However, NVIDIA assumes no responsibility for the consequences of use of such information nor for any infringement of patents or other rights of third parties, which may result from its use. No License is granted by implication or otherwise under any patent or patent rights of NVIDIA Corporation. Specifications mentioned in the software are subject to change without notice. NVIDIA Corporation products are not authorized for use as critical components in life support devices or systems without express written approval of NVIDIA Corporation. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, Detonator, Digital Vibrance Control, ForceWare, GeForce, nForce, nView, NVKeystone, NVRotate, Personal Cinema, PowerMizer, Quadro, RIVA, TNT, TNT2, TwinView, and Vanta are registered trademarks or trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. International Color Consortium and the ICC logo are registered trademarks of the International Color Consortium. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel. DirectX, Microsoft, Microsoft Internet Explorer logo, Outlook, PowerPoint, Windows, Windows logo, Windows NT, and/or other Microsoft products referenced in this guide are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.

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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
About the NVIDIA Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Getting Support and Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

2. Understanding the NVIDIA Control Panel


Opening and Closing the New NVIDIA Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 About the NVIDIA Control Panel Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

3. Accomplishing NVIDIA Control Panel Tasks


Starting the NVIDIA Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Accomplishing NVIDIA Control Panel Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

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Figure 2.1 Figure 2.2 Figure 2.3 Figure 2.4 Figure 2.5 NVIDIA Control Panel Home PageWindows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 NVIDIA Control Panel Home PageWindows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 NVIDIA Control Panel Select a Task pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Navigation History Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 NVIDIA Control Panel View Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Table 2.1 File Menu Commands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Table 2.2 Edit Menu Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Table 2.3 View Menu Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Table 2.4 Help Menu Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Table 2.5 Profiles Menu Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Table 2.6 Display Menu Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Table 2.7 3D Settings Menu Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Table 2.8 Workstation Menu Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Table 3.1 Graphics Driver Tasks in the NVIDIA Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

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INTRODUCTION
ThisquickstartisaddressedtousersoftheNVIDIAControlPanelsoftware.This guidefocusesongettingyouupandrunningwithyourNVIDIAsoftware. FortechnicaldetailsonthefeaturesandbenefitsoftheNVIDIAControlPanel softwareanddetailsaboutsupportedproducts,drivers,andothersoftware,referto theNVIDIAwebpagewww.nvidia.com. Thischapterdiscussesthefollowingmajortopics: AbouttheNVIDIAControlPanelonpage 2 GettingSupportandInformationonpage 5

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About the NVIDIA Control Panel


WelcometotheNVIDIAControlPanel,designedforMicrosoftWindowsXPand WindowsVista.YoucanuseNVIDIAControlPaneltocontrolyourNVIDIA hardwareandaccessotherNVIDIAsoftwareinstalledonyoursystem.

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Overview
Inadditiontosettingupbasicdisplayconfigurationssuchasdisplayresolution, refreshrate,andmultipledisplayuse,youcan: Tuneyour3Dsettingswithrealtimepreviewtomaximizeperformanceorimage quality Customizehow3Dapplicationsworkinyoursystem Adjustyourscreencolorsandcontrast Setcustomtimings Controlvideoimagesettings ChangeyourHDTVformat ControlyournotebooksystempowerusingPowerMizer ControlspecialworkstationfeaturessuchasFrameSynchronization.

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Feature Differences from the Classic Control Panel


ThefollowingarefeaturesthatwereavailableintheNVIDIAclassiccontrolpanel, butwhicharenotavailableinthenewNVIDIAControlPanel: Creating/ImportingColorProfiles HighResolutionScalableDesktop MultiViewDisplayMode(forNVIDIAQuadroNVSgraphicscards) VideoZoom EdgeBlending nViewDesktopManager nViewDesktopManagerisavailableasaseparateappletforWindowsXPonly.

Supported Operating Systems


NVIDIARelease177GraphicsdriversareavailableforthefollowingMicrosoft Windowsoperatingsystems: WindowsXPMediaCenterEdition2005UpdateRollup2 WindowsXPMediaCenterEdition2005 WindowsXPMediaCenterEdition2004 WindowsXPProfessional WindowsXPHomeEdition WindowsXPProfessionalx64Edition WindowsServer2003x64Edition WindowsVistaHomeBasic WindowsVistaHomePremium WindowsVistaBusiness WindowsVistaEnterpriseEdition WindowsVistaUltimate

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Supported NVIDIA Products


RefertothereleasenotesandNVIDIAdriverdownloadsiteforthelistofproducts supportedbythedriverversionthatyouhaveinstalledonyourcomputer.

Supported Languages
TheNVIDIARelease177GraphicsDriversupportsthefollowinglanguagesinthe NVIDIAControlPanel: English(USA) English(UK) Arabic Chinese(Simplified) Chinese(Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch Finnish French German Greek Hebrew Hungarian Italian Japanese Korean Norwegian Polish Portuguese(Brazil) Portuguese(Euro/Iberian) Russian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Spanish(LatinAmerica) Swedish Thai Turkish

Other NVIDIA Software Applications


Ifinstalled,otherNVIDIAsoftwarethatyoucanaccessfromtheNVIDIAControl Panelincludes: NVIDIASystemToolsPerformancegroupandSystemUpdate NVIDIAMediaShieldTM NVIDIANetworkAccessManager Seetherespectiveuserdocumentationforinformationabouttheseapplicationsand instructionsonhowtousethem.

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Getting Support and Information

Online Help
Toopentheonlinehelp,either: PressF1onyourkeyboard,or SelectHelpfromtheNVIDIAControlPanelmenubarandthenselectNVIDIA ControlPanelHelp. HelponvarioustopicscanbeviewedusingtheContents,Index,orSearchtabs. Also,whenasettingonthecontrolpanelisdisabled(grayedout)andyouplacethe cursoronthesetting,theUserAssistanceareaindicatesthereasonitisdisabled.

Technical Support
ToaccesstheNVIDIATechnicalSupportwebpagegothefollowingwebaddress: http://www.nvidia.com/page/support.html

System Information
YoucangetdetailedinformationaboutyoursystemandtheNVIDIAControlPanel configurationaswellasversionandcopyrightinformation. ToviewcopyrightandversioninformationabouttheNVIDIAControlPanel: FromtheHelpmenu,selectAboutNVIDIAControlPanel. Toviewdetailedsysteminformation: OpentheSystemInformationdialogboxbyeitherselectingSystemInformation fromtheHelpmenu,orbyclickingtheSystemInformationlinkatthelowerleft corneroftheNVIDIAControlPanel. ClickanyofthetabsintheSystemInformationdialogbox.

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UNDERSTANDING THE NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL


ThischapterdescribestheNVIDIAControlPanelinthefollowingsections: OpeningandClosingtheNewNVIDIAControlPanelonpage 2 AbouttheNVIDIAControlPanelInterfaceonpage 3

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Opening and Closing the New NVIDIA Control Panel


YoucanopentheNVIDIAControlPanelinseveralways: RightclicktheWindowsXPorWindowsVistadesktop,thenclickNVIDIA ControlPanelfromthecontextmenu,or ForWindowsXP FromtheWindowsStartmenu,selectControlPanel,thenintheControlPanel window,doubleclickontheNVIDIAControlPanelicon.

ForWindowsVista FromtheClassicViewoftheWindowsVistaControlPanel,clicktheNVIDIA ControlPanelicon,or

FromtheControlPanelHomeviewoftheWindowsVistaControlPanel,click AdditionalOptionsandthenclickNVIDIAControlPanelfromtheAdditional Optionspage. ToclosetheNVIDIAControlPanel, FromtheFilemenu,selectExit,or ClicktheCloseboxintheupperrightcorneroftheprogramwindow.

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About the NVIDIA Control Panel Interface


TheNVIDIAControlPanelprovidesaneasytouseinterfaceformanagingyour system. Whenyoustarttheprogramforthefirsttime,theNVIDIAControlPanelopenstothe firstpagelistedinthenavigationtree.Onsubsequentvisits,thecontrolpanel reopenstothelastpagevisited.TheNVIDIAControlPaneluserinterfaceconsistsof thesemainareas,asshowninFigure2.1andFigure2.2: MainTaskArea SelectaTask(Navigationtree) Menubar Toolbar.
Tool Bar Menu Bar

Select a Task Pane

Control Panel Main Task Area

Figure 2.1

NVIDIA Control Panel Home PageWindows XP

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Tool Bar Menu Bar

Select a Task Pane

Control Panel Main Task Area

Figure 2.2

NVIDIA Control Panel Home PageWindows Vista

Using the Main Task Area


Themaintaskarea,intherightpane,displaystheapplicationtaskpages.Thisareaof thescreeniswhereyouwillfocusmostofyourattentionasyouusetheNVIDIA ControlPaneltoaccomplishyourgoals.Youcanaccessspecificpagesusingthe navigationtreeintheSelectaTaskpane.

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Using the Select a Task Pane


ThenavigationtreeintheSelect a Task paneshowsalltheprimaryNVIDIAControl pagesthatareinstalledonyoursystem. Thepagesaregroupedaccordingtothesamecategoriesthatexistedintheprevious versionoftheNVIDIAControlPanel.

Click to expand or collapse the group list.


Figure 2.3

Click to open the corresponding page in the main task area.

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Using the Tool Bar


TheToolbarprovidesquickbackandforthnavigationbetweenpages,andalsolets youchooseaviewsetting.

Using the Navigation Buttons


Thebackandforwardbuttonsletyounavigatesequentiallyamongpagesthatyou havevisited. Youcanalsonavigatedirectlytoapreviouslyvisitedpagebyclickingthelistarrow nexttothebackbutton.Thedropdownmenulistsallthepreviouslyvisitedpagesin thequeue.Clickthepagethatyouwant.

Figure 2.4

Navigation History Menu

Working with View Settings


Thecurrentlyselectedviewdetermineswhatoptionsoneachpageareavailable..

Figure 2.5

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Therearethreeavailableviews: Standard Advanced Custom MostcommandsareavailableforbothStandardandAdvancedviews.However, someoptionsareavailableonlyiftheAdvancedviewisselectedbeforeopeningthe page.Also,taskpageoptionsmaydifferentdependingontheselectedview.Ifthe commandyourelookingforisnotdisplayed,selectadifferentview. Tochangetheview: FromtheViewmenu,selectStandard,Advanced,orCustom. Note:FortheCustomcommandtobeavailable,youmustdefineacustomviewas describedinthefollowingsection.

Defining Custom Views


YoucancustomizeNVIDIAControlPaneltodisplayonlythetaskpagesyouwantto seeanduse. Tospecifywhichthepagestodisplay: 1 SelectView>DefineCustomView...orforquickeraccess,usethetoolbarifyou haveitenabled. 2 OntheCreateCustomViewpage,select(check)thecheckboxesforthepagesthat youwanttoviewandclickOK. 3 ToleavetheCustomViewmode,selecteitherStandardorAdvancedfromthe Viewmenuorforquickeraccess,usethetoolbarifyouhaveitenabled. 4 Toswitchbacktoyourcustomview,selectCustom.

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Using the Menu Bar


TheMenu barcontainsstandardWindowsmenusandmenusspecifictotheNVIDIA ControlPanel,suchastheViewandProfilesmenus. Menusthatareavailableonthemenubarmayvary,dependingontheNVIDIA ControlPanelgroup(suchas,Display,Mobile,3DSettings,orothergroup)youare using.

File Menu
Commandsrelatedtoprinting,applyingchanges,andexitingtheprogramare availableontheFilemenu.
Table 2.1

File Menu Commands


Description
Set up the current task page for printing. This control may not be available. Print the current task page. This control may not be available. Preview the page before sending it to the printer. This control may not be

File Menu Command


Page Setup ... Print... Print Preview.... Exit

available.

Close the NVIDIA Control Panel program.

Edit Menu
Commandsrelatedtocutting,copying,pasting,andselectingitemsareavailableon theEditmenu.
Table 2.2

Edit Menu Commands


Description
available.
Cut the selected text and place in the clipboard. This control may not be

Edit Menu Command


Cut Copy Paste Select All

Copy the selected text and place in the clipboard. This control may not be

available.

This control may not be available.

Paste the text currently in the clipboard to the location of the Windows cursor.

Select all items on the current page. This control may not be available.

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View Menu
CommandsrelatedtoviewingthevariouspagesintheNVIDIAControlPanel applicationmodulesareavailableontheViewmenu.
Table 2.3

View Menu Commands


Description
Select to view and access the majority of commonly used and simpler tasks in the NVIDIA Control Panel applications. When the Standard command appears with a check mark, this means that the Standard view is currently active on your NVIDIA Control Panel active. Select to view and access certain complex tasks in the NVIDIA Control Panel applications. These tasks often require some advanced experience using graphics hardware and software (drivers). When the Advanced command appears with a check mark, this means that the Advanced view is currently active on your NVIDIA Control Panel. Select to choose a custom view. This command appears on the View menu only if you have used the Define Custom Views command to customize showing/ hiding specific screens. To see only those application pages you want to see and use based on the application modules (Display, 3D Settings, etc.) that are installed on your system, select Define Custom Views from the View menu. This is selected by default, and adds the NVIDIA Control Panel menu item to the desktop context menu. (Windows XP only) Select to show the NVIDIA Control Panel notification tray icon in the Windows taskbar notification area. Clicking the NVIDIA Control Panel notification icon offers a quick way to configure key NVIDIA Control Panel settings.

View Menu Command


Standard

Advanced

Custom Define Custom View Add Desktop Context Menu Show Notification Tray Icon

Help Menu
Commandsrelatedtoaccessinghelp,systeminformation,andcopyrightandversion informationareavailableontheHelpmenu.
Table 2.4

Help Menu Commands


Description
Access the NVIDIA Control Panel online help. View detailed information about your system and the NVIDIA Control Panel configuration. View NVIDIA Control Panel version and copyright information.

Help Menu Command


NVIDIA Control Panel Help System Information About NVIDIA Control Panel

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Group-Specific Menus
Thesmenusappearonlywhenpagesfromaspecificgroupareopen.

Profiles Menu
Commandsrelatedtosaving,loading,anddeletingprofilesareavailableonthe Profilesmenu.
Table 2.5
Load... Save... Delete...

Profiles Menu Commands


Description
Load a profile of display settings you have previously saved. Click to open the Load Desktop Profile dialog box and select a .nvp file. Save the current configuration to a profile file. Click to open the Save Desktop Profile and enter a name and path for the .nvp file. Delete a profile. Click to open the Delete Desktop Profile dialog box and locate a profile to delete.

Profiles Menu Command

Display Menu
ThismenuitemappearsonlywhenaDisplaygrouppageisopen.
Table 2.6

Display Menu Commands


Description
Select to identify the displays configured with your system.

Display Menu Command


Identify Displays

3D Settings Menu
Thismenuitemappearsonlywhena3DSettingsgrouppageisopenonanSLI system.
Table 2.7

3D Settings Menu Commands


Description
Select to verify that SLI rendering is enabled and working.

Display Menu Command


Show SLI Visual Indicators

Workstation Menu
ThismenuitemappearsonlywhenaWorkstationgrouppageisopen.
Table 2.8

Workstation Menu Commands


Description
Select to refresh the graphical representation of the displays and graphics cards installed on your system.

Display Menu Command


Refresh View

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ACCOMPLISHING NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL TASKS


ThischapterprovidesinstructionsonhowtousetheNVIDIAControlPanelto accomplishcommontasks.Itcontainsthefollowingsections: StartingtheNVIDIAControlPanel AccomplishingNVIDIAControlPanelTasks Note:ForWindowsVistaSeveralfeaturesarecurrentlyunderdevelopmentfor WindowsVistaandarenotyetsupportedintheNVIDIAControlPanel. Consultthereleasenotesforthelatestlistofunsupportedfeatures.

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Starting the NVIDIA Control Panel


1 LaunchtheNVIDIAControlPanel: UnderWindowsXP: RightclicktheWindowsdesktop,thenclickNVIDIAControlPanelfromthe contextmenu,or FromtheWindowsStartmenu,selectControlPanel,then intheControlPanelwindow,doubleclicktheNVIDIA ControlPanelicon. UnderWindowsVista: RightclicktheWindowsdesktop,thenclickNVIDIAControlPanelfromthe contextmenu,or a ClicktheStarticon,thenfromtheStartmenuclickControlPanel. b FromtheClassicViewoftheWindowsVistaControlPanel,clicktheNVIDIA ControlPanelicon,or FromtheControlPanelHomeviewoftheWindowsVistaControlPanel,click AdditionalOptionsandthenclickNVIDIAControlPanelfromtheAdditional Optionspage.

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ThegroupsthatappearintheSelectaTaskpanedependontheNVIDIA hardwaresoftwareisinstalledonyoursystem.Forexample,theMobilegroupis notavailableondesktopsystems. 2 FromthenavigationtreeintheSelectaTaskpane,clickoneofthelinkstoopena specifictaskpage. Eachgroupinthenavigationtreelistsdifferenttasksthatyoucanaccomplish,and eachtaskpageprovidesinstructionsonhowtoaccomplishwhatyouwant.Move thecursoroverlistedoptionstoseeadescriptionandtypicalusagescenariofor thatoption. Detailedinstructionsforeachtaskarealsoavailablethroughtheonlinehelp.

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Guide to Locating Tasks
TheNVIDIAControlPanelprovidesanintuitivelayoutforlocatinggraphicsdriver controls,includingmostofthecontrolsthatwereavailablewiththeClassicNVIDIA ControlPanel. Table3.1liststhefeaturesaspresentedintheClassicControlPanelandidentifiesthe pageintheNVIDIAControlPanelwhereyoucanfindthecorrespondingcontrols.
Table 3.1
Feature
Advanced Timings Antialiasing Application Profiles Color Depth Custom Timings Desktop Color Settings Driver Settings Desktop Overlap

Graphics Driver Tasks in the NVIDIA Control Panel


NVIDIA Control Panel Group - Page
Display - Manage Custom Resolutions 3D Settings - Manage 3D Settings 3D Settings - Manage 3D Settings Display - Change Resolution Display - Manage Custom Resolutions Display - Adjust Desktop Color Settings 3D Settings - Manage 3D Settings Workstation - Adjust Edge Overlap Available only with NVIDIA Quadro FX cards under Windows XP. Not available with Windows Vista. Available only with NVIDIA Quadro G-Sync cards under Windows XP. Not available with Windows Vista. Not available with Windows Vista. Not available with GeForce 8 Series GPUs or later.

Notes

Frame Synchronization

Workstation - Synchronize Displays

Full-screen video mirror

Video & Television - Modify Full-Screen Video Options Video & Television - Change the Signal or HD Format Display - Set Up Multiple Dislays Display - Set Up Multiple Displays

HDTV Setup Multi-display configuration nView Clone Mode

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Table 3.1
Feature

Graphics Driver Tasks in the NVIDIA Control Panel


NVIDIA Control Panel Group - Page
Display - Set Up Multiple Displays Display - Rotate Display 3D Settings - Adjust Image Settings with Preview Mobile - Change PowerMizer Settings Display - Change Resolution Display - Change Resolution Display - Move CRT Screen Position Video & Television - Adjust Screen Size and Position Workstation - Send Graphics to SDI Output Available only with NVIDIA Quadro FX SDI cards under Windows XP. Not available with Windows Vista Available only with notebook computers. Not available with Windows Vista.

Notes
Not available with Windows Vista

nView Span Modes NVRotate Performance and Quality Settings PowerMizer

Refresh Rate Settings Resolution Settings Screen Position on CRT Screen Position on TV SDI (Graphics to SDI Output)

SLI Configuration Temperature Settings TV Setup Video Color Settings Overclocking

3D Settings - Set SLI Configuration Performance Video & Television - Change the Signal or HD Format Video & Television - Adjust Video Color Settings Performance Requires NVIDIA System Tools software Requires NVIDIA System Tools software

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NVIDIA Control Panel Groups


ThissectionprovidesanoverviewoftheNVIDIAControlPanelgroups. UsingtheDisplayPagesonpage 6 UsingtheVideo&TelevisionPagesonpage 7 Usingthe3DSettingsPagesonpage 7 UsingtheMobilePagesonpage 8 UsingtheWorkstationPagesonpage 8 UsingtheNetworkingPagesonpage 9 UsingtheStoragePagesonpage 9 UsingthePerformancePagesonpage 10 UsingtheSystemUpdatePagesonpage 10

Using the Display Pages


Note:ForWindowsVistaSupportforsomefeaturesunderWindowsVistaisin developmentandmaynotbeavailablewithyourGeForcegraphicsdriver version.Consultthereleasenotesforthelatestlistofunsupportedfeatures. Theactualtasksavailableonyoursystemdependonyoursystemhardware,suchas thenumberandtypeofdisplaysconnected.UsetheDisplaygrouppagesto: Runthewizardtooptimizeyourdisplayconfiguration. Changethedisplayresolution. Changethescalingonyourflatpaneldisplay. Adjustcolorsettings. Rotatethedisplay. Adjustcustomtimings(availableunderAdvancedView.) Configuremultipledisplays,includingSpanningorClonemodes. Note:SpanningmodeswillnotbeavailableunderWindowsVista.

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Using the Video & Television Pages


Note:ForWindowsVistaSupportforsomefeaturesunderWindowsVistaisin developmentandmaynotbeavailablewithyourGeForcegraphicsdriver version.Consultthereleasenotesforthelatestlistofunsupportedfeatures. Theactualtasksavailableonyoursystemdependonyoursystemhardware,suchas whetherornotyouhaveaTVconnectedandenabled.UsetheVideo&Television pageto: Adjustvideoandimagecolorsettings. Adjustyourtelevisionpicturequalityandvideocolorsettingsforthebestpossible viewinginitsenvironment. Enablefullscreenvideomirroringsothatyoucanviewfullscreenvideocontent ononedisplaywhiletheotherdisplayhasthesmallervideowindowwithvisible controls. Changethepositionandsizeofthedesktop/videotobestfityourtelevisionor HDTV(highdefinitiontelevision)screen. ChangethesignalformattouseforyourstandardtelevisionorHDTVaswellas changecountryspecificsignalortheHDTVformat.

Using the 3D Settings Pages


Note:ForWindowsVistaSupportforsomefeaturesunderWindowsVistaisin developmentandmaynotbeavailablewithyourGeForcegraphicsdriver version.Consultthereleasenotesforthelatestlistofunsupportedfeatures. Theactualtasksavailableonyoursystemdependonyoursystemhardware,suchas whetherornotyouhaveanSLIreadysystem.Usethe3DSettingspageto: Changetheimageandrenderingsettingsofyour3Dapplicationsandgamesthat utilizeDirect3DandOpenGLtechnology. Assignspecific3Dsettingstoagamesothatthesesettingsautomaticallyload whenagameislaunched(availableunderAdvancedview). SetupyourSLIormultiGPUconfiguration. Note:GPUtemperaturemonitoringandGPUoverclockingfeaturesarenot includedinthe3DSettingspage.Tousethisfunctionalityyoumustinstall NVIDIAnTunesoftware.

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Using the Mobile Pages


TheMobilegroupisavailableiftheNVIDIAsoftwareisinstalledonanotebook computer. Note:TheMobilepageisnotavailableunderWindowsVista. Theactualtasksavailabledependonwhichfeaturesareincludedwithyournotebook system.UsetheMobilepagetoextendyournotebookcomputersbatterylifeusing: NVIDIAPowerMizertechnology NVIDIASmartDimmertechnology

Using the Workstation Pages


TheWorkstationgroupisavailableifyouhaveanNVIDIAQuadroFXgraphicscard installed. Note:ForWindowsVistaWorkstationfeaturesunderWindowsVistaarein developmentandmaynotbeavailablewithyourForceWaregraphicsdriver version.Consultthereleasenotesforthelatestlistofunsupportedfeatures. TheactualtasksavailabledependonwhichNVIDIAQuadroFXproductyouhave installed.UsetheWorkstationpageto: Synchronizeyourdisplaysusingframesyncorgenlocktechnology Viewagraphicalrepresentationofthedisplaysandgraphicscardsinstalledon yoursystem. Manageserialdigitalinterface(SDI)output(requiresNVIDIAQuadroFXSDI solution.) Overlaptheedgesofadjacentdisplays. Note:Displayedgeblendingisnolongeravailable.

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Using the Networking Pages


TheNetworkinggrouppagesarepartofthenForcedriversNetworkingsoftwarefor NVIDIAnForcebasedPCs. UsetheNetworkingpagestooptimizeyournetworkperformanceandincreaseyour networkbandwidthwiththefollowingtechnologies: NVIDIAFirstPacketoffersanewwaytomanagethetrafficonyourpersonal computer,allowingyoutomoreeffectivelymanageandimprovetheperformance ofnetworkedgamesandotherapplicationsthataresensitivetonetworkdelay (latency),suchasVoiceoverIP(VoIP). NVIDIATCP/IPAccelerationtechnologyisanetworkingsolutionthatmovesthe processingofTCP/IPnetworktrafficfromyourcomputersCPUtoitsnForce hardwareresultingingreatlyimprovedsystemperformance. NVIDIATeamingtechnologycombinesalltheNVIDIAEthernetinterfaceson yoursystemtoformateam,resultinginincreasedbandwidthandnetwork redundancy. AlertStandardFormat(ASF)controlsletsyousetupalertsandremotesystem managementinanOSpresentorOSabsentenvironment.

Using the Storage Pages


TheStoragegrouppagesarepartofthenForcedriversMediaShieldStoragesoftware forNVIDIAnForcebasedPCs. UsetheStoragepagesto CreateandmanageRAID0,RAID1,RAID0+1,RAID5,andspanningarrays. RunSMARTtestsonyourRAIDarraydiskdrives.

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Using the Performance Pages


ThePerformancegrouppagesarepartofthenForcedriversSystemToolssoftware forNVIDIAnForcebasedPCs. UsethePerformancepagesto: ManagesystemtuningandprofilesfornForceMCPclocks,voltages,timings,and fans. ManageEnthusiastSystemArchitecture(ESA)components. ViewdetailedsysteminformationforyournForcebasedPC. OverclockyourGeForceGPU.

Using the System Update Pages


TheSystemUpdatepagesarepartofthenForcedriversSystemToolssoftwarefor NVIDIAnForcebasedPCs. Usethesystemupdatepagesto: AutomaticallycheckfornForceandGeForcedriverupdates. UpdateyoursystemBIOS. UpdatefirmwarefortheEnthusiastSystemArchitecture(ESA)components.

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