Hope For Black Screens after Laptop Lid Closed and Reopend in Vista

Dear NVIDIA Customer,

On behalf of the NVIDIA Vista Quality Assurance team, we would like to thank you for your participation and assistance in improving our products.

We are writing to let you know that there will be a new Windows Vista Beta driver release available to download from NVIDIA in the next few days. This is a new driver which will support GeForce 6, 7 and 8 series graphics boards; it does not support GeForce Go mobile GPUs. Please continue to check with your notebook manufacturer for a new driver for GeForce Go GPUs. GeForce FX users should continue to use the v96.85 driver.

The Vista Quality Assurance homepage has up to the date information on when the driver will be available to download, so please continue to check this website: http://www.nvidia.com/object/vistaqualityassurance.html.

Here is a summary of new features and bug fixes this new driver addresses:

New Features

  • GeForce 7 series SLI support
  • GeForce 6 series SLI support
  • GeForce 7950 GX2 support (both GPUs are now operational)

Key Bug Fixes

  • Improved OpenGL performance
  • Improved NVIDIA SLI performance at high resolutions
  • Brief corruption (flickering, boxes) on screen at Windows Vista login, CTR-ALT-DEL (Task Manager), or other function that requires Vista User Account Control
  • Playback issues when playing TV/DVD/video in Media Center with Aero enabled
  • Outputting via TV-Out shows only a black and white display
  • HDTV output does not keep HDTV resolution after restart
  • Adjusting Video Color settings from the NVIDIA Control Panel are not getting applied.
  • Change Flat Panel Scaling page does not correctly work in the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  • Brightness, Contrast and Gamma values remain the same in Adjust Desktop Color settings once closing and opening the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  • Corruption on DVI monitor while going to hibernation from standby
  • Call of Duty 2 has no performance gain when SLI is enabled
  • Madden NFL 07 while playing the screen will freeze, but the game will continue to run and you hear the in-game sounds.

General application compatibility fixes

  • Products Supported
  • GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS
  • GeForce 7 series
  • GeForce 6 series

When the driver is available, please view the driver Release Notes for a full list of bugs fixed, known driver issues, products supported, and operating system and application limitations. NVIDIA will continue to provide new drivers that will fix more known driver issues.

The TV of the Future

HP seems to be leading the pack in Ethernet TV’s. This model has a media center built in that can stream video from another PC, such as a Media Center PC, either wired or wirelessly. This is the future of television because our society is desensitizing to time and place. By recording your TV on a media center and watching it whenever and wherever (within reason) you want, you’re untied from both the timing of the show and the tube you’re watching it on. Right now I can watch TV on the Media Center PC or on any laptop in the house. I’ve got a remote control for one of the laptops, but I hardly ever use it. The replacement of cathode-ray tube coaxial TVs with Ethernet TVs is basically like replacing each old type of TV with a smart-TV that can play streaming content as well as regular live TV. One might ask why not just use a PC, which can do other things? My answer is BECAUSE it can do other things, its usually not best for watching TV on the fly. The cost of one of these TVs is $1700 right now for a 37in LCD flat panel, but it will come down over time.

3 Good Things About Vista, 1 Bad

First, the bad news: Internet Explorer 7 in Vista resets toolbar settings everytime its reopened. Any changes you made, such as adding “Links” to the toolbar, will be undone after closing the program and reopening it.

Now, for the good news: First, when copying your old files onto your new Vista machine, simply dump your entire “My Documents” directory into the “Documents” directory and Vista will prompt you to put the “My Pictures” and “My Videos” folders into their respective “Pictures” and “Videos” directory. Second, the sound control has a mixer to change volume levels for individual programs; a great feature for listening to music while chatting on AIM. Third, many more printer drivers are built into the operating system, allowing for easy installation. It’s almost like using a Mac.