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optimal.complex
01-28-2014, 02:53 PM
?To get a later version of OpenGL ..... Should I try to install the latest approved or even beta driver to get more capabilities with my laptop mobile video card?
I may have this question in the wrong forum ... I do not know how to switch it to another forum. (Drivers)
Will the driver promote the card from OpenGL 4.2 to 4.4??
I have heard stories of incompatible driver problems that are not easy to correct
Should I have a healthy pause?
nvidia does not mention mobile cards like 670m ... emphasizing the m ... but I am not sure if that is implicit
Windows 7 states my video card driver is recent.
I do feel as though I do not get enough encouragement from the nvidia website.
This is for a windows laptop with a
nvidia 670m
also some attempts of this post were rejected because I had a link to nvidia which were not enjoyed
so the urls will not be clickable

at nvidia
/hardware/notebook-gpus/geforce-gtx-670m/specifications
the page states that the card is capable of OpenGL 4.4

opengl extension viewer tells me the card has
Renderer: GeForce GTX 670M/PCIe/SSE2
Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Memory: 2112 MB
Version: 4.2.0
Shading language version: 4.20 NVIDIA via Cg compiler

So the two pieces of information do not agree. 4.2 is not 4.4

Here is the potential new driver with all the standard ... at your own risk ... and the driver may not be certified by the manufacture
It appears supported on the second tab of the web page.
at nvidia
/download/driverResults.aspx/71706/en-us


I had to use the nvidia control panel to enable open the nvidia card as the global default ...... to get opengl extension viewer to recognize it. Is that standard good practice?

I ask because certain pieces of literature want to use 4.3 and higher.

Your general comments are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

tonyo_au
01-29-2014, 08:27 PM
Should I try to install the latest approved
Yes - the latest drive tends to be the most satble (but not always :p)

or even beta driver
You wouldn't usually use a beta unless you are developing software that needs to use new features that are not available without a beta.
By definition a beta drive still has bugs

Will the driver promote the card from OpenGL 4.2 to 4.4??
Drivers cannot make a card do things that aren't in the hardware but AFAIK a card that supports 4.2 will support 4.4

nvidia control panel to enable open the nvidia card as the global default
This is not uncommon.

optimal.complex
01-30-2014, 06:44 PM
Yes - the latest drive tends to be the most satble (but not always :p)

You wouldn't usually use a beta unless you are developing software that needs to use new features that are not available without a beta.
By definition a beta drive still has bugs

Drivers cannot make a card do things that aren't in the hardware but AFAIK a card that supports 4.2 will support 4.4

This is not uncommon.

Thanks I feel I can take that step forward.
Now I have a different problem for different/related thread