Archive for September, 2006

Workrave

September 20, 2006

I was looking around our wiki the other day and Gang had a link to this little guy: http://www.workrave.org/welcome/ It’s a little app for notifying you when you should take a break from the computer. Pretty cool – non intrusive but does an awesome job. Its amazing how often you should actually just take a little break and chill out 🙂 Definitelly worth checking out!

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NVidia drivers and Vista

September 14, 2006

Once again time has flown and there’s been lots I should have been posting about – general stuff here and there, lots of cool stuff at tech ed, the XNA Beta 1 release etc etc. Yet too much work/playing not enough time for posting 🙂

One thing I decided to wack up is a little post about getting vista and all it’s glassy effects (Aero) to work on an nvidia graphics card. Mine is a 6150 GO version running on a laptop (ATI cards seem to be way better with running Vista as far as my playing as gone – seem to just work) so it might not work for all cards but it seems to have worked for mine. Firstly you need to get Vista on your box and then download the RC1 drivers from nvidia. Run those and it will extract the contents out to something like C:\NVIDIA\WinVista\96.33. When it runs up it will undoubtly crash out and say it can’t find a driver for your card… so

Go to that folder and find the file nv_disp file. Now you will need a program to find out the device id for your card. A program which can do this (free trial download) is EVEREST Ultimate Edition by Lavalys. For my 6150 GO card it’s PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0244

Now that you have the device id – add two lines into the nv_disp file (look in the file and you will see where to add these lines – just follow the same pattern):

%NVIDIA_C51.DEV_0244.1%  = nv_NV3x,      PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0244

and:

NVIDIA_C51.DEV_0244.1  = “NVIDIA GeForce 6150 GO”

Save the file, go to device manager, goto update driver and then browse to this folder. It will give you a warning about non-signing but just go install anyway. After a reboot you should have all the glassy effects – ye-yah 🙂