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NVIDIA Control Panel Quick Start Guide

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Users Guide

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 Introduction.......................................................................... 1 About the NVIDIA Control Panel .................................................. Overview .......................................................................... Feature Differences from the Classic Control Panel ....................... Changes in Release 300 ......................................................... Supported Operating Systems.................................................. Supported NVIDIA Products..................................................... Supported Languages............................................................ Other NVIDIA Software Applications .......................................... Getting Support and Information ................................................ Online Help ....................................................................... Technical Support................................................................ System Information.............................................................. 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5

2 Understanding the NVIDIA Control Panel....................................... 6 Opening and Closing the New NVIDIA Control Panel ........................... 7 About the NVIDIA Control Panel Interface....................................... 8 Using the Main Task Area ....................................................... 9 Using the Select a Task Pane .................................................. 10 Using the Tool Bar .............................................................. 11 Using the Menu Bar ............................................................. 11 3 Accomplishing NVIDIA Control Panel Tasks....................................15 Starting the NVIDIA Control Panel ............................................... 16 Accomplishing NVIDIA Control Panel Tasks ..................................... 16 NVIDIA Control Panel Feature List ........................................... 17 NVIDIA Control Panel Groups.................................................. 23

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LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 2.1 NVIDIA Control Panel (Windows XP Example) ................................. 8 Figure 2.2 NVIDIA Control Panel (Windows Vista Example) .............................. 9 Figure 2.3 NVIDIA Control Panel Select a Task pane ..................................... 10 Figure 2.4 Navigation History Menu ........................................................ 11

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LIST OF TABLES
Table 2.5 File Menu Commands ............................................................. 11 Table 2.6 Edit Menu Commands ............................................................. 12 Table 2.7 Desktop Menu Commands ........................................................ 12 Table 2.8 Help Menu Commands ............................................................ 13 Table 2.9 Display Menu Commands ......................................................... 14 Table 2.10 3D Settings Menu Commands................................................... 14 Table 2.11 Workstation Menu Commands.................................................. 14 Table 3.1 NVIDIA Control Panel Features .................................................. 17

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01 INTRODUCTION

ThisquickstartisaddressedtousersoftheNVIDIAControlPanelsoftware.Thisguide focusesongettingyouupandrunningwithyourNVIDIAsoftware. FortechnicaldetailsonthefeaturesandbenefitsoftheNVIDIAControlPanelsoftware anddetailsaboutsupportedproducts,drivers,andothersoftware,refertotheNVIDIA webpagewww.nvidia.com. Thischapterdiscussesthefollowingmajortopics:


AbouttheNVIDIAControlPanelonpage 2 GettingSupportandInformationonpage 5

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About the NVIDIA Control Panel


WelcometotheNVIDIAControlPanel,designedforMicrosoftWindowsXP, WindowsVista,andWindows7.YoucanuseNVIDIAControlPaneltocontrolyour NVIDIAhardwareandaccessotherNVIDIAsoftwareinstalledonyoursystem.

Overview
Inadditiontosettingupbasicdisplayconfigurationssuchasdisplayresolution,refresh rate,andmultipledisplayuse,youcan:
Tuneyour3Dsettingswithrealtimepreviewtomaximizeperformanceorimage

quality
Customizehow3Dapplicationsworkinyoursystem Adjustyourscreencolorsandcontrast Setcustomtimings Controlvideoimagesettings ChangeyourHDTVformat ControlyournotebooksystempowerusingPowerMizer ControlspecialworkstationfeaturessuchasFrameSynchronization.

Feature Differences from the Classic Control Panel


ThefollowingarefeaturesthatwereavailableintheNVIDIAclassiccontrolpanel,but whicharenotavailableinthenewNVIDIAControlPanel:
Creating/ImportingColorProfiles HighResolutionScalableDesktop VideoZoom Fullscreenvideomirroring EdgeBlending nViewDesktopManager

nViewDesktopManagerisavailablethroughtheWindowscontrolpanelasaseparate applet(WindowsXPonly).
MultiViewDisplayMode(forNVIDIAQuadroNVSgraphicscards)

AsofdriverRelease173,MultiViewisavailablefromtheWindowsDisplay Properties>Settings>AdvancedtabforWindowsXPonly.

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Changes in Release 300


Thefollowingpageshavebeenupdated:

Manage 3D Settings page


AddedAdaptiveoptionstoVSyncsetting. AddedFXAAsetting.

Set SLI/PhysX Configuration page


VisualizershowsallDisplayPort1.2displaysconnected.

Set Up Digital Audio page


Showsallaudiocapabledisplaysthatareconnectedthroughthesameconnectoronthe GPUforDisplayPort1.2displays.

Supported Operating Systems


NVIDIARelease300GraphicsdriversareavailableforthefollowingMicrosoft Windowsoperatingsystems:

WindowsXPMediaCenterEdition2005UpdateRollup2 WindowsXPMediaCenterEdition2005/2004 WindowsXPProfessional WindowsXPHomeEdition WindowsXPProfessionalx64Edition WindowsServer2003x64Edition WindowsVistaHomeBasic WindowsVistaHomePremium WindowsVistaBusiness WindowsVistaEnterpriseEdition WindowsVistaUltimate Windows732bitand64bitEditions

Supported NVIDIA Products


RefertothereleasenotesandNVIDIAdriverdownloadsiteforthelistofproducts supportedbythedriverversionthatyouhaveinstalledonyourcomputer.

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Supported Languages
TheNVIDIAGraphicsDriversupportsthefollowinglanguagesintheNVIDIAControl Panel:
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 (Latin America) Swedish Thai Turkish

Other NVIDIA Software Applications


Ifinstalled,otherNVIDIAsoftwarethatyoucanaccessfromtheNVIDIAControlPanel includes:
NVIDIASystemToolsPerformancegroupandSystemUpdate NVIDIAStereoscopic3D NVIDIAMediaShieldTM NVIDIANetworkAccessManager

Seetherespectiveuserdocumentationforinformationabouttheseapplicationsand instructionsonhowtousethem.

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Getting Support and Information

Online Help
Toopentheonlinehelp,either:

PressF1onyourkeyboard,or SelectHelpfromtheNVIDIAControlPanelmenubarandthenselectNVIDIA
ControlPanelHelp.
HelponvarioustopicscanbeviewedusingtheContents,Index,orSearchtabs.

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

System Information
YoucangetdetailedinformationaboutyoursystemandtheNVIDIAControlPanel configurationaswellasversionandcopyrightinformation.
ToviewcopyrightandversioninformationabouttheNVIDIAControlPanel:

FromtheHelpmenu,selectAboutNVIDIAControlPanel.
Toviewdetailedsysteminformation:

OpentheSystemInformationdialogboxbyeitherselectingSystemInformationfrom theHelpmenu,orbyclickingtheSystemInformationlinkatthelowerleftcorner oftheNVIDIAControlPanel. ClickanyofthetabsintheSystemInformationdialogbox.

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02 UNDERSTANDING THE NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL

ThischapterdescribestheNVIDIAControlPanelinthefollowingsections:
OpeningandClosingtheNewNVIDIAControlPanelonpage 7 AbouttheNVIDIAControlPanelInterfaceonpage 8

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Opening and Closing the New NVIDIA Control Panel


YoucanopentheNVIDIAControlPanelinseveralways:

RightclicktheWindowsdesktop,thenclickNVIDIAControlPanelfromthe
contextmenu,or ForWindowsXP

FromtheWindowsStartmenu,selectControlPanel,thenintheControlPanel
window,doubleclickontheNVIDIAControlPanelicon.

ForWindowsVista/Windows7

FromtheClassicViewoftheWindowsControlPanel,clicktheNVIDIAControl
Panelicon,or

FromtheControlPanelHomeviewoftheWindowsControlPanel,clickAdditional
OptionsandthenclickNVIDIAControlPanelfromtheAdditionalOptions page.
ToclosetheNVIDIAControlPanel,

FromtheFilemenu,selectExit,or ClicktheCloseboxintheupperrightcorneroftheprogramwindow.

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About the NVIDIA Control Panel Interface


TheNVIDIAControlPanelprovidesaneasytouseinterfaceformanagingyoursystem. Whenyoustarttheprogramforthefirsttime,theNVIDIAControlPanelopenstothe firstpagelistedinthenavigationtree.Onsubsequentvisits,thecontrolpanelreopensto thelastpagevisited.TheNVIDIAControlPaneluserinterfaceconsistsofthesemain areas,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 (Windows XP Example)

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Tool Bar Menu Bar

Select a Task Pane

Control Panel Main Task Area

Figure 2.2

NVIDIA Control Panel (Windows Vista Example)

Using the Main Task Area


Themaintaskarea,intherightpane,displaystheapplicationtaskpages.Thisareaofthe screeniswhereyouwillfocusmostofyourattentionasyouusetheNVIDIAControl Paneltoaccomplishyourgoals.Youcanaccessspecificpagesusingthenavigationtreein theSelectaTaskpane. DependingonyourPCmanufacturer,thereisaWelcomepagethatappearsthefirsttime youopentheNVIDIAControlPanelafterinstallingthedriver.Onsubsequentvisits,the controlpanelreopenstothelastpagevisited.

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Using the Select a Task Pane


ThenavigationtreeintheSelect a Task paneshowsalltheprimaryNVIDIAControlpages thatareinstalledonyoursystem. Thepagesaregroupedaccordingtothesamecategoriesthatexistedintheprevious versionoftheNVIDIAControlPanel.

Click to expand or collapse the group list.

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

Figure 2.3

NVIDIA Control Panel Select a Task pane

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Using the Tool Bar


TheToolbarprovidesquickbackandforthnavigationbetweenpages.Thebackand forwardbuttonsletyounavigatesequentiallyamongpagesthatyouhavevisited. Youcanalsonavigatedirectlytoapreviouslyvisitedpagebyclickingthelistarrownext tothebackbutton.Thedropdownmenulistsallthepreviouslyvisitedpagesinthe queue.Clickthepagethatyouwant.

Figure 2.4

Navigation History Menu

Using the Menu Bar


TheMenu barcontainsstandardWindowsmenusandmenusspecifictotheNVIDIA ControlPanel,suchastheViewandProfilesmenus. Menusthatareavailableonthemenubarmayvary,dependingontheNVIDIAControl Panelgroup(suchas,Display,Mobile,3DSettings,orothergroup)youareusing.

File Menu
Commandsrelatedtoprinting,applyingchanges,andexitingtheprogramareavailable ontheFilemenu.

Table 2.5
File Menu Command

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 available. Close the NVIDIA Control Panel program.

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

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Edit Menu
Commandsrelatedtocutting,copying,pasting,andselectingitemsareavailableonthe Editmenu.

Table 2.6
Edit Menu Command Cut Copy Paste Select All

Edit Menu Commands


Description Cut the selected text and place in the clipboard. This control may not be available. Copy the selected text and place in the clipboard. This control may not be available. Paste the text currently in the clipboard to the location of the Windows cursor. This control may not be available. Select all items on the current page. This control may not be available.

Desktop Menu
CommandsrelatedtoviewingthevariouspagesintheNVIDIAControlPanel applicationmodulesareavailableontheDesktopmenu.

Table 2.7
View Menu Command Add Desktop Context Menu Enable Video Editing Mode Add "Run with graphics processor" Option

Desktop Menu Commands


Description This is selected by default, and adds the NVIDIA Control Panel menu item to the desktop context menu. Select this option to improve the video playback experience for some video editing applications. Select this option to add "Run with graphics processor" to the program context menu. When this option is selected, you can choose which graphics processor to use when starting a program as follows: 1. Right-click the program icon. 2. Click Run with graphics processor and then click the graphics processor to use. The selection applies only at the time the program is launched. NOTE: This menu option appears only with systems using NVIDIA Optimus technology.

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Table 2.7
View Menu Command

Desktop Menu Commands


Description Select this option so that the GPU Activity icon appears in the Windows notification area of the taskbar. You can then click the icon to see which programs and displays are using the NVIDIA GPU. NOTE: This menu option appears only with systems using NVIDIA Optimus technology.

Display GPU Activity Icon in Notification Area

Show Notification Tray Icon

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.

Help Menu
Commandsrelatedtoaccessinghelp,systeminformation,andcopyrightandversion informationareavailableontheHelpmenu.

Table 2.8

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
Thesemenusappearonlywhenpagesfromaspecificgroupareopen. Display Menu ThismenuitemappearsonlywhenaDisplaygrouppageisopen.

Table 2.9

Display Menu Commands


Description Select to identify the displays configured with your system.

Display Menu Command Identify Displays

3D Settings Menu Thismenuitemappearsonlywhena3DSettingsgrouppageisopenonanSLIsystem.

Table 2.10 3D Settings Menu Commands


3D Settings Menu Command Show SLI Visual Indicator Show Multi-GPU Visual Indicator Show PhysX Visual Indicator Description Select to verify that SLI rendering or SLI antialiasing is enabled and working. Select to verify that multi-GPU rendering or multiGPU antialiasing is enabled and working. Select to verify the type of PhysX acceleration the game is using - CPU or GPU - or if PhysX acceleration is being used at all.

Workstation Menu ThismenuitemappearsonlywhenaWorkstationgrouppageisopen.

Table 2.11 Workstation Menu Commands


Workstation Menu Command Refresh View Description Select to refresh the graphical representation of the displays and graphics cards installed on your system.

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03 ACCOMPLISHING NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL TASKS

ThischapterprovidesinstructionsonhowtousetheNVIDIAControlPanelto accomplishcommontasks.Itcontainsthefollowingsections:
StartingtheNVIDIAControlPanel AccomplishingNVIDIAControlPanelTasks

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Starting the NVIDIA Control Panel


1 LaunchtheNVIDIAControlPanel:
UnderWindowsXP:

RightclicktheWindowsdesktop,thenclickNVIDIAControlPanelfromthe
contextmenu,or

FromtheWindowsStartmenu,selectControlPanel,thenin
theControlPanelwindow,doubleclicktheNVIDIAControl Panelicon. UnderWindowsVista/Windows7:

RightclicktheWindowsdesktop,thenclickNVIDIAControlPanelfromthe
contextmenu,or a ClicktheStarticon,thenfromtheStartmenuclickControlPanel. b FromtheClassicViewoftheWindowsControlPanel,clicktheNVIDIAControl Panelicon,or FromtheControlPanelHomeviewoftheWindowsControlPanel,clickAdditional OptionsandthenclickNVIDIAControlPanelfromtheAdditionalOptions page. ThegroupsthatappearintheSelectaTaskpanedependontheNVIDIAhardware softwareisinstalledonyoursystem.Forexample,theMobilegroupisnotavailableon desktopsystems.

2 FromthenavigationtreeintheSelectaTaskpane,clickoneofthelinkstoopena
specifictaskpage. Eachgroupinthenavigationtreelistsdifferenttasksthatyoucanaccomplish,and eachtaskpageprovidesinstructionsonhowtoaccomplishwhatyouwant.Movethe cursoroverlistedoptionstoseeadescriptionandtypicalusagescenarioforthat option. Detailedinstructionsforeachtaskarealsoavailablethroughtheonlinehelp.

Accomplishing NVIDIA Control Panel Tasks


TheNVIDIAControlPanelprovidesanintuitivelayoutforlocatinggraphicsdriver controls,includingmostofthecontrolsthatwereavailablewiththeClassicNVIDIA ControlPanel.
NVIDIAControlPanelFeatureListonpage 17liststhecurrentfeaturesavailablein

theNVIDIAControlPanel.
NVIDIAControlPanelGroupsonpage 23providesanoverviewoftheNVIDIA

ControlPanelpagesbygroup.

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NVIDIA Control Panel Feature List


Table 3.1
Feature Display/TV Controls Mode control Resolution Non-HD display - the native resolution or the highest safe resolution from the monitor EDID is the default. HD display - the highest progressive resolution is the default. Refresh rate Color depth/quality Custom timings/resolutions TV Signal Format Selection Connector Selection M/NTSC, PAL, M/PAL, N/ PAL, Select by country Auto-select, DVI - PC display, VGA - PC display, S-Video - SDTV, Component, Composite - SDTV, Composite - HDTV, HDMI - HDTV (audio enabled (Vista and later)), HDMI-HDTV (audio disabled (Vista and later)), DisplayPort - HDTV, DisplayPort - PC display, LVDS - laptop display Color Control Brightness Contrast Gamma Digital Vibrance Image sharpening 0 - 100%, (50%) 0 - 100%, (50%) 0.50 - 1.50, (1.00) 0 - 100%, (0%) 0 - 100%, (0%) Not available with GeForce 8 series and later GPUs. Available values depend on the actual connection. For DVI, VGA, or Component connectors, the values are static and cannot be changed.

NVIDIA Control Panel Features


Values (Default in bold)a Notes

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Table 3.1
Feature Hue Flicker Filter

NVIDIA Control Panel Features


Values (Default in bold)a 0 - 359 degrees (30) 0 - 100%, (50%) Disabled Notes For GeForce 8 series and later GPUs For analog TVs For analog TVs; presents unused black TV borders as gray For HDMI and DisplayPort connections Window Vista and later; Some HDMI displays only - available values dependent on display support

Gray border option

Digital color format selection Content type (ITC) reported to the display

RGB, YCbCr Auto select, Desktop programs, Full-screen videos, Photos, Movie, Games 0, 90, 180, 270 degrees

Rotation Move CRT screen position Flat panel scaling

Desktop Size and Position - Windows XP For VGA displays NVIDIA scaling NVIDIA scaling with fixedaspect ratio Displays built-in scaling No scaling Adjust screen size and position Resize HDTV desktop For analog TVs For HD display modes (over DVI/HDMI/ DisplayPort/Component connections) that support underscan or desktop resizing. For HD display modes (over DVI/HDMI/ DisplayPort/Component connections) that support underscan or desktop resizing. For non-HD display modes on DVI/HDMI/ DisplayPort connection

Pan HD desktop when not resized

Desktop Size and Position - Windows Vista and later

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Table 3.1
Feature Scaling mode

NVIDIA Control Panel Features


Values (Default in bold)a Aspect ratio Full-screen No scaling Notes TV, VGA (with EDID), Digital displays, LVDS

Scaling performed on Application Scaling override Resize Position Multi-display Options Single-display mode Dualview (extended mode) nView Clone Mode nView Spanning Mode Video Controls

GPU Display Off, On TV, Digital displays TV, VGA

Windows XP only Use video player settings is the default. If Use NVIDIA settings is selected, the following values apply. 0 - 100%, (50%) 0 - 100%, (50%) 0 - 100%, (0%) 0 - 100%, (50%) 0.3 - 3.00, (1.00) Full (0255) Limited (16235) Disabled Disabled GeForce 9 series and later GPUS GeForce 9 series and later GPUs

Color Settings Brightness Contrast Hue Saturation Gamma (including separate RGB) Advanced Color Settings Dynamic Range Dynamic Contrast Enhancement Color Enhancement Image Settings Edge Enhancement Noise Reduction Inverse Telecine option Internet Video Enhancement option Digital Audio 0 - 100%, (0%) 0 - 100%, (0%) Disabled Disabled Select GeForce 8 series and later GPUs

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Table 3.1
Feature

NVIDIA Control Panel Features


Values (Default in bold)a For each audio-capable display, select the display or select Turn off audio. Notes Windows Vista and later. For GPUs that support digital audio when an HDMI or DisplayPort connection is made.

Verify displays that will appear as audio devices in the Windows Sound Settings

Portal to the Windows Sound Settings panel HDCP Capability verification page 3D Application Controls Ambient Occlusion Off, Performance, Quality Windows Vista and later; GeForce 8 series and later GPUs For GPUs that support HDCP.

Anisotropic filtering Antialiasing - Mode

Application-controlled, Off, card-specific settings Application-controlled, Off, Enhance the application setting, Override any application setting Application-controlled, card-specific settings Off, On Off, On Off, On Off, Multisampling, supersampling Auto-select, Block transfer [All CUDA-capable GPUs] Allow, disable Off, On 8-bpp and/or RGB555 format, None 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 NVIDIA Quadro cards Windows XP only NVIDIA Quadro cards Limits frame prerendering NVIDIA Quadro cards GeForce 8 series and later GPUs

Antialiasing - Setting Antialiasing - FXAA Antialiasing line gamma Antialiasing - gamma correction Antialiasing - transparency Buffer-flipping mode CUDA - GPUs Deep color for 3D applications Enable Overlay Exported pixel types Maximum pre-rendered frames

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Table 3.1
Feature

NVIDIA Control Panel Features


Values (Default in bold)a Single, Compatible, or Multiple display performance modes single-GPU, alternate frame rendering 1 & 2, split frame rendering, or multi-GPU antialiasing Auto-select, Adaptive, Prefer maximum performance Application-controlled, Highest available single-GPU, alternate frame rendering 1 & 2, split frame rendering, or SLI antialiasing Select to match stereo viewing hardware Off, On Off, On Off, On Off, On Off, On Allow, Clamp High quality, Quality, Performance, High performance Off, On Off, On Off, On Off, On NVIDIA Quadro cards Windows XP only For systems with multiple CPUs Balance between quality and performance NVIDIA Quadro cards NVIDIA Quadro cards NVIDIA Quadro cards NVIDIA Quadro cards NVIDIA Quadro FX or NVS cards GeForce 9 series and later GPUs; Windows Vista and later Windows Vista and later Notes

Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration Multi-GPU performance mode

OpenGL Rendering GPU Power management mode

Preferred Refresh Rate SLI performance modes

Stereo - Display mode Stereo - Enable Stereo - Force shuttering Stereo - Swap eyes Texture filtering - anisotropic mip filter optimization Texture filtering - anisotropic sample filter optimization Texture filtering - Negative LOD bias Texture filtering - Quality

Texture filtering - Trilinear optimization Threaded optimization Triple buffering Unified back/depth buffer

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Table 3.1
Feature Vertical sync

NVIDIA Control Panel Features


Values (Default in bold)a Use the 3D application setting, Off, On, Adaptive, Adaptive (half refresh rate) Notes Adaptive settings are available only on Windows Vista and later.

Surround Configuration PhysX Configuration

For systems with SLI ready GPUs. For systems with PhysXcapable GPUs, a minimum of 256MB dedicated graphics memory, and a minimum of 32 processor cores For systems with SLI or multi-GPU ready GPUs.

SLI/Multi-GPU Configuration 3-way SLI Mode Quad SLI Mode

a. Defaults for the 3D application controls are for the Global Settings tab. Under the Program Settings tab, Use global setting is typically the default setting.

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NVIDIA Control Panel Groups


ThissectionprovidesanoverviewoftheNVIDIAControlPanelgroups.
UsingtheDisplayPagesonpage 23 UsingtheVideoPagesonpage 24 Usingthe3DSettingsPagesonpage 24 UsingtheStereoscopic3DPagesonpage 24 UsingtheMobilePagesonpage 25 UsingtheWorkstationPagesonpage 25 UsingtheNetworkingPagesonpage 25 UsingtheStoragePagesonpage 26 UsingthePerformancePagesonpage 26 UsingtheSystemUpdatePagesonpage 26 Note: For Windows Versions Support for some features under Windows Vista or Windows 7 is in development and may not be available with your GeForce graphics driver version. Consult the release notes for the latest list of unsupported features.

Using the Display Pages


Theactualtasksavailableonyoursystemdependonyoursystemhardware,suchasthe numberandtypeofdisplaysconnected.UsetheDisplaygrouppagesto:
Runthewizardtooptimizeyourdisplayconfiguration. Changethedisplayresolution. Changethescalingonyourflatpaneldisplay. Adjustdesktopcolorsettings. Rotatethedisplay. Adjustcustomtimings. Configuremultipledisplays,includingSpanningorClonemodes.

SpanningmodesareavailableonlywithWindowsXP.
Adjustyourtelevisionpicturequalityandvideocolorsettingsforthebestpossible

viewinginitsenvironment.
Changethepositionandsizeofthedesktop/videotobestfityourtelevisionorHDTV

(highdefinitiontelevision)screen.
ChangethesignalformattouseforyourstandardtelevisionorHDTVaswellas

changecountryspecificsignalortheHDTVformat.

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VerifytheHDCPcapabilityofyoursystem. Accessdigitalaudiocontrols.

Using the Video Pages


Theactualtasksavailableonyoursystemdependonyoursystemhardware,suchas whetherornotyouhaveaTVconnectedandenabled.UsetheVideopageto:
Adjustvideoandimagecolorsettings.

Using the 3D Settings Pages


Theactualtasksavailableonyoursystemdependonyoursystemhardware,suchas whetherornotyouhaveanSLIreadysystem.Usethe3DSettingspageto:
Changetheimageandrenderingsettingsofyour3Dapplicationsandgamesthat

utilizeDirect3DandOpenGLtechnology.
Assignspecific3Dsettingstoagamesothatthesesettingsautomaticallyloadwhena

gameislaunched(availableunderAdvancedview).
SetupyourSLIormultiGPUconfigurationaswellasPhysXconfiguration.

GPUtemperaturemonitoringandGPUoverclockingfeaturesarenotincludedinthe3D Settingspage.TousethisfunctionalityyoumustinstallNVIDIAnTunesoftware.

Using the Stereoscopic 3D Pages


TheStereoscopic3DpagesarepartoftheNVIDIA3DVisionsoftwareforviewing3D programsandgamesinstereoscopic3D.UsetheStereoscopic3Dpagesto:
Controlstereoscopic3Dsettings.

Enablestereoscopic3D,adjust3Ddepth,selecta3Dlasersight,viewandsetthe keyboardshortcuts,andrunthesetupwizardandvarioustests.
Viewgamecompatibility.

Seeastereoscopic3Dcompatibilityratingforanumberofgames,alongwithpossible issuesandrecommendationsforeachgame.
Control3DVisionProsettings.

NVIDIA3DVisionProistheprofessionalversionofthe3DVisionstereoglasses andemitter.Whilethe3DVisionkitusesinfrared(IR)communicationfromthe emittertothestereoglasses,the3DVisionProkitusesradiofrequency(RF)bi directionalcommunicationbetweenthestereoglassesand3DVisionProhub.This allowsmultiple3DVisionProhubstobeusedinrangeofeachotherwithoutconflicts.

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Using the Mobile Pages


TheMobilegroupisavailableiftheNVIDIAsoftwareisinstalledonanotebook computerunderWindowsXP. UsetheMobilepagetoextendyournotebookcomputersbatterylifeusingNVIDIA PowerMizertechnology

Using the Workstation Pages


TheWorkstationgroupisavailableifyouhaveanNVIDIAQuadroFXgraphicscard installed. TheactualtasksavailabledependonwhichNVIDIAQuadroFXproductyouhave installed.UsetheWorkstationpageto:
Synchronizeyourdisplaysusingframesyncorgenlocktechnology. Viewagraphicalrepresentationofthedisplaysandgraphicscardsinstalledonyour

system.
Manageserialdigitalinterface(SDI)output(requiresNVIDIAQuadroFXSDI

solution.)
ConfigureMosaicmodetocombinemultipledisplaysintoalargervirtualcanvass. Overlaptheedgesofadjacentdisplays.

Displayedgeblendingisnolongeravailable.

Using the Networking Pages


TheNetworkinggrouppagesarepartofthenForcedriversNetworkingsoftwarefor NVIDIAnForcebasedPCs. UsetheNetworkingpagestooptimizeyournetworkperformanceandincreaseyour networkbandwidthwiththefollowingtechnologies:
NVIDIAFirstPacketoffersanewwaytomanagethetrafficonyourpersonal

computer,allowingyoutomoreeffectivelymanageandimprovetheperformanceof networkedgamesandotherapplicationsthataresensitivetonetworkdelay(latency), suchasVoiceoverIP(VoIP).


NVIDIATCP/IPAccelerationtechnologyisanetworkingsolutionthatmovesthe

processingofTCP/IPnetworktrafficfromyourcomputersCPUtoitsnForce hardwareresultingingreatlyimprovedsystemperformance.
NVIDIATeamingtechnologycombinesalltheNVIDIAEthernetinterfacesonyour

systemtoformateam,resultinginincreasedbandwidthandnetworkredundancy.
AlertStandardFormat(ASF)controlsletsyousetupalertsandremotesystem

managementinanOSpresentorOSabsentenvironment.

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Using the Storage Pages


TheStoragegrouppagesarepartofthenForcedriversMediaShieldStoragesoftwarefor NVIDIAnForcebasedPCs. UsetheStoragepagesto
CreateandmanageRAID0,RAID1,RAID0+1,RAID5,andspanningarrays. RunSMARTtestsonyourRAIDarraydiskdrives.

Using the Performance Pages


ThePerformancegrouppagesarepartofthenForcedriversSystemToolssoftwarefor NVIDIAnForcebasedPCs. 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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