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  • ForceWare Graphics Driver nView Desktop Manager User’s Guide

    Driver Release 80 for Windows NVIDIA Corporation March 2006

    5th Edition

  • N V I D I A C o r p o r a t i o n

    N V I D I A F o r c e W a r e G r a p h i c s D r i v e r U s e r ’ s G u i d e

    Published by NVIDIA Corporation 2701 San Tomas Expressway Santa Clara, CA 95050

    Copyright © 2005 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, Digital Vibrance Control, ForceWare, GeForce, nForce, nView, NVKeystone, 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.

  • N V I D I A n V i e w D e s k t o p M a n a g e r U s e r ’ s G u i d e

    Table of Contents

    1. Introduction About this Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    Other Related Documentation . . . . . . . . . 2 NVIDIA Display Properties and nView Desktop

    Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Why Do I Need Desktop Management? . . . . . . 3 About nView Desktop Manager . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Multi-Display Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Single-Display Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 nView Desktop Manager Control Panel Access 5

    Release 80 Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 New Feature Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    NVIDIA SLITM Enhancements . . . . . . . 7 NVIDIA PureVideoTM Enhancements . . . 7 Support for the Next Generation of NVIDIA GPUs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Additional Details by Driver Module . . . . . . 8 nView Desktop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Display Driver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 DirectX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 OpenGL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 NVIDIA Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    Key Terms and Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 child window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Control Panel (Windows). . . . . . . . . . . 10 control panel (NVIDIA Display Properties) . 11 control panel (nView Desktop Manager) . . 11 desktop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 dual-card configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 GPU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 keystoning (NVKeystone) . . . . . . . . . . 12 modal dialog box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 modeless dialog box . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 multiple-graphics card configuration . . . . 12 multi-display configuration . . . . . . . . . . 12 parent window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 single-display configuration . . . . . . . . . 13 skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 window class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    Features and Benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Desktop-Management Features . . . . . . . . 14

    Window-Management Features . . . . . . . . 14 Desktops Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Application Management . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Profiles Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

    Types of Data Saved and Restored by a Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Saving Profiles for Different Operating Modes 17

    User Interface Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Tools Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Zoom Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Hot Keys and Effects Features. . . . . . . . . 19 Mouse Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Setup Wizard and Online Help . . . . . . . . . 21

    Application Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Examples of Incompatible Applications . . . . 21 Skinning Utilities: Known Issues . . . . . . . . 22

    Notes on Feature and Configuration Support . . 22 Feature Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Multi-Display Configuration: Tips and

    Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Multi-Display Mode and Feature Support . . . 23

    Examples in this Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    2. nView Desktop Manager Feature History

    Release 75 Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 OpenGL Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 SLI Support Improvements . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Control Panel Interface Changes . . . . . . . . 2 Additional Details by Driver Module . . . . . . . 2

    Display Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 DirectX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 NVIDIA Display Control Panel . . . . . . . . 3 nView Desktop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Release 70 New Features and Enhancements . . 4 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Details by Driver Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    nView Desktop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Display Driver, DirectX, and OpenGL . . . 6 NVIDIA Display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Release 60 Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 nView Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 QuickZoom Hot Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    N V I D I A C o r p o r a t i o n 1

  • U s e r ’ s G u i d e T a b l e o f C o n t e n t s

    Release 55 Features and Support . . . . . . . . . 8 nView Desktop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Release 50 Features and Support . . . . . . . . . 9 Release 50 Performance Improvements and

    Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Release 40 Features and Enhancements . . . . . 10

    Feature Enhancements . . . . . . . . . . . 10 New Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

    3. System Requirements and NVIDIA Driver Installation

    Supported Operating Systems . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Hardware — Supported NVIDIA Products . . . . 13

    Supported NVIDIA Products . . . . . . . . . . 13 Supported Languages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Software — NVIDIA ForceWare Graphics Driver

    Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Minimum Hard Disk Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 About the NVIDIA ForceWare Driver Installation . 18

    Preserving Settings Before Upgrading Your Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    About Using Saved Profiles in Another Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    Installing the NVIDIA ForeWare Driver Software 21

    Uninstalling the NVIDIA ForeWare Driver Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    4. NVIDIA Control Panel Access NVIDIA Display Setup Wizards . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Accessing nView Desktop Manager from the

    Windows Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Accessing Desktop Manager Settings from the

    NVIDIA Display Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Accessing the NVIDIA Display and Desktop

    Manager Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Desktop Access

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