NVIDIA releases vBIOS for older graphics cards which fixes the

NVIDIA releases vBIOS for older graphics cards, which fixes the black screen issue at Windows startup

NVIDIA has released new firmware for older Quadro and GeForce GTX series graphics cards that fixes a number of bugs, including issues with the DisplayPort connectors on versions 1.3 and 1.4 that result in a black screen when booting into Windows. The manufacturer has provided a special software tool that will automatically detect if a particular graphics card needs an update, download it and install it yourself.

    Image source: NVIDIA

Image source: NVIDIA

The new NVIDIA firmware fixes two major issues with DisplayPort connectors that caused the image to freeze when the system was first turned on and a black screen to appear on Windows startup. In particular, this problem can occur on Titan XP, Titan X (Pascal), Titan 750 Ti graphics cards. The company has also confirmed that certain models of Pascal and Maxwell Quadro graphics cards may be affected by these issues. The company does not provide a complete list of Quadro models, but recommends that users who encounter these problems with these graphics cards contact technical support.

Although these are very old graphics cards in this case, many games still run on the same GeForce GTX 10 series models, which include the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1060, for example. By the way, on the new GeForce RTX 40 th-series accelerators, black screen problems also appeared, like on the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3060 models a generation earlier, after which NVIDIA released the necessary updates that corrected this bug.

The required update tool can be downloaded from the NVIDIA website. The company also developed firmware for 32-bit Windows systems, but the manufacturer did not provide a direct link to it at the time this advisory was published. It is worth remembering that updating the firmware differs from a regular driver update, since it directly affects the operation of the graphics card hardware components. Therefore, before the update, as well as when updating the motherboard BIOS, it is imperative to create conditions under which it will not be interrupted (stable voltage in the network, the computer will not restart due to Windows updates, etc.). .), since an unsuccessful installation of the firmware can turn the graphics card into a “brick”.

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