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    NVIDIA Driver Question for Surface Book

    I saw this driver available for download and install under NVIDIA Settings under Control Panel on my Surface Book. Do I need to install this? The only games I'll be installing on my Surface Book is Train Simulator and Driving Safety Simulator from Steam, and both of those will be infrequently used. I do have GRLevel3, GR2Analyst, GREarth, and WSV3 weather tools which do use some more hefty graphics power since they're broadcast-quality, plus I'll be running Adobe Premiere and Photoshop on here.

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    My rule of thumb with updated drivers is, if it aint broke...
    It's up to you if you want to install it, but make sure you have a recent backup etc...

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    Sounds good. So far my Surface Book graphics are working, so maybe I should just leave well alone unless I ever come across a reason where I need it. :-) Thanks for the info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    My rule of thumb with updated drivers is, if it aint broke...
    Agree, leave well enough alone. My rule is I need a specific reason to update a driver.

    Too many experiences of having to revert to earlier version after some breakage.

    That said, you're running some hefty graphic software there, so I advise you to scan the nVidia change log to see what's changed since your August version. NVidia's logs are easy to read and generally useful, usually detailing the specific games and apps which should be helped by an update.
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    Sounds good. I don't play many graphics-intense games on my system (the two I mentioned are usually just sitting there and don't get played much), so as long as they run OK, the drivers I have installed should work. I'll look at the logs to see if there's any reason to update, but for my needs, it probably will be good enough to stick with the drivers that "just work".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Parker View Post
    I don't play many graphics-intense games ... so as long as they run OK
    When I said "hefty graphic software", I was thinking of the Adobe products. Adobe has a habit of being far more of a resource hog than it should be. So that's mainly what I'd look out for in the logs--of course, a browser search on the page will be much faster than a visual scan, especially when you have fairly unique keywords.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lugh View Post
    When I said "hefty graphic software", I was thinking of the Adobe products. Adobe has a habit of being far more of a resource hog than it should be. So that's mainly what I'd look out for in the logs--of course, a browser search on the page will be much faster than a visual scan, especially when you have fairly unique keywords.
    Very true. I'll run a search for them and see as I will be using a share of Adobe graphics programs on here, and they do tend to be resource hogs. Great point.
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