Commander Balok wrote:
I've concluded that nVidia does not know how to write installer programs. (Who writes an installer that just blacks the screen without a warning?
Just because you are one case where there is a problem doesn't mean the company as a whole sucks a the job you're having issues with. I've had no trouble with the installer NVIDIA uses and I'm pretty certain millions of other people can say the same thing.
Also the installer blacks out the screen because it's telling Windows to either stop using the current display driver so it can overwrite whats there or switch to an updated one. Windows nor the video card can magically continue to provide a GUI feedback when it has to switch drivers (unless you'd like a stuck screen).
Who writes an installer that doesn't report the precise problem it encountered; either on the screen or even better in a log file?
Because an error message with a bunch of addresses and error codes that are of no use to anyone isn't probably any better. That or the installer was never given anything useful by the OS to report back.
Who writes an installer that asks ME where to put the driver files - it should know where they go, and its default choice should not be C:\NVIDIA\... on a Windows machine).
Uh, that's where the installer lives. Not where the drivers go. The installation process is: unpack installer (because it's compressed), launch installer, install drivers
At this point, I don't think much of nVidia. They might make good graphics chipsets, but if they can't figure out how to get them working on a pretty generic machine, that's a problem.
Should you really blame NVIDIA, who has no idea what your hardware or software configuration is? I mean, who the hell grants themselves unlimited rights to a SYSTEM folder? Do you really want to run as root the entire time?
For all I know, your registry could be hosed. Something corrupted a system file. Etc. etc.