Intel's Updated Graphics Drivers for Ivy Bridge, Haswell Stomps Out Bugs in Windows 7 and 8

Paul Lilly

Integrated graphics need driver updates, too

There's no shame in rocking integrated graphics, especially if you only occasionally play games or don't typically gravitate towards demanding titles that push the envelope. If that's the category of gamer (or non-gamer, as it were) that you fall into, be advised that Intel recently released new graphics drivers for its family of 3rd and 4th Generation of Core processors, otherwise known as Ivy Bridge and Haswell, respectively.

Driver versions 15.31.17.3257 (32-bit) and 15.31.17.64.3257 (64-bit) are supposed to fix a whole bunch of bugs in Windows 7 and Windows 8. The majority of bug fixes apply to Haswell, including one that caused corruption seen in the beginning of Bioshock (Windows 7) and another that would cause the screen to turn black after switching to Clone mode (Windows 8).

After applying the driver update, Intel recommends applying the latest patches to 3DMark 11, Batman Arkham City, Mafia 2, Company of Heroes, HomeFront, Unigine Heaven, and Battlefield 3 to "avoid any unexpected issues."

See more in the release notes (PDF) . Also, here are links to the 32-bit drivers and 64-bit drivers .

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