Via blames Nvidia for WinXP problems

THE BATTLE BETWEEN ATi and Nvidia over graphics market share has now dragged Via into the fray, with sources at the firm telling the INQUIRER that Nvidia is to blame for the problem.

End users have found compatibility and stability problems when using Nvidia 23.11 drivers for Windows XP, but Via sources claim today that motherboard manufacturers are the innocent victims of the increasingly aggressive graphics war between ATi and Nvidia.

One Via source said that there is a "fundamental problem with Nvidia's driver development, and compatibility wasn't a major concern when developing this driver."

As we reported in our Hardware Webwatch yesterday, there are workrounds for the problem, but the easiest answer seems to be to use old Nvidia drivers that have Microsoft's WHQL certification.

There's a whole heap of argy-bargy over at the Via Arena forum. Other forums appear to bear out Via's view, with Intel mobo customers also experiencing problems with the latest drivers.

Microsoft seems to be proferring some kind of answer to the problem.

News source: The Inquirer

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