Updating NVIDIA Driver Fixed GoPets and Second Life Problem
When I updated the driver for the NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE video adapter
in a Windows XP PC earlier today from version 8.2.08 (driver date:
5/9/2006) to version 18.104.22.16871 (driver date: 10/22/2006),
the update corrected a problem with
and a problem with Second
A family member has many fruit trees on GoPets from which she harvests
fruit regularly. However, whenever she put the fruit in her inventory,
GoPets would randomly crash. Sometimes it would crash after she put only
1 piece of fruit in her inventory. At other times, she could put 3 or 4
pieces of fruit in her inventory before it crashed. And sometimes even 10 or
more pieces of fruit in her inventory. Upgrading the driver for the NVIDIA
video card stopped those crashes altogether.
When she was in Second Life, her avatar would continually turn to the right,
as if she was clicking the arrow to turn to the right. The only way she
could stop the behavior was to switch to full-screen mode, which she
preferred not to do. Updating the video driver resolved that problem, also.
For anyone experiencing either problem, you can check the version of the
driver for the video adapter in your system by the following steps on a
Windows XP system:
- Click on Start.
- Click on Settings. If you don't see Settings,
look for Control Panel instead.
- Click on Control Panel.
- Within the Control Panel, double-click on System.
- Click on the Hardware tab.
- Click on the Device Manager button.
- Double-click on Display Adapters to expand the list of
- Right-click on a display adapter (for most systems there will be only 1)
and choose Properties.
- Click on the Driver tab. You should then see the driver
provider, driver date, and driver version listed.
- You can then click on Cancel and close the window.
If you are experiencing any of the above problems a driver update may help.
If your system has an NVIDIA adapter, you can get the latest drvier from
software download webpage.
GoPets and Second Life Won't Run After Nvidia Hardware Acceleration Turned Off
I turned off hardware acceleration for an Nvidia GeForce 6150 LE
video adapter in a Windows XP Media Center PC, but then the family member using
the system found that neither GoPets nor Second Life would start.
, the following
Your video card could not support the requested 3D function.|
This error may occur if your video card is not supported by GoPets.
Please view the Download page at the GoPets website for a list of
unsupported video cards.
When she clicked on OK, another error window appeared.
initialize the rendering engine.: 0|
Clicking OK on that window closed the
When she started Second Life
the message "detecting hardware" appeared followed by the error
Second Life is unable to run because your video card drivers|
are out of date or unsupported. Please make sure you have
the latest video card drivers installed.
If you continue to receive this message, contact customer service.
I had turned video acceleration off for the Nvidia graphics adapter
when Paint Shop Pro 9 would not start with it turned on. To turn
it back on I tried the following steps.
- Right-click on desktop.
- Select Properties.
- Click on Settings.
- Click on the Advanced button.
But then the following message appeared.
The NVIDIA Display Panel extension cannot be created.|
Possible reasons include:
Disabled graphics hardware acceleration. To enable Hardware
- Right click on your desktop, select Properties, the Settings
tab, and click Advanced.
- Click the Troubleshoot tab and move the 'Hardware
acceleration' slider all the way to Full.
- Click OK.
- If prompted, restart your computer.
I clicked on the Troubleshoot tab instead, clicked
on the hardware acceleration slider and dragged it down
to the "Full" end. GoPets and Second Life then started
when I tried to open them. Paint Shop Pro 9 wouldn't
start again, though. It hung while starting up (see
Paint Shop Pro Hangs at Startup).
I checked the version of the driver installed for the
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE through the device manager.
I saw the following.
|Digital Signer:||Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility
I went to the NVIDIA
software download page. I didn't find a driver listed specifically for
the NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE adapter, but I found that the GeForce 6 Series
driver supports the GeForce 6150 LE adapter.
The "Driver Installation Hints" for the new driver stated the following.
Before installing new drivers make sure you uninstall all NVIDIA display drivers
from the Windows Control Panel. Browse to the Start Menu > Windows Control Panel >
Add/Remove Programs and search for "NVIDIA Windows Display Drivers" or "NVIDIA
Display Drivers" and select remove.
I removed the existing NVIDIA drivers through "Add or Remove Programs".
I chose to "Remove all NVIDIA drivers, including Display". I also opted
to remove the nView profiles. After rebooting, GoPets, Second Life, and
Paint Shop Pro 9 all started without problems.