How To Update Your NVIDIA Drivers Without Using GeForce Experience

I like to keep my systems as clean from clutter as possible, and I also like to keep my drivers updated, especially on a gaming rig. However, I find software like NVIDIA’s own GeForce experience unnecessary and overblown if all you are interested in is simply keeping your graphics card’s drivers up-to-date. In addition to this, apparently now you need an account even if you want to simply keep your drivers updated, which is something that I find absurd.

Therefore, it looks like you have two options if you want to update your GPU’s drivers:

  • Either you accept this and use the massive GeForce Experience software;
  • Or you just let Windows take care of installing and updating the drivers for you.

The second option is the lightest and easiest one, but unfortunately Windows doesn’t always include the latest version of the drivers for your peripherals, so if you want to keep your GPU always up-to-date, that’s not the best solution.

Luckily, there is an alternative solution that allows you to always use the latest NVIDIA drivers even without using GeForce experience. Let’s see how to do it.

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6 Beeps When Booting a Dell Studio XPS 8100

So this weekend I have experienced my first graphics card failure. When booting a Dell XPS Studio 8100 desktop PC, I started getting 6 beeps and no video at all. I immediately thought about either a RAM or a motherboard failure, but after a quick search online I quickly found out that this was actually a video failure.

This machine came equipped with an ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card, so the first thing I tried was using the onboard video on the motherboard, but once more I was getting the dreaded 6 beeps. It was only after some more digging that I found out that my configuration did not have onboard video :/

So the only option left was to replace the graphics card with a new one. The HD 5770 wasn’t the best graphics card ever made and it was quite power-hungry like other ATI cards, but it has served me well for quite a few years, even of intense use.

A couple of pictures for posterity, to remember what a beast this GPU was :D

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