Today, April 25, 2010, when I checked my updates, on a whim, I found an optional NVIDIA update for my GTX 260 Video Card.
Starting when I first started using PCs, in anger, in 1998 (me having till then being the most avowed of Mac bigots with 6 Macs ALL to myself in 1998) I discovered that updating Video Card microcode isn’t a bad thing. in those days each new update upped the ante. I still remember that I used to have issues with the ‘slide view’ display of my highly multi-media PowerPoint presentations. Then we updated the video card microcode. BINGO. Since then I try to keep up to-date with video card software updates.
So I agreed to the update. It was BIG, 147MB. Took a few minutes to download and install. Both my screens (yes, I have dual monitor set-up) went BLANK for a few minutes and when they came up again, the update Window had, magically (and kind of cutely), moved from my right-hand (axillary) monitor to my left-hand (primary) monitor.
It didn’t ask for a restart. But, to be on the safe side I did a restart. My PC HUNG! Sacre bloody bleu! But, to be fair, I am not sure what happened.
I forced another restart by jabbing on my Power button. System then came up. Since I am paranoid, I have tried restarting the system three times since then. No problems. So I can’t really pin the original restart quirk to NVIDIA. [Also to be fair, I very rarely restart this machine. This was probably the first time in months. So I can’t claim to be an expert on the restart behavior of this rig.]
Bottom line, however, is that all seems well.
Hope this helps.