MS: Nvidia Drivers Caused 29% of Vista Crashes

By Aaron Linde, Mar 28, 2008 12:35pm PDT Recently released documents from Microsoft reveal that drivers for Nvidia PC graphics cards were the cause of roughly 29% of logged crashes in Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, Ars Technica reports.

The documentation details that Nvidia drivers caused 479,000 crashes out of a total of 1,663,748 logged by Microsoft across an unspecified period in 2007. Microsoft's own drivers followed at roughly 18%. Rival video card manufacturer ATI clocked in at fourth with 9.3%, and Intel at fifth with 8.8%.

The information was found within 158 pages of internal emails made public as part of an ongoing lawsuit against Microsoft for their hand in alleged artificial inflation of computer prices during the 2006 holiday season.

Numerous reports of users experiencing difficulties with Nvidia drivers on Vista had surfaced at the time of its debut, leading many to label the operating system as a buggy or unstable system. The revealed statistics represent the first publicly available hard data on the root cause of Windows Vista instability.

Microsoft recently released Vista Service Pack 1, which reportedly boosts gaming performance on the platform.

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  • Good old blame game, kinda hard to make good drivers for new products on a system that could of spent another 2 years in development. Hey but ATI doesn't have those issues since they've been repackaging all their old cards as "new". ATI probably has some of the worst drivers around as in game support (always 2 months late in updates), and Nvidia on the other hand has solid drivers, even their beta drivers are solid. So all i can pull from this article is that Vista "the new kid" with all the new fancy features can't support the new technology, but is able to support last gen gear? Xp for the win?

    : D

    On a side note, ATI went cost effective cards for a reason, they know they have no chance to catchup( Amd's fault not ATI's fault) and now that Nvidia bought Ageia with plans to incorporate it into all cuda cards (8Series +) really makes ATI kinda unapealing, even their budget cards are getting beat now by the 8800gt and the 9600gt with future on board physics with a simple "solid" driver update.