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I have an old VAIO VPCCW1NFX/B Notebook which comes with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M GPU.

Today when I wanted to use the Parallel Computing Toolbox 6.6 of MATLAB R2015a, I found that it's better to have the latest update of the display driver software.

Also I sometimes encounter Display driver stopped responding and has recovered problem that I've found out one of it's causes can be outdated display driver software.

As this page suggests SONY does not support driver updates for this model anymore. And the currently installed driver version is

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So I've decided to download and install GeForce 341.92 Driver but the following paragraph in the "RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS" tab has scared me a bit:

However, please note that your notebook original equipment manufacturer (OEM) provides certified drivers for your specific notebook on their website. NVIDIA recommends that you check with your notebook OEM about recommended software updates for your notebook. OEMs may not provide technical support for issues that arise from the use of this driver

Is safe to upgrade the driver?

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    I have never had serious issues installing drivers directly from Nviida.
    – Moab
    Apr 13 '16 at 21:56
  • I think the "long shot/unlikely" risk comes from the possibility of the OEM altering the reference design. This used to happen on occasion in the 90s with (at my office, one or two Dell/Gateway), but I doubt it is much of a thing anymore.
    – Yorik
    Apr 14 '16 at 14:09
  • In case you need to modify nVidias official driver to be able to install it on your machine, you can learn how to do this here: forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/… I had to do this myself once on an Acer TravelMate 8472TG. I had to modify "nvaci.inf" and "ListDevices.txt". Apr 14 '16 at 15:06
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No big risk. If you have the Sony 259.57 driver at hand, you can try to install the latest nVidia-driver. If it doesn't work, you can go back to the Sony-driver (using safe mode if needed).

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341 drivers are very stable. I used 341.44 on a 425m for a long time.

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  • Yes, I did the update and the problem "display driver has stopped working and is now being recovered" was solved Jul 12 '16 at 1:26

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