nVidia Driver GTX 460 Problems

It seems a number of people are no longer able to open SLViewer version 2.7.4 and newer. The problem apparently started in June 2011. So, what is the problem and what is the fix?

nVidia and Second Life Shaders

Some change in the Second Life render pipeline’s shader code has created a problem between the nVidia driver and the OpenGL drivers used by Linden Lab in the viewer. It appears the nVidia GeForce GTX 460 card with any driver newer than 260.99 has a problem.  If the graphics level is set at the default or on High or Ultra, the viewer crashes on login.

The problem does not exist in the nVidia driver 260.99 WHQL and presumably earlier drivers.

Updated 8/15: See TIMOTHY LOTTES‘ article NVIDIA FXAA.


See the Second Life JIRA CTS-657Last big Shader/Code update causes NVidia Drivers to crash

While the item is marked fixed and closed as ‘not able to reproduce’, people are still running into the problem. The fix is explained in CTS-657. Basically, one has to strip out the current nVidia driver and install the 260.99 version of the driver. Unfortunately, installing over the top of the old driver apparently does not work.

A work-a-round is also explained by Dora Gustafson in CTS-657. Before login open Preferences and set the graphics level to Medium. Once logged in, you can increase the graphics level.


If you have run into this problem, please add your information to the JIRA item. Also, click Vote and Watch. Clicking Watch is more important than clicking Vote.

…now I don’t feel so bad using my 8800.

 Additional Information

Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 + Viewer

Re: GTX 460 – Problem Command Line Controls


Update: Runitai Linden says he is currently working on the problem.

Update: Follow progress on SH-2240

Update: The SL Development Viewer now has a number of fixes for the OpenGL problems and uses OpenGL 3.3. These are version 3.2.1 viewers. The OpenGL project viewer is named Shinning. It is a bit hard to track down. The Dev Viewer is a bit better tested and seems to work for most users.

10 thoughts on “nVidia Driver GTX 460 Problems

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  2. I’ve run into the same problem… thanks for the post, I’ll try to downgrade to the 260 drivers :/

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  4. Happening in a Gigabyte GTX 570 Win7 SP1 x64 with drivers 266.58, 280.26 and 285.27 beta. I cant downgrade to 260 drivers because they dont support my GPU.

    • Try turning off AA (anti-aliasing) before logging in. It is in Graphics settings under the Advanced button.

      Try one of the Snowstorm development viewer versions.

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  6. Thank you so much for this post. I now see mesh and can log in without my card crashing. You are a godsend

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