There seems to be a growing number of users finding problems with Maya using GeForce video cards, because of the amount of different cards, some of these might not work, but hopefully this helps a few people out. If at very least others might be able to post their successful work-around too.
Why does Maya’s viewports go blank when I maximize a viewport panel?
Because of Nvidia’s competition with ATi, Nvidia have been forced to push as much performance from the card using its driver as possible. For Maya users this has resulted in Nvidia removing key procedures on Forceware (50.xx+) which made GeForce “gamer” cards an effective and cheaper alternative to the Quadro series. That, or they’re incapable of fixing this bug at present. This is a problem with 53.xx and even upto 56.xx using both AMD and Intel cpus, GeForce 3/4 and FX series cards… a problem I’m positive is driver level.
Using Detonater series drivers are the work-around, tried and proven as excellent drivers for a majority of users, if you run into the problems:
*Slow marking menus
then you should try using 43.xx - 45.xx drivers. Personally would recommend 45.23.
Uninstall Forceware drivers from the Add/Remove Programs manager in the Control Panel before installing.
Find drivers at Http://www.guru3d.com // Nvidia Drivers section: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?id=10
Why does Maya not perform normally on my second monitor?
Maya can not use OpenGL on the 2nd monitor using Dual View.
Use Horizontal-Span mode from the nView Properties.
My artisan tools leaves Paint outline trail?
This one is mostly based on older drivers, but I’ve helped a few people with a suggestion of turning ON V-Sync in the Nvidia Properties, under the OpenGL tab.
And users can also use SoftQuadro, a driver crack which edits the drivers and then loads them successfully to convert the “gamer” versions into Quadro with some exceptions of course. I added this for people that might not of heard about it… more information can be found again at Guru3d.com and read questions/answers on their forums : http://forums.guru3d.com/forumdisplay.php?forumid=18
I’ll do another search tomorrow for more asked questions, and add them to this list if applicable. ATi included.
Again, everyone that has fixed problems or know some fancy hardware tech information, post it for users which will search for this stuff, get their answers, and get on with just dealing with the problems in actually doing 3D