Hack activates DirectX 10 on NVIDIA ION LE

Posted on Friday, Oct 30 2009 @ 18:48 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Slashgear reports a driver hack can enable DirectX 10 support on the NVIDIA ION LE chipset:
NVIDIA’s Ion LE promises to deliver the same 1080p HD playback as its regular Ion sibling, but at a cheaper price; to do that, it drops DirectX 10 support in favor of solely accommodating DX9. It turns out that the limitation is, in fact, an arbitrary one and that the Ion LE seems to have been artificially crippled by NVIDIA themselves; MyHPMini forum member runawayprisoner found that by slightly modifying HP’s own Ion drivers he could get them to install for the Ion LE.

It seems that the only thing preventing the Ion drivers installing on an Ion LE system is the absence of the latter’s device ID in the driver’s INF. Once that’s been added, the installation works and you’ve got DirectX 10 support on what was tipped as a lesser chipset.

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