Intel has released new graphics drivers today for the millions of people using Intel Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge and Haswell integrated graphics. Intel has released 126.96.36.199.3345 drivers for Haswell & Ivy Bridge. These drivers have a total of 15 bug fixes and more importantly it enables OpenGL 4.2 support for those with Intel 4th Generation Core Processors (Haswell). Intel Ivy Bridge and Haswell users can download the Iris and HD graphics driver here for 64-bit users or here if you are running 32-bit Windows. The 64-bit driver download is a hefty 375MB, but we aren’t complaining and it appears that Intel is keeping their promise of having quarterly driver updates. We were hoping to see more game improvements, but it appears just Civilization 5 and Minecraft gamers will be benefiting from the Ivy Bridge and Haswell graphics driver update.
The following issues were fixed on 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors/ 4th Generation Intel Core Processors:
- Resolved display corruption seen when capturing video with Windows 8.1 operating system camera application with stabilization turned on (Windows 8.1)
- Resolved Blue Screen issue seen with message “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then you can restart” when hot docking and undocking system with a display device connected to the DisplayPort (Windows 8.1)
- Resolved black screen occurring when resuming from an automatic monitor off scenario (Windows 8.1)
- Resolved driver crash caused while minimizing the Minecraft window (Windows 8.1)
- Resolved the issue where the ‘Built-in display’ is off, after resuming system from sleep state (Windows 8.1)
- Resolved video black out while playing a content protected DVD (Windows 7)
- Resolved the Intel Display Audio upgrade failure while upgrading the graphics driver (Windows 8, Windows 7)
- While playing video via Windows Media Player, resolved error message “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” seen after resizing the window or changing the rotation orientation. (Windows 8.1)
- Resolved abnormal right edge seen while Skype video chatting in snap mode (Windows 8.1)
- Resolved the issue when sporadically external monitor is not turned on while resuming from Sleep (Windows 8, Windows 7 )
- Resolved the issue where after changing the default hot key combinations in the Intel Graphics Control Panel, the new hot key combinations would not function (Windows 8)
- Resolved the sporadic flicker seen while minimizing a window with Intel Display Power Saving Technology (Intel DPST) switched on (Windows 8)
- Resolved issue when resuming from system sleep, sometimes external monitor is not turned on (Windows 8.1, Windows 7 )
- Resolved issue where Intel Dynamic Refresh Rate Switching Technology (Intel DRRS Technology) function would be lost after disabling the Intel Display power saving technology (Intel DPST) in the Graphics Control panel (Windows 8, Windows 7)
- Resolved issue where Civilization 5 game hang or crash was observed (Windows 8)
If you are still running an Intel 2nd Generation Core processor (Sandy Bridge) with Intel HD Graphics 3000/2000 you’ll be happy to learn that you also are getting a graphics driver update! The latest driver build for you is 188.8.131.52.3347 and you can download that driver here for 32-bit or here for 64-bit Windows Systems. The following issues have been fixed in this graphics driver for Sandy Bridge users:
- Resolved content protection related issues when upgrading to Windows 8.1.
- Resolved error, “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered”, seen after closing and re-opening the laptop lid while playing video.
- CyberCiege game: Some textures and objects are no longer missing.
- Quake4 game: Display no longer blanks during gameplay.
- 3D screensaver such as “3D Text” no longer hangs after running for a long time.
- Resolved error, “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered”, seen after unplugging a D-sub cable from a mini DP-VGA dongle while playing video.
- Mouse cursor no longer disappears after the laptop lid is set to Sleep when closed, system is restarted, then lid is opened.
- Resolved no HDMI display (connected via a dock) seen when attempting to set Extended Display configuration.
- Resolved issue where the Operating System Information in the Intel® Graphics Control Panel does not match the installed Operating System’s version.
- Resolved issue where the secondary display is inactive after changing the resolution and refresh rate in Extended Display configuration.