FIX: NVIDIA 3DTV PLAY Samsung 3d Plasma or other unsupported model

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*updated 09/22/2011 – recently moved to a faster server… still not very fast – regardless – the download link has been updated*

Summary

This post will provide you with instructions to make NVIDIA 3DTV Play work on unsupported but capable HDMI 1.4 3DTVs. It was setup and tested on a Samsung PN50C8000.

Background

New technologies come out all the time. Some lame, some great. NVIDIA 3D VISION was one such of the latter and I grabbed mine the day it released. About a year later, I bought a 3dtv: choosing Samsung Plasma as they seem a good deal more responsive and the price is great. The day I bought it, I attempted to figure out a way to use the NVIDIA 3D VISION emitter and glasses for 3D gaming with absolutely no luck whatsoever. I tried iZ3D also, with the only result being an increasing level of frustration…

More relevant background

Soon after, I saw a press release from NVIDIA describing a new software application that allows the use of HDMI 1.4 3D via the NVIDIA card and TVs built in emitter/glasses. I was excited to say the least but noticed no release date.

Just recently, new forceware was released that includes the NVIDIA 3DTV Play software. If you haven’t downloaded the latest update, scroll to the bottom of this post and follow the link or go to nvidia.com and do so.

Where the magic happens (solution)

Requirements

  • Supported NVIDIA video card
  • Latest forceware driver release
  • HDMI 1.4 3DTV (if its an unsuppored model, read the rest of this post otherwise will work out of the box)
  • 3D VISION usb emitter (only for licensing – not actually used)
  • You may need to disable driver signature enforcment if you are using Windows Vista/7 x64 (someone please confirm this)

Once you’ve confirmed the above, you are either in business or annoyed at NVIDIA’s lack of support for your potentially superior 3DTV. Me being the latter and kindof a nut for having things work the way I want I used a modified EDID to override that provided by my TV and trick the NVIDIA driver into working. My time here is thin, as I just wasted a bunch of it to set this up. Thus, I will go into no detail on how I did it but links exist below that may allow you to obtain that information yourself.

Steps to make it work

  1. Download the inf here (I’m not messing with sound here – leave that to you or a helpful commenter though I have all standard resolutions and refresh rates marked as 3d compatiable in the attached)
  2. Install the latest forceware driver
  3. Install the latest 3D VISION usb emitter driver
  4. Plug in your usb emitter and confirm the recognition of the device and associated drivers
  5. Open the device manager
  6. Expand the Computer and then Monitors nodes
  7. Find your TV (most likely Generic PNP Monitor), right click, and select Update Driver Software
  8. Click Browse my computer for driver software
  9. Click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
  10. Click have disk…
  11. Browse to the location of the inf downloaded in step 1, select it, click Open, and click OK
  12. If multiple models appear, select Generic for the manufacturer and then select NVIDIA Unsupported 3DTV (EDID Override)
  13. Click Next, wait for the installation to complete
  14. Reboot (and get excited)

Upon rebooting you should be able to open the NVIDIA Control Panel and follow the standard procedure to enable 3D VISION, but in this case it should be listed as NVIDIA 3DTV Play. Once you’ve configured it, set the resolution and refresh rate to either 1920×1080@24hz or 1280×720@60hz (and please let me know if you can get it to work for 1920×1080@60hz). In game, you should be able to activate 3D VISION using the hotkey you configured and drool at the 3D goodness.

Links

Tools and Resources

Thanks to those above in the tools section for providing me with information. I am not responsible for any damage this causes or you cause doing it obviously.

Please post comments if it works for you, and donate if you feel generous.









Thanks for reading!

Comments

  1. Adam

    September 9, 2012

    This doesn’t work with any driver after 296. The 3XX.XX drivers are unsupported. Any possible chance of creating a new inf that supports the newer drivers?

  2. Walter

    September 17, 2012

    I have the same question @Adam has. I would very much like for my 3dtv to work with my geforce 670 video cards, but they are only supported by 3xx.xx+ drivers. I am sure many more people would love to have an updated inf as well. I appreciate any support you could give us on this, especially since Nvidia won’t

  3. Curt

    September 24, 2012

    Same problem as both of the guys above.

    My 3DXL worked perfectly a in 296 but is no longer supported in 3xx.xx even though I’ve paid for 3DTV Play from Nvdia!!

    Can you help us out Brad? I think I need an INF that’s recognised as being a currently supported display but with the other settings etc. the same as before.

  4. Paul

    October 8, 2012

    Download link is not working? Please help.

  5. ash

    October 25, 2012

    i add my request to the group for the 3xx.xx driver support

  6. Jro

    October 28, 2012

    OK, I’ve also tried this method that is posted at the top…and NO, it did not work for me either.

    However, the only part that seems to give us all a problem is when you have to download the inf file.

    But here is the solution to getting it work…and FINALLY, being able to use your 3D monitor, (in my case the Sony 24″ 3D monitor) to work.

    Go to this link:
    http://forums.redflagdeals.com/nvidia-3dtv-play-mod-sony-playstation-3d-display-1175972/

    Follow the instructions there. Now, when it comes to the http://www.mediafire.com/?9ndzg9gxvd19e1g
    link that is posted , it will take you to the inf file that you need to have in order to get things going. Now, if it does not download the first time….download it again. It will work

    Well, that’s about it. Have fun, and please, leave comments here once you get it up and running for yourself, and pass the word.:)

  7. dharmesh

    November 27, 2012

    hi,
    It worked for me. I tried all process you said. I’ve samsung 32ES6200. Graphics card quadro fx 380lp, motherboard M4A785TD-V EVO…. Thank you

  8. dharmesh

    November 27, 2012

    ,, just one problem. It makes full desktop as 2 view without glass or you can say stereo affects full desktop. If i’m working in 3d software, it wroks proper while stereo view but if i want see normal view, i’ve to see it by wearing glass. without glass i’ll show offset or stereo on full screen…. hope there’ll be solution

  9. Adrian

    January 10, 2013

    If anyone can give me more details on step 12 it would be greatly appreciated. I don’t know why but when I try updating the driver software it tells me it has encountered an error because the inf file is not digitally signed by a manufacturer. I’m running Win 8 64 bit.

  10. Marc

    January 26, 2013

    Are there any news about the 3xx.xx driver support?

  11. skyman99

    April 11, 2013

    No updates to make it work with 3xx i take it? Same boat here.

  12. Mikkel

    April 22, 2013

    Can’t get this working!
    Just got myself a samsung syncmaster, and it’s not like fully compatible with the nvidia 3d crap shit..

    I’m really frustrated over this!

    But, my real problem is that i cannt choose the inf. file ?
    Can anyone help me please? This really sux!

    sorry for the spelling, it’s night where i am now and i’ve tried to get this working for the last 5 hours with no succes!
    My mail is miklacn@gmail.com if you wanna get personal..

    Help would be really apriciated!!

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