Bluescreen after installing Nvidia video card

Hewlett-packard Compaq presario s5100nx...
November 26, 2011 at 20:55:26
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition (32-bit), 2.60 GHz P4/1GB DDR2

I am trying to install an Nvidia GeForce FX 5500 graphics card in an old XP machine.

Every time the computer boots up normally, it bluescreens, mentioning something about the driver being stuck in an infinite loop. I refuse to believe that it's a problem with the card itself, because I'm currently typing this from Safe Mode on the same computer. Yes, I know Safe Mode only loads the bare essentials, but this proves that it's the driver, yes?

Unfortunately, I tried installing the driver from safe mode (the latest one for this card directly from Nvidia's site), but I'm not sure if Safe Mode keeps these changes? Why else would the system not be taking the driver?

I did some searching, and it appears there are some people like me on Nvidia's forums, but no replies. Also, on Ubuntu Forums, what does this user mean?

"It works fine on windows (after applying a 3rd party patch to nv4_disp.dll to stop some infinite loop BSOD issue, up yours nvidia) but I see no difference on hardy."

What patch?

EDIT: I just tried installing an older driver, the ForceWare 169 WHQL (169.21). It made things worse; now, the Blue Screen is unreadable (text is messed up).

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November 27, 2011 at 00:07:06
Do u have latest win xp service pack?

You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.

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November 27, 2011 at 05:37:01
Are you sure you are using the XP 32bit driver and not one for another operating system?

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 27, 2011 at 10:06:45
Yes and yes. Right-clicking on My Computer -> Properties shows Service Pack 3. The OS select box on Nvidia's site clearly states "Windows XP" and "Windows XP 64-bit".

I'll try to run Updates. I know for certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it's the driver that's causing this issue. When I run the Nvidia driver install utility from Safe Mode, it first uninstalls the previous Nvidia driver I tried, then restarts into Windows - without blue screening! - and tries to install the "new" driver. It appears that, when Windows is using the generic VGA display adapter driver, everything works fine. However, what's the point in using a video card then, rather than the onboard (and extremely incompetent) video?

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