Windows 3.0 Video Drivers

April 13, 2006 at 08:01:53
Specs: Windows 3.0, Intel 286 / 512 KB RAM
I can't find video drivers for Windows 3.0, for my video
card, which is a Trident card with 1024K VRAM...

I downloaded Windows 3.1 drivers for the card, and
Windows 3.0 would not boot with it, it completely refused
(but oddly it accepted the driver)...

Any ideas? I don't know the exact model name of the
card, it only says it when the PC is turned on (and this PC
it is in must NOT be turned off, it is doing important work
right now, and for a couple more hours)... I can say that it
is 16-bit ISA though, and supports resolutions up to

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April 13, 2006 at 18:58:34
You're didn't specify which one you needed, but try this one anyway:

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April 13, 2006 at 19:00:46
maybe the serial of card,might help,

try, logon N & P though,

found some~ TR9000I.ZIP ,TVGA9000.ZIP,
TVGAC402.ZIP, td9440.exe, TGU9680.rar,

try for dos as well,

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April 13, 2006 at 19:10:34
T-R-A, your links zip file is corrupted...

i tried driverguide, didn't find any...

i was able to reboot earlier, the card itself is a JAX-8900,
which the trident chip...

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April 14, 2006 at 06:04:48
Hey everyone;

here's an EXCELLENT page for trident video drivers:

[it's a large page so give it a minute to load] he was on a different server for several years so it took me some time to find him again. i visited his page quite often in the past for trident drivers.

Hakemon: finding windows 3.0 drivers is TOUGH. i tried dabbling in it myself a few years back when i would go to the local value village (sort of like goodwill or salvation army) and pick up old computer relics for 5 bucks (old 286's & 386's) that i could tinker with.

have you tried a generic 256-color driver perhaps? in my experience, it will work with some cards and not with others. i've had several of those older ISA-type trident cards in my time and as far as I know, the generic win 3.1 driver did to find one for win 3.0.....

there is a driver on that page for win 3.x for the 8900 (uc51-win.exe) so it's worth a try to see if it is actually designed for both 3.0 AND 3.1/3.11.


ok i just did some digging thru yahoo search and found this:

the file you want is i just downloaded it and unzipped it; the header for the oemsetup.inf file is:

"SETUP.INF file for MS Windows 3.0 TRIDENT high-res display drivers
TRIDENT Microsystems, Inc. Copyright (C) 1990"

i believe that's what you wanted sir....


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April 14, 2006 at 07:25:48
386dude, I downloaded the zip files, but am unable to
unextract them :(

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April 14, 2006 at 07:48:36
nevermind, i got it on my 286, they worked! I actually got
65k color in windows 3.0! yes :)

however, I noticed something weird, some icons show up as
monochome now, instead of color... hmmmmm...

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April 14, 2006 at 09:21:36
Hey that's great! This info will be useful for other win3.0-curious people as well.

Ummmmm it's been a few years since I last booted a computer to 3.0,but i believe the most of the icons are b&w. Keep in mind that 15 or 16 years ago, color was a real luxury and video card memory had to be high enough to support 256- or high-color resolutions. I'm guessing that Microsoft thought it best to keep icons as simple as possible to satisfy the bulk of computer users at that time.

Perhaps enough people complained though that they came out with color icons in win3.1 only a few years later......

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April 14, 2006 at 09:40:57
well, when i run either standard VGA drivers, or the Trident driver in 256 color mode, my icons are in color, and with their shades of grey (even when in 16 color), but in anything higher than 256 colors (like 15-bit color), all the icons lose their color, and become monochrome (no shades of grey, looks like old macintosh icons)...

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April 14, 2006 at 10:13:30
ahhhhh.......your card cannot run 16-bit color properly. i remember that from my own trident ISA cards. to test that, you could put the card into your 386 and install windows 95; then try and put the color past 256 colors (like 16-bit). it will either come up with an error or won't let you do it and will keep resetting itself back to 256 colors.

the fact that you set your card up at 16-bit color is a probably glitch in the driver. besides, the redraw-rate of the stuff on the screen probably moves at a snail's pace with that card set at 16-bit color, i bet! :)

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April 14, 2006 at 10:31:13
yea, it's got a slow redraw rate, but i was thinking that was mostly from the fact my PC is only 12MHz, lol..

in DOS, I CAN run my Trident card in 24-bit color (16.7 million colors), in CompuShow when loading JPEGs.. (i use the VESA driver)..

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