Any drivers for Nvidia 8400gs in win98?

October 12, 2011 at 11:56:19
Specs: Win 98
I'm setting up a computer for a friend to play old games on. He wants Win98. I've worked around all of the issues so far except his video card. He doesn't want to buy a different card. It is an Nvidia 8400 gs. I've been all over google, but all I can find are dead links and forums saying it is impossible(nothing is impossible, just difficult). Anyone know of any current links where I might find a Win98 driver for this card? As a last resort, I may have to learn how to write a driver file and modify one to work with 98, but I don't know how difficult this will be yet. Thanks for any help.

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October 12, 2011 at 13:40:31
I take it that card is PCIe? If so, I don't believe you are going to get Win98 to run PCIe graphics.

What are the specs of the computer? Why not run something a little newer, like WinXP?

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October 12, 2011 at 16:58:43
Read this forum discussion:

And good luck.

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October 13, 2011 at 05:15:44
By modern standards, the 8400GS isn't a gaming card. It's a low end entry level card, basically a step up from integrated graphics. That shouldn't make any difference if you're going to run games that are 10+ yrs old though, I'm just saying.

I don't know why your friend would want to run Win98 on modern hardware but I guess that's his business. Unfortunately, that apparently makes it your business. I doubt you're going to get around the graphics driver issue. This was explained to you in your other thread.

Seems you've been struggling with this thing for several weeks now. I give you credit for your "stick-to-it-ness", but you also have to know when to say when. Installing WinXP & using Win98 compatibility mode or running Win98 in a virtual machine would have been much better options. Microsoft offers a couple of versions of Virtual PC for free.

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October 14, 2011 at 00:08:57
How likely is it that I can write a driver file that will work? I've seen that other PCIe cards can work with 98. There aren't any other slots free for a PCI video card. I don't like to give up, but if nothing is going to work, then nothing is going to work.

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October 14, 2011 at 15:51:59
"How likely is it that I can write a driver file that will work?"

Depends on how familiar your are with both the O/S underpinnings, the hardware and how much experience you have in writing device drivers. You'll also need the Windows DDK (drivers development kit) as mentioned below:

As riider mentions, it may be time to give this one up...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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October 14, 2011 at 23:44:44
I think so too. He'll just have to buy a different card. Thanks for all the help.

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October 27, 2011 at 12:19:17
If you're going to buy another card I recommend ATI, specifically the Radeon 7000/7500 64MB. This card will work on Windows 95, NT 4.0, 98, and later. One of the most compatible cards I ever worked with and a large memory size, probably the largest that will work on Windows 95.

The ATI Catalyst driver includes all of the ATI drivers in one simple package, and up to version 6.2 supported Windows 98 through 2005.

iMac G5 1.8GHz PPC, 2GB RAM, 160GB, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8, SuperDrive

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