Nvidia driver installation problem

June 20, 2005 at 19:56:39
Specs: xp/2600, Pentium4/512MB

Help! I am trying to update my GeForce4 Ti 4200 drivers (to new ver. 71.89). Sounds simple enough right? Well, after downloading the ~18MB file from nvidia and extracting the files, I notice that many of the extensions have a "_" in them, eg. *.dl_, *.sy_, *.ex_

I read something about these files being compressed twice resulting in the above extensions...

The net result (sorry) is that I get an error like "Can't find nv4_mini.sys" and the update fails. Well, the file in the extracted directory says nv4_mini.sy_ !!! So, I can see why the file can't be found...

Any ideas on this??? Its driving me (sorry again) nuts!!

Thanks in advance.


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June 20, 2005 at 21:00:45

If you have a download accelerator, disable that before download as it can actually mess up the Download from some sights.

Your Antivirus can affect Driver installation routine, so temporarily disable them.
Uninstall old driver before installing the updated driver.

With these precaustions, try downloading again. I know it is a Pain:-(

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June 20, 2005 at 21:02:53

What utility did you use to decompress the original download from nVidia?

Do not run virus protection software in the background while installing the drivers. This prevents the driver from configuring itself properly.

Before installing new drivers make sure you uninstall all NVIDIA display drivers from the Windows Control Panel. Browse to the Start Menu > Windows Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and search for "NVIDIA Windows Display Drivers" or "NVIDIA Display Drivers" and select remove.

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June 20, 2005 at 22:12:57

The nVidia driver file 71.89_win2kxp_english.exe you just double click on it to install, you do not have to extract it...

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June 21, 2005 at 02:32:15

That's the one... I have just used it myself.

Hi there from Western Vic. Wombat.

Once I thought I was wrong, now I'm not so sure!

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June 21, 2005 at 07:33:26

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions!

As to how I extract the files - I just double click on the 71.89_win2kxp_english.exe file after downloading it as Wombat suggests.
It self-extracts and then launches the Nvidia installer. Thats when I get the "Can't find nv4_mini.sys" error. So it looks like something
goes haywaire during the self-extraction.

I will redo it with my anti-virus disabled and report back.

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June 21, 2005 at 08:36:25

I expect a happier out come:-)

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June 21, 2005 at 14:48:25

G'day Ewen "I'm a Queenslander"

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June 21, 2005 at 21:24:12

Success!! I now have v71.89 drivers installed on my machine. One key finding - after double-clicking on 71.89_win2kxp_english.exe, the program asks where the extracted files should be saved - use the default path that the program suggests (C:\NVIDIA\Win2KXP\71.89)

That seems to be the main difference between a good installation and getting the error message that said "... Can't find nv4_mini.sys ..."

I had the anti-virus software turned off the whole time and I don't use a download accelerator. If I try to use my own path for the extracted files, the installer came up with the error message. If I used the nvidia default path, then it worked!

Perhaps there is a better reason for this happening but from what I can tell, the path was the issue.

Thanks again to everyone for your fast responses!!

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June 21, 2005 at 22:48:08

Glad it worked for you.

(and it's bl--dy cold down here Wombat)

Once I thought I was wrong, now I'm not so sure!

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June 21, 2005 at 23:30:38

Good one deadcandance.

Shut the gate down there, coz it's not much better up here...

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June 21, 2005 at 23:31:49

deadcandance, the last part is for Ewen...

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