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Which nVidia Driver do I need?

September 20, 2005 at 15:26:00
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1.9ghz Athlon 2600+ / 256

Hi Guys!

I recently did a clean install of my system and went through the tedious process of re-installing all my drivers, softwares, etc. For the main system itself, I used the drivers from eMachines' website since it was specified for my model (H2602). Everything seems fine 'n dandy (sound, USB, CDRW, etc.) except for the onboard video, which comes with the nVidia GeForce4 MX.

As suggested by others during a search through this forum, I went to the nVidia website to find the driver I needed. Problem is, which one should I be downloading?
Do I simply download the latest "Version 78.01 - Windows XP/2000" with hopes that it will work for ALL nVidia onboard video versions; or, do I need something *specific* for the GeForce4 MX?

www.nvidia.com/object/winxp-2k_archive.html

Thanks for your time with my dilema! :)

~~ Sarah

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eMachines H2602
1.9ghz Athlon 2600+
80gb HDD
Windows XP Pro w/ SP2
256mb


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#1
September 20, 2005 at 15:35:30

the version you have listed is fine. the drivers should work for all versions.

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#2
September 20, 2005 at 15:59:49

Thank you for the super speedy reply. I'll download it when I get home and post back here with its results! :)

~~ Sarah

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eMachines H2602
1.9ghz Athlon 2600+
80gb HDD
Windows XP Pro w/ SP2
256mb


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#3
September 20, 2005 at 16:13:16

I have a geForce4 MX4000 and I use the 66.93 driver with it. I have never had any problems using this driver, so I have never felt the need to update it.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp-2k_archive.html

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#4
September 20, 2005 at 18:28:43

Hi Wombat! I'll give that one a try. I downloaded the latest one (version 78.01), but it didn't work, so I'll give 66.93 a try.

Another quick observation... when I open my Device Manager within Other Devices, I see that yellow question / exclamation mark next to "Video Controller (VGA Compatible)".
When clicked on, it says "The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)"

I'm not sure if I noticed it before or not, but shouldn't it say something like "nVidia GeForce4 MX", or something along that line? This is an onboard video (not PCI). =\

~~ Sarah

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eMachines H2602
1.9ghz Athlon 2600+
80gb HDD
Windows XP Pro w/ SP2
256mb


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#5
September 20, 2005 at 18:35:08

the downloads are exe so you have to run them to install them. i would do this in safe mode for best results. im using version 71.84 this works best for me.

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#6
September 20, 2005 at 20:41:13

the exclamation mark will go away and the correct card model name will be listed one the drivers are installed. You should be able to run the most current ones (or any of the for that matter) as nvidia set it up where any one of their driver package installations will work for any of their cards from tnt to tnt2 to geforce to FX to etc...you get the idea. Anyway, download it and run the exe by double clicking on it. BEFORE you run it though, disable your antivirus software as this can affect the insallation with detonators (nvidia's driver installation package). You should be able to run it in Windows and shouldnt have to use safe mode unless there is something else going on but I've installed their drivers literally hundreds of times on hundreds of cards and never had a problem running in Windows.

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#7
September 20, 2005 at 21:03:56

Hi again guys...

Yes, I know how to install drivers, softwares, hardwares, etc. :) This dilema was more about finding the *correct* driver to install.

Mike, I didn't know that an actively running antivirus software could cause conflicts during the nVidia installation process? Maybe that's why it didn't properly work the first time. I'll make another attempt and report back later.

Thanks again, everyone! :)

~~ Sarah

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eMachines H2602
1.9ghz Athlon 2600+
80gb HDD
Windows XP Pro w/ SP2
256mb


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#8
September 21, 2005 at 10:12:52

Not just Nvidia drivers are affected by AV software running during the isntallation. As a rule you should always disable AV when installing programs (obviously you will wna tot know that the programs are legit before turning av off). Actually if you read the prompts, the nvidia setup tells you to disable your av.

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#9
September 21, 2005 at 13:14:06

Ok, this dilema is really beginning to annoy me! Prior to installing the new drivers, I made sure that all previous drivers were indeed cleaned out, AV software disabled to avoid installation conflicts, BIOS settings were correctly enabled, etc.
As earlier stated, everything else on my computer works perfectly fine, except for that pesky yellow question/exclamation mark in my Device Manager / Other Devices: "Video Controller (VGA Compatible)".

I've tried approximately six different drivers from the nVidia site for this GeForce4 MX onboard video (un-installing each one before trying another)... the latest updated version down to a previous version from the same time my computer was manufactured.... all to no avail. The driver seems to install fine, I am prompted to restart my system, and when I check my Device Manager, there it still is... that pesky yellow question/exclamation mark.

The really odd thing is that all my hardware is the same as it was from when I purchased my eMachines H2602. I haven't changed anything or installed any new hardware at all... so I'm at a total loss for why none of the drivers are working for me? Is there the possibility that my onboard video is dead, which is why it may not be accepting any nVidia drivers?

~~ Sarah

~~~~~~~
eMachines H2602
1.9ghz Athlon 2600+
80gb HDD
Windows XP Pro w/ SP2
256mb


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