Getting Better Windows 7/Vista Performance With Older nVidia Graphics Cards

12 08 2007

I’m a great fan of Windows Vista, I’m not ashamed to say it. Even though I know there’s a a huge following of torch bearing geeks in anoraks, who burn people at the stake for saying “I like Vista”. I don’t really like Vista for the look and I can sure do without little features like Windows Aero. No, I like Vista for it’s stability, ease of access and most of all faster operation.

Aside from all the troubles with Creative Labs Vista drivers, only one other device has proved problematic; my beloved nVidia 6800.

I don’t play that many games, myself. I like to play Guild Wars and I enjoy playing Call of Duty 2. My son plays other games, but those are the only two I really get a chance to play. My PCI-E XFX 6800 is a great card, using this card in Windows XP still gives me good quality and good frame rates. Sadly it’s a different story in Windows Vista. Myself, and many other older card owners, are finding the recent nVidia drivers around 30% slower than Xp versions.

In my quest to find a better driver I discovered that some XP Forceware drivers actually work really well in Windows Vista! I began experimenting with various drivers. After about 10 driver installs, I discovered that Windows XP Forceware Version: 81.98 seems to be the last working “Vista compatible” XP driver.

Wow.. I was really amazed when I started benchmarking this driver. It even benchmarked better in Vista than it did in XP. It contained the classic control panel, overclocking and all the other extra features like TV-OUT and Digital Vibrance.

I fired up my games and sure enough, they were performing better than they used to in XP. Brilliant!

Sadly there are a couple of drawbacks with this driver.

  • This is an XP driver, so no WDDM support and no Windows Aero
  • No SLi support
  • Limited support for older nVidia cards only

NVIDIA_NV11.DEV_0110.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400”
NVIDIA_NV11.DEV_0111.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 100/200”
NVIDIA_NV11.DEV_0113.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR/EX”
NVIDIA_CR11.DEV_01A0.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce2 Integrated GPU”
NVIDIA_NV17.DEV_0170.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460”
NVIDIA_NV17.DEV_0171.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440”
NVIDIA_NV17.DEV_0172.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420”
NVIDIA_NV17.DEV_0173.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440-SE”
NVIDIA_NV17.DEV_0178.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro4 550 XGL”
NVIDIA_NV17.DEV_017A.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro NVS”
NVIDIA_NV18.DEV_0181.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X”
NVIDIA_NV18.DEV_0182.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440SE with AGP8X”
NVIDIA_NV18.DEV_0185.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000”
NVIDIA_NV18.DEV_0188.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro4 580 XGL”
NVIDIA_NV18.DEV_018A.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro NVS with AGP8X”
NVIDIA_NV18.DEV_018B.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro4 380 XGL”
NVIDIA_CR17.DEV_01F0.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU”
NVIDIA_NV20.DEV_0200.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce3”
NVIDIA_NV20.DEV_0201.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200”
NVIDIA_NV20.DEV_0202.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500”
NVIDIA_NV20.DEV_0203.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro DCC”
NVIDIA_NV25.DEV_0250.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600”
NVIDIA_NV25.DEV_0251.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4400”
NVIDIA_NV25.DEV_0253.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200”
NVIDIA_NV25.DEV_0258.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro4 900 XGL”
NVIDIA_NV25.DEV_0259.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro4 750 XGL”
NVIDIA_NV25.DEV_025B.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro4 700 XGL”
NVIDIA_NV28.DEV_0280.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4800”
NVIDIA_NV28.DEV_0281.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X”
NVIDIA_NV28.DEV_0282.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4800 SE”
NVIDIA_NV28.DEV_0288.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL”
NVIDIA_NV28.DEV_0289.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro4 780 XGL”
NVIDIA_NV30.DEV_0301.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra”
NVIDIA_NV30.DEV_0302.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800”
NVIDIA_NV30.DEV_0308.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000”
NVIDIA_NV30.DEV_0309.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 1000”
NVIDIA_NV31.DEV_0311.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Ultra”
NVIDIA_NV31.DEV_0312.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600”
NVIDIA_NV31.DEV_0314.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600XT”
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0321.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra”
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0322.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200”
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0323.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200LE”
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0326.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500”
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_0327.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5100”
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_032A.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro NVS 55/280 PCI”
NVIDIA_NV34.DEV_032B.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 500/FX 600”
NVIDIA_NV35.DEV_0330.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra”
NVIDIA_NV35.DEV_0331.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900”
NVIDIA_NV35.DEV_0332.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT”
NVIDIA_NV35.DEV_0333.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra”
NVIDIA_NV35.DEV_0334.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900ZT”
NVIDIA_NV35.DEV_0338.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000”
NVIDIA_NV35.DEV_033F.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 700”
NVIDIA_NV36.DEV_0341.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra”
NVIDIA_NV36.DEV_0342.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700”
NVIDIA_NV36.DEV_0343.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE”
NVIDIA_NV36.DEV_0344.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700VE”
NVIDIA_NV36.DEV_034E.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 1100”
NVIDIA_NV40.DEV_0040.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra”
NVIDIA_NV40.DEV_0041.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800”
NVIDIA_NV40.DEV_0042.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 LE”
NVIDIA_NV40.DEV_0043.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XE”
NVIDIA_NV40.DEV_0045.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT”
NVIDIA_NV40.DEV_0048.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT”
NVIDIA_NV40.DEV_004E.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000”
NVIDIA_NV41.DEV_00C0.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS”
NVIDIA_NV41.DEV_00C1.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 ”
NVIDIA_NV41.DEV_00C2.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 LE ”
NVIDIA_NV41.DEV_00C3.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT ”
NVIDIA_NV41.DEV_00CD.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 3450/4000 SDI”
NVIDIA_NV41.DEV_00CE.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 1400”
NVIDIA_NV43.DEV_0140.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT”
NVIDIA_NV43.DEV_0141.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6600”
NVIDIA_NV43.DEV_0142.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE”
NVIDIA_NV43.DEV_0143.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6600 VE”
NVIDIA_NV43.DEV_0145.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6610 XL”
NVIDIA_NV43.DEV_014A.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro NVS 440”
NVIDIA_NV43.DEV_014E.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 540”
NVIDIA_NV43.DEV_014F.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6200”
NVIDIA_NV44.DEV_0160.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6500”
NVIDIA_NV44.DEV_0161.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM)”
NVIDIA_NV44.DEV_0162.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6200SE TurboCache(TM)”
NVIDIA_NV44.DEV_0163.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6200 LE”
NVIDIA_NV44.DEV_0165.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro NVS 285”
NVIDIA_NV44.DEV_0221.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6200 ”
NVIDIA_G70.DEV_0090.1  = “NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX”
NVIDIA_G70.DEV_0091.1  = “NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX ”
NVIDIA_G70.DEV_0092.1  = “NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT”
NVIDIA_G70.DEV_009D.1  = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500”
NVIDIA_NV48.DEV_0211.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800  ”
NVIDIA_NV48.DEV_0212.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 LE  ”
NVIDIA_NV48.DEV_0215.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT ”
NVIDIA_C51.DEV_0240.1  = “NVIDIA GeForce 6150”
NVIDIA_C51.DEV_0241.1  = “NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE”
NVIDIA_C51.DEV_0242.1  = “NVIDIA GeForce 6100”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F1.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT ”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F2.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6600 ”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F3.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6200  ”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F4.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE ”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F5.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F8.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400/4400”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F9.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Series GPU”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00FA.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce PCX 5750”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00FB.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce PCX 5900”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00FC.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce PCX 5300”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00FD.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro PCI-E Series”
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00FE.1 = “NVIDIA Quadro FX 1300”
NVIDIA_Win2KDualView   = “NVIDIA Dualview”
NVIDIA_MultiView       = “NVIDIA Multiview”

Before installing, don’t forget to clean your old driver files out with a driver cleaner of some sorts. I recommend Guru3D’s Driver Sweeper. It’s free and it sure gets the job done.

This driver installs fine for me with the installer, but some people have found they needed to manually intall through Windows Device Manager. Either way, your machine must be set to “Allow unsigned drivers”. You can enable this feature by holding down the F8 key before Windows Vista boots.

After experimenting, I suspected nVidia were deliberately sabotaging drivers to force older card owners to upgrade. However since then I have learnt a number of reasons why Vista Forceware is slower than XP Forceware. One example would be the thousands of extra lines of code in each Vista driver!

Either way, I’m sticking to Windows XP Forceware Version: 81.98. If you’re using a 7800 or under, I suggest you give it a try too.

Good Luck!




97 responses

23 08 2007
cameron AkA (winchester9mm)

genuis why didnt i think of trying that
and im also a fan of vista and like u said u dont need windows areo
but other then that it seems to run faster then xp
like for example i installed it on my friends laptop
hes lap topis p42.6 1gb ram and it ran really slow with xp for some reason
so we installed vista and it worked betta then xp well anyway im off and thanks for the help

1 09 2007
Bill Bassett

I removed nVidia drivers, downloaded the 81.98 driver and had no luck installing either with the installer – said I wan’t running windows – must not recognize Vista signature. Tried to update driver from device manager, and same thing. Anyone got any other ideas?

1 09 2007

umm.. what graphic’s card are you using?

User account control must be OFF.
And allow unsigned drivers must be ON.

Unsigned drivers will display the “not Windows” error.
Hold F8 before Vista boots, to find the Windows Boot Manager and the option to use drivers of your choice.

Hope this helps

3 09 2007

Okay guys, I don’t know about you, but I REALLY need this because I am desperate, now,

I am running Vista Ultimate
I have UAC turned off
I booted into Vista with unsigned drivers allowed
I ran the install as admin

and it STILL thinks that its not a windows system,

I also tried compatibility mode for Windows XP SP2, it installs, but when anything visual comes along, it freezes :S


Email me


3 09 2007

okay, so this is what happened NOW

I managed to install it using the Device Manager, however it Blue screens like when I installed it with compability mode to do with the nv4_mini.sys

someone wanna help out?

cause I really need it


14 09 2007
Harald Pobloth

I tried this without success but then I did not go through all the options (installing from Control Panel, starting in Safe Mode, Press F8 when booting).

Anyway I am wondering if the driver that is linked below works for both the 32 bit and the 64 bit version of Vista?


14 09 2007

No, this is only suitable for 32bit Vista.

I understand there is a Windows XP 64bit of this driver though – but I am unable to test.

Holding down F8 (disabling driver enforcement) is essential for this to work.


15 09 2007

Hm. I’m not having any luck with this either. Running Vista Ultimate 32-bit.

15 09 2007

im having no luck with this at all. i have uac disabled and i booted up pressing f8 and i disabled driver enforcement.

15 09 2007

The only thing I can stress is to run Guru3D driver sweeper before installing new drivers. In most cases it will solve all install issues. Then maybe try executing the “Setup.exe” in XP compatibility mode.

It may not work for everybody but it’s always worked for me on supported non-sli cards.

18 09 2007

A big thank you to whoever created this web page my nvidia geforce 4 mx440 works perfect under vista with xp drivers tv output also working tried loads of other drivers with no luck.Meny people saying card not compatable what a load of bull works fine brill love the site added to favorites and bookmarked cheers mate great help to me

18 09 2007

Glad to help you and your mx440 Justin. I used to own one, and 81.98 proves it’s still a good graphics card for many uses.


2 10 2007

Glad that you created this quick fix solution…you have indeed created hope for many..however it wasnt able to solve the issue with my notebook which has a ge force 460 which has 32mb memory..could you suggest or provide support. It does say that it supports however could you assist..thank you….. And thank you once again on behalf of all my friends who have desktops and has helped them to a great deal!!!

2 10 2007


The Vista website says; “Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory” and the release notes say “support for NVIDIA_NV17.DEV_0170.1 = “NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460”.

I don’t think Geforce 460 Mobile is supported though, if I’m honest. The only way I can see it working is with modded driver files, but then you’ll need to research your device codes too. Everything you need is at Guru3D.

A good INF modding guide can be found here.

Hope this helps


4 10 2007

Nvidia GeForce 4600Ti

It works! It works! It works!


Now If I can only make the Sound Blaster Live! PLatinum 5.1 with live drive, to work in Vista, to bypass SPDIF via TOSLINK to the A/V Receiver, in order for the receiver to decode the Dolby Digital / DTS signal when playing DVDs from the computer, I will be completely happy.

17 10 2007

Hey Justin
I read you comment saying Geforce4 MX440 works. I am using the same AGP8x card on Dell Dimension 8300. Well, I am able to watch using that card on DVI connection to my TV – however I dont see the 720p resolution. The resolutions, colors etc are all messed up. Vista looks like tramsmitting standard VGS resolutions but over DVI connection too. Could you please confirm – what all resolutions you could change to? can you open up the nvidia control panel and change things there like what we used to on XP?

17 10 2007

Hey Mr.Web Author
When I first installed the Vista, I was able to see lot of resolution support on the same card – using DVI connection. However the device manager – shows errors on NVidia GeForce4 MX440 AGP8x. But still I could select the 720p resoltuon. But later after several updates from Microsoft – that went off. Or may be after I was tring to install some other versions like 96.33 forceware. Something screwed it up and I dont see the 720p resolution to set any more.
I will try this 81.98 using the F8 and UserAccount option changes. So i have to do that F8, then UserAccounts then install the driver or go to devce manager and click Update driver and pick the Exploded directory for this 81.98. Which way do you suggest?

18 10 2007

1. uninstall NVidia – if its already there and not working.
2. Restarted Vista Ultimate with “Safe Mode” and ran the Driver Sweeper. It removed the registry keys related to NVidia
3. Restart Vista – but now with F8 and then Disable windows check for driver (Last Option)
4. I tried to install from the Executable – i was having previous install – so alerted me for replace of some files – I said “Yes to all” and after some time – it failed.
5. Open the device manager and do manual update driver – but select the folder. c:\NVIDIA\Win2XP..\81.98. Windows will install successfully.

24 12 2007

Nice one….my GeForce4 MX 4000 workssss fine using vista home premium and enabled aero..thanks for the help man…

16 01 2008

I dunno what my prob is, but I still cannot get this to work. Ive got a ti 4800, no matter what I do, I get the not windows errror on install. I found a modded forceware driver on guru3d, tried that and device manager reports errors from device and shuts the driver down. All I want is widescreen support, I dont even care about Aero 😦

29 01 2008
is microsoft windows 2000 compatable with microsoft vista

is microsoft windows 2000 compatable with microsoft vista

5 07 2008

hi everybody, anyone can help me.. I have problem with my Graphic card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE, the driver is already installer, but still not work properly, and still have 1 devices i cannt find the driver, is UNKNOWN DEVICE the value ACPI\PNPB006 *PNPB00, what is this? is it i need to install this device than my graphic card can work properly?? I’m using windows vista ultimate.. Pls help….

6 08 2008

I have just upgraded to vista basic and my monitor keeps blinking I have a nvidia geforce4 mx 4000 series and can’t locate a driver for it can anyone help

23 08 2008

Hello TY TY FOR this forums thingy im about to try it but idk how to turn on usnsigned drivers because idk when to press f8 when vista boots but idk when exacly that is and also how will i no when its off and also the guru thingy doesnt work for me says it has a problem idk but could u add me to msn messenger and help me out like that TY TY TY.

23 08 2008

acces violation at address 004fe489 in module drive sweep exe read of address 00000000.

23 08 2008

thats what i get when ever i try to clean my nvidia with drive sweep

23 08 2008

yeah um when ever i uninstall it reinstall when ever i restart and i think the guru thingy doesnt deleat all of them and also when ever i go to device manager to update it it says i have the latest update for my software so idk

23 08 2008

but now with F8 and then Disable windows check for driver (Last Option)
i dont get dat part sunli

23 08 2008

im back lol but yeah i got to deleating files with guru but then it reinstalls(the nvidia that came with vista) when i restart the comp and says “not windows” thingy so then i tried task manager and browsed the folder but still no this is in safe mode and uac off so whats next?

24 08 2008

Ik heb windows vista 64 bit en heb de audigi2 zs
maar gaat niet digital
hebben jullie daar een nieuwe cd voor stuurprograma ,s

zo ja wil ikdie graag van jullie hebben wand zo is het geluid niet mooi

30 10 2008

you have to turn off automatic driver install in system, advance system settings, hardware, windows update driver settings, choose never check for drivers…, then do the process above, but do it in device manager and manually install the driver, restart and works great

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28 12 2008

Hey, I´ve been using this quick fix for months, thanks! Funny how the nvidia driver recognizes the system as Longhorn (Service Pack 1). I guess it was really made with compatibility with vista in mind.

the config is Vista 32bits with all updates and Geforce4 Ti 4200 agp 8x.

and I also have a creative live! dell board under vista as well, with Danielk drivers, but thats another history…

10 01 2009

This driver also works with Windows Seven and GF 4 MX 440. Now I have max resolution that my lcd support.

17 06 2009
bill vigus

Using Windows 7 RC build 7100 genuine and I have this old GeForce4 MX4000 card and it wouldn’t take any Vista drivers, no way….

Looked around and tried a few even the fixed ones no go until I found your directions— it’s great!!!

I had to use Compatibilty wiz and it installed great. Before that it was telling me :You are not using Windows!” Had to laugh….

19 06 2009

It works with Geforce 4 mx 400 Go, on a HP Pavillion 5430us. Windows 7.
thank you VERY much. now i see in the correct aspect ratio!!

22 08 2009
Lennt 47

i have a nvidia geforce4 mx 4000 do these drivers work on Windows 7 or Vista with this Graphic Card

23 08 2009

Lennt47: They should be fine on both, but I don’t have one handy to test nowadays..

24 08 2009

Thanks for the driver version! I run Vista with this version (81.98)for my old GeForce 4 MX440 and it realy works. Even, I can use my TV out for the first time since Vista instalation!

26 08 2009

Thank you!

My Geforce 420 MX work rather fine win Win7 RTM!

It got Blue Screen with 9217 while trying play some games> I went back to Standard VGA graphic of Win7 then the Games can display bay can not play. With 8198 the Desktop Performance for Windows Aero increase from 1.0 to 1.9! Game rather smoothly played! Nice work!

26 08 2009

i have a nvidia geforce4 mx 4000 and i have installed windows 7 nad those drivers who works on xp doesnt works on windows 7 what do you suggest guys please help me – i need this help

12 09 2009

please help me

27 09 2009

Never expected that from lower version of Driver…. It went smooth with Windows 7 RC…. Thanks for this Great Info…

1 10 2009

Just wanted to say thank you. I needed this after upgrading my kids pc to Vista with its old Geforce4 ti 4200. Couldn’t run any opengl games with the standard drivers from MS. Games now run great, just like they used to on XP. Thanks so much.

25 11 2009

I have to thank you so much. I’ve always had problems with Windows Vista with my 7800 GS underperforming in video games vs Windows XP. After I installed these my Frames Per Second went waaay back up and the games started playing way smoother. I’m a little sad I can’t use newer drivers and I hope someone might find a newer one with a little trial and error? Anyway, thanks a bunch again!

14 12 2009
Lord Aurora

Thank you so much for this! It works great if you follow the instructions carefully. I used it on Geforce MX 4000 with Windows Ultimate.

For those who have a doubt about this old driver, let me tell you that NO OTHER newer driver will make your old video card run faster than this one. However, if you have trouble installing this driver, I recommend that you use this 100% Vista compatible Driver :

It’s slower than this old one but there’s no need for special cares to install this one. Also it’s not that ‘much’ slower. I don’t have Windows 7 so I cannot tell if it’s working there too.

Hope that helps!

5 01 2010

Hi, simply install the following driver for your geforce4 MX440:

That’s it !
Now you can play games and see videos on windows 7

24 01 2010
Ash M

Great!! The Windows XP Forceware Version: 81.98 solved my problem brilliantly. Works flawlessly In Windows 7 Ultimate using a GeForce MX 460 card. The actual driver pack for that card from nVidia installed in 7 with compatibility mode, but Bsod’d when trying to rate the system or play a game or watch a movie etc. I thought that was it and was going to take this old machine back to XP, then discovered the above post. As I say install perfectly in compatibilty mode (XP SP3), gives you the nVidia control panel and in turn, ability to use direct 3d and video accelaration, no more Bsod’s, Windows 7 all the way 😀

Top marks for this!

11 02 2010

I can confirm this driver version 81.98 works with windows 7 32bit home premium.

I use Abit nVidia Geforce 4 Ti4200 64MB AGP and I can set resolutions up to 1920×1200 with this driver.

To get working you must set compatibility with Windows XP SP3 before start installing the driver package.

Thankyou for your information “nomoregoatsoup”.

21 03 2010

I can confirm that the ForeWare Drivers for version 81.98 do work for Windows 7 32bit Home Premium for the GeForce2 MX/MX 400

Right Click the file, select properties, Compatibility I set to Windows XP SP2. Clicked OK. Ran install file, rebooted.

Windows 7 had no issues with reboot. Ran Windows Experience Index and it did not crash. Rating is 1.0

I did try the standard XP

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17 07 2010

En français : – )

Ca fonctionne très bien. J’ai appliiqué la méthode du clic droit/propriietés et executer en mode compatibilité Win XP SP2 et ensuite executer en mode administrateur.

Le gestionnaire de périphériques affiche désormais la bonne carte et le panneau Nvidia dans la barre des tâches s’execute parfaitement. Après quelques benchs satisfaisants sous TracMania (71 fps (!) en qualité minimum et 37.8 fps en minimum…)

Ce pilote semble très stable pour Windows 7 32 bits et l’installation s’avère vraiment facile.

In English : ——————————– )

It works like a charm. I dit with rigth click on the setup.exe, properties, and execute in XP SP2 then valid and run the programm as administrator.

Driver Management display the right card and Nvidia Control Panel et the notification zone works well. Did a few benchs with TrackMania (71 fps in poor qualité and 37.8 fps in minimum).

This driver seems to be stable for Win7. Thanks for the tips


25 07 2010

My geforce3 Ti200 works perfectly with Windows 7. I found this blog after hours of searching, out of pure luck. I can’t thank author enough for sharing his discovery with rest of us.

My graphic card has been completely forgotten by it’s maker, nvidia. No driver updates, no information whatsoever about Vista or Windows 7 compatibility. Altough I’m not best buyer (I still use 9 year old geforce right?), I recommended nvidia several times to friends, relatives etc. and would buy myself one, next time I decided to purshace a new computer. Now that I realised their attitude, I’ll probably steer clear of their products.

Go screw yourself nvidia!

6 09 2010


I found this helpful blog thank you.
My PCX 5750 is working perfectly on Windows 7 32 bit with XP drivers

But after many differents tests the only accepted driver by Windows 7 64 bit are Vista x64 drivers

30 09 2010

hay qua, dang xai cai Geforce4 MX 440-SE

30 10 2010

Thanks man! These drivers work great on Windows 7 (hint: install in compatibility mode as ‘Windows XP SP3’).

23 12 2010

Thank you.

This driver works with the Geforce3 TI 200 in Windows 7 32-bit.

14 04 2011

I have a VERY old and cheap MX440. Not only does the driver perform flawlessly in Windows 7, the control panel works too! Great job!

29 11 2011

I am using a computer with an MX420, but sadly the 3D doesn’t work.

27 06 2011

Wonderful! This works with a GeForce MX4000 on Windows 7, too!. Wouldn’t want to keep this permanently, but it keeps me going until a I can get a new card.

11 12 2011
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