NVIDIA driver doesnt work...HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by xi mezmerize ix, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    I have 32bit xp running in bootcamp, with the osx drivers installed. i tried upgrading the nvidia driver and it keeps saying that it cant detect the hardware and it wont work. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. jakeguy99 macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2007
    Yes, that will happen. What you are going to want to do is manually find the driver for your product. **At the top of the nvidia download drivers page** In order to do this you will need to know your graphics card and system. Since you did not post your specs I can not help you any further but I will give you an example.

    My computer is running on nvidia Geforce 8600M GT

    1.So i select "Geforce 8M Series (Notebooks)"
    2. Windows 7 64 bit (you choose xp 32 bit)
    3. click the search button
    4. download
  3. xi mezmerize ix thread starter macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    The only problem with this is that I did exactly that: nvidia geforce 330m for windows xp 32 bit. It never works when i open the file.
  4. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    yes as above, you can't use the nvidia automated driver search thingy, you have to select the correct driver yourself, download it and install.

    this is actually easier now that it used to be, that new "one size fits all" verde driver or whatever it's called, seems to install on imac hardware at least without throwing errors like the previous 8800gs drivers used to anyway

    good luck!

    Update: Hm ok just read your latest post. What error message does it give exactly? Anyway, if you are 100% sure youre downloading the correct driver for your hardware, one workaround you can try (what I used to do before the verde drivers started installing properly on the 8800gs in my imac) is to go to laptopvideo2go.com and download the drivers from there. Those drivers are edited so that they will install on anything without throwing incompatible hardware-type errors. I used doxdrivers (outdated now) for ages on my imac without any problems.

    If you're not sure what the heck laptopvideo2go is or why it is search in these forums as there were lots of posts about video card driver updating a while back.
  5. dub12345 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2011
    same problem


    I am running win7 64 bit on parallels and have a geforce 8600m gt card and I searched to the specific driver on the Nvidia site and when I try to install it I get the error "can't detect compatible hardware"

    any help is appreciated.

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