Nvidia Driver update under XP question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by andychris02, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. andychris02 macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2007
    Dublin, Ireland (at the moment)
    I installed Far Cry 2 under bootcamp (using XP SP2) the other day and upon starting up the game it said my Nvidia driver was old, so I downloaded the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS from the website and when I tried to install it the installer said that I couldn't install this particular driver and quit.

    I have never updated the driver, the one I have is 1.6 something, the new driver was 1.8'ish, so do I have to download and install all of the previous drivers?

    Not too sure what I'm doing wrong.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Muncher macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2007
    A couple of things:
    1. Are you sure the driver you downloaded was the right one? I believe the 8800 GS is a mobile card.
    2. Perhaps you downloaded a Vista driver?
    3. Apple only wants boot camp rivers on macs fro stability reasons. I used the mobility modder for my 2600xt. Perhaps it supports nvidia too, I don't remember.
  3. ViperrepiV macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2008
    funny, because I was searching the same exact thing today. This is what I found, on an apple support forum (http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8439074&tstart=0). FTA:

    Do this.

    1) Download the drivers for your version of the operating system at nvidia.com.
    2) Run the installer. It will install the driver files in C:\NVIDIA, but the installer will fail saying it cannot find a compatible graphics card. That is expected.
    3) Quit the installer.
    4) Right click on your Desktop, go to Properties.
    5) Click on "Settings " Tab at the top.
    6) Click "Advanced" button,( it will be just abouve the "Apply" button.)
    7) after that, click on the "Adapter" tab at the top, (the second tab)
    8) Click Properties in the Adaptor Type section.
    9) Click the Driver tab in th Properties window.
    10) Click Update Driver.
    after that, choose the radio button, No, not this time, click "next" after that.
    choose "install from a list or specific location." radio button and click next.
    select "Dont search, I will choose the driver to install" and click next.

    13) Click the "Have Disk.." button.
    14) Browse to "C:\NVIDIA\*winxp*\169.35\English". (*winxp* - this folder name might be different on yout computer.
    15) Select nv_disp and click Open.
    16) Now click OK.
    17) Scroll down and select NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTx.
    18) Follow the rest of the prompts to install the driver. Windows will warn you that it cannot gaurantee that the driver you installed will work with the hardware, but I can because it works for
    19) Reboot your computer.
    20) Your new card should now be working properly. You can even access the NVIDIA control panel!

    Anyways, I will do this tomorrow, but give it a shot and let us know how it goes! I have actually read this before on another website as well. Also, just FYI, the iMac 8800GS isn't a mobile card at all. It is actually a desktop 8800GT underclocked to match the GS speed.
  4. Muncher macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2007
    That sounds right. Apple always does funky things with their graphics cards.
  5. ViperrepiV macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2008
    I just went though the process. just be sure to click the actual card, the 8800 GS, not the GTx. had a little issue with that.
  6. andychris02 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2007
    Dublin, Ireland (at the moment)
    Thanks for all of your replies, I used the instructions that were posted and all is good.

    Thanks again.
  7. goonerman macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Thanks ViperrepiV. I was trying to update my drivers to play GTA IV when i got that error. I'll try it tonight.

    BTW, according to Wikipedia:

    "On April 28 2008, Apple announced an updated iMac line featuring an 8800 GS with 512MB of video memory. However, the card is actually a rebranded NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS. It features up to 512 MB of 800 MHz GDDR3 video memory, 64 unified stream processors, a 500 MHz core speed, a 256-bit memory bus width, and a 1250 MHz shader clock."

    Not really sure which card it is now :confused:

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