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using XP drivers under W2K


aurgathor
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I have a piece of HW (an HD6770 based video card, to be exact) that I would like to use under Windows 2000. Unfortunately, it does not come with W2K drivers.

Is there any way to convert an XP driver to W2K, or just unpack and install the needed binaries from the driver piece by piece? While I'm not certain, I think the actual driver (executable) code is often the same.

TIA

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The most basic way of using a Windows XP driver in Windows 2000 is to open its INF file and change it like this (just an example):

  1. Before:

    [Manufacturer]
    %ATI%=ATI,NTx86.5.1

    [ATI.NTx86.5.1]
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391&CC_0106
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4392&CC_0104
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4393&CC_0104
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4394&CC_0106
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7801&CC_0106
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7802&CC_0104
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7803&CC_0104
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7804&CC_0106

    [Napa_Inst.ntx86]
    CopyFiles = ahci8086.Files.x86_12

    [Napa_Inst.ntx86.Services]
    AddService = ahcix86,0x00000002,Napa_Service_Instx86, Napa_EventLog_Inst


  2. After:

    [Manufacturer]
    %ATI%=ATI

    [ATI]
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4391&CC_0106
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4392&CC_0104
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4393&CC_0104
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4394&CC_0106
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7801&CC_0106
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7802&CC_0104
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7803&CC_0104
    %NapaDesc%=Napa_Inst,PCI\VEN_1022&DEV_7804&CC_0106

    [Napa_Inst]
    CopyFiles = ahci8086.Files.x86_12

    [Napa_Inst.Services]
    AddService = ahcix86,0x00000002,Napa_Service_Instx86, Napa_EventLog_Inst


The structure may differ depending on the driver. I hope you're aware that you will need to have unofficial kernel installed together with blackwingcat's unofficial drivers to make the card work. The original XP drivers from AMD won't work.

Edited by tomasz86
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