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I don't know what would happen, but I remember that the Gigabyte Ge-Force 6600GT I have came with drivers that by the NVidia ReadMe's did not support the card! And for the longest time (haven't been there for a while) the Gigabyte website kept offering the older driver from the 7000 series that, according to NVidia, did not support the 6000 series of chipsets.

Perhaps you could try installing the latest 81.98 NVidia drivers for 9x and see what happens? The setup file might just install everything but some features of the card would not be activated, like fancy 3D gaming effects since the drivers wouldn't know how to turn them on in the later cards.

Even if setup tells you your card isn't supported you could then try manually updating using Device Manager to the drivers in the extracted NVidia folder that contains the inf's for 9x.

You never know until you try.

Just be sure your motherboard chipset AGP Gart driver is installed and operating properly first, and that Direct X 9.0c is installed before you start installing the NVidia drivers. Internet Explorer updated to 6 SP1 also helps newer installers work correctly. Windows Installer 2.0 helps too. I just want to make sure it's the NVidia driver that can't be installed and not an installer glitch caused by not having those things installed first.

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This is standard Nvidia WHQL 81.98 Win9x driver downloaded from nvidia.com, please read the list of supported types above - there is no 7xxx type.

Or you can read the Release Notes: http://download.nvidia.com/Windows/81.98/8...lease_Notes.pdf


I remember that the Gigabyte Ge-Force 6600GT I have came with drivers that by the NVidia ReadMe's did not support the card!

Accoring to the Release Notes 6600GT (AGP) is oficially supported by Nvidia.


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Nope, they don't. :(

The last NVidia driver for 9x OSes is 81.98 [WHQL certified].

81.98 supports only 6xxxx GeForce series, as you can see from this fragment extracted from the NVAGP.INF file, which contains vendor strings for all supported NVidia GPUs:


NVIDIA&DEV_0110.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400"

NVIDIA&DEV_0111.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 100/200"

NVIDIA&DEV_0113.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR/EX"

NVIDIA&DEV_01A0.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce2 Integrated GPU"

NVIDIA&DEV_0170.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460"

NVIDIA&DEV_0171.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440"

NVIDIA&DEV_0172.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420"

NVIDIA&DEV_0173.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440-SE"

NVIDIA&DEV_0178.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro4 550 XGL"

NVIDIA&DEV_017A.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro NVS"

NVIDIA&DEV_0181.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X"

NVIDIA&DEV_0182.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440SE with AGP8X"

NVIDIA&DEV_0185.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000"

NVIDIA&DEV_0188.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro4 580 XGL"

NVIDIA&DEV_018A.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro NVS with AGP8X"

NVIDIA&DEV_018B.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro4 380 XGL"

NVIDIA&DEV_01F0.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU"

NVIDIA&DEV_0200.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce3"

NVIDIA&DEV_0201.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200"

NVIDIA&DEV_0202.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500"

NVIDIA&DEV_0203.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro DCC"

NVIDIA&DEV_0250.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600"

NVIDIA&DEV_0251.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4400"

NVIDIA&DEV_0253.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200"

NVIDIA&DEV_0258.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro4 900 XGL"

NVIDIA&DEV_0259.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro4 750 XGL"

NVIDIA&DEV_025B.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro4 700 XGL"

NVIDIA&DEV_0280.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4800"

NVIDIA&DEV_0281.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X"

NVIDIA&DEV_0282.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4800 SE"

NVIDIA&DEV_0288.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL"

NVIDIA&DEV_0289.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro4 780 XGL"

NVIDIA&DEV_0301.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra"

NVIDIA&DEV_0302.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800"

NVIDIA&DEV_0308.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000"

NVIDIA&DEV_0309.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro FX 1000"

NVIDIA&DEV_0311.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Ultra"

NVIDIA&DEV_0312.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600"

NVIDIA&DEV_0314.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600XT"

NVIDIA&DEV_0321.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra"

NVIDIA&DEV_0322.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200"

NVIDIA&DEV_0323.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200LE"

NVIDIA&DEV_0326.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500"

NVIDIA&DEV_0327.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5100"

NVIDIA&DEV_032A.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro NVS 55/280 PCI"

NVIDIA&DEV_032B.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro FX 500/FX 600"

NVIDIA&DEV_0330.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra"

NVIDIA&DEV_0331.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900"

NVIDIA&DEV_0332.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT"

NVIDIA&DEV_0333.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra"

NVIDIA&DEV_0334.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900ZT"

NVIDIA&DEV_0338.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000"

NVIDIA&DEV_033F.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro FX 700"

NVIDIA&DEV_0341.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra"

NVIDIA&DEV_0342.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700"

NVIDIA&DEV_0343.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE"

NVIDIA&DEV_0344.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700VE"

NVIDIA&DEV_034E.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro FX 1100"

NVIDIA&DEV_0040.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra"

NVIDIA&DEV_0041.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6800"

NVIDIA&DEV_0042.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6800 LE"

NVIDIA&DEV_0043.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XE"

NVIDIA&DEV_0045.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT"

NVIDIA&DEV_0048.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT"

NVIDIA&DEV_004E.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000"

NVIDIA&DEV_0221.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6200"

NVIDIA&DEV_0211.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6800"

NVIDIA&DEV_0212.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6800 LE"

NVIDIA&DEV_0215.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT"

NVIDIA&DEV_00F1.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT"

NVIDIA&DEV_00F2.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6600"

NVIDIA&DEV_00F3.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6200"

NVIDIA&DEV_00F4.DeviceDesc="NVIDIA GeForce 6600 LE"

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Try putting your 7600GT's device ID in there and installing it... unless they did a huge redesign of their hardware (unlikely, as I see at least two years of nVidia GPUs there) it should at least work.

Well, you do have 640x480 4-bit colors if nothing else works :D

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Try putting your 7600GT's device ID in there and installing it... unless they did a huge redesign of their hardware (unlikely, as I see at least two years of nVidia GPUs there) it should at least work.

Well, you do have 640x480 4-bit colors if nothing else works

Good idea.

Unfortunately I don't have access to a GeForce 7xxx or 8xxx series [yet], so I can't test this. :(

But if any1 is able + willing to do this, these are the lines that need to be added to NVAGP.INF under respective sections [listed below between square brackets]:





























































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_G71.DEV_0290.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX"

NVIDIA_G71.DEV_0291.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO"

NVIDIA_G71.DEV_0292.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS"

NVIDIA_G71.DEV_0293.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2"

NVIDIA_G71.DEV_0294.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 "

NVIDIA_G71.DEV_029C.1="NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500"

NVIDIA_G71.DEV_029D.1="NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500"

NVIDIA_G71.DEV_029E.1="NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500"

NVIDIA_G71.DEV_029F.1="NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 X2"

NVIDIA_G72.DEV_01D1.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE"

NVIDIA_G72.DEV_01D3.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7300 SE"

NVIDIA_G72.DEV_01DD.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7500 LE"

NVIDIA_G72.DEV_01DE.1="NVIDIA Quadro FX 350"

NVIDIA_G72.DEV_01DF.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS"

NVIDIA_G73.DEV_0391.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT"

NVIDIA_G73.DEV_0392.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS"

NVIDIA_G73.DEV_0393.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT"

NVIDIA_G73.DEV_0394.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7600 LE"

NVIDIA_G73.DEV_0395.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT "

NVIDIA_G73.DEV_039E.1="NVIDIA Quadro FX 560"

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_NV48.DEV_0218.1="NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT "

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_C51.DEV_0245.1="NVIDIA Quadro NVS 210S / NVIDIA GeForce 6150LE"

NVIDIA_C61.DEV_03D0.1="NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 430"

NVIDIA_C61.DEV_03D1.1="NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405"

NVIDIA_C61.DEV_03D2.1="NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 400"

NVIDIA_C61.DEV_03D5.1="NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 420"

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_00F6.1="NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS/XT"

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_BR02.DEV_02E0.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT "

NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_02E1.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS "

NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_02E2.1="NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT "

NVIDIA_G80.DEV_0191.1="NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX"

NVIDIA_G80.DEV_0193.1="NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS"

NVIDIA_Win2KDualView="NVIDIA Dualview"

NVIDIA_MultiView="NVIDIA Multiview"

This way 81.98 or even older builds [81.85, 77.72 or even 71.84] can be tested with these newer controllers under 98SE or ME.

The Forceware driver installer executable:





can be opened + files inside extracted with WinZip 9/10/11 or PowerArchiver [i have not tried CABVIEW.DLL thou]:


Then edit NVAGP.INF [or whatever the INF file name is] with Notepad and add lines above under respective sections. Save the file and then run SETUP.EXE from within the same directory. The new vid cards should be picked up [theoretically] during install.

Good luck.

Please let us know if this works [or not].



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Just for our own sake (of building a Win9x archive) here is Nvidia's ForceWare (Drivers) Release Notes: http://www.nvidia.com/object/81.98_9x_supported.html

Products Supported

Product Support List Windows 95/98/Me – 81.98

GeForce2 MX

GeForce2 MX 100

GeForce2 MX 200

GeForce2 MX 400


GeForce3 Ti 200

GeForce3 Ti 500

GeForce4 MX 420

GeForce4 MX 440

GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X

GeForce4 MX440SE with AGP8X

GeForce4 MX 460

GeForce4 MX Integrated graphics

GeForce4 MX 4000

GeForce4 Ti 4200

GeForce4 TI 4200 with AGP8X

GeForce4 Ti 4400

GeForce4 Ti 4600

GeForce4 Ti 4800

GeForce4 Ti 4800SE

GeForce FX 5100

GeForce FX 5200

GeForce FX 5200LE

GeForce FX 5200 Ultra

GeForce FX 5500

GeForce FX 5600

GeForce FX 5600 Ultra

GeForce FX 5600SE

GeForce FX 5600XT

GeForce FX 5700

GeForce FX 5700VE

GeForce FX 5700 Ultra

GeForce FX 5700LE

GeForce FX 5800

GeForce FX 5800 Ultra

GeForce FX 5900

GeForce FX 5900 Ultra

GeForce FX 5900XT

GeForce FX 5900ZT

GeForce FX 5950 Ultra

GeForce 6200

GeForce 6200 with TurboCache

GeForce 6200SE with TurboCache

GeForce 6600 LE

GeForce 6600

GeForce 6600 GT

GeForce 6800

GeForce 6800 XE

GeForce 6800 LE

GeForce 6800 GT

GeForce 6800 Ultra

Quadro DCC

Quadro4 380 XGL

Quadro4 550 XGL

Quadro4 700 XGL

Quadro4 750 XGL

Quadro4 780 XGL

Quadro4 900 XGL

Quadro4 980 XGL

Quadro FX 500

Quadro FX 600

Quadro FX 700

Quadro FX 1000

Quadro FX 1100

Quadro FX 2000

Quadro FX 3000

Quadro FX 4000

Quadro NVS

Quadro NVS 280

The following products are not supported in the current ForceWare Release 80 driver. Please continue to use the previous ForceWare Release 70 drivers available here.


TNT2 Pro

TNT2 Ultra

TNT2 Model 64 (M64)

TNT2 Model 64 (M64) Pro


Vanta LT

GeForce 256

GeForce DDR

GeForce2 GTS

GeForce2 Pro

GeForce2 Ti

GeForce2 Ultra

GeForce2 MX Integrated graphics


Quadro2 Pro

Quadro2 EX

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The list at http://www.nvidia.com/object/81.98_9x_supported.html is not correct, much better is to use the list in the INF file posted by MDGx

And just a note, according to http://download.nvidia.com/Windows/81.98/8...lease_Notes.pdf just AGP versions of 6xxx are supported, not PCI-E versions. PCI-E and AGP versions have different PCI ID.

I have forced Win98SE to use this driver with some PCI-E graphics boards (6200, 6200 with Turbo Cache, 6600) and it worked.


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hey to all,

unfortunately seems that the 81.98 drivers don't work on 7600 with the new PCI ID which is recognized but the system freezes at boot when the gui loads.

Surfing on Internet I have found the 82.16 drivers provided by BFG for the 7800 GS card which can be considered the real latest drivers for this OS:


Problems here too.

Other solutions?

Someone has a contact in Nvidia? eh eh eh

I think that Win9x drivers are useful to many people so I hope we (or Nvidia) will find a solution.

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Nvidia's 81.98 are severely unstable. Also, you will suffer a serious performance hit in anything requiring DirectX 8.1 or below. (These drivers seem optimized for Directx 9.x). I got a drop of nearly 15% in 3DMark2001 with these drivers as compared to 40.72. On the other hand I got a small 3-4% boost in OpenGL benchmarks (GLExcess) when compared to 40.72.

Oh yeah, uninstall under Win98SE is broken in 81.98, so you will have to use something like DriverCleaner to get rid of it.

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Nvidia's 81.98 are severely unstable.

Do you have any details? I have 81.98 on all my Win9x computers since it was released and never seen any stability problem.

And if you read release notes you will see that there were many and many bugs corrected in newer versions (since series 40)


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