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Nvidia Riva TNT2 won't accept drivers...

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Steve Whiteley
Posted on Saturday, June 7, 2003 - 11:52 am:   

I recently purchased a 32mb Riva TNT2 AGP video card, and no matter what drivers are installed in Windows 98 it will not work properly. It simply stays in VGA (16 color) mode after rebooting from the driver install. (and the display panel says it's an "unknown" device, even though it comes up properly in the video panel)
I have tried downloading the reference drivers from Nvidia but they didn't work either.
It has been tried in 2 different motherboards, both were "super socket 7" boards which may be a little slow by todays standards.
I even swapped the Bios chip from a known working card, but it still remained the same, and the Bios actually worked fine placed in the other card.
Any ideas anyone?
Posted on Saturday, June 7, 2003 - 5:57 pm:   

Tried installing motherboard chipset drivers?
Posted on Sunday, June 8, 2003 - 6:11 am:   

Haven't installed M/B drivers on the first motherboard, but the second one is actually running the exact same TNT2 card without any probs (except that the working card is a "MilkyStar" brand). A straight swap of the cards should not cause any hassles, as the drivers are exactly the same for each, but it still only comes up in 16 color mode.
Posted on Sunday, June 8, 2003 - 7:06 pm:   

The theory of swapping of TNT2 cards with existing drivers should hold true, providing the bios on each card is identical.
The referance bios files are generally the accepted norm and usually yield the best most stabile results. A few years back I accidently flashed a Pine TNT2M64 card with a Creative Bios once and it worked very well, I still have it.

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