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Elvin Presler
05-09-07, 06:59 PM
Humor me. By old, I mean Geforce 3 or 4 drivers on a Geforce 7800 GS.

Let's say I wanted to play some really old game that just refuses to work right on new hardware/drivers or I just want it to look like it used to. Could I run say, the 23.11 drivers on a 7800 GS by modding the inf or is there a lot more to it than that? I tried modding the names and device ID# in nv4_disp.inf but it refused to load the driver. I renamed the GF TI500 and added the new ID# of my card where the TI500 was....didn't work.

kevJ420
05-09-07, 07:04 PM
Humor me. By old, I mean Geforce 3 or 4 drivers on a Geforce 7800 GS.

Let's say I wanted to play some really old game that just refuses to work right on new hardware/drivers or I just want it to look like it used to. Could I run say, the 23.11 drivers on a 7800 GS by modding the inf or is there a lot more to it than that? I tried modding the names and device ID# in nv4_disp.inf but it refused to load the driver.

I wish I could do the same thing.

I feel the pain, too.

I wish nvidia didn't always get rid of something when they don't have an equal or better replacement.

I hope someone helps us out.

Or we could tell nvidia.

Elvin Presler
05-09-07, 07:10 PM
I'm thinking this would be pretty easy to do, but I'm no driver expert. I mean the 7800 can do anything the old GF3/4 could. The old cards use the new drivers until recently.

I guess we just have to fool Windows into thinking the new card is an old one. I thought changing one of the old card's device ID would do it, but I must be missing something else.

Here's what I am eyeballing in the 2311 drivers:

[NVidia.Mfg]
%NVidia.Nv20.2% = nv4, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0202
[Strings]
NVidia.Nv20.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500"

and in the 8456 drivers I currently use:

[NVidia.Mfg]
%NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F5.1% = nv4_NV3x, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00F5
[Strings]
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F5.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS"

So, couldn't mod the 2311's to the following and trick Windows? What am I missing?

[NVidia.Mfg]
%NVidia.Nv20.2% = nv4, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00F5
[Strings]
NVidia.Nv20.2 = "NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS"