nVidia GeForce 8800GT and GeForce 9500GT

  1. websquad's Avatar
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    nVidia GeForce 8800GT and GeForce 9500GT


    I have an older machine I use for backup (Dell OptiPlex 745) fairly well appointed, with an on-the-motherboard graphics adapter (Intel, I think) running one monitor and a plug-in nVidia based adapter, running two monitors. I was running Linux on it until January 2015, when I joined the Windows Insider Program and installed Win 10. At first the two nVidia-driven monitors would not work at all, but in a few months they started working after an update download from Microsoft (I was a "fast track" Insider). All was well until February 2016, when both nVidia monitors quit working and my WiFi card went dead. I tried a number of things, but no no avail. I got the nVidia-based monitors when I directly downloaded a driver from the manufacturer, but after that, when the first Microsoft update was downloaded, the nVidia-driven screens went blank. I really need three monitors for the work I do. I tried all sorts of things, including a hard disk wipe and complete reload of Win 10. No success. I just ran out of time to experiment with it after a few weeks.

    I'm now very concerned about my main machine. It's an older custom-built machine with an Intel Core2 Q6600 processor and two graphics cards: a GeForce 8800GT and GeForce 9500GT, driving four monitors. I really can't screw up on its Win 7 to 10 upgrade and loose this machine because of bad device drives forced on me by Microsoft.

    QUESTION: Does anyone have success with the 8800GT and/or 9500GT?
    Last edited by websquad; 11 Apr 2016 at 20:11.
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  2. Arc's Avatar
    Arc
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    Hi @websquad .

    IMHO you should stop Device driver automatic installation, then Uninstall the installed nvidia driver, and try 341.95 WHQL.

    341.95 WHQL should work with both of your cards.
    nVidia GeForce 8800GT and GeForce 9500GT-2016-04-10_12h06_08.jpg
    Just make one thing sure, perform a driver only installation of the nvidia installer package.
    NVIDIA Drivers - Avoid Problems - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope it helps. Let us know the result.
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  3. websquad's Avatar
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    Clean System -- Still have nVidia problem


    I cleaned the hard disk using "Darik's Boot and Nuke". It takes the hard disk down to the bare bone. I then download Windows 10's iso file and installed it. I went through a couple of upgrade cycles until the system required only one restart for a working environment. Before the restart all three monitors were working correctly. I then rebooted; when I looked away for a few minutes I saw the three screens flashing.

    This message popped up in the corner of one of the nVidia-driven monitors: "Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode driver 341.95 has stopped responding and has successfully recovered."

    It successfully recovered, but after about a minute, the flashing screens started again.

    You suggested 341.95; alas, that's what the Win 10 alert notification indicates to be the problem. But even if I find another nVidia device driver that will work, I would still have that problem when Windows 10 update comes along and wipe out whatever solution I had installed and the whole mess starts again.

    So it appears I have two problems:

    1) I don't have the correct device driver (but I know there is one on the nVidia site, because I used it for about 4-5 months until Windows 10 replaced it with 341.95)

    2) Even if I update it with the correct nVidia device driver, the next Win 10 update that comes along will replace it with 341.95.

    Is this a lost cause?
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  4. websquad's Avatar
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    Clean System -- Still have nVidia problem


    On my Win 10 "Test" machine I cleaned the hard disk using "Darik's Boot and Nuke". This takes the hard disk down to the bare bones. I then download Windows 10's iso file and installed it. I went through a couple of upgrade cycles until the system required only one restart for a working environment. Before the restart all three monitors were working correctly.

    I then rebooted; when I looked away for a few minutes I saw the three monitors flashing. This message popped up in the corner of one of the nVidia-driven monitors: "Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode driver 341.95 has stopped responding and has successfully recovered."

    It successfully recovered, but after about a minute, the flashing screens started again.

    You suggested 341.95; alas, that's what the Win 10 alert notification indicates to be the problem. But even if I find another nVidia device driver that will work, I would still have that problem when Windows 10 update comes along and wipe out whatever solution I had installed and the whole mess starts again.

    So it appears I have two problems:

    1) I don't have the correct device driver (but I know there is one on the nVidia site, because I used it for about 4-5 months until Windows 10 replaced it with 341.95)

    2) Even if I update it with the correct nVidia device driver, the next Win 10 update that comes along will replace it with 341.95.

    Is this a lost cause?
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  5. bobkn's Avatar
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    websquad said:
    2) Even if I update it with the correct nVidia device driver, the next Win 10 update that comes along will replace it with 341.95.

    Is this a lost cause?
    As previously mentioned (post #2), you can set Windows 10 to not change device drivers through Windows Update. (You can't easily stop other updates, but you can prevent driver updates.)

    I'm sorry that I don't know what might be the working graphics driver for your system. nVidia lists 4 Win10 X64 drivers for the 8800GT. Maybe the 341.92 drivers would do it. (From their date, they were released to support 1511.)
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  6. Arc's Avatar
    Arc
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    websquad said:

    I then rebooted; when I looked away for a few minutes I saw the three monitors flashing. This message popped up in the corner of one of the nVidia-driven monitors: "Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode driver 341.95 has stopped responding and has successfully recovered."

    It successfully recovered, but after about a minute, the flashing screens started again.
    Well, there are very limited number of driver versions those will work with your cards. These are .....

    You can see that only one driver is marked as WHQL, and that one is causing issues for you.

    Now, use DDU to uninstall the installed display driver. Stop automatic driver update. Then install the other versions one by one and see how it goes.

    As far as I can say, if you experience the "Display driver has stopped responding and has successfully recovered" issue with multiple driver versions, you have to blame either of the cards for it.
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  7. Fafhrd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
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    On my 9500GT, I use

    Without any problems, since July 2015 on Windows 10 x86 now build 14316 - any later driver does not work for me.
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  8. OldMike65's Avatar
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    Just a side note here on Nvidia drivers. Their just might be a fix for the Opencl.dll issues regarding most all Nvidia drivers, in the MS updates that should come out later today. This is not related to the problem this user is having....I don't think thou. But one never knows for sure. :)
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