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Windows 7: 1680x1050 on old GeForce


24 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional (not sure which Build)
 
 
1680x1050 on old GeForce

Hey everybody,

I went ahead and installed Windows 7 on an old Dell 4550. Its graphics card is a GeForce4 MX something something... the standard VGA driver is currently installed and as i went on nvidia's website, it said that i have the optimal driver installed already... downloading the vista and Windows 7 drivers of other (higher) models didn't do it...

I've gotten as far as the 1600x1200 resolution by unchecking the "hide modes that this monitor cannot display"... that way i could select 1600x1200 but not 1680x1050 which is my monitor's default...

i'm stuck... help is appreciated!

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24 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Hey.

You are unfortunately out of luck. The latest driver for your card is for XP. This means you will never have Aero. You really should upgrade to run Windows 7 with any kind of performance or (video) usability at all.
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24 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gipfeli View Post
Hey everybody,

I went ahead and installed Windows 7 on an old Dell 4550. Its graphics card is a GeForce4 MX something something... the standard VGA driver is currently installed and as i went on nvidia's website, it said that i have the optimal driver installed already... downloading the vista and Windows 7 drivers of other (higher) models didn't do it...

I've gotten as far as the 1600x1200 resolution by unchecking the "hide modes that this monitor cannot display"... that way i could select 1600x1200 but not 1680x1050 which is my monitor's default...

i'm stuck... help is appreciated!
Here is a driver for your Gforce4Mx with a modded inf. This driver should give you Aero with proper resolution, at least you should have the best chance with this one.

ForceWare 97.46 Windows Vista (x86) download from Guru3D.com
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24 Nov 2009   #4

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gipfeli View Post
Hey everybody,

I went ahead and installed Windows 7 on an old Dell 4550. Its graphics card is a GeForce4 MX something something... the standard VGA driver is currently installed and as i went on nvidia's website, it said that i have the optimal driver installed already... downloading the vista and Windows 7 drivers of other (higher) models didn't do it...

I've gotten as far as the 1600x1200 resolution by unchecking the "hide modes that this monitor cannot display"... that way i could select 1600x1200 but not 1680x1050 which is my monitor's default...

i'm stuck... help is appreciated!
Here is a driver for your Gforce4Mx with a modded inf. This driver should give you Aero with proper resolution, at least you should have the best chance with this one.

ForceWare 97.46 Windows Vista (x86) download from Guru3D.com
Get outta here. Nice find for him. Didn't even know that was possible at all. Still may not have enough video RAM for though for Aero. Still, better than nothing and maybe even full.
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24 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Check out this resource, you may find something to work here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/com...graphic%20card.

Cheers,
Tara
Windows Outreach Team
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24 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional (not sure which Build)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post

Here is a driver for your Gforce4Mx with a modded inf. This driver should give you Aero with proper resolution, at least you should have the best chance with this one.

ForceWare 97.46 Windows Vista (x86) download from Guru3D.com
thanks for the reply guys...

hmm... i just downloaded and installed the driver you gave me... but i am unable to set the resolution to 1680x1050... 1600x1200 is still available however... re-updated the driver from device manager and it said i have the latest driver for my MX 420 card... am i really out of luck? i dont really need aero, i just want the resolution set correctly...
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24 Nov 2009   #7

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gipfeli View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post

Here is a driver for your Gforce4Mx with a modded inf. This driver should give you Aero with proper resolution, at least you should have the best chance with this one.

ForceWare 97.46 Windows Vista (x86) download from Guru3D.com
thanks for the reply guys...

hmm... i just downloaded and installed the driver you gave me... but i am unable to set the resolution to 1680x1050... 1600x1200 is still available however... re-updated the driver from device manager and it said i have the latest driver for my MX 420 card... am i really out of luck? i dont really need aero, i just want the resolution set correctly...
Right click the card in the device manager. Browse. Let me pick. Have disk. Browse. Now find in C:\NVIDIA somewhere the .inf and double click on it. Hit ok. Hit next. Let it install. Reboot. Enjoy your driver.

Pick an Aero theme to attempt to have Aero interface.
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24 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I have never heard of a 15.4 inch monitor that supports 1680X1050?

According to the Sony web site, your lap top is made to run 1280X800 resolution. Click in marketing specs in the link below, it's in Adobe format.
Sony eSupport - VGN-FS940 - Manuals / Specs / Warranty

This also sounds about right to me for a 15.4 inch monitor lap top, unless I'm reading something incorrectly here?
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24 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional (not sure which Build)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TaraSWinTeam View Post
Check out this resource, you may find something to work here: Windows 7 Compatibility Center search results - GeForce4 MX graphic card.

Cheers,
Tara
Windows Outreach Team
well... it looks like my model is not listed... mx 420 isn't, but a few of the higher ones... i thought all the MX series are somehwat the same and don't really matter when it comes to something like this, since i believe this is a driver issue....



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
Right click the card in the device manager. Browse. Let me pick. Have disk. Browse. Now find in C:\NVIDIA somewhere the .inf and double click on it. Hit ok. Hit next. Let it install. Reboot. Enjoy your driver.

Pick an Aero theme to attempt to have Aero interface.
i just did that again and it didn't seem to work... 1600x1200 is still the highest resolution i can choose from... aero doesn't work (if aero means the transparent window frame interface)
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24 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional (not sure which Build)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
I have never heard of a 15.4 inch monitor that supports 1680X1050?

According to the Sony web site, your lap top is made to run 1280X800 resolution. Click in marketing specs in the link below, it's in Adobe format.
Sony eSupport - VGN-FS940 - Manuals / Specs / Warranty

This also sounds about right to me for a 15.4 inch monitor lap top, unless I'm reading something incorrectly here?
oh haha... my dad upgraded the screen to a 22" i believe? it's a widescreen, and seemingly only 4:3 resolutions are supported in the modded driver... i'm actually talking about a pc, not my laptop... sorry, forgot about the sideinfo next to my name on this forum...
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