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Windows 7: 1680x1050 on old GeForce

24 Nov 2009   #11
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

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Hey everybody,

I went ahead and installed Win7 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 win7 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.
Thanks for the Rep dude, you Guru'd me

The Guru3d always seems to have those old modded inf drivers laying about but I was scratchin my head about the 1680X1050 on a 15.4 inch lap top part.


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24 Nov 2009   #12
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

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Thanks for the Rep dude, you Guru'd me
Well, I'm definitely glad for that then since you're always on point with many different aspects of things...especially crash dumps, RAM stuff. Great stuff.
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24 Nov 2009   #13
ripbox

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Just like to say hey thanx... I didn't know about forcing resolutions till now and iv successfully been able to bump my rez up a touch to true 720
I shall have to try tweak some more and see if i cant get a few more lines out of it
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24 Nov 2009   #14
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

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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...
OK I was wondering why the large resolution with that lap top.
22inch should work at 1680X1050 for sure cuz thats what I'm running now.

If you have the nvidia control panel you might be able to set up 1680X1050 using the custom resolution settings.
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24 Nov 2009   #15
Gipfeli

Windows 7 Professional (not sure which Build)
 
 

lol you guys are funny... one day, or very soon rather, there'll be a laptop with that resolution... most dense dpi people will ever see...

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OK I was wondering why the large resolution with that lap top.
22inch should work at 1680X1050 for sure cuz thats what I'm running now.

If you have the nvidia control panel you might be able to set up 1680X1050 using the custom resolution settings.
hmm.. i dont have that nvidia control panel... i used to have it on the xp... let me check on that again...
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24 Nov 2009   #16
Gipfeli

Windows 7 Professional (not sure which Build)
 
 

hmm... i can't find a way to download and intsall that control panel... it used to come with the drivers i think and only the xp verison is available on their website... anyone wanna take control over the remote assistance for me and help me out?
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24 Nov 2009   #17
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

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hmm... i can't find a way to download and intsall that control panel... it used to come with the drivers i think and only the xp verison is available on their website... anyone wanna take control over the remote assistance for me and help me out?
Run the right .exe for it in C:\NVIDIA somewhere. You can tell which it is by its name.
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24 Nov 2009   #18
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Ok I did a little more digging on this. I found another old XP driver that was made with HD support for older cards and does have your card on the products supported list. Hard to say if it will work with Windows 7, it might give you the option to install in compatablity mode.

ForceWare Windows XP/2000 32-bit

or perhaps these posted by Torrentg awhile back.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_93.71_2.html

Also these have HD support and have been used successfully with Windows 7 and your card.
http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=1005

Source, HELP driver for geforce 4 mx 440 agp8x
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24 Nov 2009   #19
Gipfeli

Windows 7 Professional (not sure which Build)
 
 

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Run the right .exe for it in C:\NVIDIA somewhere. You can tell which it is by its name.
i downloaded a windows 7 package from a different model that supports this OS... installed NvCplSetup and it now says "setup failed to read the required Display Driver to be used with this package. Setup will not continue"
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24 Nov 2009   #20
Gipfeli

Windows 7 Professional (not sure which Build)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Ok I did a little more digging on this. I found another old XP driver that was made with HD support for older cards and does have your card on the products supported list. Hard to say if it will work with Windows 7, it might give you the option to install in compatablity mode.

ForceWare Windows XP/2000 32-bit
your digging is better than my digging... i'm only good at digging biological/molecular/chemical/physical/biochemical science stuff haha... give me a minute to install it...
thanks for your help so far, really appreciate people's help on this forum...
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