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    Unhappy NVidia drivers won't install, none of them

    I have an older machine (1.5 ghz) with a 128mg ELSA Gladiac Ultra card. I was trying to get updated drivers because the latest patch of WoW crashed. Found out I hadn't updated my drivers since August 2005, but it had been working fine. So I got the latest drivers, 84.21 I guess. I foolishly followed NVidia's suggestions for installing drivers and uninstalled my current drivers.

    After the NVidia Setup process copies the files, it launches an installer, which pops up an error message saying something like "Cannot find drivers for this hardware" or vice versa.

    So I went back to the install disk that came with the graphics card and installed those, just so I could have a modern display again, instead of the 64 color, 480 size screen that resulted from having no drivers at all.

    I went backwards in the driver archives and tried installing several earlier driver versions, and always got the same error from the NVidia installer.

    Any ideas? Would greatly appreciate any help

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    Welcome to WinDrivers, briforge.

    It may be that the Elsa card needs custom drivers rather than the standard reference drivers from nVidia.

    See if there are drivers for your model here:


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    Canada, Eh!

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    Thanks for your replies.

    I tried the download from Elsa and had exactly the same problem. The NVidia Install reports this bug : "The NVidia setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware."

    This seems like there is something more basic that is wrong, since I am getting this error when I try to install any NVidia drivers at all. But I have no idea.

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    The above site was just for a look see.

    The below site is the download.Make sure you have DX9.0c

    Last edited by street1; March 31st, 2006 at 07:56 PM.

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    Get Driver Cleaner, read the instructions on how to use it properly (http://www.drivercleaner.net/professional.html), then download the last set of drivers (the v71.89's) that support your card's chip, linked here: http://forums.windrivers.com/showthread.php?t=74408

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    Based on your info this should be the one

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    The DriverCleaner did it! That, and the 71.89 drivers. Thanks very much!

    Also, FYI for the future, the Elsa drivers were very weird. When I tried to install them, the text on the Install forms were full of question marks instead of actual text. Very weird.

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    solution found

    I was getting the message too

    "the nvida setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware"

    But I just found the solution and I'll write it up in hopes that it may help someone.


    Make sure your new video card is not inserted

    Then, load up and Look at your hardware profiles and locate your current VGA video device and DISABLE it

    Then power down your computer

    Unplug your monitor from the motherboards onboard video port

    Insert your new video card and plug the monitor(s) in

    Boot the computer

    I had to restart 3 times because the video wasn't comming up on the new video card then on the 4th time restarting the computer, viola, both monitors came on from the new video card.

    Boot into windows and load the drivers from the CD or from the web and they should load just fine without saying "the nvida setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware"

    The problem was that it couldn't load the new drivers because the computer was still using the old onboard video card.

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    Just curious.... why didn't you disable the onboard video in the bios?
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