best drivers for Geforce 2?

Slickone

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What would be the most stable drivers for a Gefore 2 Pro/GTS AGP on WinXP?
I think I currently have 30.82 installed (driver number starts with a 6, and ends with .3082, with several #'s in between). It's showing artifacts every now and then and eventually freezes and re-boots on it's own. The msg on startup says it's the video driver. No games are played on this PC.

The newest drivers wouldn't be good for a card this old would they?
 

Arkaign

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I vote 44.x, I think you'll find them in the Nvidia archives, or if you want even more choices, check guru3d.com
 

Arkaign

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Oh, and LOL at the nearly decade-old card. Someone here would probably GIVE you a card that's 10x faster. For free. I have a ton of random old GF4-Ti, GF-FX, Radeon 8500/9500/9700, GF6200, 6600, 6600GT, etc just collecting dust.
 

Slickone

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Just that people often say it's better to use the older drivers on an older card. Is that a myth?

BTW, how did you know that was the final supporting release?
 

FalseChristian

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tcsenter is right. Use the latest and greatest drivers that supports your GPU. And don't forget in 10 years we'll be laughing at our old 4870's and GTX 280s also! LOL!;)
 

tcsenter

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Originally posted by: Slickone
Just that people often say it's better to use the older drivers on an older card. Is that a myth?
There have been particular instances where newer drivers seem to have introduced problems with older products, but it shouldn't be the default assumption in all cases.

BTW, how did you know that was the final supporting release?
I plugged in "GeForce 2 GTS/PRO" and "Windows XP" into NVIDIA's driver finder thingy, and that was the result.
 

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Originally posted by: Slickone
Thanks. Those cards won't work on an Abit BH6 mobo though. At least, I know a GF4-Ti won't.

The only 44.x listed in the Nvidia archives is 44.03. Good one?
I've used a Ti4200 'golden sample' on an Abit BX6, which is even older IIRC. AGP 4X/8X cards should work on any Intel BX-based mobo AFAIK.
 

bunnyfubbles

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Originally posted by: tcsenter
Originally posted by: Slickone
Just that people often say it's better to use the older drivers on an older card. Is that a myth?
There have been particular instances where newer drivers seem to have introduced problems with older products, but it shouldn't be the default assumption in all cases.
Yup, newer drivers can be just fine if not better for newer games, but worse for older games.
 

Golgatha

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Originally posted by: bunnyfubbles
Originally posted by: tcsenter
Originally posted by: Slickone
Just that people often say it's better to use the older drivers on an older card. Is that a myth?
There have been particular instances where newer drivers seem to have introduced problems with older products, but it shouldn't be the default assumption in all cases.
Yup, newer drivers can be just fine if not better for newer games, but worse for older games.
Well, I don't think he'll be playing anything newer than a 2002-2003 release year game on a GF2. ;)
 

nevbie

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At least my geforce 4 MX performed better with certain older drivers many years ago. The difference was noticeable.

Perhaps it's the same with stability, but I wouldn't bet on it. It just might not function perfectly forever.
 

darckhart

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i recommend 61.77. been using it on the gf2 for a very long time now and no problems at all.
 

Slickone

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Originally posted by: Golgatha
Originally posted by: bunnyfubbles
Originally posted by: tcsenter
Originally posted by: Slickone
Just that people often say it's better to use the older drivers on an older card. Is that a myth?
There have been particular instances where newer drivers seem to have introduced problems with older products, but it shouldn't be the default assumption in all cases.
Yup, newer drivers can be just fine if not better for newer games, but worse for older games.
Well, I don't think he'll be playing anything newer than a 2002-2003 release year game on a GF2. ;)
Actually the PC that the GF2 is on won't be playing any games anymore. I just want the most stable drivers possible.
 

coolpurplefan

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That's so old I vaguely remember something about 44 driver but I'm not sure exactly what the number was lol.
 

SolMiester

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Not sure where the 40. come from , however last week GF2 MX400 latest drivers were 93.17
 

Slickone

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Originally posted by: SolMiester
Not sure where the 40. come from , however last week GF2 MX400 latest drivers were 93.17
I'm not understanding what you mean?
 

Arcanedeath

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If all you care about is stability use the latest WHQL driver that supports your card from Nvidia.com
 

SolMiester

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Originally posted by: Slickone
Originally posted by: SolMiester
Not sure where the 40. come from , however last week GF2 MX400 latest drivers were 93.17
I'm not understanding what you mean?
The drivers 93.17 were shown as latest drivers, though I fail to see how the rel # 44.3 fit into it.....
 

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