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GeForce FX Go5200 32MB Driver Problem :(


whato1986

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Hi there,

I have an Inspiron 5150 with a GeForce FX Go5200 32MB graphics card,

my problem is that whenever I try and download the NVIDIA drivers with the modified .inf files, from the main driver page, and install, I get a problem whereby my laptop tries to install the driver as if I have the 64MB version of my graphics card. Once the computer restarts, it tells me in the Device Mananger that my 'device cannot start (code 10)'

I am first aware of this 'mistaken identity' is when I'm about half way through the NVIDIA driver installation and it tells me that my 'GeForce FX Go5200 64MB has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify its compatibility with Windows XP'

If someone has any insight on this problem and could help me out so that I can get these newer drivers working that would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

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As it happens, I also have a 5150 (although with a 64MB card) and have developed a customized inf for it here:

The various infs are at the bottom of the first post. For XP SP3, I highly recommend driver 169.72, which you can find here:

To install it, extract the driver into an empty folder and put my inf there as well. Delete the inf the comes with the driver. DON'T click on Setup to install the driver. You'll first need to uninstall your current driver in Windows' Control Panel. You'll find "Nvidia Drivers there under Add/Remove Programs.

When it's uninstalled, reboot. When Windows prompts you for the new driver, tell it you'll choose the driver and that you have the disk. Browse for the folder with the 169.72 driver and you should be all set.

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As it happens, I also have a 5150 (although with a 64MB card) and have developed a customized inf for it here:

The various infs are at the bottom of the first post. For XP SP3, I highly recommend driver 169.72, which you can find here:

To install it, extract the driver into an empty folder and put my inf there as well. Delete the inf the comes with the driver. DON'T click on Setup to install the driver. You'll first need to uninstall your current driver in Windows' Control Panel. You'll find "Nvidia Drivers there under Add/Remove Programs.

When it's uninstalled, reboot. When Windows prompts you for the new driver, tell it you'll choose the driver and that you have the disk. Browse for the folder with the 169.72 driver and you should be all set.

Thanks for your insight, if I knew when I bought this 5150 how much work I would have to do to keep it at running smoothly, I probably would have gone for something else! I had to do some major work on the heat sink cooling system which including jamming a larger 5160 sink into it, although thankfully this vastly improved the operating temps.

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Yes, heat has always been a huge problem for the 5150. I'm on my third motherboard - all done while under the original warranty. When installing the third one, the tech installed a much better copper-based heat sink that seems to have solved the problem.

It's a good practice to blast the cooling fins with a can of compressed air once a month or so - just to clean out the dust.

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Yes, heat has always been a huge problem for the 5150. I'm on my third motherboard - all done while under the original warranty. When installing the third one, the tech installed a much better copper-based heat sink that seems to have solved the problem.

It's a good practice to blast the cooling fins with a can of compressed air once a month or so - just to clean out the dust.

Yeah definitely, I find for the best results to remove the fan from its little metal cavity and use cotton swabs to keep everything clinically clean. Also may help your situation out, but about half a year ago I found this useful how-to regarding the 5150 fan area. The guy suggested removing the little metal and plastic fins with a cutting knife, I did this and has really allowed my craptop to breathe a little bit better.

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