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Nvidia cuts Vista support for Nforce 2 chipset

Fare thee well, old friend
Fri Nov 17 2006, 09:41
SOME OF you might remember the good old Nforce 2 chipsets from Nvidia. That was before the SLI madness times. Many of you may still grieve for Soundstorm Industries' only Dolby Digital Live motherboard at the time.

Well Nvidia decided to say the final good bye to this chipset as it doesn't want to develop the Vista drivers for it. A colleague tried to install Vista RC2 on an Nforce 2 Ultra400 chipset but the software failed to install SMBuss drivers. Hie query to customer support brouht the following reply:

Thank you for contacting NVIDIA Customer Care.
I understand that you would like to know if drivers for nForce2 chipsets on Vista platform would be released.

Adrian, the nForce2 chipset is not Vista compatible. Please click the link below for a list of the motherboard chip sets which are Windows Vista ready.

http://www.nvidia.com/page/technology_vista_mcp.html

So Nvidia officially cut this driver off the list. Well, it is a rather old product but it should at least work under Vista, we suggest.

Our Adrian is happy with its Barton 3200+, Epox 8RDA3+, 768MB RAM. And he doesn't need or want another computer. But he doesn't have much choice if he wants Vista. I guess that is the end of story. µ

* UPDATE * Of course, a bunch of readers have written in to say they got Vista running on their Nforce 2 boards. It is not supported but it can be done, it appears.

 

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