There aren’t any drivers released for Vista and laptops with the NVidia GeoForce FX Go5200 display adapter – at least not that I can find. So I rolled my own – increasing the Vista “Experience Index” from a 1 to a 2 on the Graphics and from a 1 to a 2.5 on Gaming Graphics. That’s enough of an improvement to let me run the Aero interface. Cool.
Here’s how to do it – it’s pretty simple:
- Download the NVIDIA Vista driver here.
- Run the driver installer. In the end it will fail, telling you no compatible hardware was found – that’s ok.
- Browse your disk drive and find where the NVIDIA driver package was extracted (usually “C:\NVIDIA\WinVista\97.46“)
- Download this file: nv_disp.inf
- Copy the nv_disp.inf file into the “\NVIDIA\WinVista\97.46” folder. Replace the existing file when prompted.
- Press your Windows Key and the “R” key at the same time – a “Run” window will open. Type “devmgmt.msc” in the box and click “OK”.
- The Device Manager will open – click the plus sign next to “Display adapters”
- Right-click on the Display Adapter listed (it should be either “Standard VGA” or “NVIDIA GeoForce FX Go5200“). A menu pops up – select “Update Driver Software…“
- In the next dialogue that opens select “Browse my computer for driver software“
- The next window has a button labeled “Browse“. Click it and point it to the folder you copy the file into in step #5.
- Click “OK” and let the driver install. When complete, reboot your system.
- Re-Run the Windows Experience Index to get your new score (details here).
It’s that easy, but of course the standard disclamer applies – if you “let smoke out of you computer” by using this tip, I am in no way to blame, you’re doing this at your own risk, there may be monsters under the bed, etc.