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First post, by winuser_pl

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Hi guys, I started building my overpowered Windows 2000 rig. The computer I plan to build is double boot Windows 2000 PRO SP4 + Vista x64.
These are my current specs:
* mobo is Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3P nForce 520;
* AMD Phenom X2 555 Black Edition, 2x3.2GHz, goes up to 3.9 GHz no problem on air;
* 4 x 2 GB DDR2 @ 800 MHz;
* 80+40GB HDD, 256GB SSD for Windows Vista;
* Sparkle GeForce 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3;

There is no problem to install drivers for this GPU on Win 2k as well for Vista. On Vista it works brilliantly (DX10 support) and Windows 2000 runs super smooth. But I wonder, is there an option to use anything more powerful like GTX 460 for an example? Attached are some results on Vista for the 9800GTX+, but I can run these tests on 2k as well almost the same score.
(the tests were run on stock cpu clock).

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PC1: Highscreen => FIC PA-2005, 64 MB EDO RAM, Pentium MMX 200, S3 Virge + Voodoo 2 8 MB
PC2: AOpen => GA-586SG, 512 MB SDRAM, AMD K6-2 400 MHz, Geforce 2 MX 400

Reply 1 of 9, by LSS10999

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I haven't tested it myself but if you plan to use the Extended Kernel by blackwingcat you might be able to try some modded nVidia drivers which will hopefully allow you to use some better video cards on Win2K.

Reply 2 of 9, by winuser_pl

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I once used it on one of my computers and after applying the patch is broke debugger in Visual Studio. Since then I try to avoid it.

PC1: Highscreen => FIC PA-2005, 64 MB EDO RAM, Pentium MMX 200, S3 Virge + Voodoo 2 8 MB
PC2: AOpen => GA-586SG, 512 MB SDRAM, AMD K6-2 400 MHz, Geforce 2 MX 400

Reply 3 of 9, by The Serpent Rider

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You already running Win2k on officially unsupported card. Jumping over DX10 hardware will require extended kernel.

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Reply 4 of 9, by winuser_pl

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Hmm this is interesting, the setup program (nVidia ForceWare) said explicitly this is a Windows 2000 driver (it has been written in the setup title window and header label). The version I got is 180.48

PC1: Highscreen => FIC PA-2005, 64 MB EDO RAM, Pentium MMX 200, S3 Virge + Voodoo 2 8 MB
PC2: AOpen => GA-586SG, 512 MB SDRAM, AMD K6-2 400 MHz, Geforce 2 MX 400

Reply 5 of 9, by The Serpent Rider

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That's Win2k/XP compatible driver, but Win2k officially stopped being supported after GeForce 7 series.

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Reply 6 of 9, by DosFreak

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For issues with BWC kernel you should reach out to Blackwingcat since it's still in development.
For me I always have a vanilla image and a BWC kernel image. A vanilla VM and a BWC kernel vm.
My 980TI works with 2000 w/ BWC kernel but for 2000 I usually use my FX 1300

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Reply 7 of 9, by bakemono

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Somebody reported running a GTX285 on stock Win2k. GTX 480 or the like might be possible also, as these are supported cards under the 258.xx drivers.

With extended kernel I use a GTX 660 on the 310.70 driver. Other driver versions seem to always BSOD.

DosFreak wrote on 2022-05-18, 13:33:

For issues with BWC kernel you should reach out to Blackwingcat since it's still in development.
For me I always have a vanilla image and a BWC kernel image. A vanilla VM and a BWC kernel vm.
My 980TI works with 2000 w/ BWC kernel but for 2000 I usually use my FX 1300

Which driver version works for you, for a 980Ti?

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Reply 8 of 9, by The Serpent Rider

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GTX 2xx series cards are sufficient enough on that setup. Well, at least if you don't want better energy efficiency.

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Reply 9 of 9, by DosFreak

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bakemono wrote on 2022-05-18, 14:00:

Which driver version works for you, for a 980Ti?

The BWC modified 359.06 driver.
It's on my list of things to ask BWC about modifying the 355.98 (last working driver with scaling) or possibly even 368.81/368.91 and see if scaling works on 2000 with that driver.
Don't install the audio driver.
Use Nvidia Inspector v1.95.9 with the 359.06 driver.

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