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First post, by Kahenraz

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Does anyone know if there are any driver releases from NVIDIA between versions 21.83 and 23.11 for Windows 9x? I'm doing a lot of driver research and have found a precipitous drop in performance after 21.83 and onwards for GPUs on slower platforms but more data is needed.

Reply 2 of 11, by Kahenraz

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The issue I'm having is faster performance in 21.83 in Direct3D but instability with DirectX 8 interfaces. 23.11 is stable but has a poor T&L performance. This is specific to certain hardware combinations, and I need to do more research before I can provide a conclusion. It would be nice if a version existed between these two that had both speed and the compatibility, but I haven't been able to fine one.

Reply 3 of 11, by TrashPanda

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Kahenraz wrote on 2022-03-04, 08:35:

The issue I'm having is faster performance in 21.83 in Direct3D but instability with DirectX 8 interfaces. 23.11 is stable but has a poor T&L performance. This is specific to certain hardware combinations, and I need to do more research before I can provide a conclusion. It would be nice if a version existed between these two that had both speed and the compatibility, but I haven't been able to fine one.

I have a large amount of magazine cover disks from that era, might take a while to go through them all but there are a ton of ati/NVidia drivers on them.

It’s a possibility that if it exists it might be on one of them.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 4 of 11, by Kahenraz

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It would be a real boon for certain configurations if a better driver could be found in-between. I have been doing extensive tests on fast and slow processors between the Pebtium 3 and Pebtium 4 with some very interesting results. I will share my data soon once I've run more tests.

Reply 5 of 11, by chuky

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There are other drivers versions but I'm not sure if these drivers are official or not. The readme doesn't call them Detonator but it says copyright Nvidia. Reading old news some drivers seem to be official, some don't seem to be.
22.20 https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/detonato … -xp-v22-20.html
22.40 https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/detonator-22-40.html
22.50 http://www.gmfok.com/drivers/video/nvidia/file/37667.html
22.50 https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/detonator-22-50.html
22.80 http://www.gmfok.com/drivers/video/nvidia/file/37664.html
This cd has version 22.80 for Windows 9x and XP. https://ia902301.us.archive.org/view_archive. … t/BOW10_CD1.iso
cd1 https://archive.org/details/bow10-cd-set
There are other versions like 21.85, 21.88, 23.10 but I didn't search enough to find them.

Reply 6 of 11, by swaaye

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I remember some websites dropping weekly beta drivers back in the day.

It's incredibly slow right now but here's a nice reference. Reactor Critical had lots of betas.
https://web.archive.org/web/20020603152409/ht … /download.shtml

Reply 7 of 11, by BitWrangler

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Well I hammered some older DL sites and hardware sites that are not highly SEOed for modern googling, but nada. Wasn't even managing to "bracket" the range really. Seems like they're of an age where they get lost in what I'm calling "The great interweb discontinuity" which wasn't really a single thing, but a transitional period from approx '99 to 2002 where all the forums and blogs were transitioning from old perl/.cgi lashups and converging to Web 2.0ishness. Also server space was a bit whack-a-mole, up and down and boom and bust through the rocky dot-com crash era. Sites that had been around since '95 on Ma and Pa's Webservers inc at local ISP, found they had basically been sold to a wild and wacky "Borg all the webspace" startup throwing cash around like they got it off some dumbass for free, and then 3 months later when of course the cash had been burned up, **gone** data blackhole with all your websites stuff sucked into it... "But my contract said you did weekly backups" ... Bankruptcy Admin: "Yeah well there was some tape media and other junk, it went for like $20 at the auction."

Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.

Reply 8 of 11, by DosFreak

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I have:
9x
21.85
21.88
22.40
22.50
22.80
23.10

NTv5
21.85
21.88
22.40
22.50
22.80
23.10

For some reason I have them compressed via .cab which was done back in 2001. Think I was in a space saving phase.
If any interest I can see about uploading to vogonsdrivers, dunno if my ftp account still works or not. I'm sure someone will complain about them not being whatever compression format they were originally in. 🙄

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Reply 9 of 11, by DosFreak

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If you don't mind the russians hacking you then:
http://sourceforce.narod.ru/dlnvidia.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/20060222011454/htt … ia/w9x-2185.zip

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Reply 10 of 11, by Kahenraz

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DosFreak wrote on 2022-03-04, 19:29:
I have: 9x 21.85 21.88 22.40 22.50 22.80 23.10 […]
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I have:
9x
21.85
21.88
22.40
22.50
22.80
23.10

I managed to find all of these but 23.10. Would you attach that one, please?

Reply 11 of 11, by DosFreak

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Here is the 9x 23.10, this is a .cab renamed as a .zip since I can't upload .cab.

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  • Filename
    23.10 - cab.zip
    File size
    2.23 MiB
    Downloads
    8 downloads
    File license
    Fair use/fair dealing exception

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