Windows 2000 - Unified Driver
If you have previously downloaded the 2.41 or 2.42 nForce kits and have experienced any problems please follow these instructions on how to re-install previous drivers.
Release Date: May 10, 2004
- Service Pack 3 (or later) is required to create a bootable RAID volume for a Windows 2000 environment. A combination installation CD must be obtained/created before attempting to install the operating system onto the bootable RAID volume.
- Audio drivers will not install on the following nForce2 products: Chaintech 7NJS. Please use the drivers that come with these products to enable audio functionality.
- Installation of DirectX 9.0 or higher is required in order to use NVMixer.
- WHQL certified kit
- Unified drivers with support for nForce, nForce2, and nForce3 products. This package does not include support for dual-processor systems.
- General compatibility fixes
- Audio Driver Improvements
- Introduced NVMixer – replaces SoundStorm Control Panel for all audio configuration tasks. Note that NVMixer operates best when run at 1024x768 16-bit color
- Introduced improved AC ’97 / Soft Audio driver – adds EQ, speaker cloning, and speaker wizard support
- Introduced Speaker Wizard – incorporates all NVSwap features, ensures correct speaker setup on analog or digital speaker systems
- Introduced Cinesurround – virtual 5.1 mixdown to headphones or 2 speakers
- Introduced new Environments – simple, preset driven sound environments
- Enhanced ASIO support and added support for AC ’97 / Soft Audio systems
- Added user adjustable “rear channel creation” support – adds off, clone, reverb and delay
- Added support for Realtek ALC655 codecs, Realtek ALC658 codecs, and 7.1 support for Realtek ALC850 codecs
- Added support for WMV-HD audio streams and WaveFormatExtensible calls
- Improved playback of mono content
- Addressed audio issues in numerous games and applications
- Storage Driver Improvements:
- Support for Serial ATA controllers
- Full NVIDIA RAID functionality on supported platforms
- Improved compatibility with 3rd-party drive management, CD ripping and recording software.
- Automatic DMA-mode fall-back when data errors are present due to poor cabling
- Improved handling of various storage devices
Windows 2000 Driver Versions
- Audio driver 4.31 (WHQL)
- Audio utilities 4.31
- Ethernet driver 4.16 (WHQL)
- GART driver 3.77 (WHQL)
- Memory controller driver 3.38 (WHQL)
- SMBus driver 4.04 (WHQL)
- Installer 4.38
- IDE NVIDIA driver 4.15