14 Replies Latest reply: Jun 10, 2008 11:39 AM by CorwinRathe
Aaron Faby Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)
For the people having trouble installing the official Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT drivers in Windows on their original Mac Pros, there's a way to manually install the drivers from within Windows. As it currently stands, this card is does not yet have Apple Boot Camp drivers (I even tried the 2008 Mac Pro 64 bit drivers), and the official NVIDIA drivers do not recognize the card.

These instructions are for Windows Vista.

1) Download the drivers for your version of the operating system at nvidia.com.
2) Run the installer. It will install the driver files in C:\NVIDIA, but the installer will fail saying it cannot find a compatible graphics card. That is expected.
3) Quit the installer.
4) Right click on your Desktop, go to Personal.
5) In the control panel window that appears, click Display Settings.
6) The Display Settings window will appear. It will show a generic VGA adaptor.
7) Click Advanced Settings.
8) Click Properties in the Adaptor Type section.
9) Click the Driver tab in th Properties window.
10) Click Update Driver.
11) Select "Browse my computer for driver software."
12) Click "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer."
13) Click the "Have Disk.." button.
14) Browse to "C:\NVIDIA\WinVista64\169.35\English".
15) Select nv_disp and click Open.
16) Now click OK.
17) Scroll down and select NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT.
18) Follow the rest of the prompts to install the driver. Windows will warn you that it cannot gaurantee that the driver you installed will work with the hardware, but I can because it works for
me.
19) Reboot your computer.
20) Your new card should now be working properly. You can even access the NVIDIA control panel!

Regards,
Aaron Faby

Mac Pro Dual Dual-Core 2.66Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT