I have Gainward Bliss 6800 GS AGP 512MB that works under XP but has no driver for Win98 (Gainward doesn't support): on the Nvidia site the GeForce 6xxx series seem to be the last supported for W9x, but except the 6800 GS I discovered!!!
Infact if you check on the 81.98 driver page US
version, GS is not listed ( http://www.nvidia.co..._supported.html
) BUT on the 81.98 INTERNATIONAL
version page -or UK or IT or any other, are the same- it seems supported ( http://www.nvidia.co...x_81.98_uk.html
, click at the bottom). One is wrong, the international I suppose!
I'm desperate to make it work under '98, I tried every driver in this thread (mdgx's, Zak's, BFG's 82.16) but Zak's and BFG's simply don't install because they don't find any nvidia card, mdgx's installs a 6800GS/XT (forced) but they work only at VGA resolution: as I change to higher res or colors and reboot I get a blue corrupted screen that soon becomes a BSOD.
Reading into the .inf file I noticed that my card identification device number is missing: under XP it has hardware ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00F6&SUBSYS_040110B0&REV_A2
and in the 169.21 drivers it is seen like this (I suppose from various sources -rivatuner, GPU-Z, everest, nibitor-):
NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F6.1 = "NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS/XT"
%NVIDIA_BR02.DEV_00F6.1% = nv4_NV3x, .... PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00F6
I couldn't even be sure which chip is on it: Gpu-Z finds NV42 while every other find Nv41. For sure there is the AGP/pc-express brige chip called BR02. The bios at boot prompts 6800GTS.
My Gainward agp works at 425/1000 like a pc-ex but with a double slot cooler and is the same as Palit and many others (Diablotek,etc...,more pictures
) with red board based on the 7xxx series layout .
I have seen some 6800GS supporting W98 (XFX, Club3D?, EVGA?) but I coudn't find the drivers and maybe it was only for the pc-ex.
I bought an used nvidia 6xxx series card just because it should have been the most powerful card officially supported for W98 (for Ati the 9800) according to nvidia website (international since I'm european); it would be a gibe if I can't use it while the 7xxx series work!!
I hope in your help. I tried to give any useful info.