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NVIDIA NFORCE2 Chipset - Compatible?

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  • Hi

    I am trying to install on an old Leadteck Motherboard with NFORCE2 chipset.  This has Sil SATA and both NVIDIA and 3COM network ports.

    I have the latest BIOS etc, but it still hangs during install.  Is it possible to press F6 and load drivers during install?  I have tried, but nothing seems to happen.

    I have found the disk runs perfectly on all my other (more recent) PC's, so I don't think its a DVD disk issue.

    Anyone who's used this combination and could shed some light, (or who can just shed some light!) much appreciated.

    Thanks

     

     

     

    Thursday, February 22, 2007 4:14 PM

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  • I have read other people having issues with the NForce2 chipsets.  Try to leave a floppy drive with a disk in that has the Windows Server 2003 drivers for storage controller.
    Friday, February 23, 2007 1:37 AM
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  • I have read other people having issues with the NForce2 chipsets.  Try to leave a floppy drive with a disk in that has the Windows Server 2003 drivers for storage controller.
    Friday, February 23, 2007 1:37 AM
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  • Had issues at first boot with the SATA drives, unplugged them, installed the OS to an 80GB PATA HD (which is painfully slow and overly rebooting during install).

    The hardware used is as follows:

    • AMD Athlon XP3200+
    • Cruical 1.5GB RAM (3x512MB)
    • Gigabyte GA-7N400S-L Mainboard
    • Main HD 80GB Maxtor PATA - x1
    • Additional HD WDC 80GB SATA - x2
    • ATi AIW9800Pro (all I had available)*
    • Intel 1000GT Desktop NIC (Disbaled onboard, which worked fine Realtek 8139[found by WHS], after install of Intel driver program[not found by WHS])
    • LiteOn 5232 SOHC/CDRW/DVD
    • LiteOn SHW160PS6 DVDRW
    • Antec 1040BII w/ Antec 550TCII PS

    I have had no problems, thus far, using this "server" inside the same IP network that I have a SBS2003 Server.  Just find this thing very confusing over all the other servers I manage.

    * - ATi's latest driver would not install properly and had to manaully install them after the default install program hung. After twenty minutes ended them and rebooted.  After reboot, manually updated drivers but the rest of the CCC & MM drivers consisitently failed.

     

    Monday, February 26, 2007 7:17 PM
  • My Server Hardware is a NForce2 based.
    Configuration:

    Athlon Sempron 2600+
    MB ASUS AN78X-E Deluxe
    512 Mb RAM, dual channel
    HD 160 Maxtor IDE
    DVD Pioneer

    After installation I've found several drivers not present and exactly

    Marvell Yukon  80xx PCI Gigabit Ethernet  Controller
    NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
    Multimedia Adapter
    SM BUS

    I've downloaded Marvell Yukon driver from ASUS website (Windows 2003 version) and installed without issue.

    For all other driver I've downloaded from NVIDIA website ForceWare 5.10 (Windows XP/2000 version) and I've installed it (during install setup ask for replace newer files with older, I've choosen to retain newer files, that one installe by Server Home).
    After the reboot, the only driver that doesn't work is NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller all other Works fine.

    There is a way to find a right driver for this NIC ?

    Regards



    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 11:43 PM
  • pier,

    I may redo the box and try your method, as WHS crashes every time I try to use the 5.10 Nvidia driver install package- as for the NIC driver, if it will not install even from a manual update, then I doubt it.

    Best of luck. 

    Wednesday, February 28, 2007 12:22 AM
  • I've got another success and now ALL hardware works fine.
    Tha main issue was the bad NIC driver, but I've found the 1.16 version of nForce package from ASUS web site that solve it.
    On ASUS website search for A7N8X-Deluxe, then select "nForce2 all in one driver" and download 1.16 XP version.
    Now decompress the package and using Device Manager to Update Driver for the nVidia NIC, than select search drive manually and browse to the Ethernet folder.
    Installation completed normally and NIC is right enabled.

    Note 1:
    Other driver version doesn't works because seems that WHS try to use Vista drivers that are incompatible. WHS ask often for a nvm60x32.sys file and after load NIC appears with a Yellow mark in Devide Manager.

    Note 2:
     The ASUS 1.16 version is a custom nVidia reference driver and cannot be compared with nVidia numbering scheme. (is a 4.xx version ???, i don't remember).

    I hope that Microsoft include all necessary driver in WHS DVD.
    Pierluigi








    Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:17 AM
  •  pierluigi.bucolo wrote:
    I've got another success and now ALL hardware works fine.
    Tha main issue was the bad NIC driver, but I've found the 1.16 version of nForce package from ASUS web site that solve it.
    On ASUS website search for A7N8X-Deluxe, then select "nForce2 all in one driver" and download 1.16 XP version.
    Now decompress the package and using Device Manager to Update Driver for the nVidia NIC, than select search drive manually and browse to the Ethernet folder.
    Installation completed normally and NIC is right enabled.

    Note 1:
    Other driver version doesn't works because seems that WHS try to use Vista drivers that are incompatible. WHS ask often for a nvm60x32.sys file and after load NIC appears with a Yellow mark in Devide Manager.

    Note 2:
    The ASUS 1.16 version is a custom nVidia reference driver and cannot be compared with nVidia numbering scheme. (is a 4.xx version ???, i don't remember).

    I hope that Microsoft include all necessary driver in WHS DVD.
    Pierluigi










    I can confirm that 1.16 driver is working on a nForce2 based Shuttle XPC SN41G2 SFF computer. Unfortunately, I get pretty bad transfer rate though, around 10 mbit when transferring a .iso image from my Vista Ultimate. Gigabit NIC and switch, 100 mbit NIC on WHS. Anyone else experiencing this?

    Had some trouble finding the drivers on ASUS site so here they are:

    Global: http://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/misc/utils/nf2/A7N8X-X/nf2v116_wxp.zip
    US: http://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/misc/utils/nf2/A7N8X-X/nf2v116_wxp.zip
    Europe: ftp://dlsvr02.asus.com/pub/ASUS/misc/utils/nf2/A7N8X-X/nf2v116_wxp.zip


    BR

    Björn




    Saturday, April 14, 2007 11:05 PM
  • I have just finished installing WHS On my nforce2 mobo  (MSI K7N2 Delta ILSR).   I ran into difficulty with this as I was usinng only SATA drives in non-RAID mode.  I still had to set them up with the RAID tools, enable boot to SCSI in the BIOS.  WHS Would show error of not finding usable hard drives, where I then had to supply drivers via floppy (for some reason these would not load correctly off of either CD or flash drive).  After WHS was running, I then had to install nforce2 chipset drivers in order to get all the hardware working (including the ethernet drivers).

     

    It is doable, I hope yours goes easier than mine, but if you need any help, let me know.

    Sunday, April 15, 2007 4:07 AM
  • I know this is old now, but i have just run into the same problem.

     

    I have a MSI K9N Neo Motherboard with a NVIDIA nForce 550 Chipset.  I tried installing WHS and every time it stalled at the end.  I taught it was the SATA drivers but WHS was picking my HDD's up no problem and didn't need drivers.  Anyway on ym 3rd attempt i removed my second HDD and just left the primary drive in and it installed fine.

     

    But now i have the drivers issue.  The original CD installed all the required drivers with no problem except the Network Controller.  I tried any updates from MSI, also tried the drivers Björn posted by none worked.

    I eventually found some updated XP drivers directly from NVIDIA and they worked fine.  (So Far)

    http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/nforce_winxp_15.23_uk.html

    Sorry again for raising an old post but it might help someone that is googling the same problem.

     

    Ciao

    B



    Friday, February 27, 2009 1:49 AM