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    Hi when i try the 3d graphics test simple medium and complex the performance test 4.0 give a illegal operation and deactives direct x.

    windows 98se
    geforce 4 ti 4200 128mb
    direct x 8.1
    amd xp 1700+
    512mb pc133
    nvidia driver version 44.03_win9x_international
    and 43.45_win9x_english.exe

    error message
    PT caused an exception 10H in module <unknown> at 0000:b0132d1c.
    EAX=00000000 CS=017f EIP=b0132d1c EFLGS=00010246
    EBX=00000000 SS=0187 ESP=0074e054 EBP=00000013
    ECX=ee2a4800 DS=0187 ESI=ee2a4800 FS=1147
    EDX=b00bc330 ES=0187 EDI=ee2a4800 GS=0000
    Bytes at CS:EIP:
    d8 2d 90 34 0b b0 d9 e0 c2 04 00 90 90 90 90 90
    Stack dump:
    b0132c49 00000000 ee2a4804 ee2a4800 ee2afc00 b0133c70 00000001 00000000 00000032 ee2bcc80 b00e119e 844173f8 0074e138 00000000 0074e0f8 b01270be

    performance test 3.5 works fine


  • #2
    NVidia release a lot of different dirver versions. That's why they are now up to the 44th major release of their drivers. Many of these releases have various different bugs in them.

    Can you try going to the Driver Archive (link below)
    and trying an older release of the drivers, preferably a WHQL release as these should have been better tested.

    We did test PerformanceTest with under Windows 98 with GeForce cards, but with ealier versions of the nVidia drivers, and there was no problem.

    If you could let me know the result that would be great. If earlier drivers correct the problem we can advise people to fall back, if it doesn't fix the problem we can do some deeper investigation.

    PassMark Software


    • #3
      Additional info:

      It now seems almost sure that the 44.03 release of the nVidia drivers have a bug in them. As far as we know the bug in only on Windows98 with DirectX9, but it might also affect XP and 2000 and other versions for DirectX.

      The bug as been reported (so far) on GeForce4 and GeForce3 cards. It is reasonable to expect that this fault might affect all nVidia cards that use the 44.03 drivers.

      It has also been confirmed that going back to the ealier NVidia 41.09 release fixes the problem.



      • #4
        range of issues concerning the 98 drivers

        [/quote] It's amazing to see Win 98 or even SE surviving for -- really -- more than five years. I think Microsoft supports it passively but well on the Knowledge Base and WindowsUpdate. But compared to XP, 2000 Pro or even -- rest in peace -- NT 4.0 sp6.x, Win 98 and for that matter SE is a slug on Pentium-4 architecture and memory. Nobody even imagined a Pentium 4 when 98 was released -- what was it? -- August, 1998?

        So forgive me if I'm still stuck on the nVidia chipset and their -- yes -- their latest drivers. "Coolbits". [Ah, Beavis, ah . . . cooool . . . . ah " "Heh-heh. Heh-heh. Yeah. Cool. Heh."

        Still need those '98-stub DOS boot disks from time to time, though. Or an oldies-CD-ROM with "" in the root directory.



        • #5
          Change to ATI. I owned one NVidia in my life and will never go back. We had similar problems on a computer we built:

          AMD 64 3500+ S939
          ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe MB
          ASUS 6600 GT - NVidia
          2X512 PC3200 Dual Channel DDR
          Antec case and power - the best!
          Windows XP SP2

          We ran PT Version 5 and it froze up during the 3D tests due to a problem with NVidia drivers. I have not checked the version of the video drivers but it is clear that we will need to replace them.

          BTW, 98 is still a very performant OS and it is always handy to have a copy around.